- File Size: 749 KB
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MSLHUI5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fascination Kindle Edition
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Fascination is the story of Sally Pavlou, an attractive woman in her thirties whose husband Mason suddenly commits suicide after 15 years of marriage. But there’s no body, and Sally suspects Mason has actually legged it. She hires Clive, a private investigator. Together Clive and Sally climb into the latter’s vintage Dodge Dart and go in search of Mason. Of course, Clive falls for Sally and spins out the trip. Now and then they stop by a town where Sally can play her favourite arcade game, Fascination. And in the course of the trip, Sally and Clive find out quite a lot about themselves.
Whether Mason really is alive or not is not really the point (we find that out pretty early, anyway). This book is a road movie, and a metaphor for a search for oneself. It is also a love story.
It works on all three levels. It’s certainly a great road movie, with a constantly changing cast of characters – a shaman, a feminist cult, a Zen master, a radical feminist cult and more. This works because Brennan can really do character; some of these folks are better-drawn than others, but the best of them absolutely leap off the page. He’s also a witty writer (Clive passes time on the road by thinking up country-music song titles, such as ‘He Asked Me To Swallow, I Told Him To Split.’ I also liked ‘There’s a Rainbow in the Bruise He Left Behind’). The landscapes of the western US are vivid too, from the New Mexico desert to the rolling pasture hills of California. And last but not least there’s Fascination itself, an old-fashioned arcade game that really does exist, though it’s now quite rare. It’s a handy and colorful plot device.
Does Sally find Mason? Does Clive get the girl? Does Sally find herself? In a way it didn’t matter; I just really enjoyed the ride. I will be reading more by this guy.
It's a well written story, with a tight plot, and main characters easy to identify with.
There's abundant humor and a nice dose of suspense.
The story starts simply enough with Sally Speck whose maiden name was Sally Pavlou having to endure the pain of the suicide of her husband, Mason Speck. Sally could not believe Mason was capable of such and act and so she failed to accept the fact that he was dead. Sally is a masseuse and does that for a living. She also is an expert at the arcade game of the 1930’s named Fascination. Sally uses the game to supplement her income but importantly to help her self-esteem in times of trouble.
All her friends and clergy tell Sally to forget about Mason and have a memorial service and move on. Sally finds an airplane ticket jacket in Mason’s car and believes Mason has not died but left town. Her friend Tina Hightower finally in exasperation recommends a private detective she uses for her law firm named Clive Bridle.
The rest of the story is about the quest of Sally to find Mason and the desire of Clive to keep the hunt going as long as possible so that he can be near Sally. It seems Clive is smitten. Brennan describes the first time Clive laid his eyes on Sally as a “parakeet fluttered ” in Clive’s chest. He goes on to say that Clive didn’t just find her attractive. No, Clive Bridle thought. “She is a genuine muse.”
The writing of this book is so darned good that it could be a lesson text on the proper way to tell a story. The descriptions are succinct yet full of the right details every reader needs to form mental pictures of what is going on. The sights smell and sounds of the scenes of this book are rich in detail yet open enough for the reader to become personally involved in the story by allowing the creation of personal images to go along with what the author has created.
I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who loves fiction that is spellbinding and difficult to put down and who will be sorry to see the book end.