We Are All Completely Fine by Darryl Gregory

We Are All Completely Fine - Daryl Gregory

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What happens to the people who have experienced severe trauma, the ones who have escaped horrors both human and supernatural. Group therapy, according to this read and the premise alone was enough to make my literary mouth water.

Five emotionally, and physically, scarred individuals attend group sessions with Dr Sayer. Harrison, the 'Monster Detective', Stan, who escaped the clutches of cannibals, Barbara, a victim of the Scrimshander, Martin, who sees otherworldly creatures and Greta who silently endures the sessions. They soon learn that they are connected in a very different way.

This was an incredibly fast read, the author giving just enough information to keep the story moving forward without explaining each characters back story. This was maddening as the back stories sounded fascinating, only a fraction of each was given and it was impossible not to keep turning the pages to read what else might be divulged.

The characters themselves are extremely engaging, the dialogue between them felt natural for their setting and it's interesting to see how the relationships within the group develop at each session.

Whilst I very much enjoyed the story, I did feel it lost a little bit of impact round about the half way mark when Greta's story was finally revealed. I took half a star off for this reason but it's detraction from the flow of the read was minimal. I very much enjoyed the ending as well and am quite excited to see what looks like a sequel being released next year. Highly recommended.