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So this wasn’t that great unfortunately. I loved the cover. I loved the synopsis. But it took me several days to finish this one. It just moved so freaking slow. And I just didn’t care about any of the characters. I kept hoping that something would happen, but nothing really does except for a scene about some baby rabbits. I just thought the whole book dragged and was hoping for a book more similar to “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” and this was not it.
“Suburban Hell” follows Amy Foster and her three closest friends who live in the suburbs of Chicago. Amy is still trying to get back into working, and finds the only thing that keeps her going are her friends Liz, Melissa, and Jess who all live in the same upper middle class cul-de-sac. When the four friends have one of their wine girl nights, they go out to have a toast to the she-shed that Liz is having built for their togethers. But something weird happens that is followed by a bad smell. After that Liz is off and then Amy starts thinking that Liz may be possessed by a demon (just go with it). The book follows Amy, Melissa, and Jessa as they try to think of some way of saving Liz.
I get this was supposed to be funny, but I didn’t laugh or smile once. Everything felt dreary. And after a while I got sick of Amy who talked “crap” on everyone, but her friends. I thought she was so judgmental and even wondered why she cared at all about Liz. The book doesn’t do a great job of showing what brought these women together and even why they continued to hang out. Amy goes on and on about how without Liz around they all are not the best versions of themselves. But I kept going, so you all were jerks ands he put up with it? Sounds about right.
And the whole possessed by a demon thing? I expected more gore honestly. And even without that, this demon seemed really lame. Just threatened a lot. At one point I went, so is it going to do something or??? And it seemed to be or. Maybe it would have been more interesting if we got a chance to see if the whole neighborhood would come together. But they really don’t. It’s just the three women who keep floundering around and not really wanting to do anything and Amy telling her husband about every event with him going well maybe this is what is happening.
I thought the backstory on the whole demon was interesting, but even that wasn’t really delved into much before the book drags on forever before we get to a confrontation. I think the book focused way too much on the mom dynamics and Amy hosting a freaking carnival or whatever it was. It just didn’t add anything and started to feel like filler towards the end.
The ending seems to be setting up a sequel I am going to pass on.
I read this for Cannonball Read 14 bingo:
- Bodies: Any book that doesn’t deal exclusively with thought. If you find a book that in no way involves bodies, feel free to review it for this category, because I am stumped.
- I am going to say this book counts since it is dealing with a demon that does not have a body. It possesses one of the characters.