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Immaculate Perception


Loved it! 😍

A quirky, emotional read with a very unique protagonist. I found it very enjoyable, but it did leave me struggling with the ending.

Immaculate Perception by Kik Phillips is a quirky, entertaining read that seems to run the gamut on feelings. It can be confusing, irritating, lovely, sad, funny, and so much more. In some ways, it reminded me heavily of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, including (now that I think of it) the cover. Eleanor and Lincoln share quite a few characteristics. They also share the experience of unique and troubled backgrounds. Though their stories are distinctly different, I think a reader who liked one would also enjoy the other.

This book has a unique and fun style. The mix of chapter types, the different character points of view, and the inclusion of Lincoln's lists all contributed to creating a story that felt very full. I loved Lincoln's voice and the way that the narrative shifted so well between the characters so that the individual voices of Lincoln, Ranger, and Jesse came through with very clear personalities.

The narrative was good and the writing was smooth with the pacing of the book working just right, despite the occasional movement back and forth between past and present. The setup for the book was well crafted and I loved where the book took me. There were several moments along the way that I wasn't expecting and they treated me well, they were surprises in a good way.

The ending was a bit of a gut punch for me. It left me in a something of a lurch and definitely wasn't what I was expecting or wanting in terms of wrap up. I could have done with another 100-150 pages. I tried to find out if this novel is meant to be a standalone or is perhaps the first in what could become a duology or series of some kind, but I was unable to locate any information. For my personal preference, I could definitely do with a follow up book, as I feel that there is a lot left unsaid. Without creating a review full of spoilers, suffice it to say that I needed more of this story and I need to know what happens beyond that last page. I am hoping that the author will continue to explore the character of Lincoln in a future is something I would very much like to read.

As it is, I loved the majority of this book. I like a quirky read and enjoy a character with a unique personality, one who tells it as it is and who is truly adherent to themselves throughout the construction of the story. However, the ending has caused me a bit of struggle. I nearly rated this book a bit lower, but I really did enjoy it and I didn't want to punish it for my own internal struggles. I will be on the lookout for more from this author in the future.

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I am a reader, mother, & farmsteader. I live in rural Minnesota on a small farm where we raise beef cattle & hogs. I am a lifelong bibliophile & enjoy finding new books & authors to love. I can be found at my blog (Erratic Project Junkie) or on most social media under the handle @ErraticElle.


About the author

Kik Phillips stepped out of the corporate world to raise a family. Her passion was to write and Immaculate Perception is her first book. Kik lives in Southern California with her husband and two doodles. view profile

Published on February 08, 2019

80000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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