Caitlin Kiernan is a name that has been circling around horror book groups for a while now. So when I had a chance to read and review one of her books I jumped at the chance. I've always been fascinated by mental illnesses. Schizophrenia in particular fascinated me because not only was it different for each person it was also difficult to diagnose, and extremely hard to understand. So being able to read a book from the perspective of a schizophrenic girl was thrilling, and absolutely fascinating. Now I'm not sure how a person who suffers from schizophrenia thinks or what they experience, but I felt like the book was able to accurately to portray how we think their experience would be.
The book was beautifully written. It had such a way with words and descriptions that I was able to step into the heroine’s life. It felt like I was living her, I guess the best word to call it would be fantasy. I think that was the best and most important aspect of the book. If I hadn't been able to step into her shoes the story wouldn't have been nearly as touching and heart breaking as it was.
Another aspect I loved was the mythology. It was very obvious to me that the author really researched not only schizophrenia but also all the mythological creatures she used in the book. She didn't use the most obvious of myths about the creatures. That was something I definitely applaud her for as it made things far more unexpected and exciting. This is the kind of story that is somewhat up to each person's interpolation. It's not going to mean the same thing to everyone and there will be some who will read into it more than others. If that isn't your type of book then this might not be for you. I hate not to recommend it though because it's an amazing story. It's definitely one that deserves a shot because I can see it being loved by basically everyone in a special way.
India Morgan Phelps-Imp to her friends-is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth-or from something far, far stranger...