In my previous post I mentioned that All My Sins Remembered, my latest novel from Five Star, is different from any other novel I have written. Different, as well, from any novel I have ever read. You may wonder what makes it different. Well, maybe not. But I wondered, so I gave it some thought. Here are seven things that make it unusual:
1. Almost the entire story takes place in one location.
2. Two of the most important characters are a dry well and a windmill.
3. Only three people continue from beginning to end, and one of them never speaks.
4. The story is narrated by the main character, who is completely repugnant.
5. We never know the name of any character in the book.
6. The story is suspenseful to the point of causing anxiety.
7. Brief scenes of sudden, graphic violence are at the core of the story.
Several months elapsed between completing All My Sins Remembered and proofreading the galleys prior to publication. I was as surprised as you will be with the story—that is to say, much of the language and many of the details surprised me. That, too, is unusual. It was almost as if someone else had written the book and I was reading it for the first time. Go figure. Go read.