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Blueeyedboy by @Joannechocolat

By Pamelascott
'Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child; timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a murderer.' Blueeyedboy by @Joannechocolat

Blueeyedboy is the brilliant new novel from Joanne Harris: a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and a serial murderer who is not who he seems. Told through posts on a web journal called badguysrock, this is a thriller that makes creative use of all the multiple personalities, disguise and mind games that are offered by playing out a life on the internet.


[Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue]


(Transworld Digital, 6 July 2010, ebook, 413 pages, Around The Year In 52 Books 2019, 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme, something blue, bought from @AmazonKindle)



Harris is one of my favourite writers and her work is always a treat to read. Blueyedboy is no exception. First off, this book mentions St Oswald's, a school that features more heavily in her novels Gentlemen and Players and A Different Class. I love it when I spot stuff like that. This book is written as a series of web journals. It's been ages since I read a book that used this technique and I really liked it. I was never sure if the journal were some kind of confession or a fantasy or parts of both and there is still a lot of ambiguity at the end. I love books that keep me guessing and scratching my head. Blueeyedboy is full of twists, turns and misdirection's. I thought it was great.

Blueeyedboy @Joannechocolat

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