Title: Miles to go Before You Sleep
Author: Dennis James Browne
Category: Drama / Fiction / Myster
Length: 206 pages
My Rating: 8/10
The thing that made me purchase this book is that it was described as a modernized Wuthering Heights with an evil Holden Caulfield.
I was not disappointed. The story begins with a young Miles Spaulding and Clare, his cousin, who live with his father and her mother. Clare’s father and Miles’s mother were killed in a boating accident when they were very young. Georgianne, Clare’s mother, seems to have a lot of hostility toward Miles and his father, Robert.
Miles narrates the majority of the story in first person, and it’s quite reminiscent of the narrations of Holden Caulfield. A sick, demented boy who constantly thinks he is better than every one else, and occasional takes to calling his audience beneath him.
Fast foward twenty years. Clare is married to a business man and they have a twenty year old daughter, Angela. She is strikingly beautiful, and seems to be able to entrance almost any man. However, all of her life, she’s known Clare’s husband to be her father. Is he? Or is the young, Greek lover she had around the time of conception? Or is it someone else entirely?
Someone is trying to stop DNA testing that Angela insists on. Leading to an almost-successful attempt on the Greek, James Andreos’s life, as well as framing Clare’s husband and father-in-law for the hit taken out on Andreos.
Who’s really behind it all?
This novel was quite a surprise for me. I was almost white-knuckle gripping my Kindle the entire time. It was such a tour in to the darker side of the human mind, and the end of the book left me reeling, wondering, “How much of a father’s blood can affect his offspring?” Very action packed, with lots of twisted incidents, devious thoughts, and surprises around every corner. Definitely worth a shot, especially if you enjoyed the narration style of Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye.