The House of the Wicked Paperback – 27 Dec 2013
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There are mountains of back story to recount which holds back the action. Every now and then the author has a burst of writing that speeds up the events and grips. Not for long; another back story emerges with more overly rich writing. Thanks to Kindle I can say the denouement occupies the last 15 per cent of the book with yet more excursions into back stories. By now, you've worked it all out and for many readers earlier in the tale.
Some of the writing is very good and well observed but he is a little over in love with his own voice and we feel it. We don't need to be told this is a psychological thriller with crime, mystery and suspense. We hapless readers can work that out for ourselves.
So in summary this is story that doesn't satisfy. Overburdened with description, tautology and back story, it strangles itself.
The author says he reads all these comments. He is a good writer but, in a yarn like this, he needs to write more sparingly and avoid those inderminably long back stories. Less is more.
The story is steeped in atmosphere and mystery around which the author weaves his unique tale. All the elements are present to create a number of strands which blend together and formulate a story which will leave the reader pondering about it for sometime. Personally I have never read a story like it! My only niggle is the tendency for the story to travel from one era to another which occasionally left me a little puzzled and necessitated a brief check back into the story to find the link. This does not detract enough for me to drop a star rating. The many positives far outweigh any negatives!
This is a 5 star novel.
The story jumps 13 years to Stephen Denning meeting his friend Terrance Wilkinson and been asked to come to Porthgarrow to start a artist colony.
In between the story tells you how the friends met and what subsequently happened whilst they were in France.
The village of Porthgarrow is a very primtive supicious place and helped with this by Tunny a villager who has a gift.
I have to stay I did nearly give up with this as it took ages for me to get into the story as there was a lot of ground laying with the story going between the 13 years which in parts did confuse me. But I did persevere and it I was surprised where the story went.
A victorian mystery set in a seemingly damned fishing town. This has creepy Dickensian characters, superb prose, and an atmosphere of impending doom. It almost tips over into pastiche with its multiple revelations in the closing chapters, but just pulls it off.
A quality novel from a very promising author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved reading this book, loved the main character haven't really got to fully understand her yet. Would recommend this. Can't wait for the next book.Published 5 months ago by maisie4dogs.
This was my second read by D. M. Mitchell. My first one was "Max", and while I did find "Max" a good overall read, this book was better. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Meks Librarian
Some wonderful twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end.
the only thing that let this book down was one or two editing errors where there were spelling/type... Read more