*Warning – may contain slight spoilers – but I’ll keep it minimal!*
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
OK! Interesting one, this one. First recommended by another reader and blogger Lisa Tiller and then I kept spotting the cover online and in book shops, so I thought I’d give it a go. I had no clue of its’ content, synopsis, genre or anything. Sometimes this is a good way to go.
What did I think?
As I started the book I began to wonder what I’d let myself in for as the nameless narrator sucked me into a descriptive and very vivid account of his car accident. Sometimes the medical content of the burn injuries took no prisoners. How they were sustained and subsequently treated were not for the faint hearted. However, it was all relevant for the unfolding story.
Our ‘victim’, as I’ve said, always remains nameless but we do get to know his past, his profession and how he thinks as he lies in hospital surrounded by those to help him. Although, he is not alone… he is convinced that a ‘Bitch Snake’ is residing within his spine to torment his very soul as he recovers. It haunts him, taunts him and plays with his mind. This becomes very significant, as does a mysterious visitor Marianne Engel who curiously knows everything about him and wants to be his carer despite never having met her in his life… or has he?!
I don’t wish to spoil what unfolds and ensues but Marianne becomes the key character in the story and what she has to reveal to our ‘victim’ and how she does it, keeps you gripped throughout the book. Her own account takes the reader on various exotic journeys, although, there are times when her stories, albeit significant to the plot, can seem to labour on a little. Still, Marianne helps our ‘victim’ on so many levels despite all the time having her own demons and issues which are seriously dark & enigmatic with deep, divine links to the very distant past. A past which is also very present!
It’s not often I would say this but I believe this book would make a great movie. It contains all the ingredients to make a movie not unlike ‘The Time Travellers Wife’ – but with more serious attitude on an epic scale! (…and a little risque!)
A recommended read if you want to tackle something spectacularly imaginative, seemingly impossible and different.
I liked it very much – maybe not everyone’s cup of tea.
I would give it 4.5 out 5 stars.