** advanced copy received via publisher **
I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for the fabulous House of Spines today. I’ll be trying to share my thoughts with you (the short version is : buy it now!) after I tell you a little bit about the book.
Author : Michael J. Malone
Title : House of Spines
Pages : 276
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : August 16, 2017
Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up.
Entering his new-found home, he finds that Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror … the reflection of a woman.
This review has been such a struggle to write and if I could have gotten away with just saying “brilliant, buy it now!”, I totally would have. The only thought in my head when I finished reading went something along the lines of “holy guacamole, what the frickety-frack was that?!”. I’ll say this though, if you’re looking for something utterly compelling and enthralling that will leave your head spinning in the most delicious way, then look no further! House of Spines does exactly that and so much more.
Also, I totally feel that cover is worth mentioning as it’s fab. I loved it from the first moment I saw it, even though I couldn’t quite figure out what it meant. That becomes clear when you read the book. Or the book description, which I didn’t. 😄
Ran McGhie’s life is turned upside down when he discovers that his mother came from a wealthy family and he has now inherited a huge mansion. And by huge, I mean absolutely massive. With multiple floors, a maze of rooms, an indoor swimming pool and, every bookworm’s dream, a gigantic library, you could say Ran is living the dream. But things at Newton Hall aren’t at all what they seem. Or are they?
Ran suffers from mental health problems and when at one point he stops taking his medication, it becomes hard for him and us, the reader, to keep a firm grip on reality. There were times I felt I was losing my mind myself! Is something haunting Ran’s new abode? Or is his imagination playing tricks on him? Personally, library or not, I’d be out of there in a flash.
If you’ve read Michael J. Malone’s previous offering, A Suitable Lie, and you’re expecting more of the same, ha! You’re in for a surprise! (Incidentally if you’ve not read it, you totally should. Just saying.) The author truly shows off his diversity and displays a remarkable talent for storytelling. This is not just your average ghost story, it’s far more than that. It’s absorbing, compelling, utterly gripping, deliciously creepy and intriguing. I’m running out of superlatives here. Suffice to say, it really just blew my mind.
Michael J. Malone is one amazingly exciting author and most definitely one to watch! I absolutely can’t wait for his next book! But for now, and this is something I never do, I’m taking House of Spines on holiday with me so I can read it again. It’s just THAT GOOD!
Many thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and Anne Cater for the opportunity to join and the advanced copy!
House of Spines is available now!