The Changeling by Victor Lavalle

This is a late post, as I read this book when I was still using this journal, which should be around April or May.

Victor Lavalle’s The Changeling follows Apollo Kagwa, a man whose father disappeared when he was young and later, whose wife commits a violent act before she too, disappears.

This description is very vague, but is also what happens. But really, the best way to find to what the book is about is to read it because as soon as you think you know what’s going on, much like the protagonist, you quickly find out that you actually don’t.

It’s an affecting piece of fiction that touches on urban fantasy, folklore, and the messiness that is human existence. It’s also a tender look into the emotions of a father, with scenes run from extremely violent to delicate to gut-wrenchingly emotional. I should post a trigger warning for parents though, as a lot of them might not be able to stomach the subject matter, though I don’t know how to do that without giving things away, so let this be a warning.

I like how the book cover coincidentally matches the owl on the cover of my journal. The bird is a cutout from the Theo+Philo 70% dark chocolate packaging. It’s one of my favorite chocolate brands and has lovely packaging as well.

I used to read a lot, and that number has diminished considerably over time. I’m trying to get back into the habit. I know it’s bad for the eyes, but I like reading e-books because they allow me to read in the dark. And though my workload has increased, I also have more time to read because the time I would have spent commuting is now time I can spend reading!


Yvette Tan is a multi-awarded author of horror fiction and a lifestyle writer for major local and international titles.