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From an early age Carol has fallen into comas so dangerously deep that doctors can barely detect a heartbeat. Now her husband has concocted a dastardly plan to have Carol buried alive! Is there no one who can save her? Mr. Malerman has already proven himself to be an original thinker (see his first novel “Birdbox”) and now he has outdone himself! Check out this Poe worthy story set in the old West.
— Mary T..
"This one haunts you for reasons you can't quite put your finger on. . . . Josh Malerman] defies categories and comparisons with other writers."--Kirkus Reviews
The Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Bird Box
returns with a haunting tale of love, redemption, and murder.
Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.
Only two people know of Carol's eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and--when she lapses into another coma--plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol's dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.
And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her--summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.
The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol
is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page. Advance praise for Unbury Carol
"Breathtaking and menacing . . . an intricately plotted, lyrical page-turner about love, betrayal, revenge, and the primal fear of being buried alive."--Booklist (starred review) "Unbury Carol
is a Poe story set in the weird West we all carry inside us, and it not only hits the ground running, it digs into that ground, too. About six wonderful feet."--Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels
"Bleakly lyrical la Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor."--Library Journal (starred review)
"With vivid prose and characters that leap off the page, guns a-blazing, Unbury Carol
creates its own lingering legend, dragging you along like an obstinate horse toward a righteous storm of an ending."--Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma