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The Unseen Face Paperback – June 22, 2013
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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"Rhino weaves a brilliant storyline that leads us to believe that there is a murderer inside each one of us; there is always another face hidden behind a mask that even the wearer does not know anything about. The fascination of this masterpiece lies in the fact that although the sequence of incidents seems immediately comprehensible, the ending is vaguely unpredictable."
- Amélie Abraham, Copyeditor, London -
"The Unseen face" is gripping non-stop roller coaster ride of heart throbbing screams, and a bit of emotional baggage. Rhino, puts a wicked spin on reality and an unpredictable way of shining circumstances to make you think twice about certain things you have experienced in your own life. With that said this is an enjoyable book for the ages. One to be remembered, and one to be read more than twice.
- Nick Abbate, American Author & Success Coach, Glendale Arizona -
"James Madox's twisted nightmare had me turning pages at warp speed and holding my breath wondering what was coming next. Intense, fascinating and full of twists, this novel is definitely a recent favorite. The ending left me wanting more and cheering on characters. A satisfying and tense read!"
- Nadezdha Lesstiue, Public Relations Consultant, Moscow - --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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There were times when I didn't always follow the prose that seemed to tumble out of Rhinos head and I didn't always see the way the psychiatrist interacted as the way I have always understood them to, but there was never a time I wanted to put down the book and stop reading. The story was compelling and the more I read, the more I rooted for James.
This is not my usual type of reading fare. The language between Richard and James was cruder than I am accustomed to in everyday conversation, but it was not unrealistic. It was typical of two young men. Without giving away the conclusion to the story, I encourage you to give this book a try. You will be drawn into this compelling story, not perfectly written, but what book is? Rhino has established his bona fides as a serious writer and you know what? I just might have to look up some of his other work and see what else he has written that I can read.
This is worth the read and I really enjoyed this author's writing style. Well Done. Stop reading now to avoid a spoiler. In my opinion the craziest one in this book is Jen.
James Maddox is an orphaned twenty-two year old who works at a bank, smokes too much, and is still grieving the loss of the love of his Life, Emilia, who died several years ago. His best friend Richard insists that James seeks help for the horrible nightmares that plague him —nightmares about Emilia’s death (she died of a brain disease) triggered by a letter he receives, that simply says, “I am innocent.”
The nightmares begin to take over and James’ life starts to unravel; his neglected girlfriend Jennifer is angry with him, he makes mistakes at work but soon doesn’t care much about the job, and sleep becomes the bogeyman just waiting to get him the minute he closes his eyes.
Richard decides to take matters into his own hands and calls his brother-in-law a psychiatrist to help James. Reluctantly, James begins to see Dr. Glockman on a regular basis, and he seems to be making progress as the doctor forces him to confront the nightmares and take action. James is able to open up to Jennifer about Emilia, and the nightmares. They even visit Emilia’s parents. And that’s when James’ world hits the point of no return.
James discovers Emilia wasn’t the perfect angel he’s made her out to be and soon, the terrifying truth slams into him like a ton of bricks. The mysterious letter now makes sense.
For all his flaws, James is a character readers can connect to: he’s young, has suffered multiple losses, seems all alone in the world except for his best friend and a girlfriend he struggles to open his heart to. He can sometimes come off as a jerk but he’s a decent guy who does the right thing in the end at great personal cost. A good read for fans of the genre.
I appreciated the authors ability to describe the sensations and overall vibes that James was feeling. Richard's exasperation was also well represented. All in all, I thought the plot was clever, the writing mature and the characters believable (except for maybe James).