- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 587 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lulu Press; Second edition (20 Aug. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MXAVW84
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #773,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The vomit seemingly took Gabriel by surprise as he laid his left cheek on the left side of the toilet seat. Half of the retch landed in the toilet, while the remainder skimmed over the right side of the toilet seat and slapped onto the floor. Gabriel was in the final stages of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia.
...So, not a bright start to a book. I read books for pleasure and get a lot of enjoyment from reading novels. The Suicide Flowers has many rave reviews on Goodreads, so I thought I would buy a copy and give it a go.
This novel has two central characters, Gabriel - with his terminal illness and Raeburn - the lead singer of the rock band Aluminum Jesus. Chapters alternate between Gabriel and Raeburn as this novel crawls to it’s death.
What started off as a challenging read for me, turned into a bore. You knew that Gabriel’s days were numbered and I developed no empathy for Raeburn. The story rambled on and on in a way a fan would rant about music from an artist you can’t stand the sound of. I got no pleasure from reading this book and there were no surprises as this story bled to it’s death. The plot progression was very predictable and the issues of coping with a terminal illness were NOT fully exploited.
The Suicide Flowers was a big let down for me, it did not enlighten or entertain me. It had all the hallmarks of a made-for-tv movie, one that you would switch off at the first advert break. But because I bought a copy of this sorry book, I read it to the deadly end. I did not feel any grief or loss at the end but relief that I could move on to a better book in my growing collection.Read more ›
Pete Conrad's characterizations and writing style are excellent. And his use of imagery is vividly effective: for example, the tattered 20 year old T-shirt, African Violets, a dog's last car ride.
In the end this is a story of love, death, friendship, family and redemption. This novel is very well-written, well-edited, and it works. It's a five star good read, and I highly recommend it.
Review by Mike, pen name Raymond Barrie
I loved how the book delves the history of the two main characters telling us their backstories. At first, I really didn't like Raeburn. He seemed to be a bit of a twit, but...well, I really don't want to spoil the book for everyone.
I definitely would recommend this book to people as it has fully developed characters who really grow on you. It is all about connections and surviving in the face of insurmountable situations.
The characters are wonderfully vivid and real, and the quality writing is very emotive. As well as the relationship between the singer and his fan, both men have women in their lives and I really felt the pain the women experienced because of their men.
So I loved the interaction of the different characters and then along came a great twist in the story and a surprise ending.
Simply a five star read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a brilliant tale of fate and while I did work out the 'twist' before I was half way through I'm happy to say it in no way diminished my enjoyment of the read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kirsty
A great story - ticks all the boxes - self-destructive rock star, young man with everything to live for but dying of leukaemia, two childhoods fractured by loss of a parent.... Read morePublished 17 months ago by K. Bond
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