This was another library find and, I am ashamed to admit, I was drawn to this book by the beautiful colour of its cover. The review-snippet on the front cover from Sarah Waters then persuaded me that I should read the novel, without even having read the blurb.
I must say I couldn’t agree more with Waters on the ‘dream-like’ qualities of this narratives. The whole time I felt as if I was walking my way through some dimly lit, misty world- in the same sort of way I imagine Pip walking into Miss Havisham’s room in Great Expectations.
Though I spent much of the time re-reading the page before, as I was not entirely sure of what was happening, I think Perry did a fantastic job of transitioning from the real and concrete to the surreal and dream-like. The characters that John encounters are all intriguing and endearing, but chilling and ghostly at the same time. The simple and uncomplicated style of Perry’s writing does not sit comfortably with the sense of foreboding that intensifies throughout the narrative, but this is what heightens the fear of danger throughout.
The entire time I was reading I couldn’t decide if I was reading through enjoyment, or through desire to know what happens, but I continued turning the pages nevertheless. I felt in awe. Questions of reality, power, time and space are very much present, but are brought about in a subtle way- which makes them even more harrowing.
I can’t say exactly what it is that I liked about this book, because I have to say I felt a little apprehensive and confused for the entirety of the novel. However, in spite of this mixture of feelings, I would definitely recommend After Me Comes The Flood , mainly because it is unlike anything I have read before.