[This is the Audiobook CASSETTE Library Edition in vinyl case.]
A blazingly original electrifying mystery of love and loss from the haunted imagination of Amelia Gray.
In the dead of winter, David, a retired dentist in an unnamed town in Ohio, is pretty sure his wife, Franny, is dead. But he can't quite figure out what killed her or why she had to die. Disoriented by grief, David struggles to unravel these mysteries--which become increasingly baffling when he starts finding a series of elaborate and escalating threats hidden around his home.
--I will gather your oldest friends at my home and we will have a conversation. you will hear us talking but when you come into the room we will stop talking.--
Who left these notes? Was someone out to get Franny? Are they coming for him?
--I will staple my address to your winter coat, little one. they will send you to me no matter what you claim.--
Unfortunately for David, Detective Chico is also on the case and is intent on asking him questions that he doesn't know the answers to and introducing him to people--including a therapist who is practicing dream analysis in David's garage without his knowledge or consent--who don't appear to have David's best interests in mind. With no one to trust, David is forced to rely on his own memories and faculties, but they, too, are proving unreliable.
--Curl up on my lap. let me brush your hair with my fingers. i am singing you a lullaby. I am testing for structural weakness in your skull.--
Full of psychological twists and turns, Threats beautifully balances moments of utter bewilderment and perfect clarity. Amelia Gray builds a world that is eerie yet familiar, violent yet tender. With ability and precision far beyond her years, Gray grabs you on the first page and never loosens her grip.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reading these other reviews, it seems that people were expecting a more formulaic kind of novel similar to Flynn's Gone Girl when they bought this. No insult to Flynn, but Amelia Gray does so much more with Threats. This novel is surreal, strange, and unlike anything else. It has more in common with Weird storytellers like Stephen Graham Jones, Laird Barron, and Jeremy Robert Johnson than Flynn. Her prose is uncommonly gorgeous, and while it does not have a traditional plot it more than makes up for it with originality and wit. I bought her first collection of short stories after finishing this and look forward to anything Gray will produce in the future.
I see lots of 4- and 5-star reviews, so I feel compelled to post a review for readers like me, who truly appreciate great writing, but still like something resembling traditional plot structure along with beautifully crafted prose.
IF you decide to read this book, hooked, like me, by the references to a mysterious and surreal story, do yourself a favor and get into this mindset from the very start: you're reading it for the sake of reading some truly lovely and interesting writing, but DO NOT expect the author to give you anything even remotely like a plot and, for the love of Mike, don't keep reading in the stubborn belief that, eventually, surely, the author will give you a few crumbs of clarity, a little bit of explanation, SOMETHING that will deliver you from the hours of suspenseful reading.
Because you're going to be left unsatisfied.
If, on the other hand, you relish the opportunity to wallow for hour upon lost hour in confusion deepening into...
I like surreal books when they have some semblance of cohesion - when they’re not so obscure that you’re left feeling frustrated and unfulfilled.
There’s a lot to like about Threats. The atmosphere is creepy and nightmarish. The writing is vivid and grotesque. It’s more or less engaging in spite of its deliberately disjointed narrative.
Threats tells the story of David, a strange dentist whose wife recently died. David has become a person of interest in the investigation, but he can’t remember what happened - and he’s not even sure if his wife is even dead. Complicating things even further is a series of vaguely sinister threats he finds written on scraps of paper around his house.
I think I would have enjoyed this more as an arthouse film than as a novel. There would have been satisfaction in being able to truly visualize the world that Gray attempted to create. As a book, though, it wound up being too obscure for...
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