by Zander Marks – Such a good book! I have been most pleasantly reminded of the truth in the old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” as I finally picked up my copy of this novel (which I received free for review purposes months and months ago) and slid into the story.
I’m just gonna admit it: I hate the cover of this book.** I find it garish and amateurish and off-putting… so much so that I didn’t want to hold it in my hands or even look at it. I had the thing hidden on my shelf between more aesthetically pleasing books, because it turned me off. If it weren’t for the blurbs from respected book reviewers printed on that same cover, I might never have opened it and discovered the amazing novel it contains. And my (hopefully constructive) criticism to the author is this: you might entice more readers if you change the book’s cover to something more professional, something that doesn’t scream “I had my friend whip me up a cover in Illustrator or Photoshop and I self-published! Read at your own risk!”
And this book deserves to be read widely, with the author receiving heaps of praise from legions of fans. It’s so well written, with grit and humor and plot twists and wit and original characters, that it deserves all the accolades it has received.
The premise is fresh: a homeless crackhead named Wilkin who can see and sense ghosts is pursued by the man who murdered Wilkin’s childhood best friend, while that young boy’s ghost is seeking his revenge on his killer. The intersection of the supernatural with a very modern urban lifestyle is unique and well played. Highly recommended.
** The only version of this novel that I could find on amazon.com is Kindle version, with different artwork in its thumbnail. It’s possible that the dead-tree copy I received as a one-off, printed exclusively for reviewers or just not circulated widely in print format. However you can get your hands on it, though, do it. You won’t be sorry. (finished 7/4/14)