Permanence – “Burn, Baby Burn”

March 6, 2014


by Vincent Zandri


Bear Media

Sold by Amazon Digital Services

(Click: Permanence: A Novel of Dark Suspense)

This is a heart wrenching, emotional book that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Book One is a first person narrative summary that shouldn’t work (Where are the scenes, opposing characters, actions and dialogue?) but does because of the powerful subject—the death of a baby by drowning while his mother stands in the kitchen a few steps away smoking a cigarette.

The rest of the novel lets us experience this through other choices, whether we want to or not.

The mother falls in love with her psychiatrist (and becomes pregnant). We discover he has fatal cancer.

There are some parallels that really work—the fire her father caused, the one she sets at the end; there are others that don’t: her admitting she was responsible for the baby’s death and her killing the doctor. Partially this is because of the first person narrative. Rightly or wrongly we not only trust the narrator, but become her.

I think suffocating the doctor is too much a shock to credibility and I’m not sure that her baby’s death shouldn’t remain a mystery that we put together after finishing the book.

But the metaphor of rain and of water in Venice (where they travel) are haunting. The dilemmas the narrator has had to face, and we now have to face also, grip us because we don’t have any answers to them either.

This is a book you read and think about over and over and over.

5 out of 5_edited-1

– J. Lehman, RosebudBookReviews.com


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