Dark, disturbing and unsettling,
This review is from: Spider (Paperback)
This is the first Patrick McGrath novel I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Through it's pages, the concrete world becomes increasingly foggy and starts to crumble until nothing is quite what it at first seemed. The book centres on the experiences of Dennis Cleg and his alter ego Spider.
Spider's strange thoughts are described in gruesome detail which adds a horror-like quality to the book. McGrath draws the reader unsteadily deeper into the dark recesses of the mind of a man that becomes increasingly unstable. This unsettling book cleverly blurs the line between sanity and madness and truth and reality with somewhat disturbing results.
It is an interesting portrayal of a disaffected loner existing on the fringes of society. McGrath's detailed descriptive writing is a joy to read and conjures up clear visual images. It is this style of writing that has prompted me to purchase more of his books.