BLUEEYEDBOY by JOANNE HARRIS.
B.B. is a forty-two-year-old hospital porter still living at home with his mother in a Yorkshire village. his social life is played out online, on a website called badguysrock. There, he stalks Albertine, with whom he shares a troubled past, and spins dark murder fantasies - especially about his mother.
As the story of their tortured relationship unravels, so does that of his blood feud with his brothers, the poignant tale of a blind child prodigy, and the poisonous truth lurking in the rotting heart of one disturbed family.
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FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): The colour of murder is blue, he thinks.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 58): .... I've lied ever since I could remember. It's the only thing I do well, and I think we should play to our strengths, don't you? After all, what is a writer of fiction but a liar with a licence?
MY THOUGHTS: Brilliantly atmospheric, gripping, insightful, engrossing - just some of the words used to describe Joanne Harris's Blueeyedboy.
Myself, I'd use oddly intriguing and increasingly sinister.
A bit like a car passenger who, on passing a car crash, feels compelled to look, I felt myself drawn towards blueeyedboy. Unable to say exactly why, I can only think I was trying to make sense of it all.
Though mainly narrated by Blueeyedboy posting on the fictional site badguysrock, Blueeyedboy is written as a webjournal (not my favourite of formats it has to be said) complete with the occasional 'meme' and comment box in which some of the other characters leave their thoughts
Not by any stretch of the imagination one of Harris's finest offerings, I admit to having no idea what was going on for most of the book. Was it merely a reflection on social networking sites where people may or may not be who/what they claim to be OR was it about the complexities of so-called 'split'/'multiple' personalities OR was it about ......? I really have no idea.
Very dark, Blueeyedboy is a very modern tale that I initially found compelling but by the end found myself feeling nothing if not disappointed and utterly bewildered.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Purchased by Husband dearest in 2010 (you can read his review HERE), this is not a book we shall be keeping.