Patrick's Alphabet Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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"His corpse-strewn first novel derives its title from St Patrick's habit of inscribing letters on new territory to transform it...the atmosphere of creeping menace kept this heathen reading, simultaneously irked and intrigued" (Mark Sanderson Daily Telegraph)
"Crafty, sad and haunting" (Literary Review)
"The narrative voice turns it from a dark whodunit into something more intriguing. But Roberts never forgets that his principal responsibility is to keep us hooked - and that he does with aplomb" (Barry Forshaw Daily Express)
"Suitably disturbing and unsettling, and lingers long in the mind" (Daily Mail)
"A cold, existential tale... One of the terrific things the novel offers is his rendering of a town in the grip of a nameless fear" (Observer)
'By no means a conventional thriller, it is an intense and disturbing piece of fiction' - ObserverSee all Product description
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21 February 2014
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The blurb on the back cover says 'disturbing and unsettling' which is an accurate description of my reaction to it. 'Unconventional' is another word used - ditto. I bought it on the strength of 'Edgelands' which had been written in conjunction with Paul Farley - some of the phrases in that were mind-bendingly beautiful. In this the language was far less 'poetic', which surprised me, but its sparseness was deceptive in that it dragged me, not unwilling, through a confusingly-told tale with a cast of weird but compelling individuals. One to return to.
27 March 2006
This is a darkly touching book. The landscape of the novel is almost unremittingly bleak, from the murder of a young couple on the opening page until the twenty-fifth of its twenty-six chapters. The twist is entirely thought-provoking and changes the way you see the world as well as making you want to read the novel again. A story that stays with you.