Book Review #58: The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond

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Title: The Golden Orphans

Author: Gary Raymond

Genre: Literary Thriller

Format: Ebook

Date of Publication: 30th June 2018

Publisher: Parthian Books


Within the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war, lies a terrible secret…

Francis Benthem is a successful artist; he’s created a new life on an island in the sun. He works all night, painting the dreams of his mysterious Russian benefactor, Illy Prostakov. He writes letters to old friends and students back in cold, far away London. But now Francis Benthem is found dead. The funeral is planned and his old friend from art school arrives to finish what Benthem had started. The painting of dreams on a faraway island. But you can also paint nightmares and Illy has secrets of his own that are not ready for the light. Of promises made and broken, betrayal and murder…

The Golden Orphans offers a new twist on the literary thriller.

This book was a short read but not a quick one. This book draws you in and makes you witness the story as it unfolds. The story is so much more intriguing than what the blurb provides.  I loved the atmosphere the author created through his writing. There was a constant feel of uneasiness present not only in the setting of Cyprus but also in the characters involved in the story. Every character had a sense of mystery to them. Never for one moment I could know who’s on the right side.  Since this is a literary thriller, the focus is more on the human side of the story – a human’s understanding and functioning. This is where I found the book to be a slow read but, mind you, not a boring one. Also, there are some questions I would have liked answers to but sometimes, some questions are better left unanswered.

Final Verdict:
The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.

About the author:
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Gary Raymond is a novelist, critic, editor and broadcaster. He is the presenter of BBC Radio Wales’, The Review Show, and is one of the founding editors of Wales Arts Review. He is the author of two novels, The Golden Orphans (Parthian, 2018) and For Those Who Come After (Parthian, 2015). He is a widely published critic and cultural commentator.


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