Frank’s older brother Eric has liberated himself from the mental institution that he has been in for years, and is on his way home. Frank wants to see his brother, but he really hopes Eric doesn’t start up with the dogs again. Or continue to chase kids in the street with worms. What Frank doesn’t yet know is that Eric’s homecoming is going to force to the surface secrets and memories that are best left alone. These secrets are going to shake the very foundations of everything that he knows about himself. The Wasp Factory will not be able to predict this.
Weird, disjointed, and kind of confusing. This book was not up my alley. I kept expecting some sort of Big Reveal, and when we finally got to it my reaction was more puzzled than anything. I didn’t think of Frank any differently, though I did wonder how his life might have been different had he known the big secret all along. The stuff with Eric was unnerving, and at one or two points Frank’s own madness showed through clearly. This book had a feeling of disquiet throughout. While reading it I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, for the taut wire that it felt like everything was balancing on to snap. Only when the wire finally did snap, there wasn’t much reaction. The best way that I can describe this book is “weird” and leave it at that. I would recommend it to anyone who wants an unsettling read, but I can’t say with certainty that I liked it.