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A rollercoaster read...,
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This review is from: The Blake Curse (Kindle Edition)
Brilliant and bizarre, The Blake Curse really seemed to get under my skin. I read it in one sitting. I'm unbelievably enraptured with this book for no apparent reason - it's full of love and espionage and sex and treacherousness and it's exciting and it's all wrapped up in a neat little book shaped parcel that has me so wound up I will guiltlessly use the word and repeatedly in a sentence that should be a list with commas instead!
The Blake Curse is quite unlike anything I have read before, and it's quite unlike most things I'd consciously choose to read. But I am unbelievably glad I did choose to read it. Much as I have read brilliant books, enjoyable books, books that had me turning pages hungrily, but this one was different. I feel as though I was literally chasing the story through the pages like a starving person would chase a pizza delivery boy with a mountain of pizzas.
I don't want to give too much away in this review, you really ought to read it and find out for yourself. The characters are deep and multidimensional; each one seems to have many secrets and hidden layers that peel back one by one like an onion until you are completely submerged and understand exactly what is at the core of them. The story itself takes that many bizarre twists and turns that it keeps you on the edge of your seat, each new avenue it heads up completely unanticipated and unimaginable before it happens. At half way through, I had no idea how it would end (and I confess if I had been reading a real book rather than the kindle version, I'd have been tempted to peek at the ending. I lie, I wouldn't have been tempted - I'd have done it for sure.)
I was a little confused to find the expletives ***'d out; the novel contains quite a few graphic and horrific scenes or ideas involving sex, physical abuse of both children and adults or rape scenarios. It seems out of character to the novel to do this, but fortunately it didn't detract anything from the narrative. Also at times, the language could go from being very descriptive and sophisticated to quite simplistic, but only for a sentence or two; the effect is a little jarring.
However the story itself is a wonderful narrative, and the ending is very fitting - I won't say anything about it, because apparently, according to the protagonist, Ben, nothing is written in stone that cannot be changed!