- Chuck Palahniuk
Misty is writing a ‘coma diary’ for her husband Peter who tried to commit suicide in the family car. They live on an island called Waytansea which is overrun with tourists all year round whilst the islanders themselves are treated as second class citizens. Her husband used to work on the islands houses until people started to find that he was scrawling messages on the walls and then sealing the rooms up. Misty always had aspirations of being a great artist but is now just a maid in the resorts hotel, no thanks to her mother-in-law Grace. Misty is the only hope the natives of the island have to repel the shackles that have been placed on them by the invaders. After a little cajoling by Grace and her daughter Tabbi she starts to sketch, draw and paint again. After an ‘accident’ she starts to compulsively paint 100 pictures… blindfolded.
To be honest, and what else would I be, this isn’t my favourite Palahniuk book. It seems to save all of it’s plot twists for the last couple of chapters instead of spreading them out a little more to keep the reader interested. Admittedly many obscure things happen throughout, the fact that it is being written solely for her comatose husband is a prime example. It just didn’t seem to grasp my attention as much as Lullaby did. Maybe I’ll have to read it again in a couple of months or so to see if I can untangle any clues in the narrative.