- 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: #1,384,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
Sally goes on a road trip with Clive, a private investigator who sports mutton-chop sideburns and a pork pie hat, to find her husband who she suspects faked his own death, although she doesn’t (yet) know why he would do that. Along the way, Sally and Clive meet some very interesting characters. All the characters in Fascination are quirky, in ways that make you feel fond of them, but they’re also flawed. And desperate. Everyone is just trying to find their place in the world and with each other.
The novel is full with puns, mostly from Clive who can’t seem to help himself, but also from the author himself, naming one character Warren Peeth. Just say it out loud a few times. There’s also the Secret Society of the Mauve Maidenhead and crazy, bald people at Homewood Place.
But Fascination is not all fun and games. You go merrily along with these funny characters, this not-really-funny-but-actually-kind-of-funny fake suicide, this road trip of discovery and deception and potholes full of puns … and then suddenly it’s not funny. It’s sad and you might find yourself trying to not cry. You worry that there might not be a happy ending.
But things go the way they should go in Fascination, the only way they can once you understand the characters and their history. Brennan draws his characters slowly, with a lot of subtlety. And just like with his other novels, I felt good about the ending. It really fit.
In Fascination, Brennan does what he does so well: takes you on a trip, gives you experiences that you might never have in real life, introduces you to characters you wish you could meet in real life, and leaves you with an ending that is as much of your own making as his.