Review – Regicide – Nicholas Royle

October 22, 2011 - 11:38 pm No Comments

Author: Nicholas Royle
Publisher: Solaris
Page count: 188pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Nicholas Royle has already earned his writing stripes, with a collection of novels, novella and anthologies under his belt. In the short novel Regicide we meet Carl, the narrator who asks enigmatic Annie Risk out on a date one night. As he trawls through the back streets of London after walking Annie back to her hotel, Carl breaks into an empty house and answers a random phone call to find that the call is for him. It’s a woman asking for help.

As Carl narrates the novel, and his love for Annie and obsession with maps comes forth, the reader is reminded of the unreliable narrator. And that’s what Carl is. As you follow him on his journey to a strange world, the question in mind is; ‘how much of what is happening is real? Is Carl sane or becoming more and more twisted as the story develops?’

Carl is a flawed character and the book is nor perfect, but it is engaging, dark and warped. Read it in the dark if you want, but be careful what you wish for.

If you like the look of this check it out at Regicide.

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