This novella is short and horrific. Bad, terrible, scary things happen to a tiny little town near the Mexican border. Is it scary? Not really. There isn’t a lot of tension, a lot of build up. The Big Bad just waltzes into town and the townspeople react.
What is great about the book is Carr’s sparse and yet also elegant. He neatly paints pictures of his characters in as few words or scenes as possible– and yet they are fleshed out, motivated, understandable. It’s a bizarre novella filled with violence, mayhem and unhappiness, but very little judgement or moralizing. I ended up totally enjoying it. 4 stars.