Beguiling ... Succeeds because it doesn’t function solely on the level of metaphor ... Much shaggier than its easy-to-imagine elevator pitch: Husband becomes a shark and breaks his wife’s heart ... The weakest aspects of Shark Heart are Wren and Lewis themselves. For much of the book, they feel as flat as rom-com log lines ... In the end, I forgive this debut its flaws because it’s surprising and pleasurably uncategorizable. Shark Heart is wild, in every sense of the word.
Poignant and meaningful moments abound ... The short chapters and stylistic changes (some sections are formatted with only dialogue, while others are just a few sentences) do occasionally distract, but the depth of visceral emotion helps offset any affectation ... Vividly explores both the fragility and tenacity of humanity.