- File Size: 1473 KB
- Print Length: 428 pages
- Publication Date: July 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CF7EFW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alex Tinkham and Nick Grimmer are best friends and partners in their detective work. They're brought in to investigate a case I can't describe without giving away the plot, and then their stories are crossed with other incredibly memorable characters' in such an artistic, clever way that I wondered, page after page after page, where the plot was going and how it would unfold. And wow, how it did!
It's been a very, very long time since I've allowed myself to read a thriller of this nature simply because I don't enjoy having scary thoughts in my mind. I gave up supernatural fare a long time ago, but I am so glad I picked up a book by an author who is so supremely talented that I can only hope more people flock to his books and enjoy them as much as I am. I bought his other book, "Relative Karma", nanoseconds after I finished "Relative Sanity". I haven't been as involved in something dark since Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" a couple of years back and the only reason I compare these two books is because Brown also has a knack for putting his characters and readers in uncomfortable, perilous places and yet you love every second of that difficult flight. I enjoyed this book just as much, if not so much more, than Brown's.
This is a book I wish I could write: a mix of literary fiction, thriller and mystery; something as difficult to categorize and describe as I am sure it was to write. But all descriptions and words aside, the bottom line is an expertly written, highly entertaining novel by an author I am very happy to follow closely. I look forward to reading "Relative Karma", and I recommend "Relative Sanity" with the awe and satisfaction of having read something that's simply quite brilliant. Kudos to Mr. Reaves for his amazing work - in a nutshell, what a good, good book!!
Nick Grimmer and Alex Tinkham are investigators and they are extremely good at what they do. When they're asked to investigate a murder of a man named Hobbs, there aren't many clues. A fireplace poker in a house with no fireplace, a big man with a caved in head, and a hidden room, where a child was evidently held captive in the victim's decrepit home.
The detectives barely have time to think about their assignment, however, because something much more important has turned up in their own very intertwined lives. The two men are best friends and partners, and, luckily for them, their two beautiful wives are also best friends. The men know each other's every movement and thought and create a patter of jokes and sarcasm that keep the ravaging emotions at bay, for the most part. It's a perfect scenario until one of the foursome starts exhibiting signs of mental illness. The illness causes nearly catastophic events to unfurl and allows the mysteries to be solved.
And unbeknownst to anyone, the child once trapped in the murder victim's hidden room has escaped and is wandering around, trying to find a happier place. Because the man had brutalized the little girl for many years, now her head is home to two girls -- Bella, the more mature, angrier girl, and Babylon, the baby who is happy just to be free.
That's a lot of overlapping threads about to be knotted together. Many wonderful characters, my personal favorite is Purdy Fallon, the mentally challenged man-child whose huge heart wants to take care of the broken little girl, but whose immature brain is afraid of doing something horribly wrong. The two have so much in common -- abandonment, ignorance of the way the world works, pleasure in such small things, even chocolate gravy over biscuits. But Fallon's worries outweigh his heart in the end and he gets rid of little Babylon/Bella.
As things spiral out of control in the two investigators' lives, fate brings the story to a conclusion the reader never sees coming. Like life, it's not a happy ending, but it's not a soul-crushing bit of nihilism either. Some things are neither good nor bad, but merely necessary to make life go on.
Martin Reaves has created an extremely moving book, which very much touched my soul. I would highly recommend it. There is a lot of violence, but there is so much love and kindness, it gives the reader faith that maybe this evil old world isn't all bad.
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