Ill Will

Ill Will

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: his adopted brother Rusty is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin's parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to epitomize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345476043
Characteristics: 461 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: CHAON, D


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Nov 27, 2017

This is about as dark a book as I have ever read. Those who don't enjoy at least an occasional visit to the darker reaches of the human psyche may be uncomfortable with this. It is at times close to be a transgressive story.

That said, this is one of the best books I have read this year. Choan intimately knows psychological darkness and despair, and that comes through in this novel. I audibly gasped at many passages, and I don't think I will forget this book anytime soon, if ever.

However, he does pull a few punches at the very end, and so I can only give 4.5 starts instead of five.

AL_ANNAL Nov 09, 2017

A wild, unsteady ride as a father and son, separately, try to stay in touch with reality and a coherent sense of self, after the death of their wife/mother. There is a horrifying unsolved murder in the father's past and a troubling new friend has entered his present life.

Aug 29, 2017

I agree with jachayden's comment. VERY underwhelming. I've struggled to get 80% through it, but now that I've read that the end doesn't wrap up everything, I'm not going to bother to finish. It just drags so much. No likeable characters. I also didn't get whatever is deep about this, because I too was looking for a fast paced mystery.

Jul 21, 2017

I was underwhelmed by this book. The premise was really cool and could have made for a really great suspenseful novel. But it was very oddly and illogically written. The 'unique' structuring of some pages, ie. words and sentences written in random disorganized boxes, sentences with larges amounts of space between words and paragraphs, and sentences that stop altogether in the middle or themselves, were just distracting rather than engaging or intriguing. The whole story was very nonsensical and unappealing. The ending was abrupt and relied heavily on characters that were barely present throughout the story. Not a single story line was completed or explained. I get the impression that there was quite a bit of symbolism that I did not pick up on, but when the book I am reading sells itself as a fast-paced thriller, I'm not in the mindset to pick up and interpret surrealist notions.

Jul 05, 2017

This book is like a Hitchcock movie - lots of twists and turns. The story is told by a few characters.


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