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Quirky and intriguing.
on 12 August 2013
A short but beautiful and quirky read, "Moon in a Dead Eye" follows a group of elderly people as they move into a gated community, hoping for the good life in the sun. Unfortunately it doesnt quite live up to expectations - as a new build there are only two couples and one single lady living there - and the social activities advertised are not forthcoming as hoped. A social secretary finally arrives and things begin to look up. But of course, with a tight knit group such as this there are always going to be unseen tensions...
I adored this book but I am finding it quite difficult to say why exactly. It was just, well, GOOD! It kind of meanders along as you get to know each individual person and their foibles, and a lot of the book is really just how they settle in, react to each other and to their new surroundings and what they do to pass the time. The author however somehow manages to impart a sense of menace....like something is hovering just beneath the surface that you can't quite put your finger on. Ok so the caretaker is a somewhat sinister character but that in and of itself is not all of it. So I'd say its clever writing. Pascal Garnier definitely had an eye to the ironic...and he also managed a fair bit of humour.. still you felt all the way through that perhaps something was coming.
Was something coming? Well you will have to read it to find out. And I would say do so if you want something a little different and unexpected, but also purely for the genius of the writing. The turn of phrase and the way it flows is terrific. Perhaps not a book I would normally have picked up I am grateful to the publisher for sending me a copy to review. Otherwise I might have missed out and that would NEVER do.