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The Possession of Mr Cave Paperback – 7 May 2009
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"Haig has hit upon a good idea structuring this as an open letter" (Metro)
"A compelling book; a page-turner in the best sense of the word, in that most suspense comes from character" (John Burnside Guardian)
"Anyone who has experienced the loss of someone they love will try to relate to the tricks the mind can play as they try to make sense of what has happened. A story I couldn't put down" (Essentials)
"A devastating portrait of one man's relentless self-destruction" (The Times)
A dark, disturbing novel about a man who loves his child too much.See all Product description
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I am an intermittent reader, sometimes dragging books out over a few months and occasionally reading them in around a week. This is one of the first books I have picked up and started and not put down until I finished. It isn't the longest, but also not a short story style book.
I read the entire thing until well into the night desperately following through the gripping story of Terrance Cave's personal struggles.
As a reader you don't need to go in to this book with any idea of the plot or story, just know that once started I am sure you will be engaged through to the end.
It is dark and occasionally difficult emotionally, but one of the most engaging and gripping looks at mental health and dealing with it, since reading this book I sought out more from Matt Haig, amongst his other work I would especially recommend the Humans released in 2013.
This is the 3rd book in pretty much as many weeks that I've read of Haig's and I think the 5th overall and I'm yet to be disappointed!
It is the story of a mild mannered antique shop owner and his journey into madness. It makes King Lear look like a harmless train spotter. His wife is murdered in a bungled robbery and years later his son dies in an accident trying to impress the group of lads he hung out with. This just left Mr Cave with the boys twin sister. And that is where the nightmare begins. It is a horror story but not in the Stephen King/Mark Morris squashed eyeball or exploding head type. This is a "there but by the grace of God go I" type of story.
The possession comes in 2 forms, he wants to possess his daughter, controlling her life to such an extent that he destroys what he loves the most and the other possession is the root of his madness as he thinks he is possessed by the spirit of his dead son.
The story cleverly builds up the tension so that by the end you are drawn into Mr Cave's mad mind and you see how far he has really gone to exact revenge on a seemingly evil world and protect his daughter.
Very dark and perhaps even gothic, if you beleive the dust jacket, but like all of Matt Haig's books well worth the read.
It can be uncomfortable at times, but it should be. A subject like this shouldn't be easy. However, although it is very dark, Matt Haig has made parts witty, although, the story being so dark, there were probably times that I missed some of the wit.
It is amazingly addictive and I just found myself wanted to continue reading just a bit more before I turned the lights out. I felt for Mr Cave and his daughter and can understand the fears he had for her. As must every father of a young daughter. Matt Haig, even in his young age seems to have captured the mind of a middle-aged father (that is losing his mind) and that of a teenage girl brilliantly. The characters really came alive for me and I was only disappointed that the book had to come to an end.
I have read Matt Haig's first novel Last Family in England and loved that too, so I can't wait to read his other books now. I can't believe I didn't see this book in all the bookshop windows. This is not a book to be missed.
We learn that Reuben has always taken second place in their father's thinking. Where Bryony got a horse, Reuben, who had a birthmark on his face, was lucky to get a bicycle. But things aren't going as Mr Cave feels they should. The ordinary pressure points of a teenager's life - sex, status, friendships and clothes - are beyond his fathoming. Sometimes he feels as if Reuben has come back and is haunting him, directing him towards certain activities which threaten to erupt in violence.
This is all oddly enjoyable, even though Mr Cave is not a likeable person and his attempts to manage (though he would say "protect") his daughter are catastrophically ill-advised. Inevitably there is a climactic night of disaster. We necessarily see everything from Mr Cave's point of view and as a result we don't get much chance to develop much feeling for the other characters. This is Mr Cave's disaster, and one feels he will never really recover. It's a very good read, particularly valuable for over-protective fathers.
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