The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
Published March 31, 2023
I read this almost immediately after finishing the TV adaptation on Apple TV+ to see how it fitted. The creaters of the show said if there had been a third series it would bridge the gap to the book/film, so I wanted to understand where we are in the timeline. Actually, I wish I hadn’t bothered. The book is well written, obviously, and it’s an interesting idea that sparked a few imaginations. But I didn’t enjoy it, the father character does everything with no explanation why and is way more obnoxious and presumably struggling with his mental health. The mother has no name at all and is really a simpering background character until the last few pages. It’s all sort of without purpose and ultimately really grimy and depressing. The TV show was much better!