A review I actually wrote a long time ago when I first read this story. I highly recommend this novel…
Author: Anyta Sunday and Andrew Q Gordon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Jay Walker has two wishes: to perform the play of his dreams alongside his best friend at Wellington’s Tory Street Theatre, and to meet that special someone. Someone he’d go to the ends of the earth for. Someone who might only exist in fairy tales.
When Jay meets accordion busker Lethe Cross, it’s like living a dream come true. Lethe’s music captivates Jay, and he resolves to meet the man who plays so beautifully. But then he discovers Lethe’s life is more like a nightmare. The phrase “down on his luck” can’t begin to cover it. Determined to help, Jay does some snooping for answers—and winds up on the wrong end of a centuries-old curse. The good news is there’s a way to break it. The bad news is it might cost Jay his life.
I loved this novel so much. This is a very human story, which seamlessly combines the paranormal to create a new ‘normal’. The loneliness of Lethe, living a life where no one sees ‘you’, but the image of the person they most want to see (for good or bad) is heartbreaking. Who can read this idea without seeing a very emotional subtext and analogy. You can completely understand how enamoured Lethe is when he finds that Jay can really ‘see’ him.
It’s difficult to write a review without spoilers, as the writing is wonderfully economic. Each sentence pushes the story forward and entwines Jay’s and Lethe’s relationship tighter around your heart. Their story contains loss, on both sides, love, platonic and romantic/sexual plus, a paranormal mystery. Beautiful theatrical ideas and elements are at the heart of this story. Nods to magic realism, the spiritual/paranormal element is totally threaded throughout the boys’ reality creating a story which will stay with you a long time. If my recommendation is not enough it was recommended to me by TJ Klune before I even knew he was a writer 🙂
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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