Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ivory by Steve Merrifield

Martin Roberts has made a successful career from painting, but is finding that his creativity is slipping away - stifled by his family life. That is until he is responsible for running a teenage girl down in his car. Miraculously the girl survives, but stranger than her lack of injuries is her striking physical appearance; stark white hair and skin, and jet black eyes. Being mute her condition and background remains a mystery, but when a black blind man arrives to collect her from the hospital Martin learns that she is a prostitute and that he is her pimp. It should have been the last Martin saw of Ivory, but he finds that he is haunted by her look, she has stoked the embers of his creativity and he realizes he must paint her. He seeks her out in London's streets of vice, 
facing dangers of this world and another, pursuing an obsession that he learns has led to the deaths of countless others before him. From Goodreads

To me this was an extremely slow moving book, bordering on the boring. A man is obsessed by a woman that is clearly not human. And it goes on and on promising some horror behind it all, just enough to keep me going expecting the horror to start. At the end there is bit of horror but too little, too late for me.

This book qualifies for: 
100 books in a year Reading Challenge 2012, 
Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge, 
2012 Ebook Challenge, 
Why Buy the Cow? Reading challenge 2012 ( this book was free on Smashword the 9th of April 2012),
2012 Where are you reading Challenge,
Spring Into Horror Read-a-Thon 

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