Monday, October 17, 2016
Book Review: "Mr. Splitfoot" by Samantha Hunt
I put this book down as a book club option for this year, and I was truly thrilled when the members voted it onto the reading list. I thought it would be perfect to read for October, and it really is. This is wildly different than what we typically read though, and I can't wait to see what they thought!
It starts out really strangely, honestly. I read the first chapter and had to talk to my co-worker who runs the book group with me. It was almost unsettling and hard to follow - like a stream of consciousness piece, but the rest of the book isn't like that. I found that the opening chapter put me on an edge that made me grasp onto whatever came next, as it was more cohesive. It didn't matter that what came next didn't make complete sense, I wanted to believe in it because I could. And that right there, was brilliant.
This is a superb gothic tale full of mystery, scary stories, unusual people, ghosts and a couple of religious cults. I figured out some of it, but I couldn't get a handle on the why. And I certainly didn't expect that ending, not fully. I've never read anything quite like this before, and I loved it.
by Samantha Hunt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016