The Enchanted Hardback
by Rene Denfeld
A powerful and hauntingly beautiful novel set on death row - like THE GREEN MILE or THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION written by Cormac McCarthy. Even monsters need peace. Even monsters need a person who truly wants to listen - to hear - so that someday we might find the words that are more than boxes.
Then maybe we can stop men like me from happening...A prisoner sits on death row in a maximum security prison.
His only escape from his harsh existence is through the words he dreams about, the world he conjures around him using the power of language.
For the reality of his world is brutal and stark. He is not named, nor do we know his crime. But he listens. He listens to the story of York, the prisoner in the cell next to him whose execution date has been set.
He hears the lady, an investigator who is piecing together York's past.
He watches as the lady falls in love with the priest and wonders if love is still possible here.
He sees the corruption and the danger as tensions in 'this enchanted place' build. And he waits.For even monsters have a story ...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 13/03/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780297870494
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Review by claireh18
This is Rene Denfeld's debut novel and will be published on 13/03/2014. I'd like to thank everyone at The Lovereading Review Team for the ARC of this book, which I received in return for an honest review.A death row inmate sits in his underground cell in a high security prison. Although he does not speak, he daydreams in words which weave a magical world far removed from his stark reality. The darkness of the prison world is unveiled through the words he listens to in his dreams. He listens to the lives of those around him and shares his profound perceptions here.This captivating story focuses on several different people including a death penalty investigator referred to as 'The Lady'; The Priest; York, the prisoner in the next cell and The Lady's current client; and a young lad experiencing his traumatic first prison sentence. The deeply personal and disturbing childhood of the lady, along with York's, is described in heart-wrenching detail using the words the prisoner hears.The author's intricate use of vocabulary to convey the raw emotion of this beautifully told and haunting tale make this a truly mesmerising read. The attention to the tiniest detail at every step along the journey contributes to the quality of this brilliantly seductive book. 4.5/5 stars.