My Dead Friend Sarah: A Novel by Peter Rosch is the story of a man in recovery (Max) bothered by dreams of a beautiful stranger. The dreams always end with the stranger being abducted and her death.
Max meets the stranger (named Sarah), and while he can’t work up the guts to tell her about the dreams, he does decide to warn the police, just in case.
And then Sarah disappears…..
While the book appears on the surface to be a “Gone Girl” knockoff with the alternating viewpoints by chapter, it actually predates the other book by about six weeks, meaning there is no connection whatsoever.
The book looks mercilessly into Max’s self-destruction while thinking he’s in control. He’s a pretty sizable douche in his efforts to “save” everyone from himself.
Sarah isn’t undamaged either, and serves to feed his addiction while having a few of her own.
The ending of the book is especially thought provoking, leaving the reader to decide what has happened in the spiral of addiction.
You don’t often see books filled with so many unlikable characters turn out to be such a good read. I’m trying to form a list in my head of the different characters, and can’t say for sure that any of them were particularly likable.
Rachel…enabler/doormat (but the most likable character)
etc, etc… maybe the author is just trying to say that deep down we are all selfish assholes. I’d like to think not, but I’ve been wrong before.
5/5 stars on this one. And that’s pretty rare with me.