My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When the author Joannes Rhino approached me on Goodreads to ask if I would be interested in reading The Unseen Face, I first of all read the blurb to find out what it was about.
Its a blurb that gave me a lot of the basis and outline for the story.
I started to read it, as I turned the pages, it intrigued me with how the book was going, it was not straight forward reading at times, but I knew that it was going to be something I needed to read more of for things to fall into place more with me, so I carried on.
The first part was a slow burner for me, but it soon heated up in a way that I didn't expect.
The dreams, or should I say, Nightmares that he was experiencing was awful. I think I would get nightmares after reading it. Its graphic enough for me to imagine what he himself was experiencing! I have a pretty weak stomach, but I got through it OK. It wasn't that bad looking back, but I'm not much into horror. Its the imagining the blood and gore. This did not distract from the storyline as it was vital to it. I could see that something was amiss.
This is a psychological thriller at its best.
I learnt quite a few things from this book too. I learnt about how to see dreams from different angles amongst other things, very enlightening.
I wish I could say I didn't guess the ending, but I did. I still enjoyed the book though as there were many facets to it that took you down roads and cul de sacs that kept your mind alert.
The relationship he had with his girlfriend I thought was good, at times I wanted to kick him up the jacksy for not telling her what was happening to him. Even though his best mate told him it was the right thing to do, tell her for gods sake, let her have a choice.
I can honestly say I've not read a book like this before that was written in such a way as this.
I started out wondering and willing myself to like it, and in the end, I loved it. Brilliant piece of work.
The only downside for me was the proofing, the layout was such that it needs some attention and the editing needs to be relooked at as the speech mark are mostly incorrect and other things too. Maybe the author would like to address that problem.
Also at the beginning of each chapter the first letter is above the beginning sentence.....for example:
he cat sat on the mat.
This was the layout throughout the book. Although minor things, nothing that wouldn't help the reader keep more focused instead of the distraction at times.
I would like to thank Joannes Rhino for allowing me to read and review his book.
James Maddox must face the demons of his past and question everything he thought was real; even his own memory.
James was used to living without emotion after losing his Emilia unexpectedly; he gave up on happiness the day she died. His plans for their future, of marriage and kids, died right along with her. He preferred feeling numb, rather than feeling the pain of losing his dreams. That all changed the day he received an anonymous letter in the mail with just three words: I am innocent.
James began dreaming of Emilia that same night. However, his dream quickly becomes his nightmare as she haunts his sleep, demanding he knows the truth, that he faces the unseen. And what is hidden threatens to change James' life forever.
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