Reviews: Oak Island and an unreliable narrator

The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan. 4/5
A solid and engaging history of Oak Island and the many and varied attempts to locate its “treasure,” Sullivan creates a chronological narrative of the treasure hunt, digging into primary sources to learn more about the treasure hunters, their beliefs about what the treasure was, how they went about trying to get it, and why they failed. Neither too detailed nor too broad in scope, Sullivan’s book will find readers among armchair explorers, historians, and conspiracy-theorists alike.

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel. 3/5
A bright but unreliable narrator tells the story of her summer program experience gone bad. Hannah finds herself in a psychiatric hospital after her roommate at a prestigious summer program falls from a window and remains in a coma. But it’s all a misunderstanding, Hannah tells the readers, and proceeds to try to convince herself of that as well. The unreliable narrator trope is handled well, and brittle, overachieving Hannah reminds me all too well of someone I know who has similar problems telling reality from perception.

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