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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Rocket Ride Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Jan. 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01A7AVWQS
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The Rainbow Man Audiobook – Unabridged
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What happens when a tight community is slowly pulled apart, piece by piece? Well, on the island of Shorepoint it is isolated from all surrounding life. So when a man is washed up onto their island by the sea, they take a large curious amount of interest in him. Especially Daniel whom is the one to first find him... when he was dead. But as happiness and love is reigned down on the island of Shorepoint, Daniel can't help but have his doubts about John Dee. So what happens when he becomes mixed in a dangerous game of a conflict that has lasted for years?
Daniel is a character who is consistent and driven to solve any problems, no matter what people think of him. He also tries his best to protect his family and friends no matter what, even if it means driving them away. His involvement in the story was key and his theories prompted you to try and solve the mystery alongside him.
The bonds between all characters of the community was interesting to view; how they changed from one personality to another as they were manipulated. Additionally their actions towards their own family members was eye-opening, especially how their bonds changed from close to rather distant.
The mystery and conflict behind his story is incredibly engaging. The way that some of Daniel's thoughts concerning his father always ended in: 'Especially before he...', ah, I just really wanted to know what had happened. The manipulation of the community was interesting to read about, how they turned against each other and acted the opposite of their usual characters gave a thrilling and creepy edge to this story that kept you wanting to read further and allowed you to look deeper into their hidden feelings and personalities.
This is an engaging and thrilling story, testing the friendships and family bonds between all when they are pushed to their limits.
*Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review*
The Rainbow Man's main character is Daniel, who I found a very sympathetic character. He is very much a YA protagonist, dealing not just with a tough situation at home, but also a shift in the relationships between him and his best friends. It was interesting to see a love triangle where the protagonist isn't the deciding factor; instead he's the one on the outside. Daniel's best friends are Jill and Greg. Jill and Daniel have been friends all their lives and Greg joined their band when his family moved to the island. Both of his friends have home lives that remind Daniel of what he's lost and serve as a sort of surrogate family. But with the three of them growing up, relationships have shifted and Jill and Greg seem to be pairing off, while Daniel realises he wants to be the one Jill chooses. This creates tension between the friends and I loved how they have to fight past this to get back to their friendship.
Daniel's home life isn't pretty with a mom who's looking for a solution to end her grief at losing her husband at the bottom of a wine bottle every night, Daniel having to deal with his own grief at his father's death and a younger brother who looks to him for love and safety. I love how Daniel both resents having to take care of Mikey and resents John when Mikey looks to him instead of Daniel. Not because it was a pleasant situation, but it was a recognisable one to me. John is quite creepy; he seems harmless but he's insidious and Kane portrays Daniel's growing isolation - he's the only one who sees John for the pernicious figure he is, which sets him apart from the rest of the island's inhabitants - quite well. In the end friendship, not romantic love conquers all and I liked that. The island setting creates a creepy atmosphere due to its enclosed nature and especially since they are cut off from the outside, which is a well-worn horror trope, but Kane plays it out well.
The eventual resolution of The Rainbow Man was cool, though unexpected. The clues to John's true identity only start to appear relatively late in the narrative. The ending felt a little redundant and was rather strange as the book seemed set in current day, not in the past, and the last few pages weren't cast as a prediction of the future, it was cast as fact and already happened, which just felt odd. Still, I really enjoyed this relatively quick read and for horror-loving mystery fans, whether they're in their teens or beyond, this should be an enjoyable read.
This book was provided for review by the publisher.