Klune has done it again- he has created another story for adults that reads like a cozy middle-grade fantasy. Puppets is a futuristic spin on the Pinocchio story, so keep your eyes peeled for little easter eggs. I have nothing but praise for this book that is so filled with humor and kindness. Also, prepare to become irrationally attached to some robots.
A slow burn thriller following a Cree woman, Mackenzie, who tries to start a new life to avoid dealing with the grief of her sister’s mysterious death; more specifically, she wants to escape her family’s oppressive sorrow. That is, until her increasingly haunting dreams of the events leading to her death begin to seep into reality. I mean, if I woke up with a severed crow’s head in my hand, I’d panic too! In search of answers, she moves back home and quickly realizes she’ll need the strength of her family to fight the lurking evil surrounding them. I couldn’t put this one down.
Mr Katō is a recently retired crank who spends his daily walks stewing on all the ways his family, friends, and career failed to live up to his expectations. A chance encounter sets him outside of his comfort zone and ultimately forces him to reconsider those relationships, showing us that it’s never too late to find meaning in life. For fans of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, but with the weird charm of Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman.