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I'm not sure what genre I would file this one under, it kind of hinted at horror but then didn't quite get there for me. There was some mystery to it in regards to the serial killer but that's not really what the storyline centred around till later in the book. I would probably class it more psychological dark(ish) fiction, for me anyway.
The plot wasn't predictable at all, there were times I thought maybe I knew where it was going but it went in a different direction. I couldn't really connect with the characters, I'm not sure why. I think perhaps I didn't find any of them likeable as they all had faults in one way or another, there was no clear good guys/bad guys and I don't feel like I really got to know any of them. That being said, I still enjoyed it and wanted to know what happened. I couldn't have predicted the ending at all, which is always a good thing in my opinion. The pacing was pretty good although it felt a little slow to start with and the plot held my interest as it was unique and unpredictable. There was one part that confused me, now that I know how it all ends I'm confused as to who (and how) the youngest daughter was talking to but I can't really explain that here without giving away spoilers.
I'm not a fan of the cover, I know we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but this one wouldn't have caught my attention and made me curious enough to read the blurb.
Now, am I overwhelmed? Yes! I am!
But I can't give more of the story. Spoilers would simply spoil this brilliant piece of work. There are just some things I would like to add ---
1) It's dark and immoral, so to speak and it has graphic depictions of some violent scenes. If these things put you off, this masterpiece is not for you. But if you don't read it, you are undoubtedly missing out. This innovative book actually should appear on the top 10 bestseller lists!
2) God is a voyeur who needs counselling.
3) Satan is just a straight-forward man, betrayed by destiny in the past.
4) These two characters complete each other and the whole. I can't say more.
Now, should we buy and read it?
Well, my answer is, "Yep, I think I can safely assure you that we're going to Hell."
Now this book illustrates psychological drama at it’s best. Nothing is as it seems, nothing makes immediate sense. The superficial isn’t really superficial at all. It’s stacked that way to fool you. Who? James? His twin sister? The reader?
Did James really murder his parents as requested, or was it a nightmare? It was a nightmare. But that’s not really the point. The point is he did want to. They stopped him getting in to Satan’s Club. And, in a way, so begins a journey of self discovery for James.
James’ parents are members of a charismatic Christian sect and his father is ‘the man in the pulpit’.
If you picture a normal adolescent’s struggle for independence against his parent’s restrictive control, you can probably multiply it tenfold in James’ case. He is constantly drip-fed dramatic quotes such as, “ …all liars will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” He takes a stance that is literally poles apart from his father’s. He doesn’t believe God exists. Of course it’s a secret stance. One to keep him warm until he can escape his hell and enter university. Certainly not one he is brave enough to broach with his father yet.
It’s against this backdrop that this startling psychological drama is played out.
Mark Kirkbride is a brilliant writer who has the ability to terrify the reader or lift him to a higher plane at will.
This is not a book you will forget easily and manages to fill up your senses.
Even though Satan’s Fan Club is not my favoured genre, I truly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.
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