Many thanks to Rachel at Authoright for the invite to take part in the “12 Days of Clink Street Christmas”. My post today is for “Molly Fish” by Jack McMasters. This book is available in paperback or as an eBook.
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When retired architect Arthur Howard receives an unexpected invitation from the elegant businesswoman he has just met, her promise of two weeks of incredible sex is enough to persuade him to forget his stale marriage and follow her to India. Leaving thoughts of his younger wife Ester far behind, Rani leads Arthur into paradise; her home lies in a beautiful valley filled with quiet villages, tranquil lakes, tea plantations and crocus fields, a place where his every need is catered for and his attention sought wherever he goes.
But danger lies hidden here. Arthur discovers that Rani and the other villagers he meets in this rural Indian idyl are the ancestors of an ancient civilization, thought to be merely mythical. From his contact with them, he succumbs to a mysterious illness that keeps him bedridden for a long period in a darkened room. Confused and stricken, Arthur’s days and nights are haunted by wild dreams; when he is unable to sleep, he reminisces about early love affairs and fears for his failing relationship with Ester until he is unable to distinguish dreams from reality.
Now first off, I am not a big reader of “Romance”, so why on earth would I decide to choose a book that has “A Love Story” as part of its title ? Well it was actually the second paragraph of the synopsis that got me, mythical, ancient civilisation and India part. I am so glad this was included in the synopsis or I, if I am completely honest, would probably have given it a miss. Yes there is a love aspect in this story, but it was nothing like I expected, it is a love story with a catch.
Arthur is a retired architect who flirts with Rani, a beautiful, successful business woman and gets a result. He agrees to accompany her to her village, very lucky chap you may think, and initially he seems to have fallen on his feet. But as you start to get into the story there are little things at the periphery of it that start to niggle, of something that is a little unusual, and I am not going to divulge what those things are.
Jack has built up some beautiful descriptions of the valley, the people and the environment with a twist of mystery, wonder and awe. As Arthur is taken around the valley, the back story of his and also Rani’s life, as well as the history of their location is given.
So for me, a love story that I liked, well it was more the other aspects that I liked, though the romance side of it was actually okay. I liked being surprised by this book, an found it to be an addictive page turner that for me would be ideal read for those who like literary fiction, contemporary fiction and romance with an underlying darker element.
About the Author:
After growing up on a farm in northeast Missouri, McMasters joined the United States Air Force after attending the University of Missouri where he was sent to High Wycombe, England. He currently resides in Norfolk with his wife. While researching Molly Fish, McMasters travelled to India where he competed in the Karma Enduro, a 2,000 kilometer trek through the Western Ghats. He has previously published two short story collections, Iron(ing) Man and The Cucumber Murders and been featured by Škoda Magazine and the Eastern Daily Press.
- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Clink Street Publishing (29 Jun. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911525697
- ISBN-13: 978-1911525691
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