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Max: (a psychological thriller combining mystery, crime and suspense) [Kindle Edition]

D.M. Mitchell
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Book Description

80,000 readers have downloaded his books since January. Discover for yourself why D. M. Mitchell is being hailed as one of the UK's most imaginative new writers of suspense/thriller fiction.

From reviews of Max:

"These are the books I look for, beautifully written, and hard to put down."
"This is definitely the best book I have read in a long time and very possibly the best I have ever read."
“This author is my discovery of the year!”
"Rarely have I read a novel which has gripped me so well."
"A quality novel from a promising author"
"this book really caught me from the first chapter and it just got better and better with every page. It is a fantastic story with a great ending. An absolute gem."
"This book has a great plot line that keeps you guessing all the way to the end. Brilliant!"
"One of the best books I've read on Kindle"
"The writing is polished, very descriptive and at times almost lyrical. Taken all together, its qualities make this book a work of high literary quality. DM Mitchell deserves congratulations for this achievement."

"There’s been so much happen to me, so many strange things. Terrible things. My mind is in a whorl, confused as to what I should relate first. Where to begin? I must describe my cell. After all, it has become my world. Strange, that I who once had the entire globe to choose from, am now confined within a twelve feet by twelve feet boundary."

So writes Philip Calder. He is being kept a prisoner, alone, on a remote Scottish island. His life is shrunk to the stifling confines of his small room, a courtyard surrounded by high walls, and the sterile company of two uniformed guards whom he ironically names Morcambe and Wise. He is only allowed a pen and paper to break the monotony. So he writes. He writes about how he came to be there, starting at the beginning, when Maxwell Stone first came into his world.

He relates how his world was altered forever when Connie Stone and her ten year old son Max moved into the small mining town of Overthorpe. It's the 1960s, and Connie causes a stir amongst the locals, for wearing bright lipstick, short skirts, and, the worst of all, being a single mother. Calder is at once captivated by her.

Philip becomes friends with her son, but it is a strange, volatile relationship. Max is unfathomable, unpredictable, often violent, and as they grow older both Philip and Max vie for one young woman's attention - Ruby. But it's Max's strange fascination with wanting to be Philip Calder, to have his life, his identity, that triggers a series of unpredictable events that will lead to Calder's imprisonment.

Gavin Miller is a successful author. He is in possession of Calder's manuscript, having been handed it by the manager of a nursing home called Overton Hall. He knows he must destroy it, because in it is laid bare his own dark secret. In it lies the seeds of his own ruin and why he is irrevocably tied emotionally and physically to the enigmatic Mrs Randolf.

But who exactly is Gavin Miller? Who is Mrs Randolf? What is the truth behind Philip Calder's bizarre imprisonment on a remote Scottish island?

Max is a brooding novel that twists and turns through the decades to explore the dark workings of a troubled friendship, a diseased mind, and the jealousies and hatred that leads ultimately to madness, deceit and murder.

Will you be able to determine what is real, what is not? The clues are all there, if you know how to read them.

Guaranteed to keep you guessing to its shocking and unexpected end, Max is Daniel M. Mitchell's darkest exploration of the human psyche yet.

Also available on Kindle: D. M. Mitchell's new bestselling novel, 'The House of The Wicked' - a dark Victorian psychological thriller and murder mystery set in 1880s Cornwall

