The Secret Life of Souls

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I love novels written in present tense. It gives such immediacy to the action that you feel you’re right there in the middle of things.

The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee (Pegasus Books, November 2016) is written entirely in present tense and frequently switches POV between Delia Cross, her twin brother Robbie, their mother Patricia, their father Bart, their agent Roman, and their dog Caity. You are actually inside their heads, You see through their eyes, You feel what they feel. For brief periods of time, you become—actually are—them.

You learn what it’s like to share memories and thoughts with another person.

And that’s what makes this story so wonderful. Oh, sure, there’s a lovable urchin on the brink off stardom (Delia), an equally-lovable mutt (Caity), abominable parents (Pat and Bart), an unscrupulous agent (Roman), and even a suspicion of the supernatural at work. It’s a complicated story about a dysfunctional family and a special kind of love that endures despite everything that happens.

The pacing is superb. The first twenty pages are a bit slow-going compared to the rest of the novel. But once bad things start happening, it’s a non-stop roller-coaster ride all the way to the end.

 

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One thought on “The Secret Life of Souls

  1. I want to read this! The gorgeous cover and compelling title notwithstanding, your review is sending my tapping fingers from this page straight to Amazaon. Book reviewer extraordinaire, Paul Dale Anderson, you will be the cause of the exsanguination of my credit cards. But then, I am the one who encourages you to kill again! Keep on, my Love – and remember, no matter what book you review, there’s always a better book by Paul Dale Anderson right around the corner! Resistance is futile.

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