Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lucretia And The Kroons

Victor Lavalle
Netgalley review

Amazon Blurb -

Lucretia’s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny—a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness—has gone missing. The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown. Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon-winged rodents, and haunted playgrounds. Her quest ultimately forces her to confront the most frightening specter of all: losing, forever, the thing you love the most.
Lucretia and the Kroons is a dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and a moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss. This all-new novella serves as the perfect companion piece to The Devil in Silver, a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror that continues the story of Lucretia.

Lucretia's or Loochie as she's known, best friend Sunny is very sick and it has kept her away in the hospital for many weeks.  She misses her friend especially since she wasn't able to come to Loochie's birthday party.  Her mother innocently invited some other girls who really weren't friends to Loochie and it was a disaster.  Months go by and Sunny is finally home, Loochie wants her to come to a party in her apartment just the two of them, while her mom goes to an appointment with her brother Louis.

On the day of her party, Louis comes to the house to pick up their mom and while waiting tells Loochie a terrifying story about the abandoned apartment 6 B.  Loochie doesn't believe him, but while they are gone, a crazy terror filled adventure takes place changing her life forever.

This was a novella, so it was a very quick read.  No doubt it was sad, and I felt bad for Loochie.  It wasn't quite the horror story I would have thought, but the author kept it moving nicely. My favorite part, when Loochie told the girls at her party to "get the hell out you whores!"

3 cannolis


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