Shantallow was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and reviews are my own.
Author: Cara Martin
Publication date: 12th May 2019
Genre: young adult, horror
Rating: 3 STARS
Content: strong language and off page sex scenes.
Shantallow is a story that is separated into three parts. Part one is in the present day meeting out main character Misha. Part two is in the past which gives us context to what happened in part one. Part three noes back into the present time when all the action starts.
Starting to read this story I got a dark and ominous sense from this story with sets up the whole feel and atmosphere of this story.
We get a dark and threatening undertone which made me anxious knowing that terrible things are going to start happening.
We have people of colour and trans representation in this which I think is kind of brushed over and just mentioned as an interesting piece of information.
I couldn’t connect with any of these characters although Misha has been a similar situation as myself but I felt nothing when they were in dangerous situations. I truly did not care if these characters live or died.
Tanvi and Misha had a very toxic relationship that I hated watching because I had such a horrible feeling about the way their relationship was heading.
In part three we get introduced to a couple more characters and I know absolutely nothing about them so didn’t connect with them at all either. It would have been better if we got to know these characters before the shit hit the fan and have the protagonist tell us that he knows them from a party, etc.
Final thoughts and emotions
This story has really intense scenes that kept me intrigued and on the edge of my seating waiting to see what happened but I was left with many unanswered questions at the end.
About the Author
Cara Martin is the author of several acclaimed novels for young people published under the name C. K. Kelly Martin. Her most recent novel, Stricken, was released in 2017. A graduate of the Film Studies program at York University, Cara has lived in the Greater Toronto Area and Dublin, Ireland. Within the space of 3500 miles she’s worked a collection of quirky jobs at multiple pubs and video stores, an electricity company, a division of the Irish post office, a London toyshop, and an advertising analytics company. She’s also been an image editor for a dot-com startup that didn’t survive the 90s, and a credit note clerk for Canada’s largest national distributor of General Merchandise. Cara currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband and is still afraid of the Child Catcher from the film adaptation of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG