I just finished reading this and am pretty confused. In fact, I was confused throughout the whole thing, so I reread bits and pieces once I was done.
It was quite a ride and will mess with your brain, that’s for sure. But when I first started reading, I noticed that our narrator was talking to this guy who he called Reynolds, which I imagine is his last name, but he also called him Wilson and then Harri, so not sure what is up with that.
And then as I read on, I kept running figures in my mind trying to figure out people’s age and it didn’t add up.
If Ricky is reported to be stuck in an 8 year old mind even though 43 years have passed, how can Paxton, who is reportedly his father, be approximately the same age? Or how could Lara want to get Ricky a smartphone back then? It made me suspect the ending, but I was still pretty confused because it was Ricky this and Ricky that; the doctor was doing his best to fix Ricky, Reynolds took care of Ricky for 10 years, etc etc and I just didn’t get it. I can understand addressing him as Ricky since he doesn’t know any better, but I felt that when talking with each other they should have used more generic terms like the patient, for instance, therefore not saying he is or isn’t Ricky, letting the reader figure that out by him or herself as the story advances.
When we arrive at the plot twist, I didn’t feel much closure. If Paxton had imagined the car accident as a consequence of finding out his wife cheated on him, and we find out that his sons were in the van all along, then what does that mean? Did she not cheat on him? Did he imagine the whole scene in prison?
Also, what caused Paxton to black out repeatedly even before this whole thing happened and have his brain all jumbled like that? It was mentioned his father beat him but not the extent of it, so not sure if that’s where the sins of one’s father comes into place. If it is because of everything it happened, I don’t really see it as a sin, not like it was the guy’s fault, he obviously has a mental illness.
Anywaaay… Quite confused but it was still quite a ride. I was gripped emotionally and psychologically, and truly felt for the characters. I just wish it could have been done in a different manner, so that I would have felt a clearer closure at the end. But I think it is one of those stories that everyone experiences very differently, and so I still recommend it.
Oh and chapters 9 to 11 are blank.
Read on March 22, 2015
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.