Negative Space - Mike  Robinson

Continuing the Twilight Falls series with Negative Space.

 

And, frankly, at the start it felt like I was reading something completely different. The premise of this book was even better than the last. A promising LA artist uses the faces of missing persons in his paintings, as to give them some kind of place. However, when he recognizes one of 'his' faces in the street, things are about to change.

 

It started of really good, but soon it got crowded with lots of different characters and story lines that didn't always seem to make sense. (Did the lawyer one really need to be included?) And that was before all the Neo-Naturalism things and before the very long passages on art that just weren't that interesting.

 

I was however, to some extent captured by their wild goose chase, even though it was not that realistic. It also took me ages to figure out the book was set 20 years ago, oops. Much like its predecessor, The Green-Eyed Monster, Negative Space gives up story for style, which didn't always work for me, although at times I really enjoyed reading it.

 

All in all some mixed feelings. It is certainly not something you read every day and a good concept but in places it became very chaotic and too crowded.

 

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!