Review: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

A coloured edging to the pages of a book is often just a gimmick, but sometimes it’s an early indication that you’re holding something out of the ordinary. And this debut novel deserves its black trim.

A thriller with fantasy elements, historical echoes and a classic love story – this is genuinely a novel that straddles genres. And does it well. The elegant writing is so smooth that the reader doesn’t even notice the pages slipping past. Believable characters I cared about, a truly original setting and a plot that kept surprising me were all factors that added to an unforgettable experience.

One word of caution – this is not a book for the squeamish reader, as the Gargoyle of the title is a burn victim and there’s a lot of description of his injuries.

I don’t often lavish so many superlatives on a review, but this is simply the best book I’ve read in years. Buy it, take it on holiday – but be careful it doesn’t make you late for your return trip.

Personal read:  5 stars
Reading group read:  5 stars

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