Print Length: 198 pages
Publisher: Livre Maison (31 July 2020)
Genre: Ghost Stories
SUMMARY: Adam, a young alcoholic, slowly descends into madness while dealing with the psychological scars of childhood trauma which are reawakened when his son and wife die in a car accident that he feels he is responsible for.
The BookViral Review:
With the undeniable aura of Gothic fiction, Beautiful, Frightening and Silent proves a genuine page-turner with Gordon’s prose bringing spine-tingling style to a plot brimming with the cliff-hangers readers expect from the genre.
Unfolding with quiet masterly assurance she makes the most of every detail, carefully crafting an atmosphere of haunting alienation that’s both exquisitely balanced and an utterly compelling examination of love, loss and the fragile nature of the human mind. So much so that there will be many reflections in Gordon’s novel and not all from mirrors!
The best Gothic novels always have so much darkness in them and Beautiful, Frightening and Silent revels in it. But is not one of those Gothic stories that drags out the tropes or falls back on trite clichés. Gordon’s characters are delightfully complex, their situations ominous and fraught with mortality to create a tense and subtly shaded narrative that resonates a pervading sense of terror.
Her characters are washed up on the shores of despair and yet we care for them more than they care for themselves. She doesn’t overplay them but through disparate timelines, she masterfully manipulates our expectations as she leads us towards a highly thought-provoking and perfectly pitched denouement.
Extraordinarily powerful and Gothic Fiction at it’s very best Beautiful, Frightening and Silent proves to be one of those elusive page-turners that readers will think about long after they have turned the last page. It is recommended without reservation.