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This review is from: Danny 1.0 - Hope House (The DANNY Quadrilogy) (Paperback)
I must confess to being very interested in books with dark subject matter, abuse being one of those subjects. However i don't just wish to be freaked/angered/sickened by sensationalistic writing (let me make that clear, Danny is not sensationalist). I want to see the subject explored...realistically, and aside from the narrative conventions of the thriller there is psychological realism in this wonderful, unnerving, compelling, haunting book of blood. Some of the secrets of Danny and the Jackson-Moore family are very tantalizingly hinted at (as Jill, another reviewer, comments)and these hints contain several lifetimes in hell of the dysfunctions resulting from long term, systematic familial sexual abuse. All hinted at, very occasionally (ahem) exploding off the page. But there's so much, much more than this, it's not another broken lives story, oh no sireebob; There's murder, strong,unique characters, obsession, noir-ish corruption and descent,and there's a lot of man on man action, a hell of a lot.
There appears to me no obvious thematic comparison to Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, but feeling the after effect of reading something i haven't before is comparable. Both authors have a way of detailing extreme events in a neutral style.Something about the way the characters come out of the page,about deciphering the triple meanings or snippets of conversation spoken just out of earshot, and something about not having a damn clue about where this insane rides going next? I've got volume 2 in the post, I'll soon find out...
Don't mistake content for form, this is set to be CULT
Now,Anyone fancy popping over to Jerrett's? :)