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Strange Ink Paperback – 9 Oct 2018
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"Taut, suspenseful...The novel's gritty realism viscerally and effectively conveys the discomfort of new ink, the oppressive heat of the Queensland summer, and the horrors of war and murder...A strong debut by a promising new voice" --Publishers Weekly
"Kemble handles the supernatural elements of the story with the expertise of a genre veteran, carefully walking the line between fantasy and reality." --Booklist
"Kemble is a natural storyteller, and his prose has a journalistic air to it which works in its favour... A breeze of a read, compulsive and mysterious, and with enough well told supernatural elements to keep you going to the end. Kemble is clearly a talent to watch." --Black Static
"Strange Ink is a strong debut brimming with atmosphere and unfolding its mystery with precision." --SciFi Now
"A ghost story with classic flavor, sharp teeth, and a modern twist." --Barnes & Noble SFF Blog
About the Author
Gary Kemble's award-winning short fiction has been published in magazines and anthologies in Australia and abroad, and his non-fiction has appeared in newspapers, magazines and online. Born in England, Gary now lives in Brisbane with his wife and kids, where he is the Social Media Co-ordinator for national news broadcaster ABC News. Strange Ink is his first novel.
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The plot is intricately weaved and incredibly clever. It’s a mystery/thriller with a pinch of horror and a dash of romance. It mixes together to create a really memorable and enjoyable read.
Harry is a really fascinating protagonist. His job at the Chronicle leaves much to be desired and things aren’t really going his way. I really enjoyed watching him progressed as the story went on, and there’s an impressive amount of character growth in this story. He’s a complex character and one that readers are really going to grow attached to.
The story is pretty quick paced with short chapters that make you keep saying “one more chapter.” Strange Ink’s original concept, gripping writing and beautiful cover should certainly make it top of your wish list this autumn.
The cover and title intrigued me instantly, especially with the sprayed edges. I figured, it looked like the perfect October read!
I wasn’t disappointed.
I loved the Characters, their individuality and the way they related to one another throughout the story. The progression of the relationships and the twists involved with them were well though out, and unlike with some Crime stories, it didn’t feel the relationships were forced in order to give a parallel storyline, Rather, the relationships flowed well and were interesting.
The story wasn’t what I was expecting at all, and I found that I enjoyed it for this! But, i would warn readers that if you tend to avoid books with strong language, perhaps avoid this one. For myself, the language suited the characters and situations, and didn’t feel out of place.
I adored the Idea with the Tattoos appearing gradually, and trying to find out why, I especially loved the added elements and relationships as a direct result! I won’t say more for fear of spoiling, but it was incredibly clever and so much Fun!
There were many surprises throughout the story, and it had me guessing throughout! A very individual concept which was well written and kept me hooked from page one, this is a story I would happily read again! And I would be intrigued to see what else the Author comes up with after this!
The ending was surprising, wonderful and fit perfectly. I wasn’t expecting it, and that made it all the nicer!
If you enjoy Crime, Mystery and a Romantic storyline with a twist, I would certainly recommend you give this a go!! And besides... that cover is a beauty 😍😍 Great job Gary! Can’t wait to see what else you have planned!
At first, he thinks he had the tattoo done while drunk, but soon more tattoos appear along with violent nightmares. Harry begins to investigate and dig deeper into what the symbols mean.
What he finds is a disappearance, ghostly torment, corruption and violence. He must find
the truth and right the wrongs and so lay the dead to rest.
This extraordinary book is very captivating from the beginnings, Harry has moved to a new house which seems to be haunted, then the nightmares and tattoos appear. I could not stop reading because weird stuff kept happening on nearly every page but not giving too much away and I just had to keep page turning.
This book is well written and full of surprises, even if you don’t usually read horror stories, this is slightly different, its creepy but not scary, the story has a thriller element too.
Give this author a try, I recommend this book for something a little different.
Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of this book to review.
Harry, the main narrator, is a person I believed in and empathised with, but the star was Bill and his need to save the Paddington water tower – a real edifice, evidently, and now on the Brisbane Heritage register. And of course the Queensland humidity. By the end of the novel it was dripping from my pores. Enjoy the read.