The Devil in His Blue Eyes (Ana’s Review)

review masterTitle: The Devil in His Blue Eyes (Book 1)
Author: Martin Isherwood
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd
Release Date: June 30th 2015
Genre(s): Autobiography and Memoir, Non-Fiction
Page Count: 96 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Blurb:

This is the first book in a series about the sad, true story of an ordinary young man looking for love. Having experienced several failed relationships, Martin is desperate to find the “one” with whom he can share the rest of his life, but for every man he falls for, there is something missing. And then Martin meets Kevin. Kevin, with his compelling eyes and secretive nature. Kevin who was married and has two sons. Kevin who lives a dual life, sucking Martin into a continuous whirlpool of lies and dishonesty. Can Martin cope with a love built on deceit, hiding the truth from the people around them? From Kevin’s two sons and the others in Kevin’s family. Where will it all end? Will love prevail happily ever after or is there something more sinister yet to be revealed?


I want to start by saying I wasn’t aware this wasn’t fiction until I started reading, that changed a lot for me. I don’t like reading biographies and that might have changed my perception about the book.

It is the first book from a series. It tells the story of a dysfunctional relationship. It was interesting to see where the relationship would start, knowing from the beginning where it would end, but there were too many frustrating moments while reading it. One thing that was disturbing, and it cut the story flow, was the constant comments preparing the reader for what would come next, even if it was on this or another book yet to come, and I would rather just get there myself.

It was hard to read because of the true story part, it made me too self-conscious about what I was thinking about the main character’s conduct and thoughts. I felt completely disconnected in terms of emotions. I wanted to read this book, because it mentioned it is about an abusive relationship, which is a subject I’m very interested on reading, but it just didn’t work for me. I was expecting to feel the anger, fear, doubts, love, the whole roller-coaster of emotions that comes with this sort of relationship, but I only felt frustrated.

I ended the book feeling like I was being left without really getting to know the whole conflict. I think there still a lot to know about it. It could also use some improvements on editing of its grammar, which is really not my area since I suck at it, but even I noticed some little issues.

I guess it just wasn’t the right book for me, I really hope other readers can be able to enjoy it more than I did.


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Review Copy

Galley copy of The Devil in His Blue Eyes provided by Martin Isherwood in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I love to read M/M books. I’ve only start in 2015 so I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I work in mental health and I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject.

Here are some of my favorite books

 

Strain Violence Vegets Arctic Absolution Dark Soul The dreams you made in the Dirt
Fog Bought Caged Jaye Evenfall The Invasion of Tork

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