Book Review: It Happened in Boston? by Russel H. Greenan

I was offered a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of an artist with a twisted mind which, after some tragic news, decides to take revenge for all what happened, and tries to find God and kill him, because how can God allow for such misfortunes?

This book is like nothing you have ever read before. It cannot be categorized and it seems to bend several literature rules, just to achieve a beautifully written prose. The first half of the book is composed by several flashbacks in random order presenting the artist and the rest of the characters. Each of them has something that makes them unique. Nothing seems to happen in this first part, in which it seems we are thrown upon without any warning. The main character seems to have a disturbed mind and is far from nice or kind. I almost hated him when he killed the family cat. But this is nothing compared to the second half of the book, the part where Greenan puts the puzzle pieces in order and we get the whole story of what happened in Boston. It is the part in which the artist loses touch with reality and the story becomes really dark.

While I was listening to this book I had the impression that I was watching a play where I could see the all the characters. The language used by the author is really rich and almost petulant at some points, in order to illustrate the personality of the artist, which is an arrogant man full of himself. I also think that this book focuses on the form rather than in the content, which seems deceitful at times.

The book is narrated by Robert Fass, and let me tell you that this was a wonderful narration, very clear and ‘bright’. As the book is written in first person, Fass becomes the artist, but he also displays an ample range of voices for the rest of the characters, which Fass helped to bring them to life.

If you are in for something different and want some rich language literature, I encourage you to listen to this book. I am sure it will not leave you indifferent.

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My name is Elena. Since I was a little child I loved science fiction and fantasy, and I can’t resist to a good novel. In 2015, while wait I started to listen to audiobooks and I discovered the pleasure in being able to read while doing my daily tasks, so there’s always an audiobook playing on my phone. If you see me with my Bluetooth headphones on, please be gentle, I get easily startled.

I live with my boyfriend, which I met during my six year stay in Belgium, two cockatiels, five lovebirds, and two Gouldian finches in Madrid, Spain; and I like to spend my free time knitting and sewing while listening to audiobooks.

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