I’ve always been a big reader, but when I’m on campus I struggle to even finish a single book. I go back and forth to my classes and clubs, get my work done and by the time all of that’s over, all I want to do is sleep. Since Fairfield announced that classes would be moving online for the semester, I’ve been trying to keep myself as busy as possible. While quarantine hasn’t been the best thing that could’ve happened, now I have a ton of time on my hands to tackle the ever-growing stack of books on my shelf.
My “to-read” list seems to magically increase on its own, and some books on it may never be read. “Supermarket” by Bobby Hall was one of the books I bought last summer that I genuinely thought would have that fate. But, this past week I decided to pick it up just to see what it was like, and I ended up reading the entire thing in 24 hours.
“Supermarket” follows Flynn Montgomery, a writer and recent college grad who just pulled himself out of a brutal bout of depression following a breakup with his long-time girlfriend. Not long after, Flynn secures a book deal with a publisher for his in-progress novel which is set to debut in the next few months. Flynn decides to take a job at a local supermarket, not only for the money and routine it will bring, but to find inspiration for his novel’s main character. However, what started out as a normal job turns into something dangerous when Flynn walks into a crime scene one morning at the supermarket.
Even though the book was a tad slow in the very beginning, I couldn’t put it down. As a main character, Flynn is relatable and really funny. His narration is essentially like having a friend relay a crazy story to you while you sit and listen in shock and awe. Flynn feels like he could be a real person, even when the story twists and turns in ways you’d never expect.
“Supermarket” calls itself a psychological thriller, and I’d say it definitely lives up to its label. The twists and turns throughout it are so unexpected that they leave you on the edge of your seat wanting to read more and more to find out what will happen next. Although the twists seem like they’re completely out of left field, they’re expertly woven throughout the story, so while you have a sense of foreshadowing of what could happen, you would never expect the crazy plot shift about halfway through the book.
Overall, I’d say this book is perfect for you if you enjoy horror or thriller novels, or if you like a really fast-paced plot that doesn’t often stop for too much description. The book has no flowery prose, only action and biting dialogue that will leave you wanting more.