Our Share of Night

Books on Tape. Feb. 2023. 27:17 hrs. ISBN 9780593663165. $95. HORROR
Following her short story collection The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, Enriquez presents a multigenerational tale of supernatural evil, translated into English and now available in audio. The story introduces the Order, an Argentinian cult that communes with an entity known as the Darkness. Juan Peterson is one of their most gifted mediums, able to summon the Darkness for the Order’s nefarious ends. However, Juan realizes that the Order has its eye on his son Gaspar. Juan fears for his son, knowing what the Order is capable of and knowing too what he himself can wreak. At a whopping 27 hours, this novel isn’t something to devour in a day or even a weekend. It spans generations, jumps to different points in time, swells with moments of beauty and creativity, and is full of characters, like the aforementioned father and son, who are intriguing to watch even as they make bad choices. Frankie Corzo’s subdued narration adds a dreamlike quality to the story’s mystical and realistic elements.
VERDICT Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s 1970s Dirty War and dripping with atmospheric horror, this novel will reward listeners’ patience, revealing beauty among supernatural and all-too-human terrors.
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