‘Penpal’ by Dathan Auerbach is definitely a binge-worthy novel. It’s a collection of interconnected short stories that take place in the life of a young boy while growing up. The story flows swiftly, and it’s easy to follow. I had a few issues in the beginning while understanding the flow of the timeline, but at around the middle, everything comes well within the understanding.
I was initially aversed to the idea since every story is somewhat independent of others, yet as the book progresses, they are heavily dependent on the previous stories. I wonder if the author thought of putting it in some other format. For some reason, the transition did not feel smooth, and it bothered me for a while.
The initial stories are ok, not spooky enough to push you on the edge of the chair, but it got interesting in the end. The last few stories were definitely something. I would say that probably the initial stories were not meant to be scary and were only there for building a narrative. But, They all end up trying to scare you in some form and miserably fail. That was a little off-putting. Nevertheless, in the end, it paid off. So I don’t care much about it.
I would definitely recommend it for a binge reading!