Sunday, April 27, 2014

Davey Ribbon - by Matthew Tait

5 of 5 Stars    Review copy

Australia is home to a robust community of horror writers and Matthew Tait is making his mark among them and in the overall world of the horror genre.  His previous works include a piece on a Heaven's Gate type cult called, Slander Hall, and Dark Meridian, book one of a mysteroius house involving aliens and more.  Both worth checking out.

Matthew's newest novel, Davey Ribbon begins forty-five years ago, when farmer, Reginald Avery molests and kills eleven-year-old Sarah Capeshaw.  Thirteen-year-old David Ribera has the misfortune to stumble upon the crime scene.  Davey is retarded as they would say all those years ago.  His mother owns a shop in town where she makes ribbons which Davey wears on his belt leading to the nickname Davey Ribbon.  By the end of the encounter Davey is left for dead.

During the decades that follow, the story of Davey Ribbon becomes an urban legend. Something told at slumber parties and around campfires in the community of Cyclone Cove, a place where radical Christians and Azarcheal Sytems Conglomerate seem to be lead by different aspects of Davey' s spirit.

Then there's Norman Perks, who works to keep the tale alive.  "Norman did not have friends.  He was, after all, a writer.  An observer and not a participant.  Behind the curtain, so-to-speak.  To comingle with the actors on the stage would be a deceit on his part.  He wasn't a very good actor, so they would cotton on immediately.  No, better to do what the muse wanted of him: that was, to sketch in story-form the tales of Cyclone Cove.  To catalogue, to coerce, and to sometimes manipulate."

In a plot as tangled as the ribbons flowing from Davey Ribbon's hands, Matthew Tait takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the secrets of Cyclone Cove.  All will be revealed by the story's climatic end.  I believe Davey Ribbon Is Matthew Tait' s best work to date, a page-turner from start to finish.

From HodgePodge Press, Davey Ribbon Is available now in paperback and for the Kindle through  Plus, right now, if you're a member of Amazon Prime, you can borrow it for FREE through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

Highly recommended.

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