As the girlfriend and then wife of a touring musician, I was keen to read this book. The language and situations are very realistic, despite the overtones of supernatural goings on, I identified with much of the action and dialogue used. The scenes are well described with believable characters and ripe backstage conversations. A big tick goes to Chris Harrison for authenticity.
The story is engaging because of the mystery that surrounds the band Toten Herzen, or ‘Dead Hearts’. Great name! The band have been quite unfortunate in the past; their manager dies in mysterious circumstances and all members of the group are murdered by a lunatic fan. Or were they? When over thirty years later, a come back tour is announced, a buzz around the music world suggests that the band members demise, was really just a publicity stunt.
When the ‘murderer’ and critics who have slated Toten Herzen in the past, die, we are left wondering who the perpetrator is. Although the finger points at their publicist, we are not quite sure if it is indeed he doing the killing. The book turns quite supernatural when the band members appear after thirty years, looking the same and having no reflection in mirrors. So hinting as to what might have really happened all those years ago.
This book is an entertaining read, full of mystery and interesting characters. Although I thought it was a little slow to get started, the pace picked up and I enjoyed the story as it unravelled. Well worth a read if you are into rock and roll and paranormal/supernatural tales.
What I liked about this book is its honesty and non-sentimental approach to a somewhat sensitive subject matter. The title does not do the content justice as it suggests something more titillating. What we do get as a reader is an in depth look at what can go wrong in a marriage and the consequences of dealing with addiction and the realization that marriage isn’t always a match made in heaven.
The narrative didn’t really get started until the second half of the book for me, I found the first part to a bit too much scene setting and character introduction, but when the actual story did kick in, I was hooked. Although I didn’t really connect with Frances, and thought that some of the dialogue was a little stilted, I went along with her journey from a naïve newly wed to shocked and wiser wife, when she decided to track down and discover the reason behind her husband’s reliance on pornography and alcohol. It is her inner journey and realization that there is more to life than being with a man who didn’t really respect her that kept me reading on. Although, I found the ending somewhat sugary.
The narrative is at once touching and unsentimental in style, giving the characters a believability that I certainly bought into. It is a book that is well worth the read for it is a really solid and interesting story. Highly recommended for those who are sick and tired of unrealistic portrayals of marriage and sex.