Monday, April 27, 2015
BOOK REVIEW: "Ghosts For Long Nights" by Martha Cecilia Rivera
Based on an unbridled passion, the beautiful Rebecca Hidalgo managed to create for herself a life that was dramatically different from that of her childhood. Now, when the right moment to enjoy what she has accomplished has arrived, she faces a series of inexplicable events that slowly, yet surely, get her into an inescapable labyrinth. Every new step seems to entangle Rebecca with an absurd and terrifying rope that would end up shattering her deepest foundations. Witchcraft and denial converge in this highly psychological, vertiginous novel, a mirror where unresolved anguish of modern life unsuccessfully fights to not be reflected. Readers will find in this first, hallucinatory and challenging novel by Martha Cecilia Rivera, the strength of impeccable writing while holding their breath through the end with eyes that look around for an unknown presence....
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Fantasy. Who doesn't prefer it to reality? I myself have often said that I prefer living in my own fantasy world than reality if I can. But main character Rebecca takes it much further than I ever did. She lived a difficult childhood and wanted to escape it.
From the first page you're drawn in by Ms. Rivera's descriptive language and eye for detail. You get to know Rebecca, and you get sucked into her strange, dangerous world.
I find it very difficult to review this and NOT give spoilers, so forgive this for being brief. I just don't like books being spoiled for prospective readers.
What I can say is that, not only will you be entering a crazy and malicious world (that is not as fantastical as you might think), but you will find yourself entering Rebecca's mind. Rebecca isn't just a fictional character. If you can't relate to her, you can sympathise with her. All of us, at one point in our lives, have wished to exit reality and enter a fictional world.
Ms. Rivera is a very talented writer, creating one of the best novels of this generation, something people will be reading and discovering decades from now.
5/5--innovative and enchanting.
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