Set in present day New York, both the city and surrounding areas, this thrilling novel takes readers into the world of fictional film maker Stanislas Cordova. We follow the story of Scott, a journalist who has fallen on hard times. He becomes obsessed with the sudden death of Cordova’s daughter, Ashley. She has apparently committed suicide in an abandoned building downtown, but Scott has a hunch that something more devious is going on. This is a hunch that leads him through Chinatown and the Hamptons, down dirty city streets and into crowded antique shops. On his way, he meets a rag-tag bunch of characters that help and hinder his efforts to uncover the truth about Ashley.
This book deals with some very dark themes, such as suicide and the Occult. These are important plot elements that drive the pace of the story. When a mysterious object is found in Ashley’s abandoned apartment, Scott ends up seeking the help of a voodoo practitioner to discern the item’s meaning. In turn, this discovery leads the reader to deeper insights about Ashley’s state of mind in the days leading up to her death.
The novel makes heavy use of fabricated news stories and blog posts. There is even an app for mobile devices that gives the reader access to extra content. While at first I found this to be distracting, by the end it gave me a deeper appreciation for the world that the author has created. Without these added elements, the book would have almost seemed too unbelievable.
For readers searching for a quick, uplifting read, this is not the book for them. However, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a complex plot. Fans of horror and suspense will also enjoy this book. Download the app for a richer experience.
This book is available for check out at the Cleveland State Library, as part of the Browsing Collection.
–reviewed by Andy Foskey