REVIEW ¿ Burnt Island

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REVIEW ¿ Burnt Island í ❮Download❯ ✤ Burnt Island ➻ Author Alice Thompson – Struggling writer Max Long arrives on Burnt Island to work on his next novel There he encounters bestselling author James Fairfax whom Max suspects of not being the real author of the book that has ma Struggling writer Max Long arriveStruggling writer Max Long arrives on Burnt Island to work on his next novel There he encounters bestselling author James Fairfax whom Max suspects of not being the real author of the book that has mad. This is uite a slow burner of a story that gradually creeps up on you as it does Max Long a struggling author offered a uniue and somewhat unusual chance by an unknown benefactor to spend three months on Burnt Island focusing on his writing But as the days pass he finds that there is to the island than meets the eye and that his benefactor may not have his best interests at heart after all While I really liked this story I did find Max increasingly annoying as time went on especially when he realised that something was not uite right but he stayed anyway personally I would've been swimming to the mainland if I had to Putting this aside though this is a good story with the feel of the horrors of the '70s the Wickerman in particular springs to mind


E his fortune Further Fairfax's wife has gone missing In a desperate bid for success Max decides to compromise his talent by writing a horror bestseller Recently divorced and increasingly mentally unst. Wasn't keen on this I found the plot very predictable and the dreamlike uality that increasingly took over seemed to be a tool for not finishing up loose ends than anything else


Burnt IslandAble he witnesses disturbing visions that take the form of the horror he is attempting to write Is Max losing his mind or his soul What is the truth about Fairfax And what is the secret of Burnt Island. Alice Thompson Burnt Island Salt Publishing 2013If you are a fan of books about writers and horror novels you have probably read this setup a number of times before a novelist suffering writer's block is offered space and time to complete his new novel by another writer Writer A gratefully accepts finds his host to be charming if a little off and then over the next few days comes to believe that writer B is putting him up in order to have him finish the book kill him and publish it under writer B's name It's not an original premise but few things are in the horror world these days and so whether or not it works comes down to style Burnt Island has got itself style in spades and it draws inspiration unless I miss my guess from a place or two one doesn't normally see in this sort of thing The result is maybe a few steps short of greatness but it is uite goodMax Long has been struggling with his new novel a horror piece for a long time As these things sometimes go he can't figure out how to get past a sticking point He's also having problems in his non professional life; his marriage has come to an end and he misses his child something fierce An offer of a fellowship on Burnt Island seems like just the thing and when long arrives he finds it almost impossibly bucolic The only problem the island is also home to James Fairfax a much popular writer and one Max has always considered a rival It soon comes out however that Fairfax is behind the fellowship and the two of them start spending time together It doesn't hurt any that Fairfax has uite a lovely maidPA and Max is on the reboundIf the idea of “protagonist goes out to secluded island and is seduced by someone close to antagonist” sounds familiar well you don't have to look any farther than The Wicker Man It strikes me however that Burnt Island draws from The Wicker Man's source material Ritual Not necessarily in any plot points etc though there is a mystery to be solved and it has the same sorts of choking tendrils that consume David Hanlin the inspector who would become Sergeant Howie in the film version but the greatest debt Alice Thompson owes to Ritual is its atmosphere and the interloper's reaction to it There is something off about the island in both cases and we have a protagonist who spends far too much time trying to make the island conform to his view of it rather than trying to adapt to it Burnt Island's conclusion is a good deal less ambiguous than Ritual's; whether you consider this a good or a bad thing is left to the individual reader uite interesting and worth your time if you've a thing for supernatural mysteries