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Reprieve: A Novel | James Han Mattson
6 posts | 5 read | 14 to read
"An eventual American classic that is unrelenting in its beauty and incisive cultural critique." - KIESE LAYMON A chilling and blisteringly relevant literary novel of social horror centered around a brutal killing that takes place in a full-contact haunted escape room--a provocative exploration of capitalism, hate politics, racial fetishism, and our obsession with fear as entertainment. On April 27, 1997, four contestants make it to the final cell of the Quigley House, a full-contact haunted escape room in Lincoln, Nebraska, made famous for its monstrosities, booby-traps, and ghoulishly costumed actors. If the group can endure these horrors without shouting the safe word, "reprieve," they'll win a substantial cash prize--a startling feat accomplished only by one other group in the house's long history. But before they can complete the challenge, a man breaks into the cell and kills one of the contestants. Those who were present on that fateful night lend their points of view: Kendra Brown, a teenager who's been uprooted from her childhood home after the sudden loss of her father; Leonard Grandton, a desperate and impressionable hotel manager caught in a series of toxic entanglements; and Jaidee Charoensuk, a gay international student who came to the Unites States in a besotted search for his former English teacher. As each character's journey unfurls and overlaps, deceits and misunderstandings fueled by obsession and prejudice are revealed--forcing all to reckon with the ways in which their beliefs and actions contributed to a horrifying catastrophe. A startlingly soulful exploration of complicity and masquerade, Reprieve combines the psychological tension of classic horror with searing social criticism, and seamlessly threads together trial transcripts, evidence descriptions, and deeply layered individual narratives to present a chilling portrait of this tangled American life.
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RebeccaRoo7
Reprieve: A Novel | James Han Mattson
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Continuation of my earlier post - I love the narrator's voice, however it does not match or do this novel justice. It quickly becomes monotonous & bland.

I also don't care for any of the characters, which is intentional & most of the time I can look past those flaws.

I've seen so many mixed reviews about this book, some stating it's a fantastic read and others saying it's a waste of time.
Has anyone else read this one?

#mystery #dnf #october

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RebeccaRoo7
Reprieve: A Novel | James Han Mattson
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I'm really struggling with this book. The audio version is just awful. This is the first book in several years where I'm considering not finishing. I'm about 2 hours in and listening to this is making me tense and slightly irritable.

When dialogue is made up of "he said," "she said" and "they said," over and over again, I can't really enjoy any of the story.

Pt. 1

#mystery #dnf #fiction #october #scary #audiobook

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abookishbutterfly
Reprieve: A Novel | James Han Mattson
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I went to The Dog Eared Book to pick up my preordered copy of Reprieve tonight and the amazing bookstore owner hooked me up with an ARC of Kendare Blake‘s upcoming novel!!!

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KatieDid927
Reprieve: A Novel | James Han Mattson
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Panpan

Nothing about this one worked for me. The story is boring and lackluster. The characters are flat and unlikable. The editing was missing entirely. Too many unnecessary characters with incredibly slow pacing. I wish I‘d bailed. The premise is decent though, and this still counts as a #Screamathon read. @4thhouseontheleft

#ARC pub date 10/5 (today!)

EvieBee I‘m glad I canceled that library hold in favor of something else. Thanks! 4mo
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TheBookStacker
Reprieve: A Novel | James Han Mattson
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It‘s here!!!!!! Trying not to drop everything and start this, so I‘m going to workout THEN I will start it. 😂

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PNWBookseller85
Reprieve: A Novel | James Han Mattson
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Pickpick

I don‘t read a lot of horror. This book had a lot going on - it was more than just shock value. It‘s nuanced and fascinating and uncomfortable. A solid read. Comes out in October.

LeahBergen Oh, this sounds GOOD. 7mo
Cathythoughts It does sound good … I‘m a stacking too 7mo
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