Vacuum in the Dark


(Thank you, Scribner via NetGalley, for the free digital copy to review. All opinions are my own.)

Vacuum in the Dark by: Jen Beagin

Publisher: Scribner

Release Date: February 26, 2019

Length: 240 pages

I’m not gonna lie: I was drawn to this book because of the cover. If you look at it closely, it can even be a little tricky on the eyes…and I suppose that could have been a clue to the actual contents of the book had I been paying attention.

The story is broken up into four separate sections. The first one totally threw me off and I almost DNF’d the rest of the book because, quite honestly, I couldn’t figure out why I was reading so much about poop. (Seriously.) Had the book been longer and not a NetGalley request, I probably would have DNF’d it.

Thank goodness, the parts got better…but not by much. I did like reading a fictionalized version of what felt somewhat reminiscent of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land (you can read my review here). Also, the book reads like a memoir – so much so that I had to look it up to confirm that it’s actually fiction. In fact, it’s also listed under the subcategory of humor…but as I’ve come to realize, I don’t usually find “humor” books humorous.🤷🏼‍♀️

Ultimately, this just wasn’t the book for me. It is a quick read and some may find it funny, but I really didn’t connect with it in anyway.

2 thoughts on “Vacuum in the Dark

  1. I requested this one, but am probably not going to read it b/c I’ve since realized it’s a sequel and I’m not going to go back and read the first one. I’m listening to Maid right now and I have mixed feelings about it.


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