Sunday, 17 May 2015
It is a compelling story that relates how film critic Dorian Cook is a man who is haunted by a childhood prank which, although many years ago in the distant past, still has a dark resonance in his life as an adult.
The prank went wrong. Very badly wrong.
It happen in that long, hot summer of 1976, when the government had to appoint a minister for droughts, when people thought flares to be the height of fashion and when Dorian's childhood in his Northern industrial town was, in effect, ruined by the shocking event that took place.
As an adult in contemporary London, Dorian has a certain cache as a fairly influential film critic.
But now the past has reached out to him with bony fingers, bony fingers that seek out for revenge in the shape of an old acquaintance of Dorian's, who is back. With a sick vengeance on his mind.
Dorian finds himself acting the hero (albeit unwilling) when he must fight for what he believes in, to protect his own family from harm and to battle to stay alive.
The novel switches from his day-to-day work as a critic (EDITOR: All very realistic, I can assure you!) to what becomes a vitally important fight for everything he holds dear to him, including his own life.
It's gritty, it's primal and it's protagonist is a writer and a critic. I mean, what's not to like?
It's an exceptionally good read and Andrew Lowe has made the transition from writing fact to writing fiction with an ease and an aplomb that I can only envy.
It's due out on 28th June and is published by Matador at £9.99, and is available via The That's Books and Entertainment online book shop.