Saturday 4 June 2011

Book: Black Flowers by Steve Mosby

Neil Dawson investigates the apparent suicide of his Father in the latest disturbing tale from Steve Mosby.

Dawson’s Father was a novelist and during his research came across a book entitled The Black Flower which was based on (fictional) real-life crimes from the 1970’s. As Neil investigates further he uncovers a string of mysterious deaths surrounding the book and when the despicable character from within its pages materializes he is offered a horrendous deal, the life of his partner and unborn child in exchange for finding the killer’s long-lost daughter.

The story moves along nicely and the book within a book style that it’s told in works surprisingly well with fiction and reality gradually merging, although at times it can be difficult to keep up with the “fictional” and “real-life” versions of the same characters.

Mosby has once again managed to take a deliciously dark surreal story and make it terrifyingly relevant and real, and despite the end being a tad predictable this is still a beautifully woven tapestry of sinister crime fiction.

Ric’s Rating: 82%

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