Book Review –
The Mother of All Things
by Gabriel Blake
Average rating (all reviews) :
| Julia Wilson
Blake Has Done a Superb Job, for a First Book
The return home was supposed to be a fresh start for Elaine, after the abduction and murder of her child years earlier, and the subsequent break up of her marriage. She moves back into the family home and throws herself into rebuilding both the house, and her life. But going back is never easy, and Elaine finds herself facing demons, both past and present, in a fight for her very sanity.
The Mother of All Things is a very well written book, with complex and detailed characters, a plot that twists and turns enough to maintain interest all the way through, and an interesting ending. Blake has done a superb job for a first book. Elaine in particular is a character that readers grow to know, and yet feel like there is always something we don’t know about her. This is a tricky thing to do, yet the author does a great job with it.
This was almost a 5 star review, but the one thing that tripped me up, and this may just be a personal taste thing, was POV. Elaine is the main character, yet the author constantly uses an omnipotent POV, rapidly switching between characters on the same page, and sometimes in the same paragraph. I can understand that there are sometimes things the author wants readers to know to progress the story, but there was often too much of it, and not all of it seemed necessary for plot. There was also alot of bloodshed at the end of the book, again not all of it seemed necessary for character or plot development.
However, that point aside, this was an excellent read, and I look forward to seeing what Mr Blake does next.
4 out of 5 stars
Telling The Story
The Mother Of All Things by Gabriel Blake is a contemporary psychological horror suspense that completely drew me in. I have never read this genre before but was totally absorbed in the action.
The novel has the reader questioning, what is real? What is imagined? Who is telling the truth? And who is lying? There seems to be a fine line between reality and imagination. There were times when I believed the action was real, only to find I was wrong – or was I?
A mother’s love knows no bounds. What lengths would you go to to protect your children?
The mind is a powerful tool. It can be manipulated. It can be shut down but watch out when the doors are unlocked. “Other doors began to open in her mind.”
Loss consumes. You cannot just ‘get over it.’ Some losses are just too painful. “I can’t stop the hurt.”
There are crimes and mysteries to solve. As the body count rises, the reader is even more mystified as to who the perpetrator is. I suspected just about everyone.
The characters are well drawn. The lead character took up residence in my head. I ‘lived’ the action through her.
Gabriel Blake imagined a very well thought out plot-line with twists and turns that kept the action alive and me on tenterhooks. There were definitely jaw dropping moments. An excellent novel that would translate well into a movie.
A word of caution- this novel does contain language and scenes some readers may not like. I found there was too much detail in the bedroom scenes so I skipped over them. It did not detract from the story though.
On a lighter note – locations are important. Imagine my surprise, having grown up in Solihull, to see ‘Aldersbrook Road, Solihull’ mentioned. I went to Alderbrook School and my parents used to park the car in Alderbrook Road to drop me off or pick up. I could easily imagine the leafy suburb and the huge houses. Thank you Gabriel Blake for bringing a wow moment to me.
I received this book for free from The Book Gobbler. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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