Static by Eric Laster
When Curtis Brooks starts receiving phone calls from his older brother Wilt, who’s been dead a week, he’s sure it’s to help him find evidence that will lead to a murderer’s arrest. But Wilt claims he wasn’t murdered; his calling, meant to help him adjust, is standard protocol for newly deceased at the Aftermart—a kind of inescapable, ever-expanding Walmart filled with discontinued products.
Wilt’s death ruled a homicide, Curtis embarks on a dangerous plan to find the killer, which soon has him scheming against a billionaire and floundering toward love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend Suzy, all while struggling through high school and his single mom’s poor choices.
Why does Wilt help Curtis win over Suzy, even as he organizes a rebellion at the Aftermart? Who’d wanted him dead? Curtis risks his life to answer these questions, in the process forging a bond with his brother unlike any they’ve ever had.
Shortly after Curtis Brooks’ brother, Wilt died in a car accident, he starts receiving phone calls from Wilt. It seems the afterlife is the person being stuck in a Wal-Mart like store called the Aftermart that is stocked full of discontinues products. Part of Wilt’s afterlife therapy is to call Curtis where he tries to tell Curtis that his death was an accident and to try to help him move on. But when a detective says that Wilt’s death was a homicide Curtis goes on the hunt for Wilt’s killer.
This was an interesting story. I liked how the afterlife is described and I really enjoyed this part of the story along with Curtis’ search for Wilt’s killer. I thought the mystery of the killer was well done. There are some coming of age moments that added to the story but there were some that detracted for me. And then there are some branches to this story that make no sense, pseudo-children, really??
Overall, this is a great story that was easy to get into. It’s one that I recommend to those that like a quick mystery surrounded by grief, adolescence, and moving on after the loss of someone you really cared for.
I received Static for free from Media Masters Publicity in exchange for an honest review.