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A Beautiful Horror Story,
This review is from: The Ninth Life of Louis Drax (Paperback)
I was gripped by this novel, and found it very difficult to put down. An interesting premise; Louis, a precocious nine year old, is entrusted to the care of Dr. Dannachet when a horrific fall sends him into a coma. However, there's more to his story than meets the eye...
The novel is beautifully written, although flawed by the occasionally clunky phrase. And Dr. Dannachet's infactuation with Louis' young mother seems a little forced, sudden even. Small gripes, however; the story is a cracker, and masterfully told. There is a wonderfully spooky mood throughout, and a palpable sense of dread for the characters. Although the revelations at the end are quite obvious even before Dr. Dannachet begins his furtive investigations, the climax is still deliciously horrifying. As with The Virgin Suicides, my suspicions did not prepare me for the end of the story. Louis' dream state is wonderfully evoked, and sickeningly disturbing, and the book features one of the most memorable villains of 21st Century literature so far!
Highly recommended; it's not often I come across a read such as this.