- File Size: 1089 KB
- Print Length: 408 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (March 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XWFKNSK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Crying Boy is one of many paintings painted by the one artist where owners claim that they are indestructible in a fire and the cause of a curse upon any that owns one. When you read about how seriously the public took these paintings it's really very creepy stuff. So keep that in mind when reading this fiction story - because there could be a lot of fact weaved in there.
A young couple, grieving and at a loss start a new beginning in a brand new house in the country. It's a fresh start, a chance to heal, a place of peace - or so they thought. Let the spooky music commence! This is no ordinary house, with no ordinary occupants and nothing very ordinary is going to happen within it's four walls. We get taken on one hell of a journey page by page that is just riveting to read!
I feel the main characters were written very well, I connected with them all, I felt like I was right there in the story with them, there is plenty of light and shade to keep you on your toes with each character. Plenty of damage and flaws. This is not a happy, functional marriage and the new beginning is fraught with strange events that are disturbing to say the least. I would have been running from the house if it were me! Running, very fast, no looking back. But nobody runs. So let the games begin..
The Crying Boy WILL NOT be ignored..
The book just has so much going for it. It's thrilling, the characters suck you in, the plot weaves it's magic around you and the ending blew me away. I did NOT see that coming and was rendered rather speechless. Excellently executed ending! The book is creepy and spooky and being mindful of the true facts behind these paintings, even more so. 5 stars for The Crying Boy and I am now off to Google more about these paintings. Jane E James has written a highly entertaining, suitably atmospheric creepy tale that really does make you think. Don't miss this one!
P.S. I was so disturbed and creeped out when searching for these actual paintings online to put in this review that I had to wipe them off my hard-drive, I had genuine reactions to them.
I read a Kindle version of this novel which I purchased. All review opinions are my own and totally unbiased.
With such an accomplished opening, I had high expectations going into the rest of the book, which for the most part were met.
Utilising a third-person, present-tense throughout, Jane’s prose is accomplished and very descriptive, skilfully immersing the reader in the musty, opaque corridors of the world James exposes them to. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of dialogue present in parts of the book, mostly because the writer demonstrated a high degree of skill in writing the spoken word in the earliest scenes of the book, making me want more… a lot more. As a result of this reduction in dialogue, the prose felt a little exposition-heavy at times for my tastes, but perhaps, where dialogue is concerned, others will find that less is more in this case.
For me personally I’d like to have seen more interactions between the characters similar to those that took place in the prologue. Similarly, I’d have liked to have seen the painting’s ‘character’ pushed to the fore. This was a skilful use of characterisation, and an adept use of alternative viewpoint. For me, the novel would have benefited from a greater presence of this ‘character’. Perhaps even as the main protagonist throughout.
Despite a few minor quibbles, most of which are wholly subjective, I really enjoyed The Crying Boy. James’ novel is a fine example of an eerie, insular, tightly-cornered beast of a story; all threatening corners and complex emotions and characters. To read, it felt like watching an early John Carpenter movie, like The Thing. Seeped in intrigue and threatening presence. It’s a book I know that I’ll revisit several times, as it is one of those reads in which the reader finds something new to love or fear or recoil from on each visit.
A very accomplished story from a skilled author.