Review: Mime by Chrissey Harrison

Full disclosure – Chrissey is a member of my writing group. I supported her excellent Kickstarter for this novel (you can find a lot more info about the novel and Chrissey on the Kickstarter page.)

I know how hard Chrissey has worked on this novel and it shows. It’s excellently plotted and the prose really shines. It’s a thick book at over 500 pages but it certainly doesn’t read that way. Chrissey has the knack of writing prose that pulls you on and eats up the pages without you really noticing. I’d compare that to Adrian Tchaikovsky’s writing (although plot-wise there’s no similarity.)

Our main character has retreated to Bristol after his brother’s suspicious death and is running ‘Weird News’ a paper investigating the weird and supernatural side of life with his one employee, Samantha. When a series of bizarre deaths happens they soon find out that the killer is a demonic mime with the power to make its invisible creations real, and deadly. This is a cool idea and Chrissey mines it for all its worth. The pair with the help of some friends, chase the clues to Oxford and Devon and into an exciting final confrontation with the demon.

Of course I’m biased but I thought this was very entertaining and well-written and have no hesitations in recommending it. Having lived in Bristol and Oxford (and for a brief time Devon too) this felt very accessible. I don’t think I was ever afraid of the mime (not a Metamfiezomaiophobe) but I was afraid for the characters, which is the sign of good writing I think.

Recommended.

Published by suttope

Pete Sutton has a not so secret lair in the wilds of Fishponds, Bristol and dreams up stories, many of which are about magpies. He's had stuff published, online and in book form, and currently has a pile of words that one day may possibly be a novel. He wrote all about Fishponds for the Naked Guide to Bristol and has made more money from non-fiction than he has from fiction and wonders if that means the gods of publishing are trying to tell him something. You can find him all over social media or worrying about events he’s organised at the Bristol Festival of Literature. On Twitter he’s @suttope and his Bristol Book Blog is here: http://brsbkblog.blogspot.co.uk/ He's contributing editor of Far Horizons e-magazine which can be found here: http://info-far-horizons.wix.com/far-horizons-emag

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