on September 17, 2019
What’s more frightening: Not knowing who you are? Or finding out? A Bram Stoker Award–winning author explores the answer in a chilling story about identity and human consciousness.
Imagine you’ve woken up in an unfamiliar room with no memory of who you are, how you got there, or where you were before. All you have is the disconnected voice of an attentive caretaker. Dr. Kuhn is there to help you—physically, emotionally, and psychologically. She’ll help you remember everything. She’ll make sure you reclaim your lost identity. Now answer one question: Are you sure you want to?
Paul Tremblay’s The Last Conversation is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
Why I read the book
I read this book because it was available in my Kindle library. My wife Amanda thought I’d like it and grabbed the small anthology it is a part of.
It is a short story and can be read in one sitting. I listened to it and read on my phone in about two hours while doing other things.
🚨Small spoilers ahead! Stop now to avoid them! 🚨
What I liked
The writing style and dis-jointed storytelling was unsettling and it helped make the story interesting. I don’t normally read horror, but found out after I finished the book that the author has won awards in that category.
Because the main character had sensory deprivation and amnesia at the beginning of the story I originally thought it was some sort of machine or AI that was being taught in a new way.
The reveal of what was really happening with the main character was very interesting and told well.
The ending made me think of the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.
What I didn’t like
There wasn’t anything I didn’t like except that it was only a short story. It would have been great to dive into the world more.
I give the book 4 out of 5 syringes 💉.
It’s a thought and conversation provoking book.
This was book 1 of 2020.