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This review is from: Danny Volume 1 (Paperback)
I must confess to being very interested in books with dark subject matter, abuse being one of those subjects. However i don't just wish to be freaked/angered/sickened by sensationalistic writing (let me make that clear, Danny is not sensationalist). I want to see the subject explored...realistically, and aside from the narrative conventions of the thriller there is psychological realism in this wonderful, unnerving, compelling, haunting book of blood. Some of the secrets of Danny and the Jackson-Moore family are very tantalizingly hinted at (as Jill, another reviewer, comments)and these hints contain several lifetimes in hell of the dysfunctions resulting from long term, systematic familial sexual abuse. All hinted at, very occasionally exploding off the page (no, not THOSE sort of explosions). But there's so much, much more than this, it's not another broken lives story, oh no sireebob; There's murder, unique characters, obsession, noir-ish corruption and descent,and there's a lot of man on man action, a hell of a lot.
There appears to me no obvious thematic comparison to Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, but feeling the after effect of reading something i haven't before is comparable. Something about the way the characters come out of the page,about deciphering the triple meanings or snippets of conversation spoken just out of earshot, and something about not having a damn clue about where this insane rides going next? I've got volume 2 in the post, I'll soon find out...
Don't mistake content for form, this is set to be CULT
Now,Anyone fancy popping over to Jerrett's? :)
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Initial post: 10 Jul 2010 22:52:32 BDT
J. Rhodes says:
I love your review, easily the best one I've read describing DANNY. If you fancy a chat about the books (I'm dying to know what you think of volume two) I have a forum to discuss DANNY:
It's rare to find someone online that has read DANNY (it doesn't get anywhere near the attention it deserves, in my opinion), I'd love to here your thoughts on it.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2010 11:41:38 BDT
M. Deedes says:
Thanks Jodie, i have contributed on your site - user name chimpsky or chimpski, i can't recall. My writings may not have been so on the ball as my review due to health problems though.
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