Book Review of Blue Eyed Boy Joanne Harris

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Blueeyedboy 
by Joanne Harris 

Lynn Matheson‘s review 

Jun 30, 14  ·  edit

5 of 5 stars

bookshelves: thrillers 

Read from June 15 to 28, 2014

I loved this book. It is a dark, psychological thriller. We see inside the mind of Blue Eyed Boy, the online name of Ben, who still lives with his mother in middle age. Through a series of web journals we come to realise how he has turned out like this as he describes his childhood and dysfunctional relationship with his mother. The journal entries become increasingly disturbing as we learn what Ben is doing with his time and we begin to suspect he is an unreliable narrator. The plot twists unexpectedly and then twists again. Even at the end the reader may feel not quite certain about what has occurred. I loved the description of the stultifying little town where the action takes place where ever body knows everybody’s business and the poisonous women love to spread malicious gossip. The endless layers of snobbery are laid bare. Ben suffers from synethasia and this gives Joanne Harris’ writing style an added richness. This is a gripping and disturbing read.

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