A car lies at the bottom of an icy ravine. Slumped over the steering wheel, dead, is the most critically acclaimed horror writer of his time. Was it an accident? His son Milo doesn't care. For the first time in his life, he's free. No more nightmarish readings, spooky animal rites, or moonlit visions of his father in the woods with a notebook and vampire make-up.Or so he thinks.Milo settles into a quiet routineconstructing model Greek warships and at last building a relationship with his sister Klara, who's home after a failed marriage and brief career as an English teacher. Then Klara hires a gardener to breathe new life into their overgrown estate. There's something odd about himsomething eerily reminiscent of their father's most violent villain. Or is Milo imagining things? Hes not sure. That all changes the day the gardener discovers something startling in the woods. Suddenly Milo is fighting for his life, forced to confront the power of fictional identity as he uncovers the shocking truth about his own dysfunctional familyand the supposed accident that claimed his parents lives....
|Title||:||The Garden of Blue Roses|
|Number of Pages||:||248 pages|
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The Garden of Blue Roses Reviews
4.5 bumped up
It took me some time to readjust to the real world after reading this book, which threw me completely off kilter during my time in the head of the main character, not always a comfortable place to be. There are a number of unsettling things about this story, not so much because of what happens here, but rather because it left me somewhat disoriented throughout, trying to discern what exactly was real and what was not. In a mind that's filled w ...more
Received as an ARC from the publisher. My blurb: "Barsa's prose in The Garden of Blue Roses is so crafted, so elegant, that when it whispers its disturbing moments to you, they're as welcome as a charming dinner guest."
Technical details first. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
This is a classic horror tale that is beautifully structured ... and has often fallen by the wayside in this era of having a monster jump out of a dark corner with every new chapter. The writing style is similar to classic Asian ghost stories or “The Jolly Corner” by Henry James, that is:
* I did something terrible or of which I’m not proud;
* Did it attract the attention ...more
One of those books that keeps you off kilter.....dream, nightmare, imagination or reality.
A narrator that I could never really put my finger on.
A family with a dark past.
The author and I are casual friends here on GR.
Make of that what you will.
If you take your horror eerie, unsettling and hold the gore, grab this one. An added bonus is the book within the book like Russian nesting maelstroms of horror. Prepare to meet Mary Katherine Blackwood's younger brother. The one she liked.
There are several excellent reviews below, including from my GR friend Jeffrey Keeten, that do a great job of discussing the story and the characters. I will not attempt to duplicate them. But I have to say that I am very picky about style. If a writing style is bad, or even mediocre, it defends itself from being read. But Michael's book is very well written. In that sense, it's an effortless read.
I also should mention I don't read horror stories as a habit. Beyond Poe, Frankenstein and The Bad ...more