I love stories that take us to the very edge of reality, and suggest that in hidden places there are some strange things going on. Things that your average happy and oblivious person would never know about.
It takes a certain type of person, in the right (or wrong) circumstances, to find themselves somewhere like the hotel of this story, and the main character’s desperate situation at the beginning of the tale (considering ending their life) has guided them into a world that they never knew existed.
Cate’s ability to describe the indescribable is exceptional here. She seems to have the ability to give you a vivid, yet mysterious and vague impression, both at the same time. There is no “obvious” to this story, and what appears around every corner is quite the unexpected.
This is not a light read. You really have to be into the story and paying attention, or you will be as lost as the protagonist. To me this is a good thing, and for those of you who are easily engrossed and pulled into a world inside a book, this will not disappoint.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and highly recommend it. It’s A fantastic short read, and definitely a good introduction to an author that I hadn’t heard of. I’ll be looking up her other fiction after this, and hoping that there is plenty of it.
The only negative side to this publication is nothing to do with the story – It’s a limited edition run with no ebook, so too few people will be able to read this at the moment. I hope Spectral release this to a wider audience soon, so that I can recommend the book!
Cate’s website – http://www.categardner.net
On Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11972149-nowhere-hall