First, to say – I have very much enjoyed VE Schwalb’s books in the past. … And this one: not so much. I found it tiring, boring, and a story [like the character] that will be easy to forget.
*** Mild spoilers ahead ***
TLDR: no one remembers Addie due to a deal she made with the devil, for freedom. Then, someone does, predictably: a boy. Predictably, also not an accident – put in her path by the devil.
First half of the book…. No one remembers. A lot of yawn worthy pages of not remembering.
The ‘backstory’ (which ends up being half the book – times from 1700’s to present) is tiring to read – due to the style/voice. Invisible narrator, and the way it’s written. Did not enjoy the narration… and hence the entire feel of the book.
High points for creativity. I don’t think I have ever read a story quite like this. So there was that. It stood out as unique, in that sense, in my mind.
However…. It easily could have been an impactful novella length book. Or a book that had a plot that stood out in ones mind, lingering for months, instead of being quickly forgotten.