Tor. Feb. 2024. 464p. ISBN 9780765396778. $29.99. FANTASY
YA author Porter (Never-Contented Things) makes her adult fiction debut with this ambitious novel, a story of love and revenge that spans lifetimes. Told from three points of view, a twentysomething man named Angus and Catherine, both as a ghost and at 19 while still alive, the book explores the complexity and difficulty of relationships. After Catherine is murdered, she is attached to her killer and strives to find a way to break free and to also stop him from killing again. While this is a fantasy novel, taking place in both a magical world called Nautilus, and the existing world, it deals with deeply relatable real-life situations. At the center of this story is a tale of unrequited love and how that love can turn into obsession. Catherine and Angus both have spectacular voices, allowing readers to connect with them and get to the heart of their emotions. Sometimes deeply uncomfortable, but consistently honest, this story will haunt readers long after they close the book.
VERDICT Within an intricately built fantasy world, Porter takes a character that had all agency unwillingly taken away from her and gives her an incredible voice.
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