Friday, April 25, 2014

Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
2004, Anchor

Synopsis: Misty Wilmot has had it. Once a promising young artist, she’s now stuck on an island ruined by tourism, drinking too much and working as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband, a contractor, is in a coma after a suicide attempt, but that doesn’t stop his clients from threatening Misty with lawsuits over a series of vile messages they’ve found on the walls of houses he remodeled.

Suddenly, though, Misty finds her artistic talent returning as she begins a period of compulsive painting. Inspired but confused by this burst of creativity, she soon finds herself a pawn in a larger conspiracy that threatens to cost hundreds of lives.

The Good: Misty's life is interesting and creepy. Her past, the things she goes through, how she deals with her life as it is now, everything just sucked me in. I could not put the book down.

The Bad: The story as a whole is great, but things sort of get muddled in the details. In an attempt to add a little paranormal twist to the story, things just get strange and stop making any type of rational sense. When we delve into who Misty is in the scheme of the universe and how she is destined to be found, it's clearly overkill. The additional eeriness was completely unnecessary.

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