Pearl – Josh Malerman

I have mixed feelings on this book and I’ll explain them in my review.

Thanks to Random House for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

PEARL – Josh Malerman (Released October 12th, 2021 – Originally released January 1st, 2019 as ON THIS, THE DAY OF THE PIG)

Book Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie Josh Malerman comes the legend of a strange new monster unlike any other in horror.

Go to the farm just outside of town and you’ll hear it.

A voice. Inside your head. Or is it? Come to me… A voice that makes you want to pick up that axe over in the corner of the barn. And swing it. And kill.

Feed us. Feed us now. It is the voice of Pearl. Sing for me. Sing for your precious Pearl…

My Thoughts: 3/5 stars

I’m very torn on this book. I read the synopsis and I was expecting some kind of creepy horror book or a psychological thriller. Well, technically I did get a horror book but it was not the one I was anticipating. Reading the synopsis for this book, would you have imagined that Pearl is not a person, but a telepathic and bloodthirsty pig? That came out of nowhere for me. This is a rerelease of one of Malerman’s book from 2019 that was under a different title, ON THIS, THE DAY OF THE PIG. The synopsis for that edition is more accurate.

Was this my favorite book I read this month? Not necessarily but I didn’t hate it either. I couldn’t stop reading but I’m not entirely sure why. This was a solid creature horror book but I think this rerelease should be marketed that way. Based on other reviews I’ve seen, I’m not the only one that was confused by this. So going into this it’ll be good know that you’ll be getting quite the read about a maniacal and mind-reading pig.

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