Within the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war, lies a terrible secret…
Francis Benthem is a successful artist; he’s created a new life on an island in the sun. He works all night, painting the dreams of his mysterious Russian benefactor, Illy Prostakov. He writes letters to old friends and students back in cold, far away London. But now Francis Benthem is found dead. The funeral is planned and his old friend from art school arrives to finish what Benthem had started. The painting of dreams on a faraway island. But you can also paint nightmares and Illy has secrets of his own that are not ready for the light. Of promises made and broken, betrayal and murder…
The Golden Orphans offers a new twist on the literary thriller.
My Review: I have to admit this is a book that perplexed me. The way it was written left me realising how little we really know about the people we meet in life. The world that exists in the book is probably very real but at the same time feels almost disconnected from the reality that most people know. As with everything it’s all about how you experience it and if the experiences in this book do not correspond with yours then it might not feel like a reality you recognise, it certainly didn’t for me and that was quite refreshing.
This is one of those stories that makes you think and stays with you for some time after you’ve read it. It’s been almost a week since I finished it and it’s still in my head, popping up at random times and making me think. The writing style was, for me, quite distinctive and fitted the story really well but also added to that layer of puzzlement that I felt almost all the way through. This story is definitely a twist on the usual crime fiction and worth reading if you’re looking for something different.
About the author:
Gary Raymond is a novelist, critic, editor and broadcaster. He is the presenter of BBC Radio Wales’, The Review Show, and is one of the founding editors of Wales Arts Review. He is the author of two novels, The Golden Orphans (Parthian, 2018) and For Those Who Come After (Parthian, 2015). He is a widely published critic and cultural commentator.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gary-Raymond/e/B07FTSDY12/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1