Book Review for NEVERWORLD WAKE by Marisha Pessl

NEVERWORLD WAKE by Marisha Pessl
Delacorte Press
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A gritty tale which bends time as the search for the truth tests relationships and exposes what is hidden.

NEVERWORLD WAKE pushes the boundaries of reality and friendship. It hauntingly manipulates the characters as these five friends discover the secrets each are holding and the lies they have told.

Book Review for NEVERWORLD WAKE by Marisha Pessl

I believe what makes this book so gripping is the premise of the story. The idea of a purgatory is not new, but the way the concept was developed and explored allows the reader to connect with these five young adults. Having them in limbo as they decide who lives and dies puts a pressure on them which propels the narrative forward. Many times I was caught by the cruelty of what they were going through. To have to live a day over and over again without the prospect of another day was heartbreaking.

I must also give the author credit for her amazing storytelling. The way that Pessl weaves together the emotion, the mystery, and diverse characters with their current state is sublime. Also, having the looming threat of the vote to see who will live adds to the tension in the novel. In many ways this book takes what we know and turns it on its head. I loved every minute of this dark and twisty tale.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Five friends. Only one can survive the Neverworld Wake. Who would you choose?

From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Night Film comes an absorbing psychological suspense thriller in which fears are physical and memories come alive.

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim--their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend--changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft--the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world--hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim's death.

But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she's never going to know what really happened.

Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions.

Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers . . . and at life.

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About the Author: Marisha Pessl is the author of Night Film and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize) and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and currently resides in New York City.

Book Details:

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 5, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399553924
ISBN-13: 978-0399553929

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