Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Review | At the End of Every Day by Arianna Reiche

Source: review copy provided by publisher. This is a review of my reading experience.

At the End of Every Day is Arianna Reiche's debut novel.

At the End of Every Day by Arianna Reiche

In this haunting debut novel—perfect for fans of Iain Reid, Jeff VanderMeer, and Julia Armfield—a loyal employee at a collapsing theme park questions the recent death of a celebrity visitor, the arrival of strange new guests, her boyfriend’s erratic behavior, and ultimately her own sanity.

Delphi has spent years working at a vast and iconic theme park in California after fleeing her childhood trauma in her rural hometown. But after the disturbing death of a beloved Hollywood starlet on the park grounds, Delphi is tasked with shuttering The Park for good.

Meanwhile, two siblings with ties to The Park exchange letters, trying to understand why people who work there have been disappearing. Before long, they learn that there’s a reason no one is meant to see behind The Park’s curtain.

What happens when The Park empties out? And what happens when Delphi, who seems remarkably at one with The Park, is finally forced to leave?

At once a novel about the uncanny valley, death cults, optical illusions, and the enduring power of fantasy, Reiche’s debut is a mind-bending teacup ride through an eerily familiar landscape, where the key to it all is what happens At the End of Every Day.

There were three main reasons that I was excited to read At the End of Every Day. 1) it's a debut novel 2) it's being billed as literary horror 3) it's being compared to books by Jeff VanderMeer and Ian Reed. I had hoped At the End of Every Day would be a new favorite addition to the "new weird" genre.

At the End of Every Day had a really great start. I was intrigued by the theme park setting and by the characters. I didn't realize until after I started reading At the End of Every Day that the spiral on the cover was a roller coaster!

I became less and less interested as the book progressed and by the end I was just confused. I was confused about what was happening, and I was confused about what kind of book it was supposed to be.

I felt the Ian Reed comparison briefly, and I guess I haven't read enough Jeff VanderMeer to get the comparison here. I'm not sure who I would recommend this book to. The main characters work at a large theme park that is being disassembled. The synopsis says "the key to it all is what happens at the end of every day". Frankly I'm confused why this was even a reveal. Maybe this book just went over my head.

2/5 stars


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  1. It's not good that the book was confusing.

  2. Or maybe this book wasn't written as well as it should have been. Confused is not how you want to feel at the end of a book. It's too bad though, I do love that theme park setting.

  3. Huh that's weird. I love weird kind of horror too but I'll admit Vandermeer throws me sometimes. So maybe it's just these kinds of books lol. I read Hummingbird Salamander by Vandermeer and I was confused half the time too lol.

  4. Oh no. I hate it when a book leaves me confused.

  5. Why are amusement parks so creepy? Just me? It's a bummer this one ended up a disappointment, since it had a promising start.

  6. I'm easily confused so this book would likely do me in!


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