I love it when a novel surprises me. Sometimes I receive a request to review a title that I’m not sure will be my thing, but I agree to take a look just in case. Then, contrary to what I expect, the story and its characters draw me in, and before I realize it, I’m hooked. That’s what happened with the book I’m giving away today.
I’ve always been drawn to stories that tackle the darker aspects of life, and this one was no exception. ‘Every Inferno’ follows a teenage boy on his journey as he falls in love for the first time, navigates the minefield posed by family and school, and picks up the trail of a decade-old crime. Intent on untangling the truth behind his parents’ death, Jacob Jasper Jones ends up learning a great deal more about himself than he ever anticipated.
Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.
There’s something magical about the stage, the way the atmosphere casts you under its spell as the actors bring stories to life. Also, when the theater is empty and all is shadowy and quiet, it’s the perfect setting for a ghost story…
The thrill of discovering a really great story never gets old. Sometimes a novel lands in my inbox that literally seizes me by the heart, squeezing far too painfully at times, and refusing to loosen its grip until I reach the last page. The book I’m giving away today was one of those.
I LOVE this theater. Sure, it’s not in such a hot neighborhood. You have to fight off the junkies and whores just to get in the door, but it has history. The guy who built it was hot for an ancient movie called The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Well, I guess it was a new movie when this baby was built. Anyway, the star of that movie was Charles Laughton, hence the name of the theater: the Laughton.
I’ve had a love of the stage for as long as I can remember, as well as a fascination with the supernatural. It’s little wonder then that the Gothic atmosphere running through this novel struck a chord with me. The Laughton, the eerie movie palace where much of the story takes place, immediately sets the tone with its shadowy corners and the gargoyles that seem to follow you with their eyes. It’s clear that Russell j. Sanders has a real affinity with the theater, his passion both for its magic and its inner workings evident in his every word.
Graduating senior, theater lighting wunderkind, and closeted gay, Nick Fortunati volunteers with The Streetwise Players in the dark corners of The Laughton, a creepy old movie palace decorated in Grand Guignol style. But his father wishes Nick would use his intellect and his scholarship to become a biotech engineer and earn a prosperous living for his future family. Nick loves his dad and wants to please him, but he dreams of a career in theater. And he wants a male lover. Unfortunately, his homophobic father won’t approve of either.