One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014.
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
Once you start, you will find it difficult to put down this compelling and totally captivating novel, so set aside some quality time and take a step into the unknown. The story is understated, yet builds powerfully, drawing you deeper into the dungeon of lost dreams, where there is just the slightest, meagre window of hope. The central characters are all damaged in some way, although many sit on opposite sides of the barbed wire fence. The connections and contrasts throughout the novel should fight against each other and yet with great sensitivity, the author balances this knotty tightrope of challenging emotions.
The Enchanted is a heart-rending and harrowing novel, written with great compassion. The authors career working with death row clients prowls in the back of your mind. While you may suspect the ending, it is so shockingly intimate and arresting, it touches deep inside and leaves you feeling raw, battered and somehow, full of hope.
Let yourself be taken by the hand by the narrator (yes, a monster) and observe with fresh eyes, our world, by one condemned to die. ~ Liz Robinson
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Rene Denfeld’s The Enchanted is one of those books on which a certain head of steam is already building, suggesting that this haunting and disturbing novel is something different from the general run of crime-related novels – and so it proves to be. A prisoner sits on death row in a high-security prison; the reader is not informed of his name. A female investigator is tasked with looking into several grisly crimes, and she never sanctions a prisoner going to their death without a thorough investigation. And the prisoner himself wonders about the nature of his terrifying personality. Unusually for a novel with such a subject, there is a genuine lyricism here, which undercuts the more unsettling aspects of the narrative