Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and the boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina’s grieving sister, Sandra, struggles to fill her days as she waits in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation shown through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.
This book was very tailor-made for me in a lot of ways. The plot was so many things I love: kidnappings, murder, conspiracy, cats. And I really loved the plot. It was super interesting and unnerving, and I really enjoyed it.
Maybe because it was a graphic novel, it was super fast-paced, which worked really well. There’s not a ton of depth to the characters, but that’s also not really the point. They were surprisingly deep, for literal two-dimensional characters, so the author did a great job fleshing them out as much as he did.
I do think that in a lot of ways, the graphic novel format worked really well for the story. But, I also think my issues with the book are tied to the graphic novel format. I wish the plot went a little deeper: it never really fully explored the themes as much as I would have wanted. If it had been a full novel, there could have been some really cool explorations that were explored here, but only at a very surface level. And, the art style isn’t totally my cup of tea. All the male characters looked the same, which was confusing at times.
The ending was also a little too vague for my liking. I tend to like vague endings, but this was too vague and I wanted just a little more explanation. Just like five more pages with a little more explanation would have been great.
But, like I said, I ended up really enjoying the story. This was a super quick read, and I’m happy to have read it.
But, what about you? Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you plan on reading it? Let me know!
Thanks for reading! xx