1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Priestley has an enviable gift for atmospheric writing, and Dead Men represents his gift at its finest.
The book is a retelling of Coleridge's Rime, but it stands as a strong and original tale in its own right. The story of the hopeful and eager boy who falls for the charm of his uncle, and the lure of the sea, is captivating and beyond melancholy.
The book is completely absorbing and impossible to put down as it sweeps the reader along in the tide right to the last page. Not a word is wasted here. The phrase 'future classic' is bandied around a lot, but used in relation to this book it is wholly justified.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a truly remarkable book.
I drowned in this book over two days and was completely swept away by the wonder and beauty of it all. It is at times brutal, harsh and challenging - but never out of context and it is all justified and perfectly balanced.
Superbly written to draw the reader in and envelope them in Arthur's strange yet curiously familiar world.
Razor sharp and diamond bright - a wonderful piece of writing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I do love Priestley's style and he has an unrivalled touch with ghost stories and I expected a lot from Dead Eyes.
The descriptions of Amsterdam are vivid and real and set the scene for depressed and confused Alex to be drawn into a ghostly mystery.
I did enjoy the book but really wished it was a lot longer. I so wanted to know what happened next!
I won't drop in spoilers here, but after reading this you will -
a) want to visit or return to Amsterdam and b) avoid masks at all costs.
A good atmospheric ghost story in a modern setting but with a classic feel.