“The Embalmer” by Anne-Renee Caille


Thanks to Coach House and Netgalley for the review copy.

This is a rather unusual yet compelling book. I guess I hesitate to call it a book at all. It’s more a series of vignettes by a narrator interviewing her funeral director father about some of his past cases. The book itself is very short and each of the passages is perhaps one or two pages long.

Some of the examples written about are absolutely brutal and this is certainly not a book for the faint of heart or squeamish. If you have a morbid streak as I do, you are likely to appreciate it much more.

The book is written in a stilted, almost poetic style and it felt quite uncanny and chilling to read. Although there isn’t a supernatural element to it, at certain points I felt a shiver down my spine and it got my heart thumping.

It’s definitely not a book for everyone but I really enjoyed this. It felt unusual and thrilling and was definitely something different. If you’re looking for something unique, consider giving it a read.

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