I just want to say a massive thank you to the wonderful and lovely Karen, from twitter and from my WhatsApp squad…. ( you know who you are 😉 ) for sending me this gorgeous and highly intriguing copy. So lets get on to the blurb.
There’s more than one way to capture a life…….
When Elspeth arrives at her ex-husband’s LA mansion for his 50th birthday party, she’s expecting a crowd for the British film director. Instead, there are just seven other guests and Richard’s pet octopus, Persephone, watching over them from her tank.
Come morning Richard is dead!!!!
In the weeks that follow, each guest is investigated for his murder, and as stories of Richard’s past surface, Elspeth begins to question not just who killed Richard, but why these eight guests were invited, and what sort of man would want to trap this mysterious, intelligent creature.
From the LA hills to the Norfolk marshes, The Octopus is a stylish exploration of power.
Well, intrigued yet? I certainly was and couldn’t wait to get sucked into the story. From the outset we are introduced to all the characters, including Elspeth, Richard and the other cast of characters that make the story twist and turn. I have to say that all the characters were despicable and nasty, I was left afterwards with the thought that of all the characters I sympathised with it was the Octopus herself, Persephone, no one else. The narrator, Elspeth I really disliked, she did not like her husband, for various reasons which I will not divulge here (spoiler free blog guys!!!) and also had a love and slightly bizarre relationship with her daughter almost love/hate but then again thats too simple to describe their bond. There is at times a selfishness that makes her quite cold and calculating and slightly odd, you kind of feel that you need another persons view point to balance her views, ( I was hoping she would get framed for the murder, really thats how much I disliked her character)
There were other characters that were equally as awful ( not written badly I might add) just written I think for you to also thoroughly dislike, here are all these stinking rich people moaning and basically getting high and drunk in LA. I am sure things like that went on and still go on, but because I felt no sympathy or empathy for any of the characters it just made the whole story feel like you were constantly tripping. The only niggle I had about the whole novel was the character of the daughter, I couldn’t quite see her or even feel anything for her, maybe this story is not aimed at me, but I was mainly off put by most of the characters antics and the narrator being well quite horrible.
I don’t mean to suggest do not buy it, no no no you really need to read this to understand the whole situation, it also highlights what is wrong within the film industry and how toxic life within ( I will say it ) the cult of Hollywood has become. It does have a flavour of the old Agatha Christie style murder where everyone is suspected at a party of the deceased and who will it be?!!! but only slightly and then it just goes off into its own unique murder mystery.
For me I think this is good, bizarre, but good and I hope there is more to come from this author, because although this story was a bit odd, I really liked her writing style, it really flowed and gripped you that you had to carry on reading it even though you had no idea where it would lead you.
Ratings: 4 🌟s with a cup of tea…. no sweet distractions (sorry run out and it’s not one of those that require it…. maybe a glass of 🍷 or 🍹)
So yes please grab yourself a copy of this weird and intriguing tale, and I grant you, you will be taken on a ride. You can get this from Waterstones, Amazon or all independent book stores that are near to you, the majority of independents will do delivery so if you don’t live near one don’t fear you can get hold of it.
Thank you for following me this far, I hope you like this little review, I really don’t want to give too much away and yet sometimes I feel there’s not enough information for you to get your teeth into? please feel free to leave comments on how you think of my blogs (please be polite in your criticisms if you have any lol) or you can just like it and that too is fine. So I hope you day has been good I am now going to head off and read….. how inspiring of me hehe. See you all soon.