by Chris Eyes
This is a novella, and only once I neared the end did I realise how much I didn’t want this to be a novella. I wanted to stay in this story.
It made me feel poetic, although I am not, and I wanted to use words like lyrical, evocative and musical in my review, but I won’t. It’s just a really lovely read. And even that sounds too passive. But I was hooked on the first line.
Written by a poet/musician, it shows; these expressions of my home country feel comfortable, like coming home. This story and style fit me.
Eyes goes straight into the story of Matthew and Lillian. It is tight, complete and eloquent, yet rippling with raw emotion. I felt it, heard it, and smelt it.
Like ‘shotgun painting’; lovely lovely imagery, which had me drifting off to where I might find such a weapon and canvas.
This story is about a self-absorbed young woman, and an older man with a death wish who is already dying. Father and daughter are reunited after 20 years with a lot of explaining to do. She pushes the boundaries while he is unsure of what his are.
Various scenes gave me goose bumps. Various scenes made me cry.
And a most excellent end. Oh, the climax, the climax. More tears…
The cover art by Tammie Riddle is quite stunning.
At some stage I must mention the simple spelling and punctuation errors, which initially I felt off-putting. But they could very quickly be sorted by a proof reader.
Author: Chris Eyes
Publisher: Chris Eyes via Mary Egan Publishing
Available: In Taupo at Paper Plus, the iSite and Taupo Museum; or via Author’s Facebook page, or as an e-book on Amazon