I loved this little novella so much that it was my February pick for my Buzz Magazine Christmas round-up, where I selected a book published in each month of 2021. This can be read here.
The Weak Spot is a compelling, disturbing work of fiction that leaves the reader contemplative and inspired. In a mountainside town somewhere unspecified in Europe, accessible only by funicular, our protagonist begins an apprenticeship with August Malone, the local pharmacist. Passionate (or, perhaps, obsessive) about the town and the way in which its residents are compelled to leave it, Mr Malone sees his role as not just a source for medical attention, but as a confession-like hub for secrets and the townsfolk’s confidence, which his apprentice soon adopts. She is troubled when he begins using these secrets to advance his mayoral campaign, but with all those surrounded by him so gaslighted by his charisma, nobody is quite certain about what they feel, or why they feel it.
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