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Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Richard Kadrey creates a wonderful, stand-alone dark fantasy.

After her father's funeral, Zoe moved to the big city with her mother to start over. But change always brings trials, and life in the city is not so easy. Money is tight, and Zoe's only escape, as has always been the case, is in her dreams - a world apart from her troubled real life where she can spend time with her closest companion: her lost brother, Valentine.

But something or someone has entered their dreamworld uninvited. And a chance encounter at a used record store, where the vinyl holds not music but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. It's here that the shop's strange proprietor offers Zoe the chance to commune with her dead father. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then...

©2013 Richard Kadrey (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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More great work from Kadrey

A lot of reviews compare this with Gaiman, it really has that feel of Gaimans ‘nowhere’ but it’s undeniably Kadrey. I really enjoyed the story, it has a slight ‘needful things’ feel about it at the start. It’s a great YA novel and feels believable as a story about a teenage girl.
If you like Kadrey, or Gaiman or early Stephen King, then this is a very good read/listen.
It could also make for a cool Netflix mini series, I find Kadreys work is always very cinematic in my minds eye.

The narration is good, however all the male characters sound very much the same, that’s my only complaint and it’s a bit of a nit picky one.

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  • 03-04-16

Cool idea that wanders around.

This book is from one of my favorite authors. It was a great idea, I wanted to like it. It was just hard for me to follow.