Mark has produced a story that is emotional, touchingly graphic where needs to be, and a great set of characters, including Oxo the dog.
We are taken through Michael's life to why he ended up where he did. This is done through his dream like state, and to begin with I was slightly dubious at the supernatural elements, and where the story was leading.
It led into the dark deep past of Michael, and in no way did I envision this at the beginning of the book.
This is such a difficult review to write as I want to tell you so much about the story, how the characters affected me, which ones I detested (Carver!) he is one of the worst characters I have ever read, and sadly a lot of truth in his despicable ways. Which parts that I nearly cried and had moments of revulsion. To do that I would ruin your journey with Michael.
So instead, the over all review is from me, that this is a story that was written with every character deserving of his or her place, it was harrowing, funny, and devastating. I found myself believing in the character's and they were extremely well portrayed. Mark gave them the qualities they needed to come alive from the page, and they did so for me. It is an emotional roller coaster of a read, but one that will stay with you for a long while after reading.
Hand on heart, it will be one of my all time favourite reads, but not due to its beauty, due to its brilliance and portrayal of a life that I luckily didn't live myself.
This is the first book I have read of Marks and definitely won't be the last. An author worthy of reading.
Wow, Mark, just wow.
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused. He's always had a keen interest in writing, and is currently working on his third novel, The Abattoir of Dreams.
When he's not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar, and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.