The Invention of Sound – Book Review

Published Date: September 8, 2020

Publishing Co.: Grand Central Publishing

Pages: 240

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

“Haunting her was the idea that we each summon our own death.”

Do not pick up a Palahniuk book unless you are ready to get dddaaaaaarrrrkkkk.

That’s honestly what I love and what I count on when it comes to Chuck Palahniuk. He reaches into every taboo zone and drags you along with him. If he has to step into the dark to write it, you are going to have to walk through the dark to read it. We’re going places you never thought an author would go.

For example, we start this adventure with one of the main characters picking a Xanax out of the damp pubes of her lover after sex. This is how I knew I was back in Palahniuk territory. His characters are always massively flawed and that’s part of what makes them so interesting to read about.

Mitzi works for the Hollywood sound industry. She sells screams for movies and TV. She is on a quest to make the best scream ever recorded and she would do anything, even kill to get it.

Foster’s daughter disappeared during a game of hide and seek. Walked off with a stranger never to be seen again. Now he scours the dark web, seeking out child molesters and murders, trying to find out exactly what happened to his daughter. He assumes she’s dead, it’s seventeen years later after all, but his lust for revenge hasn’t died.

Both will bring Hollywood to it’s knees in their quests.

Palahniuk’s best book in years.

8 thoughts on “The Invention of Sound – Book Review

  1. Please don’t take the next sentence personally.
    That thing about the xanax was disgusting and revolting.

    I suspect I’ve seen enough references to things like that to steer me clear of this guy. I guess that’s the machete part of the blog for you, eh?

    1. I’m with you, it was disgusting and revolting. There is no part of me that enjoyed that visual lol. But when I’m in the mood for a dark novel, I expect anything and then am usually still surprised by what I find. 😛
      I think you would hate Palahniuk. That wasn’t even the darkest part of the book, that was just the intro. :3
      I had not really thought about the blog title that way but it does actually fit really well haha.

  2. I was not aware that pubes could be a garden of Xanax, but it has to come from somewhere, I suppose 😉

    I saw this book when it was new at the library but didn’t have time to read it. Glad it was a good one!

  3. I am so hit or miss when it comes to dark/grimdark, but I freaking LOVE Palahniuk. I remember reading a story in Haunted about swimming pools (which is all I’ll say), and it was just fascinating and fucked up from the jump. There was another one I read…oh yeah Choke! Omfg so good. I might have to check this one out, too.

    1. If you’re a big fan of his earlier stuff, then you’ll like this. As much as I love him, his stuff in the past couple years has just been okay in comparison. I have a couple of his books that I still need to catch up on to be an official Palahniuk expert.

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