Longreave by Daniel Barnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: LONGREAVE by Daniel Barnett
If you've read Daniel Barnett's THE SAFE, you will find yourself impelled to read LONGREAVE, an equally astounding yet very different novel. (If you haven't yet read THE SAFE, why haven't you?) THE SAFE focused on a man already deemed mad. LONGREAVE chronicles a perfectly ordinary man's descent into madness. In one day, Mark Currier loses his childhood home, his wife, his employment, and his lifelong "home away from home," the Longreave Hotel, a late 19th century icon on the Atlantic, where his father had been employed, and where Mark works.
Upended to the point of homelessness, virtually abandoned, adrift Mark sinks his sizable severance payment into a brand-new obsession: restoring the foundation of the Longreave, which has suffered erosion damage from winters and salt-water breezes.
No one knows Mark remains in the hotel--not his wife, her odd brother, nor the former owner. Only his deceased child, whatever hides in the unused boiler, and Mark's escalating madness know...
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