- File Size: 1119 KB
- Print Length: 309 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005NWQDN8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There were brief spells when I was sure I was reading Dean Koontz, solely due to the perfect heart-pounding pacing, the perfect intrigue, the exciting twists and turns. There were brief moments when I thought I was reading Octavus Roy Cohen, because while Relative Karma is a contempoary novel, it's clear that Reaves has been influenced (at least to some extent, I believe) by the old classic pulps of the 40s and 50s. There were also moments when I thought I could possibly be reading Robert Frost or Carl Sandburg, because when he wants to, his prose can know why the caged bird sings.
The thing is, though, it's none of these. Relative Karma is Martin Reaves, pure and simple, and I sense, I'm almost positive, that Reaves did not merely write this book to entertain (though he did a great job at that!), but moreso to look at himself in at least a couple of different mirrors, maybe a few, or even a baker's dozen. My personal greatest strength when it comes to reading, I think, is my ability to see honesty, and I see it on every page, in every paragraph of this book. I envy any writer who can remain so honest with themself while simultaneously writing a non-stop suspense thriller. And Martin Reaves does it, very, very well. I really can't express how much I loved this book, and I'm now very much looking forward to Relative Sanity, the next book, or companion book.
Lastly, as I read this book, I could not stop thinking movie. That's even more testament to his cinematic prose style and perfect structure, but to me it has movie written all over it. It would make a tremendous movie (this, of course, always assuming it was handled with the love and care it deserves).
I really can't for the life of me understand why this wasn't/isn't a bestselling novel. I has all the proper elements without ever being trite, and is far, far better than many bestsellers I've read (and I have read many). To me, Martin Reaves is a writer very much worth your time, very worth the surprisingly low prices, and, if you are a writer, aspiring or veteran, very much worth studying. Martin Reaves is a superb writer, and I don't think it'll be too much longer before the rest of the world discovers this.
6 out of 5 stars.
Martin Reaves, you are a great author. Please keep them coming!
Mr. Reaves is intimately ensconced with the definition of the word "suspense". His characters' inner conversations, ruminations, fears and regrets are flawless and revealing. His plot's twists and turns are subtle, so that you keep turning the pages, searching for a resolution and playing an endless guessing game with the author. I did not win.
"Relative Karma" and "Relative Sanity" are two stellar novels by an author I will continue to follow closely. Both are amazing reads - enjoy them!
Conchie Fernandez, Author, "Undrawn"
Reaves creates a genuine landscape of real people suffering from regret and trying to pull their lives back together. He sets the stage for a juicy mystery, kicked off by a strange murder that turns the life of his main character upside down. The novel's twists and turns keep the reader guessing and wondering what will happen next.
This was the first novel I've read by Reaves, and it was fantastic. I'll be checking out his other books and encourage you to do the same.
The entire book keeps you guessing until the finale is revealed. It will leave you utterly entranced in the world of these characters.
I cannot wait for another novel by Martin Reaves; he has this uncanny ability to take a story and weave it into your imagination in the most vivid sense.
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