by Lois Murphy
Publication date: October 15th 2019
Publisher: Titan Books (first published October 1st 2017)
On winter solstice, the birds disappeared, and the mist arrived.
The inhabitants of Nebulah quickly learn not to venture out after dark. But it is hard to stay indoors: cabin fever sets in, and the mist can be beguiling, too.
Eventually only six remain. Like the rest of the townspeople, Pete has nowhere else to go. After he rescues a stranded psychic from a terrible fate, he’s given a warning: he will be dead by solstice unless he leaves town – soon.
I read this book as part of the #sisterhoodofthetravellingbook, a group of women on Instagram who are sharing and passing on the same copy, annotating as we read.
I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book otherwise, as the blurb and the cover don’t really appeal to me that much, but I’m always happy to give something new a try!
In ‘Soon’, the residents of Nebulah, a small town in Western Australia, are disappearing in darkness and nobody really knows why. In the opening pages, only six residents remain in the town, each with their own reason for wanting to stay put.
I found this book to be quite frustrating because I didn’t feel that the reasons for staying in the town were justified. When the darkness can kill you, and the majority of your neighbours have already been taken, you wouldn’t hesitate to leave, right?! I found myself rolling my eyes at the characters from the early pages right through to the end of the book and unfortunately I think that this meant that I didn’t care much for any of them. Also, a minor spoiler, but something that has stuck with me is that there were a lot of dog deaths in this book. It seemed like every chapter ended with another dog being killed!
I like the concept and it reminded me of some similar stories, for example Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ and the post-apocalyptic Danish series ‘The Rain’. The idea that you have to be inside after dark is a really interesting one and I think it there was a lot of potential. However this story wasn’t an action packed, thrilling read, but instead focused on the day to day lives of the remaining residents. There were long passages about their breakfast, for example and I didn’t feel the horror that the blurb and many other reviewers have described.
In general, this was quite a slow paced read that didn’t hold my attention. It’s a good idea, but I personally didn’t enjoy the execution.
Overall rating: “Soon” by Lois Murphy has a really interesting plot with a lot of potential but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the story overall. A little too slow paced for my tastes, this was a 2 star read for me.