I am over the moon to be sharing my thoughts on this utterly enthralling book from the wonderful Michael J Malone … House of Spines is an absolute must read …
ORENDA BOOKS (16 Aug. 2017)
Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up. Entering his new-found home, he finds that Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror … the reflection of a woman … A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the Gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and an exploration of how lust and betrayal can be deadly …
My thoughts …
When I’d finished crying and gathered my emotions together, I didn’t quite know what to do with myself.
I mean, WOW!!!!!
Malone has nailed it again. Totally nailed it.
Delivering another atmospheric masterpiece, Malone brings us the story of Ran McGhie, a troubled soul who unexpectedly inherits his estranged great-uncle’s mansion, Newton Hall.
At a real low point in his life, this couldn’t have come at a better time, could it?
What drew me so deeply in to this book was the descriptive prose. There is a very fine line between setting a scene and boring the reader but the author manages to perfect that balance here. The imagery used to set the scenes and the mindset of the characters is wonderful. I was totally absorbed in the world of Ran and the journey he was on. I could have been walking the corridors of Newton Hall myself, seeing the rooms as they had been left by Ran’s ancestors, I was totally enthralled by the setting, the history, the words.
As he explores his new home, Ran soon becomes aware that there is something not quite right about the house and the perception of it’s previous owner by the people who live in the village and as he continues to discover more details about this side of his family, the reasons for the less than favourable views on his relatives start to come to light.
Quite a harrowing read at times, I was heartbroken in places, so much so I was sobbing in my pillow at 2.00 a.m. when I finished; the tears, interrupted by several gasps of WTF?!?!
Once again, Malone had me hooked from the first page to the last in this exquisitely woven story of the past meeting the present.
Buy it and buy it now folks!
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About the author …
Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge: Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers. Other published work includes: Carnegie’s Call (a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots); A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; Beyond the Rage and The Bad Samaritan. His psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number one bestseller. Michael is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website http://www.crimesquad.com. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller.
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