Review from a Transgressive Fiction Fan
I’m a huge fan of transgressive fiction and very familiar with the genre, so I had some idea of what to expect when I began Sepultura, but this book honestly blew away all my expectations. I had no idea that I was going to totally fall in love with the main character, Dyson, for one thing. And for another, I was shocked to find myself not only liking him, but actually rooting for him at every turn. Every time he killed someone I was just so happy about it that I started to feel like maybe I was a little crazy myself.
And it’s definitely the overwhelming charisma of Dyson Devereux that makes Sepultura such a delicious experience for the reader. I haven’t come across such an engaging character in a long time. He’s brilliant, sophisticated, snarky, cold as a snake, and oh-so-weirdly likeable. This sounds like an extremely odd thing to say about a serial killer, but I felt like he was someone I wanted to be friends with. I wouldn’t want to get on his bad side, of course, but that was also part of the beauty of Dyson’s character and the story overall. The people who do get on his bad side, well, you get it. They’re the people that we all fantasize about killing, whether we want to admit it or not. The super annoying coworker that tries to undermine you at every turn. The possessive person who’s dating your ex and is out-of-control jealous of you. All those people that, at one time or another, you just want to throw into a pit. Dyson throws those people into a pit for you. And it’s incredibly satisfying.
I will definitely be gifting this book to friends and rereading it myself. It’s just damn good. I highly enjoyed it.
“Insightful” Review from a Mainstream Reader