Product Details

  • File Size: 1630 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Agamemnon Independent Publishing; Revised Edition edition (July 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EZIQ8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is different, but one hell of a read October 15, 2011
By Bevan
Format:Kindle Edition
This book follows two threads - the life of a famous author, Gavin Miller, and the world of a man mysteriously incarcerated in a weird prison on an island. Both lives are connected. You are drawn into both worlds with ease, always wondering what's going on in each and where it is all heading. The way Calder is trying to adjust to his imprisonment is well written and chilling - you could easily see yourself in his place and how it would easily screw up the mind. You follow Calder, in his own words, realistically and believably, through childhood and into adulthood, and how Max - a deep and creepy character in his own right, but you never quite know why - comes to dominate it. It all comes to a head in a mansion on the Scottish island in a suspense-filled cat and mouse chase, but don't let that fool you. This is far more than the cheap thrills you find in other books and there's a clever link between the beginning of the book when they were kids. Alongside this you have the life of Gavin Miller playing out as he reads the manuscript. Add other creepy characters like the first-edition collector and manager of the care home, and the mysterious man who's locked away there and it's a book that keeps you trying to work things out all the way through. In the end it was a brilliant read, well written, full of characters that you feel for. My only advice is to watch out, as there is virtually no fat on this particular bone - there are clues to what's going on all the way through, with all things eventually connected and coming together in a satisfyingly unexpected conclusion. I'd like to compare it to another writer to give a flavour of what it's like but it's difficult. This one really is in a class of its own. Maybe Minette Walters, at a push. Recommended if you like a cleverly written, character-driven plot with something to test the old grey matter. I must say I also liked the couple of chapters from the new novel that comes with it, too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A complex, very engaging psychological thriller" January 24, 2012
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"Max" was written by British author Daniel M. Mitchell and is one of several works attributable to him. Biographical information related to Mr. Mitchell seems limited.

The writing style incorporates unique features. The tale is wound around a "story within a story "sort of construction and two concurrent threads of mystery that only converge at the end. In addition, the author mixes in individual character background snippets that serve to explain certain aspects of the characters in the story. The mystery in the novel is well cloaked; the crime divulged but the perpetrator disguised only to be fully disclosed in the ending. In all this is a complex and very well written composition.

The prose is generally uncomplicated, although it seems to contain a number of grammatical gaffs mostly concerning verb tense. I at first attributed this to the British lilt, but it appeared to me later that it was probably not that as I encountered additional spelling and grammatical errors. These types of errors seem to be prevalent in the electronic versions of novels. At any rate, while these things are annoying, they don't materially affect the reading experience except to promote an occasional raised eyebrow or frown. The author's descriptive ability was excellent and he was able to turn scenes into vivid reality for the reader. The story's characters were well developed and memorable; again the writer's descriptive ability making them so. The author uses italic text to denote, what I called snippets, to fill the reader in on character background that is apparently not part of the manuscript that the narrator is reading. The tale is narrated by one of the characters.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You call this a book?? August 8, 2012
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Another reviewer wrote and I quote. "Book was weird and I could not understand where the author was going. Could not wrap my head around the substance or lack of in the book." How true. The author writes in a very strange hard to follow style. Near the beginning of the book he launches into a long long long boring story, of, I guess when he was playing cowboys & indians with some kids or it was a short story he wrote. I don't know what it was, but it was so long & boring I kept hoping and praying it would end!! It finally did!! See!! There is a God!! LOL!! Then it launched into more weirdness on Max. I mean, this author is one strange dude! I couldn't take anymore of it. I stopped reading it at that point. Another reviewer said and I quote. "Sorry but I was glad to be done reading it." That says it all. This ebook is a struggle to read. Thank God it was free!! Why bother to read an ebook that when it's finally over you're glad that it's over? Stephen King, I believe, said something to the effect that life is too short to read poorly written books. Amen! To those of you that liked this ebook, well, whatever. To each his own, I guess. I need to delete this ebook from my Kindle application ASAP!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark tale November 2, 2012
By Jaykay
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I didn't know what to expect from this book as the reviews seemed to be wide rangeing. It was a little confusing in the beginning, but I perservered and I am so glad I did as I really enjoyed this book. Would have given it three and a half stars, but I don't know how to do a half. Mitchell has written a dark tale about two young school boys and their complex friendship.There are a few clues and loose threads throughout the book which Mitchell tidies up nicely in the end. For the price I paid I consider it very good value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love thrillers like this when it is a cold and ...
I love thrillers like this when it is a cold and stormy weekend. This story has great characters, and I love the twists and turns! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pukanecz
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent plot with twists and twisted characters
Excellent, as always. Lots of twists and turns, great ending! Well written. My favorite D.M. Mitchell book is still "Mouse" though.
Published 3 months ago by Chi-lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I would recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it, short easy read.
Published 5 months ago by rotochik
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This book was very thrilling. I read it twice to fully understand the plot. This was unusual and kept me reading well into the night. Keep up the good work. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I must admit I found it hard to follow it at the beginning but continued to read just to see where it would go. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cecy
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Couldn't really follow the story and wasn't interested enough in the characters to come close to finishing
Published 7 months ago by Pirate Mom 1094
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
I really enjoyed the twists of this story. Definitely a worthy story. Mr. Mitchell is an author that seems to really enjoy his craft.
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1.0 out of 5 stars THOROUGHLY CONFUSING
The very beginning of this book really confused me. I was completely lost for quite some time. It's not that the book was bad, I found myself getting interested every once in a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brenda R
1.0 out of 5 stars many instances such as "She knew things between Ruby and I weren't too...
I finished the book, but it was very strange. The unexpected ending rendered the rest of the book senseless. Read more
Published 7 months ago by muffiemae
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D. M. Mitchell has been compared to Ruth Rendell, Martina Cole, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Linwood Barclay, Dickens and even the Bronte sisters! This wide array of writing styles is appropriate - though Mitchell is known for his psychological thrillers, he is determined that each of them will be different, so they might be set in different eras, may be straightforward thrillers or have a supernatural or horror twist, and he avoids like the plague the standard and unimaginative serial killer format! You'll find he uses different styles of writing to suit different types of books - it also keeps him from getting bored...

