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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble (audio)

The Insect Farm

The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble
Hardcover 320 pages
Audio Book  9hrs 31min
  Narrated by Rupert Degas

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Rupert Degas' debut novel, The Insect Farm is hard to categorize - it is unique, unlike anything I have read in a very long time. It's part mystery, but not the kind of story that comes to mind when I say mystery. It's more literary fiction/psychological thriller. Opinions will vary widely I'm sure, because if you don't like stories that focus more on the mind of the characters as opposed to building the actual character, this one probably isn't for you. It's different and I like different, so I really enjoyed it. The narrator, Rupert Degas does as excellent job! The way he uses tone, inflection, and pacing - he sets the mood perfectly and tells the story (which is from Jonathan's point of view) so well, it is as if you are sitting in a room with Jonathan himself, listening to the story first hand. Amazing and quite creepy at times.

Set in 1950's England, The Insect Farm is about two brothers, Jonathan a seemingly normal, college bound young man, who falls hard for Harriet, a charismatic lady and talented musician. Roger, six years his elder, is mentally challenged, socially awkward and obsessed with his insect farm. Jonathan has always felt responsible for Roger, and this complicates things with Harriet. Further messing things up and adding tension, Harriet is on the road with her musical group for extended periods. We see trouble brewing in every direction and have no idea which pot will simmer over first. 

From the enticing prologue about the two bodies found in Rogers shed to the last few minutes, Prebble builds the tension like the layers of a yummy cake, then holds you there, looking at this delicious cake - til finally the resolution and cake is served...and all is so satisfying. The Insect Farm shows us that things are not always what they seem, and neither are the people we think we know so well.

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, stories about dysfunctional families or simply like reading something that is not quite like anything else on the shelf...check this one out!

Happy Reading,

RJ  :-)

**I received a courtesy copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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