Whalefall by Daniel Kraus
February 19, 2024 2:17 PM - Subscribe

Jay Gardiner has given himself a fool’s errand—to find the remains of his deceased father in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Monastery Beach.

He knows it’s a long shot, but Jay feels it’s the only way for him to lift the weight of guilt he has carried since his dad’s death by suicide the previous year.

The dive begins well enough, but the sudden appearance of a giant squid puts Jay in very real jeopardy, made infinitely worse by the arrival of a sperm whale looking to feed. Suddenly, Jay is caught in the squid’s tentacles and drawn into the whale’s mouth where he is pulled into the first of its four stomachs. He quickly realizes he has only one hour before his oxygen tanks run out—one hour to defeat his demons and escape the belly of a whale.

“Picture Jack London, but with a more nuanced handling of broken, damaged men.”—Chicago Tribune

“An absolute triumph, a masterpiece of suspense, emotion, and flat-out terror…It’s one of this year’s can’t-miss books, and a journey you won’t soon forget.”—Paste Magazine

“One of the most intense — and moving — stories that will grace the bookstores in 2023…what Daniel Kraus has created here is something that can’t be quantified.”—Cemetery Dance

Kraus co-authored The Living Dead (with George A. Romero), The Shape of Water (with Del Toro), and Trollhunters. His books have been Library Guild selections and Bram Stoker finalists.
posted by miss-lapin (1 comment total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Thanks for the reminder about this book, I’ve put a hold in with my library. I remember hearing about it on a podcast at one point but that may have been before it was actually published.
posted by potent_cyprus at 11:38 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

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