Book Review - The Changeling: Victor LaValle


I didn’t know what I was getting into, I went into this read totally blind. I googled “top books of 2017” because I figured my library would have plenty of copies to read. I was right and I wasn’t disappointed one bit.

This is what you get when you cross an old fairytale set in modern times with a touch of horror, written by a man who is a real poet. That’s some mashup.

The first third of the book I was all in. The rest of the book was exciting enough to trade sleep for the conclusion.

I wish I could tell you more, but going in blind is the way to do it. Here’s all I’ll give you before you go and buy it, or check it out, like I did.

When Apollo Kagwa’s father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word IMPROBABILIA. Now Apollo is a father himself—and as he and his wife, Emma, are settling into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo’s old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. Irritable and disconnected from their new baby boy, at first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go even deeper. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act—beyond any parent’s comprehension—and vanishes, seemingly into thin air.

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Rex Barrett @rexbarrett