Once in awhile I like to break out of my mold and do something a bit different so here I am trying to figure out how I’m going to review Hourglass Heights. If you follow me on Facebook or Goodreads you know that I do review everything I read. As a writer I want to lead other people to books that they either haven’t heard of or should have heard about. How else are writers going to get people to read their books? I received Heights from Stuart Keane, and I have to admit that as a fan of the guys work if he recommends a book you know it’s going to be good so I have to thank Stuart for sending me a copy and telling me that I have to read it. Stuart’s like that. Maybe it’s how they do things in the UK, but seriously Stuart is the kind of writer we should all aspire to be. He helps promote other writers without asking for anything in return.
Hourglass by Ian David Noakes is the kind of novel that takes a variety of styles and throws into the a blender and what you end up with is a literary smoothie. There are elements of horror, supernatural, romance, and a bit of noir thrown in and while you may think this may make for one odd smoothie it’s pretty damn good. In order to make this work you have to have talent, and the guts to create something new and unique. As writer sometimes you have to take risks and Heights does that without becoming unhinged and falling apart. Ian balances all of these genres and keeps the plot flowing. Books like these rarely work but here it works seamlessly. It keeps the book interesting and you want to figure out who is murdering these men. What kind of person would do such a horrible thing?
You also have that James Patterson style of writing without it being too simple. It’s a complex novel with a plot that is built slowly, and methodically and when I say in a James Patterson style I meant that you get various viewpoints from other characters to give the story more depth. James Patterson could never write a book like this, and if he did I doubt that it would come off as well as this does. At the forefront is Detective Tanaka a detective with a few demons of her own, and this is where the majority of where the story is told. She isn’t your usual run of the mill detective and while she punishes herself for her father’s death you can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever find redemption. Then of course you have the murders themselves and these are quite gory and will excite fans of horror. Noakes has a fine eye for detail and with each character you get a real sense of who they are. This is a book that you have to read. If I were able to do stars here we would be talking a solid four star effort. Yes, it’s that good.
You can find Hourglass Heights here in the US http://www.amazon.com/Hourglass-Heights-Ian-David-Noakes/dp/1849635374 and if you’re in the UK you can follow this link to the Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hourglass-Heights-Ian-David-Noakes-ebook/dp/B00LF115UM
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