Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski
Review by Lauren
Source: personal copy; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Mickey Wade is a recently-unemployed journalist who lucked into a
rent-free apartment—his sick grandfather’s place. The only problem: it’s
in a lousy neighborhood—the one where Mickey grew up, in fact. The one
he was so desperate to escape.
But now he’s back. Dead broke. And just when he thinks he’s reached rock bottom, Mickey wakes up in the past. Literally.
first he thinks it’s a dream. All of the stores he remembered from his
childhood, the cars, the rumble of the elevated train. But as he digs
deeper into the past, searching for answers about the grandfather he
hardly knows, Mickey meets the twelve-year-old kid who lives in the
The kid who will grow up to someday murder Mickey’s father.
Review: I read this book late last year, so this probably won’t be a terribly long review with a lot of details. Regardless, this is a book that I often think back on and would be happy to re-read in the future. It’s a fascinating story about a man who finds himself in the past after taking what he believes to be simple pain pills left in his grandfather’s apartment. These pills, however, actually bring him into the past and while he tries to change some things for the better, he realizes that it’s not that simple.
The mystery of Mickey’s father’s death and knowing in the summary that the little boy downstairs will eventually kill him definitely has you flipping the pages. I loved how past, present, and future all seem to collide on each other in the novel, adding suspense and surprises throughout. This book also includes black and white drawings randomly throughout the novel which was great. Perfect for people that love illustrated adult novels. It makes the book seem more gritty and noir, in a way.
The end of this book was surprising to me, and while it might not work for everyone, I really liked it. I thought it was interesting and fit the novel. I’m definitely curious about some of this author’s other works now too!