What’s this, then? A novel about a psychic male pig named Pearl? Hell yeah, sign me up!
Pearl was raised on a farm in the town of Chowder, just a short way from Goblin. Sherry was raised on that farm too and now she’s back to visit her father, with her two boys in tow. On the farm are the usual animals, and a malformed pig named Pearl. Something is wrong with one of his eyes, but that’s not all that’s wrong with him. Sherry has been wary of Pearl her entire life, and in fact asked when she was still a girl, that her father plant some trees so she couldn’t see Pearl’s pen from her window. Have things changed regarding Sherry’s fear of Pearl? Is her fear justified? You’ll have to read this to find out!
Back in the horror boom of the 70s and 80s, creature features became some of my favorite books. The Rats. Night of the Crabs. The Howling. This book is not that. In fact, this novel might carry with it a message. When the dedication reads “This book is dedicated to every living thing on Earth, past, present and future.” That makes me think that maybe Pearl is out to get justice for all of his farm animal friends that have gone on to someone’s dinner table.
The action is fast paced, horrific and fun. There’s no preaching about being a vegetarian or anything like that, but I do think that might be the message of the story? For me, I read it for the pure creature feature fun and it surely did provide that. What’s not intriguing or fascinating about a psychic pig? One that can get into your mind and make you do things you’d never otherwise do? “Sing to Me” Pearl says. And the people do. They really do.
Overall, I had a blast with Pearl and if creature features were ever your thing, you will most likely have just as much fun as I did. Highly recommended!
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-copy in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*
**When I requested Pearl from NetGalley, I didn’t realize that I already own it under its original title, ON THIS, THE DAY OF THE PIG. No big deal for me though; this way I was able to keep my hardcover pristine.**