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The cover to start with is so compelling and spooky, you just have to pick this book up.
Then to the read. Well it's the most twisty, intriguing book I've ever read. Nell's voice is so chilling and so riveting, you are under her spell from the get go. Then onto Detective Joe McNeil, a voice of realism in a mirage of murder and mayhem. The plot so twisty you get in deeper and deeper until you are in so deep, you're not sure what or who to believe.
I had no idea of the pattern being weaved or how all the puzzle pieces fit, and when I thought I had a handle on it, the game shifted and I was left lingering once more. And it really wasn't until the end that I finally got the much needed answers I was searching for. And what an ending and what an answer it was.
There is no other word for this other than masterful. Masterfully written, masterfully conceived and masterfully executed.
One of the best thrillers this year, by one of the best authors in this genre.
I can assure you once Nell gets hold of you, she won't let you go.
In the darkness known as Bedlam...This is a tale of lost love, maybe. Or is it a tale of madness stemming from despair and grief, maybe? Could it be a tale of manipulation and control, maybe? I am not 100% sure I can adequately say what the main gist of the tale is...perhaps it is all of the above that made Joe McNeil's story so symbolic and captivating.
Joe is a man of the law. He is man whose love has been gone for a year as she was the victim of an unsolved crime. As the world moves on he cannot back down. His gut tells him the case isn't closed, his Kit is alive. Whether drunk or in complete disregard for structure, he passes each day in a blur only to be guided by hearing the absent voice of his past. But suddenly, a new gruesome crime brings about the dead that literally "waken" his drive. The mysterious Nell brings chaos and hope into his life all while beguiling the reader.
"He does not understand. Ultimately he will. He seeks his lost love as I seek him. Eventually he must choose."
Speaking in riddles, offering clues to his heart's desire, Nell had me questioning my sanity. From deep thoughts, vivid imagery, and hallucinogenic passages I too was under the "spell." I cannot really explain much without giving anything away. All I can say is that this is so amazingly written...pure literary genius that makes the reader question the genre, the story, and hell even author! Grab this book...grab a friend...and begin!
Nell is a character unlike any other I've come across. Her words - hypnotic, poetic (with great substance.) The story is all over the place at times... but if you can truly immerse yourself, I think you'll see what most of the reviewers have already pointed out!
My only caveat, McNeil, although broken, is a horrible cop. He's beyond selfish and for the bulk of the book; cares about nobody but himself & Kit. That made it difficult to give a n damn about any negative(s) that came his way. That's the only reason I gave it a 4! Still, journey that I highly recommend and look forward to future titles!
The second time, feeling stronger, I let it grip me in its nasty talons and read it through to the end. This is a strange story, a nightmare of a story where reality and illusion are blurred. Everything about it is blurred, the landscapes hidden under snow, the half-drunk perceptions of McNeill the main character, night and day, life and death. It’s how I imagine Limbo.
Bedlam gave me the horrors, made my flesh creep, invaded my dreams. The writing is tremendous, the tension is sustained, the characters are real and complex. The only (very minor) niggle I had was with McNeill’s fuzzy brain. I know he had to have only one foot in reality, but I felt on occasion that it would have been interesting to have his reactions as a fully compos mentis policeman, but circumstances always seemed to conspire to have him fuddled by alcohol, drugs, or blows to the head.
I don’t pretend to understand everything that was going on—I’m particularly useless at following the plots of thrillers—and the ending left me a little perplexed. But it didn’t matter. In this book atmosphere is all. I didn’t really care who was alive or dead, what was true, what was a lie, and what was complete make-believe. If you enjoy the paranormal, police thrillers, mysteries, or horror; if you like your reading to put up its fists and refuse to give up its meaning without a fight; if you don’t want the predictable, Bedlam is a novel made for you.
Perhaps at another time of year i would have read the whole thing....
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