FINDING NEW VOICES
DEFINING NEW GENRES
How much is your child worth? That’s the question Hugo and Emily Cox must answer when they get a ransom demand for their child – from Alice, the surrogate mother they paid to carry their baby. The police are helpless. No law has been broken – the baby belongs to their surrogate. And Hugo has a secret he’s keeping from his wife that makes their search even more desperate. Now Hugo and Emily must find their missing daughter … even if it costs them everything they own. Fans of Elizabeth Haynes, Sophie Hannah and Mark Edwards will love this gripping and fast-moving thriller.Read More
Only his music could reveal the truth……
The career of acclaimed cellist, Iain Millar, is in tatters. Allegations of sexual harassment while teaching in a girl’s school have left him
unemployable, and he soon spirals into depression. Iain sees himself as a failure and falls into a dark place where his cello playing provides the only
When fresh revelations appear to implicate Iain in the abuse of his ambitious wife, Una Carrington, the world is quick to decide his guilt. Iain’s precious
antique cello then disappears, and even music is lost to him.
Fergus O’Neal, a fellow string player, sets out to recover the missing instrument and Iain’s only hope of redemption…….
The Cruelty of Lambs will publish this October.Read More
Infinite Rooms is a terrifying thriller that follows one man’s descent into madness. While narrating to a remembered psychiatrist, Donald Clement’s inner reality becomes infused with surreal fantasy: Neptune rising from the sea; a giant showing the wonders of the universe; an incredible stranger who promises to reveal the secrets of infinity. As Donald falls deeper into the mental realm, so his protected memories are gradually revealed again, exposing the shocking truths he has been hiding…even from himself. Like a unique, mind-bending cross between Clive Barker and China Mieville, this is a novel of wonderful psychological terrors and fantastical dreams, as one man wrestles with the thin line between fantasy and reality.
An extraordinary novel. The quality of the writing, as well as the author’s imaginative prowess, is immediately apparent. As another reviewer has written, this is a challenging read – this book will disturb you, quite probably frustrate you at times, and astound you with its imagery and dexterity with language. Is the central character, Donald Clement, undergoing psychosis, some florid schizophrenic state? Do the ‘mind rooms’ he manifests represent his salvation or his doom? Is his paramour, Bernadette, real or some imaginary and idealised version of womanhood (who then gradually corrodes to her antithesis); who exactly is Dr Leibkov? Has a crime been committed as the result of adultery, or was the adultery itself the crime which has set Donald’s mind askew, broken his soul? You’ve got to read it to find out – albeit the novel discourages a single definitive interpretation – I imagine there will be numerous ‘readings’ of this text.
Infinite Rooms contains some incredibly impressive and memorable set-pieces of descriptive writing. A dark, somewhat bitter humour pervades a narrative studded with moments of deep pathos. I found the ending strangely moving – both a release and a kind of despair. I’ve never read a novel quite like this, or had such an intense reading experience – at times, similar to taking mushrooms or being sleep deprived. To paraphrase R.D. Laing’s contention, a person’s apparent ‘madness’ or ‘psychotic’ behaviour can often be seen as explicable, and even oddly rational, when one understands their social and emotional world, their external and internal history – David John Griffin has given us, in Donald Clement, a compelling and emotionally-layered character who exemplifies Laing’s view.
Mark Mayes, author of The Gift Maker
Infinite Rooms, by David John Griffin, takes the reader inside the mind of Donald Clement, who is struggling to cope in what most would consider the real world. Through dreams and imaginings Clement travels the rooms of his mind trying to adjust his memories and construct barriers against experiences from his past that have caused him grief. In his head he discusses what he is doing with Dr Leibkov, who advises him that to move forward these barriers must be removed.
The writing is surreal. It is cleverly crafted, offering snippets of memory that enable extrapolation of the events which brought Clement to this juncture. At times I thought that I understood, then this too would become opaque, further layers hinting at an alternative interpretation. There were links but it continued to be unclear who and what was real outside of Clement’s mind.
Clement remembers meeting the beautiful Bernadette, the happiness of their early marriage and then how his jealousy drove them apart. Much of his musing occurs on a train journey when the reader is offered glimpses of how Clement perceives his fellow passengers and how he is seen by others. This disconnect offers puzzle pieces to add to the picture being created of what Clement’s life has been.
At the end I was still questionning what had just been narrated. The lack of lucidity was at times challenging, yet it was a satisfying literary journey.
Much as I wish to read eclectically and be stretched, I suspect that my analytical mind may not be capable of fully appreciating surrealism. What I can recognise and commend is the tension and disturbance created in the reader by putting them inside such a disturbed mind. Clement’s psychosis is brilliantly evoked. This is an extraordinary read.
Neverimitate, top 1000 Amazon reviewer
“HOLD STILL hooked me from the very beginning and Adler’s engaging style and sharp pace kept me glued” –
bestselling crime author Peter James
“I photographed the moment of my husband’s death.” So begins HOLD STILL, a nerve-twisting thriller that promises to be Murder On the Orient Express for the Snapchat generation.
How much do we really know about those we love? Kate is visiting Tirana, Albania with her husband Paul, a much needed break from Paul’s website business which lately seems to be of growing concern. “Hold still,” says Kate, taking a picture as Paul steps onto the balcony. “We’ll always be together,” Paul responds. Suddenly there is screaming below and a blaring car horn. Kate stares down from the balcony at the broken body of her husband lying dead in the street.
Overcome with grief, Kate can’t accept the truth of her husband’s tragic death, and she replays the incident again and again, searching her pictures for a vital clue to what really happened. When she meets the enigmatic Priest at a grief support group, they journey together into a dangerous world of violence and secrets as Kate realises what Paul really meant when he said he would never leave her……
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