- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (24 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752884425
- ISBN-13: 978-0752884424
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Black Flowers Paperback – 24 May 2012
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"The most under rated mystery writer on both continents. "Black Flowers" is a black masterpiece. . . . Read it before they film it. It's that stunning." Ken Bruen, author, "The Guards""
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Neil Dawson always wanted to be a writer like his father. Neil has a pregnant girlfriend, and a job he doesn't want to do for the rest of his life. He begins writing a short story, and it becomes apparent that the main theme is veering towards his trepidation about fatherhood. When said father commits suicide, Neil sets about retracing his life to find answers as to why his father killed himself. Then his girlfriend is abducted, and Neil is thrust into the world of The Black Flower, a seemingly ordinary piece of fiction which Neil soon realises seems to mirror real life events.
Another thread of the story deals with Hannah Price, who joined the police following in her father's footsteps. Finding evidence of something from her own father's past sets up a heart-stopping, emotional ride in which the lines between fact and fiction are blurred. Her story intertwines with Neil's as she uncovers the truth behind the dark secret her father carried for years.
Mosby's writing sets the bar high for crime fiction, guiding the reader to images both beautiful and horrific via imaginative prose. He turns seemingly ordinary settings into much more, going beneath the surface and exploring surroundings in a way some modern writers do not. Neil's character is well drawn and it's impossible not to empathise with him and the supporting characters while the plot twists and turns. Black Flowers was my favourite book of 2011.Read more ›
A story that needs concentration with lots of character's and flashbacks through a book within a book.
Gripping and keeps you guessing.
This is a book about loss and transformation and secrets buried in unmarked graves. If you don't enjoy Steve Mosby - I advise you to visit your local B&Q and buy a shovel. Next, find a quiet field, dig a deep hole and lie down comfortably. At some point I'll be along to fill in the hole.
This is all quite cleverly executed, with the only real quibble being that at times the writing is inconsistent and sometimes is too simplistic to really breathe life into the characters. But overall this thriller goes several layers deeper than most in the genre to create a genuinely unputdownable tale that even made me get out of bed to check that the door to my flat was locked. The violence and horror are mostly hinted at - which is very effective in making it feel it decidedly creepy, in the tradition of some of the most truly horrific fiction. Well worth a read, and probably even a re-read.
A very intriguing premise, this book sets up the reader with certain expectations as to where the plot might be heading, only to turn these expectations on their heads. The book starts innocuously enough, in what the reader perceives to be an ordinary, if unusual, topsy-turvy beginning to a crime novel, only to find that it is actually part of a book within a book, one that plays a major part within the novel itself. Does fiction become fact if it's repeated often enough? The author plays with this idea and the correlation between cause and effect: ideas begetting actions, actions begetting ideas that are turned into words, words generating other ideas that are turned into action again. It's all beautifully crafted, one part of the story fitting seamlessly into another like a set of matryoshka dolls. So it's a little bit disappointing that the writing style is somewhat inconsistent in places: a little bit too simplistic, occasionally trite and obvious, whereas other parts are atmospheric and evocative. But when you find yourself trapped in the midst of such an intricately woven web, for once you are content just to admire the spider's craft and skill.
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This book was recommended to me, i'd never heard of Steve Mosby before but i'm very glad i've heard of him now ... this is a great book & a good story with a nice twist ... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2013 by JoParky56