“The Wasp Factory” by Iain Banks. Just past halfway through, I realized that this isn’t the kind of book where the bad things are coming, it’s one where the bad things happened in the past. That made it a lot easier to read. Quite gleefully disturbing, and I knew we were driving towards some shocking revelation at the end (I was guessing Eric didn’t really exist) but it caught me totally off-guard and made me rethink my whole attitude towards everything I’d read. Wow.
“The Diviners” by Libba Bray. Kind of a superhero origin story set in the 20’s. I was fascinated by the way she used and switched POV (like when I change color on a pair of socks, and there’s an intermediate area where I did a Fibonacci sequence). The name-dropping period detail product placement was a little excessive for my taste, but that’s the style, I guess. Also, chapter 1 was a prologue!