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The Pallbearers Club

By: Paul Tremblay
Narrated by: Graham Halstead,Xe Sands,Elizabeth Wiley
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Publisher's Summary

A cleverly voiced psychological thriller about an unforgettable—and unsettling—friendship, with blood-chilling twists, crackling wit, and a thrumming pulse in its veins—from the nationally best-selling author of The Cabin at the End of the World and Survivor Song.

What if the coolest girl you’ve ever met decided to be your friend?

Art Barbara was so not cool. He was a 17-year-old high school loner in the late 1980s who listened to hair metal, had to wear a monstrous back-brace at night for his scoliosis, and started an extracurricular club for volunteer pallbearers at poorly attended funerals. But his new friend thought the Pallbearers’ Club was cool. And she brought along her Polaroid camera to take pictures of the corpses.

Okay, that part was a little weird.

So was her obsessive knowledge of a notorious bit of New England folklore that involved digging up the dead. And there were other strange things–terrifying things–that happened when she was around, usually at night. But she was his friend, so it was okay, right?

Decades later, Art tries to make sense of it all by writing The Pallbearers’ Club: A Memoir. But somehow this friend got her hands on the manuscript and, well, she has some issues with it. And now she’s making cuts.

Seamlessly blurring the lines between fiction and memory, the supernatural and the mundane, The Pallbearers’ Club is an immersive, suspenseful portrait of an unforgettable and unsettling friendship.

©2022 Paul Tremblay (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good book, but not a thriller

The way this book has been promoted did the story itself dirty. It isn't especially thrilling or suspenseful. Predictable, in fact. I don't think I would have been as disappointed with this book had it been billed as dark fiction. That's not to say it isn't horror-- or very much on brand for Tremblay. But I was carried through this book by inertia, not suspense.

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I was intrigued

I couldn't stop listening. However, I never knew where the story was going. The twist at the end was good, but still left too many unanswered questions. Overall a well written story.

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Sad to say I didn’t like it🫤

I really wanted to like this book. It started out good and I was so excited. But then it kept going about what I thought was A LOT of unnecessary stuff. I was hoping and thinking it was almost over but I looked and there was still over 3 hours left! The ending was good but it took forever to get there. I will still read Mr. Tremblay’s works but I may be more careful as to what I choose.

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Not So Good

The story is boring and drags. Didn't really care what happened to any of the characters. Liked other books from this author this one just didn't work.

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Read/ listen to all Paul Tremblay’s other books

I have read/ listened to all of the authors books and I am a big fan of his work. This story was terrible. I painfully forced myself to listen to the whole thing waiting for the story to pick up or for me to care about or even like the main character- “Art Barbara” and it never happened. Skip this

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So boring!

What is this book even about? I stuck with it hoping it would get better. It is not a thriller, a hint of a vampire but that is all.

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Surprisingly touching, and perfect narration.

Without giving anything away, let me say that I hated the main character. And I do mean hated. But having grown up in and around the "punk" scene, I connected with a lot of this book.

I can honestly say, I did not expect to be tearing up at the end of this one.

To the author and voice actors or whatever they're called, well done. bravo.

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Meh

Fell painfully flat as both a coming of age story and a horror novel. I had a longer review typed out, but it felt too mean so I’ll just leave it as that. Oh, I will say - this book seemed to try to heavily borrow stylistically from another contemporary horror author, and it felt really jarring and weird.

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Stick with it, it pays off!

Struggled to finished, but man oh man, that last 90 minutes was well worth it!

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Just listen.

I love a s contemporary story that makes me want to go back to fantasy. I will give you nothing of the story, just listen, open your mind, tighten your heart and don't forget to breathe.

This is an experience and a really good one.

Thanks.