Top positive review
on 8 February 2016
This book promises a lot and, for the most part, delivers. The authentic dialogue really adds to the narrative and is easy to follow once you've got the hang of it. There are some genuinely funny moments but the pervading mood is very dark with some extreme language and situations. Stripped bare, the story is about an abused boy who later comes to seek revenge. To this, James adds religion, sex and violence, though his prose is often very poetic and beautiful. If I were to be ultra critical, I would say that the story gets to a certain point and sort of stays there, rather than gather in excitement. There is no 'wow!' moment in my view. Nevertheless, I would certainly recommend this book if you want to experience something different.