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Title: A Flood of Posies
Author: Tiffany Meuret
Publisher: Black Spot Books
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
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As if the earth-ending flood of biblical proportions wasn’t enough…Sestra
of course there had to be monsters too.
A Flood of Posies Synopsis
Sisters, Doris and Thea, exist worlds apart, despite living within a few miles of one another. Doris with her regular home and regular husband and regular job, and Thea slinking along the edges of society, solitary and invisible. When a storm of biblical proportions strikes, the wayward sisters are begrudgingly forced together as the rain waters rise, each attempting to survive both the flood and each other.
One year later, Thea—now calling herself Sestra—floats throughout a ravaged, flood soaked world. Her former life drowned beneath metric tons of water, she and her only companion, Robert, battle starvation, heatstroke, and the monstrous creatures called Posies that appeared alongside the flood. When they run across what they assume to be an abandoned tugboat, their journey takes a new turn, and the truth about the flood and the monsters seems more intricately linked to Thea’s past then she may realize.
A Flood of Posies Review
Okay I did not enjoy this book and I knew that this book is one of those where you either love it or you DNF it. I struggled through this book hard. The synopsis and the amazing cover art is what drew me in, unfortunately the story crumbled like dry cake.
A Flood of Posies sounds like a thriller book with a mix of horror and biblical references. But the Posies rarely show up, and when they do, there isn’t any ominous feelings or tension. There’s no real description of the Posies other than “Leviathan like creatures” and assuming from the cover a Posie is some sort of octopus or squid-like inspired creature. The flood is never explained. It just happens. I felt no anxiety over the Posies or the fate of anyone who’d survived the flood.
The characters were more annoying than anything else. Doris and Thea fought the same way my 11 and 8 year old do despite being grown ass women and ten years apart. The story is told through mostly Thea’s POV but there are a few chapters of Doris’s POV. ThoughI found that Doris’s POV didn’t add much to the story other than unnecessary dysfunctional family tension between the two sisters. Thea is a junkie, thief and heroin addict. Doris is bitter, in a marriage she hates, and physically incapable of pretty much everything. Neither seems to have any redeeming qualities, both are extremely selfish, and neither is likable. I did not connect with either POV/ The first chapters has them fighting an oncoming flood (where does this flood come from? And why did it suddenly grow so fast, while people ignore it and go to work?), and then, it flips to a flash-back of their difficult childhood. With a jerk, it then swings all the way to a future time, where Thea renames herself and floats around with a man. But then, it swings back to the sisters and the flood before jumping forward again.
Was the flood real? Are the Posies real, or just Thea’s guilt drowning her in a drug-induced bender? Was the other characters real or just a drug-addled mind grabbing at straws. If you are looking for a fantasy book that has sisters fighting sea creatures, you wont find it here. I still have so many questions about this book and Im struggling to understand. I’m leaning more towards a hallucination while Thea is OD’ing on heroin or some other drug but I can’t really tell you honestly.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Black Spot Books for sending me a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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About Tiffany Meuret
Tiffany Meuret is a writer of monsters and twisted fairy tales. Her publications include Shoreline of Infinity, Luna Station Quarterly, Ellipsis Zine, Rhythm & Bones, and others. When not reading or writing, she is usually binge watching comfortable sitcoms from her childhood or telling her kids to put on their shoes for the tenth time. She lives in sunny Arizona with her husband, two kids , two Chihuahuas, gecko and tortoise.
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