Top positive review
on 8 December 2012
This little book is frankly quite brilliant. I only put it down because I didn't start it until I was about to fall asleep anyway and only then because I was too exhausted to go on and don't actually recall switching my Kindle off. Thank you auto-off for preserving my battery to continue reading as soon as possible.
It does indeed hark back to Edgar Allen Poe in its style; first person almost matter of fact recounting of a `true' tale. I use true in inverted commas and only hope I'm surmising correctly, otherwise Mr Hicks, I'm not surprised you changed the name and I hope you get over the ordeal eventually. The mastery with which Journal of Avery Moore is written is worthy of likening to Poe and a joy to read. The recounting of the tale in such a straightforward manner serves to add to the horror of it all and it's one I'll recall with clarity for a long time to come.
Macabre seems the best word for the story itself but I'm not sure it conveys quite enough. Macabre, grim, gruelling; I could go on picking at adjectives but really this is a tale that gives you a chill in the pit of your stomach, not your spine. It's disturbingly real and picks up on that fear we all have lurking somewhere of what other people might be capable of doing.
In movie terms, I couldn't help but think along the lines of Saw although the story bears no resemblance. It's the level of darkness and grip on the reader that strike a chord. The Journal of Avery Moore is very visual, for reasons that will become apparent when you read it. I was getting a headache from looking at the picture it conjured in my mind's eye. That's not a complaint, Michael, that's just how real you made it!
I could wax lyrical about this novella for pages but I think I've said quite enough to make it clear that there is no reason on earth not to read it. It won't take long, it certainly won't bore and it definitely will entertain. Buy it or miss out!