Title: Idaho
Author: Emil Ruskovich
Published: 320
Language: English
Pages: 320
Rating: 3/5

On a hot summer day in August, a family drives to a mountain to collect wood, but then something unimaginably horrifying happens that haunts the family for years to come.

This was an interesting piece of fiction to read, but I'm a bit on the fence with how I feel about it.

You can't really argue with the fact that the writing in this is for the most part absolutely stunning, and to me, it's the strongest aspect of this book. I think the author is really good at conjuring up places, atmosphere and emotions, and it's what makes this book special.

On the other hand, the story is slow and scattered. Sometimes that works, but for me, I don't think it did in this one. There were whole chapters I had to force myself through because I didn't really see the point, whereas other parts I sped through. The whole thing is not quite as fluid as it should be and when there isn't really a whole lot of plot going on, it's hard to become immersed in the story.

I also think the end leaves something to be desired, so that was a bit of a letdown. I think if you're looking for a mystery novel (which I've seen it marketed as) this probably isn't going to be what you want. If you like slow, meandering novels where it's all about the characters and you don't mind books that don't give you closure, I think you might like this. It might be worth the read just for the writing.
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