Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Rock,Paper, Scissors" by Naja Marie Aidt *****

  • Summer Read with Beth
  • Danish author
  • Open Letter Series, first translation into English
  • Originally published 2012 in Denmark
  • Review:  What comprises the key which unlocks the door to our darkest selves?  What is the trigger which can start a downward spiral into fear, shame, and despair?  Perhaps the key, the trigger are different for each person?  Perhaps, it is a unpredictable as a game of rock, paper, scissors. This debut novel explores the process in a profound and evocative manner.  I felt dread from early on in the story, and it mounted throughout the book, until the very last sentence.  Make no mistake, this is not a lighthearted novel in any way!  A random discovery leads the protagonist down a steep slope into suspicion, distrust, horror, shame, and loss.  The final scene leaves the reader with uncertainty, to say the least!  So, read this amazing piece of literature, but only if you can tolerate the emotions it evokes!

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