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book reviews by Althea

We Are All Completely Fine – Daryl Gregory ****

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There are a few people out there that therapists must see as hard cases. Lone survivors of terrible tragedies, damaged in both mind and body. Sometimes, they refuse to talk about what happened. Sometimes, they insist on explaining that what happened to them had some supernatural element to it – clearly a kind of self-delusion to avoid facing reality.

But one psychologist, Dr. Jan Sayer, has put out her professional feelers to try to contact and form a group therapy meeting with these victims. Half a dozen people, from different walks of life, with different dark secrets, agree to meet. The one thing they have in common is malfunction. But together, what they could uncover is… well, it’s both slyly humorous and pretty horrific.
Think Lovecraft meets serial-killer, with a nod to the superhero-team genre. Add in a spooky cult, some cannibalism… it’s got it all, ‘American Horror Story’-style.

I didn’t like this quite as much as Gregory’s recent ‘Afterparty’ (which I loved.) This feels like it was written a bit more quickly – it’s a short book, and a fast read. But it is very good.

Much appreciation to NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of the book. As always, my opinion is my own.

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