- File Size: 459 KB
- Print Length: 233 pages
- Publisher: Green Light Productions Pty Limited (September 8, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 8, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005M0TBIU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,706,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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O'Connor's novel is more than an ode to torture porn, however, having seemingly (and thankfully) arrived at the tail end of that nauseatingly fad-happy sub-genre. Nothing Personal is undeniably funny - laugh out loud at times. The prose style replete with pop culture references and ingeniously placed horror movie tidbits.
At times, the prose is so clever, it pulls you out of the story just to simply admire it. On occasion, the protagonist's stream-of-consciousness seems distractingly out of place. This is often intentional, however. Mostly, the writing is so slick, it's as if O'Connor recorded Tarantino in a fever dream.
The plot? A whodunnit, of sorts. Annabelle Hale is a webcam stripper dreaming of better things. Having been a witness to a bloody murder spree, she is instrumental in the incarceration of the killer. But did she get the right guy? And why is she now bound to an office computer alongside a variety of victims, with an axe-wielding maniac lurking in the shadows? Who'd have thought trying to better yourself would be so bloody hard?
Needless to say, the blood will flow and the gore-junkies out there will undeniably agree that O'Connor loves his job. O'Connor is a self-confessed gore-hound, and he doesn't disappoint when it is time for the meat and claret to flow... and spray, and coagulate, and decompose. When can you remember the last time you read a scene in which your main character is forced to watch a man ingest his own intestines?
There are times in which the story seems slightly fractured. We never discover enough about Redd as we'd like to, and the connection between a sinister lab experiment and Redd's med treatment in hospital is only hinted at. The sexual tension between Hale and William is believable, until later in the story when they start to physically express it, despite the mind-bending violence around them. Sex and death, I guess. The filing cabinet is a nice touch, too. An effective axe-wielding maniac needs to be organised, after all.
The climax is a beautifully crafted, adoring French-kiss to Stephen King. All that is missing is a "Heeeere's Johnny!" (I won't spoil it!)
Overall, an exciting, page-turning thriller, with amazing moments of brutality (both realistic and cartoonish) and humour. A very promising start for a fresh, new author in the genre. Definitely worth a read for O'Connor's cheeky prose style alone.
(Oh, and you'll never believe what happens to Gooders!)