By Michael Bailey
Michael Bailey’s new novel charts the unsettling and robust tale of 1 younger man’s slide right into a pressured reality.
‘I were highly encouraged by way of JD Salinger – The Catcher within the Rye,’ observes Edinburgh writer Michael. ‘I take pleasure in utilizing the 1st individual narrative and this type works good with An Hour within the Darkness.’
Michael’s novel starts off whilst his narrator, Franklin, suffers a bang on his head that jars his seize on truth. Franklin starts off his determined trip via his domestic city in his seek of affection, forgiveness and knowing. He reveals convenience in conversations along with his younger sister Jenny – yet as he unearths himself to be a hugely unreliable narrator, we needs to ask if Jenny exists or is only a figment of his stricken brain?
Franklin is more and more wasting contact with fact while, opposed to the backdrop of an area landmark he meets a guy he believes to be God. This stranger tells of his personal son who had comparable difficulties and in his expanding confusion Franklin believes the guy is likening him to Jesus. As Franklin’s lifestyles spirals additional uncontrolled his behaviour turns into ever extra erratic, culminating in his touching, scary makes an attempt to win the affections of market-girl Ronnie, who's involved and nervous in flip via this unusual, humorous, unwell younger man.
Dealing with such common subject matters as loss, love, guilt, forgiveness, relationships and psychological wellbeing and fitness, this is often an unsettling, yet strong, novel so one can entice readers of books akin to The surprise of the autumn.