D. M. Mitchell was born into a small mining community in Yorkshire, England. His career advisor said he had two options - go down the mines or become a policeman. Being scared of the dark and never having much meat on his bones, he declined both and in his early years bounced like a pinball from job to job - warehouses, cinema projectionist, market trader, salesman - you get the picture. He sort of made a success of himself and now lives in a money-pit of a cottage in a tiny village in the cream tea heart of the South West of England.

His first remembered attempt at pushing the boundaries of creative writing was during a school lesson at the age of nine. Titled simply 'Rain' his proud masterpiece began with 'It started to rain' then there followed eight pages of nothing but the words 'pitter-patter', concluding with 'and then it stopped'. It was handed over and duly reviewed by his brick wall of a teacher, whose eyebrows flickered up and down ominously, his cheeks flushing bright red, before declaring it total rubbish. He tore it up into ribbons, showered him with his first, and no doubt only tickertape ceremony, and gave him a meaty slap around the head (they could do that sort of thing in 1967). He made him write 'I will not write stupid things for eight pages' for eight pages. Thus he learnt a number of valuable early lessons - the meaning of irony, writing is very subjective, everyone's a critic, and no-one likes a smart-arse.

He persevered, his first novel appearing in 1986 and disappearing into the attic the same year. It's still up there. Many manuscripts later he used to save the piles of rejection slips to paper his bare walls. So the adage is, keep at it, in these times of economic depression you'll soon have the house fully redecorated. Nowadays, writing is the one thing he feels totally comfortable with, except perhaps for a cup of Horlicks on a cold winter's night when the rain goes pitter-patter against the window panes (there it is again...).

Characterisation is an important and noticeable aspect of all Mitchell's novels. It allows him to be whoever he wants to be when he gets fed up of being himself, which is quite often. So too is a sense of mystery and the exploration of the darker side to humanity. There are always strong elements of a complex puzzle to be solved in a D M Mitchell novel, many disparate parts ultimately coming together, tragedy and comedy sitting side by side. As in life, nothing is as it first seems. He takes a keen interest in history, a thread which runs through his writing, whether it's the 1960s or 1970s, as in 'Max' and 'Pressure Cooker', or the Victorian 1880s, as in 'The House of the Wicked'.

His favourite novelists include Barry Unsworth, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck and Graham Swift. Top two favourite historical books: Culloden, by John Prebble and The Face of Battle by John Keegan. He also collects first edition novels and takes a keen interest in anything old, tatty and in need of love and restoration. His wife says he needs to get out more.

He has three grown children and also enjoys photography, painting and walking the Blackdown Hills with his wife and an overly excitable Border Terrier - or is that an overly-excitable wife and a Border Terrier... One of the two.

He'd like to thank his growing legion of fans for allowing him to practice being a writer and sharing in his strange and lurid imaginings.

The story 'Rain' has not yet been made available on Kindle...

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