Book Review: All of Me
Good Morning Bookworms!
I hope you had a lovely weekend and are starting the week off right. We had a deadly combo of rain, sleet, and snow last night so I’m happily extending my stay at home working remotely.
Wintry weather aside, it’s time for another book review!
This time I read All of Me by Iseult Murphy.
I’ve been a big fan of Iseult’s for quite a while now, so when I heard of her new release, I had to get my grubby mitts on it! So, how’d I like this horror novella? Keep on reading to find out!
A terrifying body horror novella.
Sometimes you are your own worst enemy.
Margaret’s unhappy with her life. Overweight, overwhelmed and passed over. When her neighbor gives her a gift, she wakes up a new person – or three.
Now Dot, Peggy and Daisy have the freedom to pursue their career, creativity, and darkest obsessions. But is it any easier living with yourself when there are three of you? And why, when they can indulge their cravings, are they still holding themselves back?
Perhaps getting what you want, and eating it too, does not lead to happiness.
From the author of the 7th Hell series comes a body horror fairy tale about self-talk, self-hate, and insatiable hunger.
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Wow, what a fun read!
I’ve come to appreciate Iseult Murphy’s writing over the past few years, and this novella didn’t disappoint.
This story centers on Margaret, a morbidly obese woman who suffers physically and emotionally with her weight. That all changes when a strange man gives her a bizarre root that splits her into three slim versions of herself. Now the three of them can truly live their lives to the fullest, but is there something more to this root than meets the eye?
I’ve got to say, what really made this story a winner was the portrayal of Margaret, as well as Dot, Peggy, and Daisy. Margaret is in intriguing character, and I liked being inside her head. She’s been teased all throughout her life based on her weight, and as an effect she’s become withdrawn, depressed, and loathes herself. It was so easy to relate to her and root for her. She felt very three dimensional to me.
Dot, Peggy, and Daisy were just as intriguing. They were divided parts of Margaret, each with their own unique faults and strengths. I liked exploring each one’s mindset, and it was executed extremely well.
The plot was unpredictable, and I really loved that. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, and that propelled me forward. The horror element was especially chilling.
I only had minor quips overall. In just a few places, the flow kind of got off track for me, and I believe there was a small inconsistency or two throughout, but nothing that killed the read for me by any means.
If you want a refreshing take on body horror, definitely give this a try!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!