I really don't have much to say about this one. I was bored throughout. It took me several days to finish since I just couldn't get into this. I didn't like any of the characters. I thought the narrative style switching to letters made the flow even worse. The ending was just there and seemed set it up for a sequel (no thank you).
"The Essex Serpent" is set in Victorian London and takes place mostly in an Essex village in 1890. The book starts off with Cora Seaborne dealing with the death of her husband. Cora finally feels free after years of abuse from her husband. She seems surrounded by many people who love her (her companion Martha and a doctor, Luke Garrett). When Cora finally gives herself over to being able to study naturalism, she moves to Essex and finds herself meeting the local villagers and finding herself there.
Will Ransome is the local vicar and is doing what he can to drive out thoughts of the Essex Serpent being real. When Will meets Cora, the two initially don't like each other, however, they eventually come to see each other more and start to have feelings for each other. Even though Will is happily married to his wife of many years, Stella.
The book just flip flops between characters, that also didn't help. We follow Cora, Martha, Will, Stella, Luke, etc throughout the book. Maybe if Perry only had the book going back and forth between Cora and Will it would have worked better.
The writing was fine, I just didn't care to delve too deep into this one. I was bored. I found myself skimming certain pages just wanting to be done.
There doesn't seem to be much of a lesson in this one besides people running around and not being with the person that they want to be and myths of serpents. if anything, this book just seemed to be love triangle after love triangle set in Victorian London. That's probably why I didn't like it much.
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I'm sorry things got so hectic for me these last two months, I would have liked to follow through with Halloween Bingo, but I'm glad it inspired me to read a few more books like this one.
'Melmoth' by Sarah Perry is self-consciously layered with atmosphere, following Helen, a grey, self-punishing woman getting by making translations of technical manuals. and living in Prague, that most atmospheric of cities. Her brooding is interrupted by a man named Karel. He is clearly spooked and, after some mutterings and a brief conference in a bar, leaves Helen with a manuscript describing encounters with an obscure folk figure known as Melmoth the Witness. She watches the worst sins of mankind and, occasionally, asks lonely sinners to join her and they are never seen again.
Helen is concerned for Karel. He is the only one who has, with his wife Thea, penetrated Helen's gloom. Thea's recent debilitating stroke has put a strain on the marriage, but cannot account for his strange behavior. Helen begins reading the manuscript, and later learns of Karel's disappearance.
The novel follows Helen's reading of the manuscript, what led to its creation, and the responses it provokes from herself, Karel, and Thea. Traces of Melmoth are found around the greatest horrors mankind has produced in the 20th century, and in more personal, individual failings of the human spirit.
Perry has created something powerful here. I love reworkings of myth and subversion of what's expected. This is a novel about guilt, human tragedy, and the best and worst that we are capable of. This was the perfect read for the fall season.
I found Perry Prete through a blog tour and I am so glad I did. this is my second book of his to read and I have three more waiting on my Kindle for their turn, so stay tuned for more great stories.
How about the simple yet very effective on hooking me cover? What do you think?
Publisher: Sands Press
Perry Prete takes his real life work and twists it into fiction novels, giving his books the feel of being a true story.
I love Tom, Ethan’s hunky sweet partner. Does his job the way you wish everyone would. Tom is one special guy and, if I ever need an ambulance, I hope he shows up. He is a gentle caring, patient man.
It started out a normal day at work, but not when we reached apartment 318. He, literally, stepped in it. He noticed something odd…it looked like an upside down cross brushed on the victim’s forehead. He felt the need to follow up on the call. He couldn’t let it go.
An upside down cross has many meanings, one of which is a public execution.
He found there was more than one curious death.
His bud, Galen, is the lead on the murder case. They are close friends, playing off each other. Galen is sort of a red headed British overweight Columbo. What a fabulous description is that. Makes it very easy to picture him, and we do see a lot of him.
The humor is understandable. Like anyone in a high stress job, humor helps people get through the bad. The urinal scene had me cracking up. Boys will be boys.
He was having fun with the killings, smiling while watching the police at the crime scene. The killing had now become sexual for him. He got off on it. He gets sicker with each passing moment. He had become…
He calls Ethan and the game is on. Why is he being singled out by the killer?
I got a bit of a rush from that ambulance ride.
Did you know that firefighters are water fairies? LOL
Oh man, there is so much sadness. The deaths become more gruesome as he comes into his own. And this may so sick, but I am enjoying it more. The darker, the more evil the villain becomes, the more I love him.
The pacing kept the suspense on an even keel, always there, endangering the characters. The more I get to know the characters, the more I like them, even the evil villain. I think Tom is my favorite though.
This is Perry Prete’s first novel and it was a great one. Very well done. I loved it. Some great characters, plenty of murder and mayhem, loss and love, danger and evil. I am not sure what’s missing. why am i not blown away, because it has all the thing I love…could it be romance? Of course, this is a series, so maybe he’s saving that. You know, a slow burn instead of a hot flash.
I look forward to reading more of his work, watching him grow as an author, creating more mystery and suspense, because…there is one question not answered. The story could end here, or, it could come to life in the next book.
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of All Good Things by Perry Prete.
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