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Max: (a psychological thriller combining mystery, crime and suspense) (English Edition) par [Mitchell, D.M.]
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80,000 readers have downloaded his books since January. Discover for yourself why D. M. Mitchell is being hailed as one of the UK's most imaginative new writers of suspense/thriller fiction.

From reviews of Max:

"These are the books I look for, beautifully written, and hard to put down."
"This is definitely the best book I have read in a long time and very possibly the best I have ever read."
“This author is my discovery of the year!”
"Rarely have I read a novel which has gripped me so well."
"A quality novel from a promising author"
"this book really caught me from the first chapter and it just got better and better with every page. It is a fantastic story with a great ending. An absolute gem."
"This book has a great plot line that keeps you guessing all the way to the end. Brilliant!"
"One of the best books I've read on Kindle"
"The writing is polished, very descriptive and at times almost lyrical. Taken all together, its qualities make this book a work of high literary quality. DM Mitchell deserves congratulations for this achievement."

"There’s been so much happen to me, so many strange things. Terrible things. My mind is in a whorl, confused as to what I should relate first. Where to begin? I must describe my cell. After all, it has become my world. Strange, that I who once had the entire globe to choose from, am now confined within a twelve feet by twelve feet boundary."

So writes Philip Calder. He is being kept a prisoner, alone, on a remote Scottish island. His life is shrunk to the stifling confines of his small room, a courtyard surrounded by high walls, and the sterile company of two uniformed guards whom he ironically names Morcambe and Wise. He is only allowed a pen and paper to break the monotony. So he writes. He writes about how he came to be there, starting at the beginning, when Maxwell Stone first came into his world.

He relates how his world was altered forever when Connie Stone and her ten year old son Max moved into the small mining town of Overthorpe. It's the 1960s, and Connie causes a stir amongst the locals, for wearing bright lipstick, short skirts, and, the worst of all, being a single mother. Calder is at once captivated by her.

Philip becomes friends with her son, but it is a strange, volatile relationship. Max is unfathomable, unpredictable, often violent, and as they grow older both Philip and Max vie for one young woman's attention - Ruby. But it's Max's strange fascination with wanting to be Philip Calder, to have his life, his identity, that triggers a series of unpredictable events that will lead to Calder's imprisonment.

Gavin Miller is a successful author. He is in possession of Calder's manuscript, having been handed it by the manager of a nursing home called Overton Hall. He knows he must destroy it, because in it is laid bare his own dark secret. In it lies the seeds of his own ruin and why he is irrevocably tied emotionally and physically to the enigmatic Mrs Randolf.

But who exactly is Gavin Miller? Who is Mrs Randolf? What is the truth behind Philip Calder's bizarre imprisonment on a remote Scottish island?

Max is a brooding novel that twists and turns through the decades to explore the dark workings of a troubled friendship, a diseased mind, and the jealousies and hatred that leads ultimately to madness, deceit and murder.

Will you be able to determine what is real, what is not? The clues are all there, if you know how to read them.

Guaranteed to keep you guessing to its shocking and unexpected end, Max is Daniel M. Mitchell's darkest exploration of the human psyche yet.

Also available on Kindle: D. M. Mitchell's new bestselling novel, 'The House of The Wicked' - a dark Victorian psychological thriller and murder mystery set in 1880s Cornwall

