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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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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.

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Clever, dreamy, and so much fun!

This one is a must-listen for any vamp fan. If you're fang-friendly, and a writer too, you're extra gonna love it. Great characters, fast pace, immersive story, solid dialogue, awesome ending. 5 stars!

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So boring

I love to read and absolutely hate giving up on a book. I almost did on this book, multiple times, but kept thinking to myself that it’s got to pick up… so many people gave it good reviews. But it never did and I finally reached a point of having so much time invested in it that I felt I had to finish it. I’d love to have that time back. The very end was the only part of the book that didn’t leave me bored or irritated with the writing style or not interested in the main characters.

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huge disappointment. don’t waste your time.

literally listened to 85% of this before googling the ending. i’m furious. NOTHING happens. art is SO annoying. mercy is such a manic pixie dream girl. wow this was excruciating to have listened to.

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Not worth your time

⚰️ A R C • R E V I E W ⚰️

Title: The Pallbearers Club
Author: Paul Trembley
Rating: 2/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️

When this one became available to me on Netgalley I was stoked. The endorsements and the description of this one led me to believe it was going to be one super awesome and spooky read. It however, was not.

First let me start off by saying I am absolutely obsessed with the way this book was written. This was written as a memoir but throughout the memoir and after each chapter there are red pen edits. The editorial responses are so witty and had my laughing multiple times throughout the book. I always love when authors choose unique epistolary writing styles, it always keeps me more interested in the story.

This one gripped me right from the start until about page 50 or 60, and then it kind of seemed redundant and just downright boring. I understand that this was supposed to be a memoir of sorts, but I found myself really not caring what exactly the main character was incessantly rambling on about; I felt like I was rushing toward the end of the chapter just for the editorial responses. There really isn't much horror in this one, which was a huge let down; this mostly is a man reminiscing and complaining about life. This one finally picks up with roughly 20 pages left. Once again, I was wrapped into the story, I finally felt a creepy/horror vibe, this time I was more upset because I really just wished that this one had this eerie pace the entire story. If it did, it would have been GOLD. 

Overall, I think this one had potential, but it definitely fell flat for me. I loved the ending, wishing that the entire story was more like the ending and I loved the writing style. The audible was well done, I loved how it was read as it was written, with the editorial remarks made throughout the story. I just wish this story was better because the performance was great!

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A WHOPPER OF AN ENDING!

Not sure what to call a book that...

Had a great story.

Was well written.

Had a whopper of an ending.

But, I hated the protagonist because he seemed like such a weasel.

Such a weasely, weasel of a dude.

Anyway, fantastic story! One of my favorite narrators is Elizabeth Wiley. Wiley plays one of the lead characters in The Pallbearers Club and did a superb job. I love listening to her.

Great read!