Publisher : Tor Books
Genre : Adult | Horror
Page Count: 56
Synopsis : Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.
The house is the kind of wrong place where you can lose yourself and find things you’d rather not have. Over the course of a few nights, the boy tries to map out his house in an effort that puts his little brother in the worst danger, and puts him in the position to save them . . . at terrible cost. (From Goodreads)
Content Warnings: Graphic animal violence, bullying, violence, gunshots, physical violence, murder, gore.
I bought this book a while back when I was in the mood for something creepy and just somehow forgot about it. That until I was talking to a friend and she told me that she had just finished it and it was an interesting read which… reminded me that I had it. And it definitely was Something. I didn’t like it as much as I had hope but it did deliver on the creepy side of things so I’d say that overall it was a decent read.
The writing was truly wonderful, simple and yet very atmospheric, it immersed me immediately in the story and I was sucked in and fascinated from the first few pages. Mapping the Interior is written like a memory of a sort. At the end of the book, we learn that Junior is in his early forties telling the story of when he was a kid which gives the narration a peculiar mix of knowledge and naivety that strangely works really well with the plot. One thing that I also liked is the impressive attention to detail the author put into the story, things I would’ve never thought about were put in here and they made the whole reading experience wholesome.
Mapping the Interior isn’t scary in the classic meaning of the term but it definitely sent goosebumps all over my body from very early on. It had this very eerie vibe that I couldn’t help but feel from start to finish and I think that the fact that the mystery was kept alive through most of the books helped a lot with that. In fact, the reader doesn’t know much of what is happening, it’s confusing but not in a bad way, in a way where I couldn’t explain to you everything that happened even if I tried. The only issue that made me not enjoy the book as much as I expected is because of how dense it is, I don’t know what made it that way since the writing is pretty simple, but it took me one too many hours to get through the 56 pages of it
Junior is a Native American boy living with his mom and brother on a reservation and I gotta say, he was a very interesting character. Not likeable in the slightest but he’s smart, resourceful, brave and cares about his brother more than anything in the world. He has a lot of weight on his shoulders for a 12 year old boy, a weight he refuses to share with anyone else because he wants to protect his family above everything else.
His brother, Dino, is disabled although the name of the disability is never mentioned, he convulses and has a learning disability among other things and I cannot speak on that representation so if anyone who can has read it, hit me up with a link to your review. We don’t know much else about him than that and the fact that he gets bullied at school. As for the mom, I loved how realistically she was written. She’s far from being perfect but she does her best and loves her kids more than anything in the world.
All in all, I’d recommend reading Mapping the Interior. It’s what I’d call an “Experience” book and is unlike anything I’ve ever read before.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read Mapping the Interior? If so, what did you think?
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