A REVIEW FROM MY COMMUTE: Diary — Chuck Palahniuk

So what have I been listening to lately? I’ve been on a bit of a weird fiction kick and Diary by Chuck Palahniuk certainly did not disappoint…

diaryMisty Wilmot has had it. Once a promising young artist, she’s now stuck on an island ruined by tourism, drinking too much and working as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband, a contractor, is in a coma after a suicide attempt, but that doesn’t stop his clients from threatening Misty with lawsuits over a series of vile messages they’ve found on the walls of houses he remodeled.

Suddenly, though, Misty finds her artistic talent returning as she begins a period of compulsive painting. Inspired but confused by this burst of creativity, she soon finds herself a pawn in a larger conspiracy that threatens to cost hundreds of lives. What unfolds is a dark, hilarious story from America’s most inventive nihilist, and Palahniuk’s most impressive work to date.

I really enjoyed this tale from Palahniuk—it was so utterly bizarre but made perfect sense. It was horrorific in a humourously physchological way and I loved each moment of it. Told in diary format, it felt a little odd since it wasn’t completely told from the first person perspective as one might expect but for some reason, against the backdrop of the interconnected story lines, it works. Definitely worth the read if you enjoy a little strange with your horror fiction!

Rating: 4.5 stars

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