The Changeling by Victor LaValle

I’m usually pretty good at putting down a book and going to bed but that was not the case with The Changeling.  I went to bed having read 100 pages of the 400 page book and didn’t sleep until it was over.

The first third of the book is incredibly realistic, lulling you into a false sense of security.  Suddenly, though, LaValle introduces an island filled with women and children who live apart from the world.  And then he magically weaves in Danish folklore to create a completely unique and absolutely fabulous book.  I keep being shocked to see this listed as horror since I am not a horror person at all.  Instead, I would describe it as a creepy but beautiful magical realism book.  I can’t get over how surprised I was by this book.  Highly recommend.

5-stars

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