Review: Supervision by Alison Stine

Something is wrong with Esmé.

Kicked out of school in New York, she's sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn't seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother's house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.

And something is wrong with the friendly neighbor Ez's age with black curls and blue eyes: He's dead.

Supervision has the privilege of being one of the most beautifully written books that I have ever read.

Unfortunately, it is also the most confusing and somewhat boring books that I have ever read.

From the start of Supervision there are a lot of questions that need to be answered, and the general idea with a book that sets up a lot of mysteries is that these mysteries will be resolved as the plot moves on. Unfortunately, in this book there are just as many questions at the end as there were in the beginning, but not in the way that I'm gagging for a sequel.

Everything about this book is just weird, and things just happened with no explanation. Now, I'm not stupid and I don't expect to be spoon fed things, but I need some pointer in the right direction or I get lost and that's how I felt when reading Supervision. I can't go into detail because I do not want to give spoilers. Mainly because I don't know how to do the hide spoilers thing on Goodreads, So this review is shorter than I wanted it to be.

It's so sad, because Stine is undoubtedly a highly talented writer. It was her haunting, atmospheric writing style that got me to the end of this book and I would without a doubt read anything else that she puts out. However, Supervision was not my cup of tea, and I know a lot of reviewers will agree with me on this one.

Book released 15th April by Harper.
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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