Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for House of Spines by Michael J Malone.
I am thrilled to be taking part in the tour and providing a review.
Michael J Malone is an author that I have admired from afar. Numerous book bloggers sing his praises and his book, A Suitable Lie, has been on my TBR pile anxiously awaiting me. From what I have been told, his writing is completely addictive and captivating. Now that I have finished House of Spines, I would have to say, I totally agree. Malone had me hooked from the moment I turned the first page and I was completely drawn into this dark, gothic world within the pages. I could not put it down.
I am a huge fan of any gothic literature, so I was extremely pleased when I read the synopsis of this book and I was even more impressed as I read the story to see all the classic elements of the gothic that Malone incorporates while bringing his own unique twists to the story. Centrally, the story surrounds Ran, a man whose world has been turned upside down. Suffering from his own mental issues and inheriting an old mansion (with some seriously creepy features), Ran soon realizes that everything is not as it seems.
Like the style I have come to known with Orenda titles, my favourite parts of the novel came down to the description of the setting, more specifically of Newton Hall. I loved the dark imagery and the ominous feel.
This is not the typical psychological thriller that one would be expecting: the pacing is pretty slow. However, I absolutely loved the unreliable narrator in Ran and the simplicity of a classic ghost story.
Truly, I believe this to be the perfect book to curl up with on a cool, autumn night. It won’t just be the breeze that would send shivers down your spine!