Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least:
Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim.
That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again.
It was just a stage I was going through....Continua
This was an interesting book about discovery, treasure and manipulation.
I'm not sure about this book. I was certainly expecting more. The last chapters were very good but the first and central ones were quite slow and rich in descriptions which didn't really caught my interest.
The end was quite surprising, too. Not a bad story at all, at the very end, but not as disturbing and enthralling as I had expected it to be.
I read this strange novel when I was 16 years old, and it really impressed me if I still remember after so long! It is actually quite disturbing, though.
"I don't think I'll kill anyone else: it was just a phase I was going through" (not a word by word quote, just the gist of it)...Continua
This is a disturbing look inside the mind of a disturbing personality. It was quite easy and fun to read, though. Banks uses inventive language and point-of-view narrative for his début novel. It impressed mostly, but some critics were unimpressed.
If you can enjoy a tale of a multiple murderer, a sociopath, a gangly young teenage killer, then you might enjoy this little book. Since its publication Ian Banks has proved himself an author worthy of respect over and over again, and there is always something about reading a daring first novel of a now-famous author......Continua