The Gloaming - Melanie Finn

A random pick off a list of 2016 must-reads that the library oh-so-kindly purchased a copy of based on my recommendation.


Short summary only - dark as all get out. Creepy and disjointed. I am not a fan of first person POV but it works here because you start to doubt what is going on just as the POV character is in the moment. And yet there is a glimmer of hope, albeit a very dim one. It starts a bit slow and sags towards the end, but the chapters are short enough to keep the pages turning and the figurative language is grimly delightful.


This story bounces between past and present, African and Swiss settings, and between multiple characters. There is dubious consent all over the place and death, specifically a lot of children's deaths. Reader beware.