Fog of Feelings Review
The premise was truly unique. We follow Emely, a journalist who had fallen in love with a drug addict in her youth.
This is my second read from Marny Meyer. I previously read her collection of love stories. Since she had offered me her collection, she offered me her debut novel which had been recently at the time, been translated into English. I truly enjoyed Meyer’s collection of love stories, they really made me feel all the emotions. So I was excited to pick this novel.
The premise was truly unique. We follow Emely, a journalist who had fallen in love with a drug addict in her youth. She lost him due to his addiction to a modern drug called black figs that caused him to forget her. Emely eventually makes a choice to move on and become a journalist. Years later, she sees an increase in violent events caused by the influence of these figs. She takes it upon herself to research the drug and expose it to the world as her boss and other journalists try to cover up the figs’ connection to those events. Her main push being her first love with the drug addict. But not only that, some of the characters wield magical abilities, including Emely.
The premise was truly unique.
When it came to the characters having these magical abilities, I found it odd yet captivating. I wanted to know why this element was included. We learn the why mostly for Emely, but not for the other characters. I would have liked to have learned more about the others, especially since we did occasionally see their point of view. I will admit this added element wasn’t necessary, but it was fun. The story could have had the same outcome even without the magical powers.
The flow of this book was fair. I loved the beginning of watching Emely fall in love. It was such a sweet love story to see develop, I hated seeing Emely lose him the way she did. The middle was a bit slow, I wasn’t sure where we were going and things felt a bit repetitive as we watch Emely going to parties for her research every weekend. It’s not until we reach about the halfway point do we start going somewhere again and move forward in the plot. Though I’ll say the ending did feel a bit rushed.
When it came to the ending, it’s not what I was wanting, especially not for Emely. I didn’t expect that twist that occurred. It wasn’t really a happy ending to me, it was content, but not truly happy. It also felt abrupt.
It wasn’t really a happy ending to me, it was content, but not truly happy. It also felt abrupt.
Overall, I thought this was a fun read. I did enjoy the love story collection more. I had expected a little more of the love story in this one as well. In general, I just expected a little more from this as well. Especially with the rushed and abrupt ending. But I think if you enjoy thrillers you might like this one, too.