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The String Diaries

The String DiariesWhether it's Celtic myths of changelings or Hollywood films about body snatchers, society has always been terrified by the prospect of our friends and...The String DiariesFictionWhether it's Celtic myths of changelings or Hollywood films about body snatchers, society has always been terrified by the prospect of our friends and...2014-06-27Headline Book Publishing
THE STRING DIARIES Stephen Lloyd Jones

THE STRING DIARIES Stephen Lloyd Jones

B+

The String Diaries

Genre: Fiction; Author: Stephen Lloyd Jones; Status: In Season; Publisher: Headline Book Publishing

Whether it’s Celtic myths of changelings or Hollywood films about body snatchers, society has always been terrified by the prospect of our friends and loved ones being secretly infiltrated by something uncanny and malevolent. In his debut novel, Stephen Lloyd Jones taps into that reservoir of anxiety with a story of a long-lived Hungarian shape-shifter named Jakab, part of an ancient shadow society known as hosszú életek. Psychotic and romantically obsessive, he terrorizes several generations of women descended from a lover who spurned him.

Jones cycles through time, tracing Jakab’s carnage from the late 19th century through the 20th, and into the present day. He doles out his narrative revelations with patience, turning over his cards deliberately like a well-trained casino dealer. At a certain point, the ”Surprise, it’s me!” shocks begin to lose their punch — but not before they manage to send a few shivers up your spine. B+

Originally posted June 27 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT

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