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1630 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 398 pages
  • Editeur : Agamemnon Independent Publishing; Édition : Revised Edition (27 juillet 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005EZIQ8E
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.5 étoiles sur 5 2 commentaires client
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C'est un livre que j'ai dévoré. Mais vers la fin, tout devient un peu trop compliqué et bizarre. L'histoire perd sa logique ou bien tourne vers une autre logique, moins plausible.
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Par Legin le 10 février 2013
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Read this after MOUSE. Rather a tough book to get into (for me anyway). I would thoroughly recommend Mouse if you want to get to know this author.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is different, but one hell of a read 15 octobre 2011
Par Bevan - Publié sur
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This book follows two threads - the life of a famous author, Gavin Miller, and the world of a man mysteriously incarcerated in a weird prison on an island. Both lives are connected. You are drawn into both worlds with ease, always wondering what's going on in each and where it is all heading. The way Calder is trying to adjust to his imprisonment is well written and chilling - you could easily see yourself in his place and how it would easily screw up the mind. You follow Calder, in his own words, realistically and believably, through childhood and into adulthood, and how Max - a deep and creepy character in his own right, but you never quite know why - comes to dominate it. It all comes to a head in a mansion on the Scottish island in a suspense-filled cat and mouse chase, but don't let that fool you. This is far more than the cheap thrills you find in other books and there's a clever link between the beginning of the book when they were kids. Alongside this you have the life of Gavin Miller playing out as he reads the manuscript. Add other creepy characters like the first-edition collector and manager of the care home, and the mysterious man who's locked away there and it's a book that keeps you trying to work things out all the way through. In the end it was a brilliant read, well written, full of characters that you feel for. My only advice is to watch out, as there is virtually no fat on this particular bone - there are clues to what's going on all the way through, with all things eventually connected and coming together in a satisfyingly unexpected conclusion. I'd like to compare it to another writer to give a flavour of what it's like but it's difficult. This one really is in a class of its own. Maybe Minette Walters, at a push. Recommended if you like a cleverly written, character-driven plot with something to test the old grey matter. I must say I also liked the couple of chapters from the new novel that comes with it, too.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 You call this a book?? 9 août 2012
Par Robert Stanziano - Publié sur
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Another reviewer wrote and I quote. "Book was weird and I could not understand where the author was going. Could not wrap my head around the substance or lack of in the book." How true. The author writes in a very strange hard to follow style. Near the beginning of the book he launches into a long long long boring story, of, I guess when he was playing cowboys & indians with some kids or it was a short story he wrote. I don't know what it was, but it was so long & boring I kept hoping and praying it would end!! It finally did!! See!! There is a God!! LOL!! Then it launched into more weirdness on Max. I mean, this author is one strange dude! I couldn't take anymore of it. I stopped reading it at that point. Another reviewer said and I quote. "Sorry but I was glad to be done reading it." That says it all. This ebook is a struggle to read. Thank God it was free!! Why bother to read an ebook that when it's finally over you're glad that it's over? Stephen King, I believe, said something to the effect that life is too short to read poorly written books. Amen! To those of you that liked this ebook, well, whatever. To each his own, I guess. I need to delete this ebook from my Kindle application ASAP!
13 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 "A complex, very engaging psychological thriller" 24 janvier 2012
Par Max Read - Publié sur
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"Max" was written by British author Daniel M. Mitchell and is one of several works attributable to him. Biographical information related to Mr. Mitchell seems limited.

The writing style incorporates unique features. The tale is wound around a "story within a story "sort of construction and two concurrent threads of mystery that only converge at the end. In addition, the author mixes in individual character background snippets that serve to explain certain aspects of the characters in the story. The mystery in the novel is well cloaked; the crime divulged but the perpetrator disguised only to be fully disclosed in the ending. In all this is a complex and very well written composition.

The prose is generally uncomplicated, although it seems to contain a number of grammatical gaffs mostly concerning verb tense. I at first attributed this to the British lilt, but it appeared to me later that it was probably not that as I encountered additional spelling and grammatical errors. These types of errors seem to be prevalent in the electronic versions of novels. At any rate, while these things are annoying, they don't materially affect the reading experience except to promote an occasional raised eyebrow or frown. The author's descriptive ability was excellent and he was able to turn scenes into vivid reality for the reader. The story's characters were well developed and memorable; again the writer's descriptive ability making them so. The author uses italic text to denote, what I called snippets, to fill the reader in on character background that is apparently not part of the manuscript that the narrator is reading. The tale is narrated by one of the characters.

The novel opens with two characters meeting and driving to a private nursing home type of facility called "Overton Hall" located in the country side. Mrs. Randolf and Mr. Miller, the reader learns, have been making this trip for many years and Miller is especially displeased with having to do so once again. We discover that Miller is an author when a peculiar fellow named "Carl" who works at Overton Hall engages Miller to sign a copy of Miller's novel for him. It also becomes apparent from the dialog that Miller and Carl share some other knowledge of each other as Carl hands Miller a manuscript; one of several it seems, the previous ones all burned by Miller. This manuscript Miller is compelled to burn also, but refrains from doing so and begins to read it; and so shares its contents with the reader and introduces Max and Philip.

I quite liked this novel. It was definitely complex in its structure and requires the reader to follow thorough all the way to the end where the mystery is at last divulged.

I highly recommend you add this novel to your reading list. I would rate it "memorable".
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Dark tale 3 novembre 2012
Par Jaykay - Publié sur
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I didn't know what to expect from this book as the reviews seemed to be wide rangeing. It was a little confusing in the beginning, but I perservered and I am so glad I did as I really enjoyed this book. Would have given it three and a half stars, but I don't know how to do a half. Mitchell has written a dark tale about two young school boys and their complex friendship.There are a few clues and loose threads throughout the book which Mitchell tidies up nicely in the end. For the price I paid I consider it very good value.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Mind blowing, literally! 18 avril 2013
Par Unknown - Publié sur
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I must say that while it did take me a while to understand where this book was going, the last half of the book was fascinating! I couldn't put it down and stayed up till three AM to finish. I was totally unprepared for the ending. I guess I am a little dense as I couldn't figure out for a while what some of the characters had to do with one another. I had to go back and read all the character chapters to straighten myself out on some of the relationships. Carl and Morecambe had me guessing. Also why did Wise want Collie to fake a stomach ache?

I am a little confused as to who killed Connies first husband; who was driving the car that killed him? Maybe it was there and I just missed the connection. At first I thought it was Gavin but am still confused on this point. All in all it was a great read! I loved it, and cannot wait to start Mitchell's next book, which will happen tonight!

Thank you, Mr. Mitchell!
Patricia Lee
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