Black Swan £7.99 (527pp) from the Independent Bookshop: 08430 600 030
Blue-eyed Boy, By Joanne Harris
Friday 20 May 2011
An online obsessive known as "blueyedboy" is the narrator of this creepy pyschodrama. The 42-year-old "BB" lives with his mother in the small Yorkshire village where he spends long hours glued to his computer.
A fan of matricidal fantasies, according to his blog "some boys' mothers are sugar and spice. Mine was - well - she was something else".
Harris, the author of the French sensations Chocolat and The Lollipop Shoes, has a talent for portentous prose, and BB's voice soon takes on the seductive cadences of her Gallic creations.
As the story of BB's damaged childhood unravels in cyberspace, his unreliability as a narrator becomes apparent. Harris's triumph is to incorporate email-speak into this tale of rural nasties without frightening the horses.
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