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- Book 1 of 2 in Death's Order (2 Book Series)
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Pavel is a shut-in, an old man who seems like an easy target to a local predator - but who will be the hunter and who, the hunted?
"The Puppet Maker's Bones" is an interesting blend of psychological study, dark fantasy and mystery. The action is set in the present day, but the great majority of the novel is concerned with the historical background of Pavel, the protagonist. Who is this old man who avoids contact with the outside world - and more importantly, why does he avoid contact with the outside world? This question sends the reader into Pavel's past to explore his upbringing and what follows is a peculiar and fascinating study of a man born an outcast and raised in an eccentric family.
Eventually, Pavel's origins are understood and his peculiarities revealed. Pavel has had a rather unfortunate life and I really enjoyed experiencing his tragic past. He is a fascinating character and I oscillated between sympathy and horror as he developed throughout the novel. Eventually, I began to understand that this story was unlikely to have a happy ending. Pavel's upbringing was too unusual, his nature and self-imposed isolation too damaging. He was both highly intelligent and emotionally immature and disaster was inevitable. In another story he would have been a serial killer - in this he is a time bomb, ticking its way to self-destruction.
I always enjoy a story that tries to take a new perspective and for me, this story was both fresh and original. If you were born a curse incarnate, how would that impact your upbringing? If people who came into contact with you met with an untimely death - how would that impact you emotionally? This is the kind of study that the author creates with Pavel as the subject.Read more ›
Our main character here is Pavel Trusnik, whom we first meet as an elderly shut-in (literally) living in a Victorian home in Pasadena, and he is a beautifully tragic character. Completely human (oddly enough) and entirely sympathetic, even when he's not at his best, he lives with a terrible secret that is slowly and deliberately revealed to us, and that revelation, alternating with the present day, gives the book an epic, larger-than-life feeling. And yet, everything also remains grounded in the real world. This was a detail I very much appreciated, as Ms. Tangredi has created what I can only describe as "a supernatural thriller for rationalists." We get all the spooky and boo of ghost or vampire novels, but none of the "Oooh... Magic explanation!" BS that normally comes with those genres. That's just another reason that "The Puppetmaker's Bones" defies genre classification.
The prose is brisk, economical, and wonderfully unlabored, which makes it a real page-turner, and every character is sharply defined, frequently in one or two brush strokes. Even minor characters who appear for only a paragraph or a page enter with a rich history revealed in a few wisely chosen details. Because of this, despite the darkness all around, there is no lack of humor, grim or otherwise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Puppet Maker's Bones is an original, amazing mixture of love story and tragedy which is eloquently delivered by the author. Read morePublished 17 days ago by rvdan47at
This book was wonderful from start to finish. Shows & describes how lonely someone different can be while telling a fascinating story.Published 7 months ago by Dirtwidow
Loved it. I read dozens of books a year, primarily by reading during my lunch hour and on vacation. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leslie Ermert
Reminiscent of The Night Circus and Lovely Bones.
I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the second volume in the serious, but I will miss not being able to listen to it.
Very interesting story - thoroughly enjoyed it. Hard to put down.Published 19 months ago by Marie Davis
I did not know what to expect when starting this novel, and now am champing at the bit for the next book in the series. Read morePublished 19 months ago by dbb
I liked the book because it was a little weird. I understood more why it was so odd after I read the author's description. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stacy Dupuis
It was a decent book. Not great where I'll be reading any other in this series. It was basically reading about a man's life, at times it was slow and boring. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tara C.
Great read and incredible characters. I enjoyed reading this book from start to finish, you will too, one of a kindPublished 20 months ago by Betty Dehnert
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