eileen by ottessa moshfegh

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

I honestly don’t know if I enjoyed this book or not. I feel shaken and disturbed.

eileen-by-ottessa-moshfegh“A lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime, in a mordant, harrowing story of obsession and suspense, by one of the brightest new voices in fiction.” GoodReads.

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh is such a clever and intense book. It begins in one manner and then turns into something completely different I wasn’t expecting. It’s creepy, but to begin with, you don’t really notice. A lot of the thoughts Eileen has appear normal. Until you think of Eileen in the situations she is describing, rather than focusing on what she is thinking, does it become clear that she is not in a reasonable situation thinking healthy thoughts.

Yet, this is really only the beginning, at first, you can see her growing out of the teenage mindset she is in. She sits outside the house of a man she thinks she is in love with, it’s a teenage fantasy love where she loves the idea of him more than actually knowing who he is and what it is to really love. It’s story book romance. All she needs is a little guidance and she can grow up. But, then Rebecca comes in. I don’t want to spoil it, but that was around the time the book blew my mind and I wasn’t sure what I was meant to think about what I was reading other than horror.

Where Eileen acts based on her childhood experience, Rebecca acts out of what could be a psychosis. However, outside of that, could what they have done be okay?

Because what disgusted me most wasn’t either of them.

You have to read this book.

Have you read Eileen?
If you have I need to know your thoughts. I’ve written this immediately after reading so it’s all a bit, ‘AHHHHH’ in my head right now.

I requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

6 thoughts on “Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

    1. It’s sort of disturbing in a, ‘wait, this isn’t normal’ way at first. You don’t totally notice it, then something switches and you think, ‘good lord, this is horrible’.


  1. I read this a while ago, and really liked it *because* it was disturbing and morbid. But, I have to ask – what disturbed you the most?? I can’t think what it is!


    1. Honestly, it was the child abuse and the parents. I was so upset by that. And that the one person most upset by it, was the person I was being set up to not like. It really turned me on my head. I’ve decided it was a good book, very original, but disturbing.


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