Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to be a part of this Blog Tour for HOUSE OF SPINES by Michael J Malone
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 … 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…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Oh wow, I absolutely loved this book, where I wasn’t sure most of the time, if I was in the mind of a very mentally disturbed man or if this magnificent mansion was simply absorbing and mesmerizing me, to not knowing what was real or illusion any more. There was one thing for sure, Michael J Malone’s House of Spines isn’t a book that someone could ever start and not finish. It is captivating.
Ran McGhie had suffered with mental health problems all of his life which had cost him dearly on keeping a steady relationship with any woman. Yep he was a super guy when he was on the highs with his bi-polar but near impossible to live with on the extreme lows. To put it mildly he was lonely.
Ran’s luck certainly changed when he was contacted by Mr. Quinn, a lawyer, who informed him that his Great uncle Fitzpatrick, that he didn’t know even existed, had watched him grow up from a distance and had left him a mansion when he died. The Will did have conditions in order for him to inherit but that didn’t seem a problem. Along with the mansion he also discovered that he had family that he didn’t know even existed too.
This Mansion seemed like it was made for him as it held an abundance of books that would have put many libraries to shame but there was an uneasiness that he felt when he went in. Something just didn’t feel right.
I really don’t want to say anymore about this story because you need to discover the mansions secrets yourself. I am still on a high from reading this and would hate to spoil that for anyone. Michael J Malone is definitely a writer of imagery, extremely visual and to the point that I can hear the sounds that live in this place. At times horrific and at others tender as each chapter begins I didn’t know which it would be. One thing was for sure this mansion held secrets that needed to be told………… one way or another.
An extraordinary story with a magical gothic setting in today’s reality. An outstanding supernatural and psychological master piece. Just Wow!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.