Book Review: Dead Endings, by Jessica Chavez

I have a weakness for weird fiction. I'm also partial to good writing. The issue I've always run into is this: There is far too much of the former, and far too little of the latter.

Dead Endings is brilliantly written, very weird fiction.

Of course, there have been other stories written about the paranormal. Good stories, even. What sets Dead Endings apart, for me, is the realness of the world and the people in it. Cailen is a down-to-earth person, one I can relate to -- probably more than I should admit. She's a writer, she's lazy, she cares deeply for her friends, she grumbles about helping people but she does it anyway. We get to know Cailen the best, spending the most time with her overall, but the rest of the main cast is also well-rounded and likable. Even the antagonists are sympathetic, to the extent they should be, anyway.

(I'm avoiding a plot synopsis here, because you can read one of those elsewhere very easily, and because I went in knowing almost nothing and I think I was better off for it.)

What caught my attention most of all was the writing. The narration is gorgeous. Sometimes the ability to construct a compelling plot and the ability to write it beautifully are not found in the same person, but that's not the case here. Just really excellent work. I'm going to cut myself off from talking more about the writing, because I could gush about it for a long time. It's good. You'll see what I mean.

It's not a long book, which isn't a negative by any means. You just might want more, and that's a perfectly reasonable reaction to good writing. The plot does seem to continue -- it's being serialized online, and I imagine at some point another book will release collecting this next part of the story.

I highly recommend this book. I don't write a ton of reviews -- because I'm lazy, but also because I'm picky. This is worth your time.

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