Published in January this year by Corsair, Constable & Robinson, this story really does stretch the mind and requires so much concentration that at times my head hurt. Despite this, I was utterly and truly hooked. I'm not going to go into the details of the story, to be honest, I'm still trying to work it all out.
Here's the publisher's blurb:
Imagine an episode of Doctor Who written by Stephen King. Enter the extraordinary world of The Man from Primrose Lane, a devious, dark, audacious tale about dangerous obsession and the way it can influence our fates.
Rewind: Once upon a time in Ohio there lived an elderly recluse, 'the man from Primrose Lane'. He had no friends or family. He wore mittens all year round. And one summers day, he was murdered.
Fast-Forward: Bestselling author David Neff is a broken man, lonely, desolate and lost ever since his wife's suicide. But something about the man from Primrose Lane grabs his attention and he decides to investigate the mystery - only to be dragged back into a world he thought he had left behind forever.
Replay: As David gets closer to uncovering the true identity of the man from Primrose Lane, he begins to understand the terrible power of his own obsessions and how they may be connected to the deaths of both the hermit and his beloved wife
This is probably the most challenging novel that I've read for a long time, yet it's also one that I've really enjoyed. The whole reading experience was something completely different for me, and the story will stay in my mind for a long time.
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Warner Bros have acquired The Man From Primrose Lane and will develop it as a star vehicle for Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper
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