Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today, alongside lovely Stuart over on Always Trust In Books! I’m delighted to post my review of House of Spines by Micheal J. Malone, published by Orenda Books TODAY! Be sure to pick up a copy because it is magnificent!
House of Spines
Michael J. Malone
A terrifying psychological thriller cum Gothic mystery, as a young man with mental health issues inherits an isolate mansion, where all is not as it seems…
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 it seems has been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up. Entering his new-found home, it seems 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… A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the Gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and an exploration of how lust and betrayal can be deadly…
House of Spines is one of those books that utterly consumes your day, eats up your time and seeps into your bones, rattling your mind and jarring your nerves. A gothic tale that is equally haunting and frightening. I loved it! And I think this book will be lingering in my mind for a long time to come.
When Ranald McGhie inherits Newton Hall from a recently deceased uncle, an uncle he beforehand knew nothing about, he thinks the world is about to open up for him, a fresh start in life. But he is haunted by the absence of his mother’s love and by memories of his youth that have left their marks. Before long, he realises that along with a new home and a collection of books that would send any bookworm’s heart aflutter, Ran has inherited a family history that is very much still a part of present day.
I wouldn’t recommend reading this at night because some scenes really do unnerve you. The poetry is glorious! I read this book in course of two days and as soon as I finished I was on the phone to my friends recommending it. The sheer genius of the plot is just awe-inspiring. Almost every sentence was brimming with tension and atmosphere.
With some very dark, brutal themes, House of Spines, is a novel that explores the good and the bad in people, and I think is a little bit of an homage to the written word too – I loved the descriptions of the vast library, floor-to-ceiling bookcases – my idea of heaven!!
A captivating, shocking novel that pervades all corner of the mind. I loved it!
Wonderful. Eerie. Creepy.
If you would like to read House of Spines here is the link!
Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In- Residence for an adult gift shop. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge: Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers. Other published work includes: Carnegie’s Call (a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots); A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; Beyond the Rage and The Bad Samaritan. His psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number one bestseller. Michael is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website http://www.crimesquad.com. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller.
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Huge thanks to Karen and Anne for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!