Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Automat by Christina Martin

Title:  The Automat
Author:  Christina Martin
Published:  September 2012 by Smashwords
Page:  198
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"One man's obsession starts with two eyes."

The Automat is a story of a mild-mannered introvert named Horace Gray, who slowly descends into madness after he becomes obsessively enamored with a woman who stares at him from behind an automat wall.

The Automat is a fictional story exploring the dark side of human nature and the innate desire of being loved. It is a story of unexpected change in the routine of one's simple life, of obsession, guilt, and the consequences of betrayal. The Automat will appeal to readers of literary fiction with dark undertones.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This novel gives a real look into everyday life with a twist, a really dark and rather twisted twist. Martin does this with her solid writing and off the wall descriptions. This is an extremely well written novel with a coherent and easy to follow storyline. That said, I spent a great deal of time just saying WTF, just WTF. The bulk of this stems from the fact that the writing style doesn’t really match the storyline. Martin has adopted a light and flowing writing style, well suited to a YA story, and told a very dark and twisted tale with it. The writing style draws you in very quickly and then clashes with the subject matter causing a bit of a vortex that I could neither get into or out of.

Being that this story is well written in the 1st person it is very easy to see the world from the main character’s perspective. You get to know him quite well through this. That said, at times there is almost too much detail in his day to day activities. You get caught in the mundane.

Overall Martin has an interesting manner of writing that keeps her work flowing forward. She is a phenomenally descriptive writer who tells you about each and every thing that is encountered in the story. Combined with the unique storyline this is definitely different from anything I’ve read in quite a while.

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