Monday, 9 September 2013

Book Review: Negative Space by Mike Robinson

Negative Space by Mike Robinson
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: 17 August 2013
Genre: Mystery

A little bit about Author
First story: Aliens in My Backyard, Age 7
Debut Novel: Skunk Ape Semester
2012 finalist on the Next Generation Indoe Book Awards
He is a managing editor of Literary Landscapes

Literary Agent Curiosity Quills

Why did I choose this book/Source:
I chose this book as part of the Author Promotions Program on NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 

What is the book about:
Negative Space tells the story of a provocative Los Angeles painter named Max Higgins, on the verge of local fame. What is the secret to his work's haunting allure? He collects photos of missing persons and incorporates them into his paintings, giving the often melancholy faces, as he puts it, a "home in his work." This fascination stems from the bizarre disappearances of people he knew growing up, including his father. Then someone recognizes a face in one of his paintings, and he is suddenly thrust into a journey as surreal as anything from his brush, a journey into his past that will determine irrevocably his future

My Review:
I had such hopes for this book. I read the write up and was so excited as the story line sounded so inviting and was so different to the norm. The opening scene/prologue is very confusing when I was trying to connect to the story/characters. It took me a while to adapt to Mike's writing style, connect to the story and warm up to the characters. By the end of Chapter One I was very intrigued. 

I like the way Mike incorporated the meaning of the title of the book into the story. There were parts that were anti-climatic and confusing, as the story didn't flow very well. It almost felt like there were too many POV changes. Mike writes really well and I believe he could have done so much more with this original story line - it had such great potential. While thinking about this story line, I actually thought that this would make an intriguing movie. 

I enjoyed the parts where Mike describes the type of archetypes in a tribe discussed in the book: creators, destroyers, collectors and teachers. This was an interesting theme in the book. 

My favorite character of the book was Karen/Penelope - I just loved that she was comfortable with herself and what she did and the life that she led. My least favorite character would be James - everything about him irritated me. I also liked Max, but I found his character to be confusing some of the time. 

By the time the story came to an end, I was left with a few unanswered questions, like what happened to his necklace that he was so attached to?

The book holds your attention because you want to see how it all connects at the end -  it was not your typical ending, but I did like the way Max's story ended. 

My Rating:

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  1. I hate being left with unanswered questions. Sorry this was just okay.

    1. Yip! Oh well you win some you lose some :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This sounds intriguing, but the unanswered questions make me a little nervous. Were the minor or were there holes in the case as well?

    1. It was intriguing and had such great potential. there were minor holes but still, it didn't flow smoothly :(

  3. Sorry this didn't work all the well for you. Maybe your next read will be a lot better.

    1. Indeed :) Well I am loving my current read. I was in need of a captivating book!

  4. Sorry you didn't like it. It definitely seemed like it would be a good book. I hate when it isn't.


    1. I agree, but its a risk we always take, whether the blurb sounds good or whether we bought it for a pretty cover!

  5. Looks like an interesting read. Your review sounds intriguing enough (although the 3.5 stars don't give too much confidence). I'll add it to my possibly TBR shelf.

    1. Thank you Marika! lol if you like me it will get lost in my TBR pile..


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