Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark
Published October 20, 2015
If there was one word to describe this book, it would be: odd. It was probably one of the strangest and weirdest book I have picked up in a while. The premise seemed promising and it seemed interesting as well but I think the overall execution was a bit vague and even after finishing the book, I’m not 100% sure what I had just read.
First of all, I just want to discuss about the layout of the book. Each chapter started with this dialogue between Eren and someone (you’re not entirely sure who it is at this point, by the way) and then it goes on with the actual chapter. It’s also not clear at what setting the first part of each chapter is at so it’s not until towards the end that you realize that the dialogue between Eren and that someone is the present while the rest of the chapter/book is set in a flashbook scenario. It’s all a little confusing, to be perfectly honest. I’m still confused.
Also, the whole thing with Oli’s dad was weird. In the synopsis, it gave the impression that the father was either dead or something creepy had happened to him but when the reality is revealed about his father, I was like, uh, this was the big secret? I mean, it’s a big deal but it’s not that big of a deal – if that makes any sense whatsoever. Plus, the fact that his mother and his uncle/aunt all hid the truth away from him made the whole situation seem much more sinister then it really was. In fact, it was so benign, in a way. For someone who lives in the US, being caught up in some sort of political scandal is almost an everyday occurrence so for me, it was kind of a letdown.
I also felt that because the book was so short (less than 200 pages), the character and the world building wasn’t very extensive. I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters and the side characters were really just that – side characters. They didn’t particularly play a part in the development of Oli nor did they hinder anything for him. As for the world building, it was pretty nonexistent other than the fact that Oli and his mother escaped London to the countryside but there was no mention about where exactly this countryside was.
Overall, the book was just okay – it could have been a lot better if the creep factor went up or if there was something more sinister that went on with his father but there was none of that. The book was depicted as an “unsettling” book and it wasn’t even that. I’m not sure if I could recommend it to be honest.