"An exceptional, strange and affecting psychological thriller . . . mesmerizing, lyrical and hypnotic, with a stunning climax."-The Bookseller
"Bewitchingly told. . . . This is a story to savor, with a twist in the tail that chills the very marrow."-Manchester Evening News (England)
Rowan Coffey is nineteen when he leaves university, a bright-burning boy come home to hide after the cruel, casual murder of a friend. Rowan had no alibi; exhausted after weeks of being under suspicion, he's looking for shelter, what's warm, familiar, and safe.But what he finds is chill. And danger. And death . . .
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2006
Publisher Bloody Brits Press
ISBN 1932859292 ISBN13 9781932859294
Availability 0 units.
More About Chaz Brenchley
CHAZ BRENCHLEY has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He is the author of nine thrillers, most recently "Shelter" and two fantasy series, "The Books of Outremer" and "Selling Water by the River". As Daniel Fox he has published a Chinese-based fantasy series, beginning with "Dragon in Chains", as Ben Macallan, an urban fantasy, "Desdaemona". A British Fantasy Award winner, he has also published books for children and more than 500 short stories in various genres. His time as crimewriter-in-residence on a sculpture project in Sunderland resulted in the collection "Blood Waters".
I have had a great deal of trouble putting my reaction to this book into words--it's a very plain story that is very complicated; the language it uses appears to be perfectly clear and simple but this clarity and simplicity is the result of great art. To be blunt, this short novel, masquerading as a sort of mystery, could kick any of the clever things that have clawed their way onto the best-seller lists, or into venues like Oprah Winfrey's reading list, in the slats and leave them wheezing and crying because their glitter had been washed off. One of the most famous sentences Frost wrote describes home as the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in; and the narrator of this story, Rowan Coffey, finds himself, in his first year at university, desperate needing to go back to a place that will take him in when a classmate is murdered. When he gets home, though, his hopes for shelter and succor are shown to be desperately fragile. How far will Rowan go to preserve his shelter? The answer to that unrolls in what appears, at first, to be a simple ribbon but soon shows itself as complicated as the situation Rowan fled from, and it is far from easy to determine where the various burdens of guilt and complicity should lie. By the time I had finished this book, I wanted to read it all over again, and its impact was not diluted the second time around. The chill of the harsh landscape of northern England had settled in my bones, and the weight of Rowan's experiences and new knowledge was not easily set aside.