Published by Tor Nightfire on August 8, 2023
In a lonely cottage overlooking the windswept Maine coast, Wilder Harlow begins the last book he will ever write. It is the story of his childhood summer companions and the killer that stalked the small New England town. Of the body they found, and the horror of that discovery echoing down the decades. And of Sky, Wilder’s one-time best friend, who stole his unfinished memoir and turned it into a lurid bestselling novel, Looking Glass Sound.
But as Wilder writes, the lines between memory and fiction blur. He fears he’s losing his grip on reality when he finds notes hidden around the cottage written in Sky’s signature green ink.
Catriona Ward delivers another mind-bending and cleverly crafted tale about one man’s struggle to come to terms with the terrors of his past… before it’s too late.
I think I have to admit that Catriona Ward’s books aren’t for me. I thought The Last House on Needless Street was just okay; I DNF’d Little Eve and Sundial; and her newest, Looking Glass Sound, was also just okay.
As with her other books, this had a really intriguing premise, but the execution just didn’t do it for me. The story felt too convoluted and trying to be overly, unnecessarily twisty, which got in the way for me of the characters and whether or not I was invested in the outcome.
I know other people love her books, but I think this is an author who has been consistently not for me.