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Spellbinding to the end,
This review is from: Sheer Blue Bliss (Paperback)
When I am charmed after only reaching page 4 of a novel then I know I am in the hands of a fine writer, and 'Sheer Blue Bliss' is exemplary. Glaister's evocative style is superb particularly in detailing the more sensuous aspects of the world. By the end of the first chapter I felt like ditching the duvet and rushing out to buy some good old fashioned cotton sheets - so enticingly were they described.
The compulsive, obsessive and damaged personality of Tony is narrated with sharp brilliance. I found that some passages had such a powerful 'stream of consciousness' aliveness about them that I became wholly absorbed in his quest for his own personal grail. The flaws in his character are evident in every step he takes leaving the reader hooked with anticipation but also hopefully some understanding and empathy as well.
This was my first encounter with Glaister's writing: I found the tone and atmosphere somewhat akin to that of Rendell but despite the slightly mystical flavour of the novel, Glaister's characters are more credible and flawed giving the writing a more compelling feel. Strongly recommended.