Monday, November 13, 2017

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

4 Stars

Welcome to Caesura, rhymes with tempura . . . .

Okay, not really. In reality, you can leave anytime you want. There are only three rules that have to be followed . . . .

“No visitors. No contact. No return.”

In other words, if you choose to leave? Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. You see Caesura isn’t your average town. Known as “The Blinds” by all who reside there, Caesura is a place for second chances. A new and improved Witness Protection Program, if you will, where the residents have had their most recent memories erased in order to obtain a fresh start in a town where not only does no one know their neighbor’s real name, but also don’t know whether they are part of the program because of something they did or something told. Really, though????

At least that’s the consensus. I mean how else could they all live peacefully? A tiger can’t simply change its stripes, right? That line of thinking was working out great – until someone committed suicide by bullet-to-the-head in a town with only one gun and another person was murdered. Now the residents are about to find out . . . .

“You might not remember the world, but the world remembers you.”

I can’t even specify what’s making me hold back on offering up that final Star, but I am going to withhold it. Still, Sternbergh is a dude with plenty of creative juices flowing and he really knocked this one out of the park.

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