Review: Blueeyedboy by Joanne Harris
About the Book: Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest, moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child, timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a murderer. Blueyedboy is a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and a serial murderer who is not who he seems. Told through posts on firstname.lastname@example.org, this is a thriller that makes creative use of all the disguise, deception and mind games that are offered by playing out one's life on the internet.
About Joanne Harris: Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley in 1964. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Since then, she has written eight more. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse and lives with her husband Kevin and her daughter Anouchka, about 15 miles from the place where she was born.
Review: This is certainly NOT a book to relax with. I found it quite disturbing but not in a bad way, I wanted to finish it. The characters are horrid, the narrative is intense and aggressive but the plot is clever, witty and intriguing. I can't say I 'enjoyed' this book, in fact I nearly stopped listening to it several times, but I'm glad I persevered. It was an unusual story but definitely relevant in today's digital age.