"Because sometimes life is pretty terrible. And bad things happen to good things. We don’t all have to be who they want us to be or who they taught us to be. We can all change, but we have to have a fresh start. We can only do that by having a chance for a fresh start.”
This is very hard to talk about when this book does not release for a while. Please forgive my vagueness.
Joshua Hull's MOUTH is a very fast read that is unlike anything you've read. And while I know that's a super cliche thing to say, it's just true. This book has elements of things I've seen before, but constantly goes in different directions than I would have expected, even up to the very last page.
We are conditioned to expect stories to go a certain way and when they do not, it's often jarring. Mouth, on the other hand, only made me love it more and as I look back on it, I don't WANT it to go where I thought it was going. Instead, I got strong characters whose motivations make sense, whose actions are choices, not destiny, and whose choices add up throughout the entire story.
I devoured this story in two sittings, but if I'd realized how fast the second half would go, I might have easily done it in one. If you like Weird New Horror and subversions of expectations, this book is definitely for you.