Book Review – Deadfolk by Charlie Williams

This book annoyed me so much in the first couple of chapters that I put it down and didn’t return to it until I was hard up for a read a few weeks later.

The narrative (first person by Blake the main character) seemed like a constant stream of consciousness rather than a proper story, but once I got over that and slipped into the thought process and constant colloquialisms, I started to enjoy the story.

The thing that made this book enjoyable for me overall, despite some elements I couldn’t like, including the main character, was the excellent supporting cast that the author uses to effectively flesh out and humanise a pretty poor Main character in Blake. These supporting characters brought the book alive for me.

The main character and the overall story reminds me a little of Irvine Welsh’s “Filth” but a bit less interesting. I might revisit Blake and Mangle in future, and would definitely give a different type of story from the author a go as his writing is funny, touching and engaging at times. I think that Charlie Williams is capable of producing a lot better quality novel than this and look forward to reading it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0047O2S6E/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

 

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