I really wanted to enjoy this, as I like the idea of it and I like to follow Beukes’ work (even if I’m still only halfway through Zoo City, shut up, I’m overwhelmed), but it’s too far away from the paranormal/fantasy genre for me. I do like crime stories and mysteries, but not the really grim and bizarre stuff, and this really crosses too close to that for me. Beukes’ writing is good, evocative, pulls you in — but I didn’t want to be pulled into this story; I was grossed out from the start.
I’m still hoping to read The Shining Girls, because I’ve heard so much about the supernatural aspects there — enough to hope it’s more my thing. I’m not sure, though, because I thought this was along those lines too, and then most of it seemed very straight forwardly crime fiction.
So, I’ll chalk this down to ‘not for me’, and reach for another book, I guess. I’m pretty sure Zoo City is for me, and probably Moxyland too, at least more so. I just need to find the time.