Book Review: “The Changeling” by Victor LaValle

changelingAntique book dealer Apollo Kagwa has just become a proud father along with his loving wife Emma. They may not be rich, but life seems to be going pretty well for the couple, that is until Emma begins behaving strangely. Apollo is able to rationalize her behavior for a while, but it becomes increasingly clear that something is very wrong, up until she commits a shocking act and then disappears. With the help of friends both old and new, he sets out to find his wife and learn the truth of what happened that fateful day. This is a well-written book with some fantastic characters that are easy to get behind. It does take a little while to truly pick up steam, but once it does it’s hard to put down. There are more than a few well-thought twists scattered throughout the back half of the book, and the author very smartly blends folklore with the horrors of the modern world, giving the story a nice dash of social commentary. It only intermittently approaches being scary, which is a bit disappointing for a horror novel, but it’s still a fun read, that is often much smarter than other similar fare. ★★★★ – Sean Farrell

★★★★★ = Excellent | ★★★★ = Very Good | ★★★ = Good | ★★ = Fair | ★ = Poor

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