Unbury Carol: A Novel Hardcover – April 10, 2018
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“Fantastically clever. A breakneck ride to save a life already lost, proving sometimes death is only the beginning.”—J. D. Barker, internationally bestselling author of The Fourth Monkey
“Breathtaking and menacing . . . an intricately plotted, lyrical page-turner about love, betrayal, revenge, and the primal fear of being buried alive.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Unbury Carol is a Poe story set in the weird West we all carry inside us, and it not only hits the ground running, it digs into that ground, too. About six wonderful feet.”—Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels
“Bleakly lyrical à la Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“With vivid prose and characters that leap off the page, guns a-blazing, Unbury Carol creates its own lingering legend, dragging you along like an obstinate horse toward a righteous storm of an ending.”—Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma
About the Author
- Publisher : Del Rey; First Edition (April 10, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399180168
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399180163
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.47 x 1.2 x 9.52 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I stayed with this book because I hoped the end would redeem itself, and for that reason I'm glad I finished it. The ending is really quite clever and very satisfying.
Carol Evers suffers from a condition which causes her to lapse into a coma; sometimes for days at a time. While under, Carol seems almost dead. No breath shows up on a mirror placed beneath her nose and she does not react to outside stimulation. Now, her husband Dwight wants to bury her: alive. Dwight's motivation is her huge sum of money. But another knows of her condition; James Moxie.
Moxie is a former lover of Carol's who fled before things got serious between them. Now, with the tip of Carol's servant woman Farrah, Moxie has begun the trek to save her before it's too late. But Moxie is not alone in his pursuit, for someone is pursuing him; a drifter named Smoke, who lost his legs in a fight. Smoke has a habit of burning things, and he now has his sights set on Moxie. Only two days remain before Carol is to be buried. Will Moxie make it in time to save her, or will Smoke catch up to him first?
"Unbury Carol" is a scary thriller that plays upon everyone's worst fear, that of being buried alive. The characters are well-developed, especially Smoke, and the story itself is chilling. Set against the backdrop of the Old West, "Unbury Carol" takes the reader on a frightening adventure of a young woman and the hero trying to save her before it's too late. Highly recommended.
Carol lives with her husband Dwight in a grand house in the town of Harrows which is located at the end of the infamous Trail.
Carol has had a medical condition since early childhood; a coma that makes her appear dead...she and her mother try to invent ways to stave off premature burial...
Dwight Evers, Carol's husband, is a greedy man who really doesn't care about Carol.
One evening Carol goes into one of her comas. Her maid runs to get Dwight who pronounces her dead even though he knows of her condition and places Carol in the cellar to await her funeral...
Falling, falling, falling in Howltown...Carol's name for where the coma takes her...
Carol has an old love who knows of her condition, a Trail outlaw named James Moxie ( a lotta nerve the author had naming him Moxie). When he gets word that Carol has died and will be buried in two days, he hits the Trail to save her from premature burial...
Dwight has hired a ruthless killer called Smoke to kill Moxie before he can thwart his evil plan. Smoke is known for his method of murder...with oil and fire...
Will Carol be saved from premature burial in time?...or will Dwight succeed and have her fortune?
This "Perils of Pauline" western/thriller was a decent story. I avoided reading it for so long because I thought, from the title, that it was just another vampire story. Once you get through the first couple of chapters the story becomes interesting. 3 1/2 stars for this tale.
There's so much that I adored about UNBURY CAROL. The Western environs and aesthetic, the clever interweaving of that genre with psycho-supernatural horror and the ticking clock that is James Moxie trying to make it to Carol Evers before she is put into the ground for good. All of the essential elements of a compelling story are present in UNBURY CAROL but also, Malerman has conjured a most memorable villain in the form of the hired killer known as Smoke. Delightfully sinister and with a unique and deadly signature, Smoke comes alive in the pages of this novel.
UNBURY CAROL will have you cheering and chuckling in between the chills as you tear through the book, the quick rustle of the pages sounding maybe just a little too much like dirt being thrown into a freshly dug grave.
The plot of this novel takes place in the years where people were riding horses....yes, the novel has strong western elements in it.
Carol it's a wife that falls into comas pretty often, but she wakes up from them. Her soul gets locked into a realm , while she still sees what happens with her body .
When she falls into coma again, her husband plans to bury her.....alive. For her money.
An outlaw, Carol ex-boyfriend receives a letter from Carol's house keeper about her death.
He gets on his way to save Carol, knowing she's not dead. This journey takes place on a very long desserted road. Another outlaw is hired to kill our hero outlaw.
I wish the novel was more into horror genre, but it's not. It's a 80% western book. The rest it's a combination of thriller, love sfory, shooting and horror.
I was expecting more, but it was still a good read.