Kissing The Beehive Paperback – 20 May 1999
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Jonathan Carroll's narratives are constructed like those innocuous-seeming rooms in Doom or Quake, bright and tranquil until the player reaches a hidden trigger-line and swarming horrors erupt from the walls. With Carroll, the trigger- lines are spiritual. A glittering career, an exciting project and a blissful new sexual relationship are generally bad signs, and the narrator has all three. Sam Bayer is a successful writer just emerging from inspirational drought to tackle a real-life story, the mystery of the small-town teenage sexpot whose drowned body he was first to find, when only 15. Was the right man convicted? Meanwhile Bayer's latest lady-love, an obsessive fan of his work, helps, hinders and also scares him with glimpses of her chequered past. An apparent serial killer with a strong interest in the old murder sends Bayer cheerful communications--"Hi Sam!"--uncannily monitoring his daily life and progress. Stalking elusive truths through poignant or baleful childhood memories, our hero feels his life tilting into nightmare. Many Carroll novels twist at this stage into dazzling reinterpretations that invoke magic or madness; here the ultimate surprise is more conventional, even predictable. Not quite top-flight Carroll, but still an unusual and haunting thriller. --David Langford
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Top customer reviews
'The Land Of Laughs' and 'The Wooden Sea', so this one 'Kissing The Beehive'
was a truly revelationary surprise, in that it was, by Carroll's standards, quite
downright NORMAL. And as you read it you half expect a dog to walk in and
start talking, or a ghost to pop down the chimney, but no...no such occurrence happens.
A simple plot sees author Sam Bayer returning to his hometown, where years ago he found
the murdered body of a local beauty, and decides to write the story for his next book.
Joining him on this journey is his quirky latest love, a lady named Veronica Lake, who
coincidentally looks just like that famous actress from years gone by.
And do you know what?
I found the whole scenario absolutely riveting!
Carroll absolutely nails this atmosphere of Film Noir, a gripping tale attempting to sift out
the real killer of that young lady all those years ago.
And the characters are painted so well you half expect to meet them in your living room,
if you ever dare to look round.
Yes, a little known gem of a book, a book that sits well in your head after you've turned that
This novel is a fair departure for Carroll, away from the strange surreal, magical realities he normally creates, however Kissing The Beehive retains the menacing atmosphere of his previous novels. The story is engaging and exciting, although I was rather hoping for it to step sideways into the bizarre, as his other stories do.
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