Richard Godwin’s APOSTLE RISING is something that many novels claim to be but fall extremely short of.
It is a true mystery.
What do I mean by “true mystery”?
Most novels that claim to be mysteries will give you a little bit here, a little bit there and by page twenty, you can either figure out exactly who’s going around, committing the crimes (or murders or whatever the novel’s thrust is), or the novelist has already revealed this important fact.
Richard Godwin gives you a little bit here, a little bit there but he holds his cards so very close to his vest and doesn’t spell it out for you, instead making you, almost daring you to figure it all out for yourself, without ever talking down or treating the audience like idiots.
The murders contained in the novel are not CSI/Law & Order Sanitized For Your Protection murders. They are what police the world over see every day before the cameras show up. Just remember, you’ve been warned.
If you can get past the gore, you will be rewarded by a story that won’t let you go. Even after you’ve put the thing down, read the last word, you’re still going to think about it. Weeks later, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t see that coming. And you’ll be asking what happens next, because, nope, it doesn’t tie up nice and neat with a bow on top.
APOSTLE RISING is quite frankly one of the best novels I’ve read, not just this year but ever.
Friday's Forgotten Books, May 25, 2018
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