Never Left by CM Harris
11/25/21; 400 pages
She Never Left by CM Harris is a so-so supernatural tale.
Jane and TJ are cousins who return to their hometown for a 20th
reunion. By this town are dense woods called "the thicket" filled
with a fungus that glows and can actively effect and infect
humans. There is also a stalker named Lincoln who has had a crush
on Jane since high school. The novel is filled with the two facing
trauma and addictions from their past and the cause of their
problems, something that might still be operating today and
Chapters alternate between present day and twenty plus years
earlier. There really never is any good reason produced for
attending a 20th high school reunion in a creepy small town that
you were happy to leave and where people seem to disappear on a
regular basis, unless it is the psychedelic mushrooms. One of the
most glaring problems with the whole novel is that all the
characters talk as if they are still in high school in both time
lines. This is more a science fiction tale and a drug trip rather
than a mystery about disappearing people from a small town.
Normally I can enjoy science fiction, but this wasn't quite it.
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