I highly recommend this book and am turning to The Gallows Pole next. Feb 25, Sue rated it really liked it. Benjamin Myers has an uncanny ability to immerse his readers into the landscape and environment of his novels. This is the third of his books that I've read and I'm a huge fan of his work. Uncomfortable, unsettling, unflinching and quite gripping stories.
He is unlike anyone else writing in Britain today, a great Northern voice in fiction. I can't wait for his next book. Turning Blue is not for the squeamish but it's very rewarding. Nov 11, Ruth rated it it was ok Shelves: As Brindle and Mace beg The depths of winter in the isolated Yorkshire Dales and a teenage girl is missing. Found this quite difficult to read at times,firstly due to the way it is punctuated ,it just keeps flowing without commas or punctuation and also the the story is depraved and gory. Made me feel squeamish. The landscape is also a major character,bleak and unforgiving.
Not really sure how I feel about it. The writer is very talented though,writing quite poetically in places and setting the scene plus leaving a lot to the imagination. Disturbing overall and deep. Aug 10, Bookread2day rated it really liked it. Benjamin Myers is a new author that been brought to my attention by this gripping thriller. Nothing stays hidden forever in the Yorkshire Dales.
What we have here is a Detective Sergeant Jim Brindle who has a strawberry birthmark covering half his cheek and jaw, he is so rude that he doesn't care how he speaks to any one.
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Fifteen year old Melaine has gone missing. At first the police don't take Melaine missing s Benjamin Myers is a new author that been brought to my attention by this gripping thriller. At first the police don't take Melaine missing seriously and suspect she may have runaway because her pocket money might have been stopped. We have Steve Rutter who keeps himself to himself and is tied to working on his farm. And TV lovely Larry Lister who has a dark side.
DS Brindle will turn the place upside down looking for evidence as who has taken Melaine. It appears that Melaine is not the first to disappear in the Yorkshire Dales. Benjamin Myers has the Gift of writing fantastic scenery.
You really get the picture of the places described. I highly recommend Turning Blue to all thriller fans. Aug 18, Riona McCormack rated it it was amazing. Ben Meyers has created an unusual, dark take on the traditional small-town crime novel. It's clear from the early chapters who has committed the central crime, so it the usual whodunnit template is done away with. Instead, tension is created through the vivid, intensely-imagined cast, the collision of urban and rural, the unfolding of the layers of the past that led to this result.
The sense of landscape is extraordinary, with the moors a dense, brooding, violently uncaring presence throughout. Meyers' exploration of the deep misogyny inherent in his perpetrator's world is disturbing and at times almost suffocating, but so extraordinarily well done that you won't be able to look away.
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The only quibble I had is that you never get to see the victim or indeed any female character as a fully-rounded person. This does render the misogynistic world of the perpetrator somewhat overwhelming and unrelenting. Jul 08, Barney rated it really liked it. It took me slightly longer than usual to get into this book because if the format of the prose, but once I had got used to not seeing any quotation marks and commas, I couldn't stop reading. One of the two protagonists, Detective Brindle, first comes across as a bitter, arrogant man, but the growing bond between him and Mace, the reporter, is fascinating to watch.
The story itself is wonderfully gripping and relevant, but it was the development of this friendship that kept me reading. The antago It took me slightly longer than usual to get into this book because if the format of the prose, but once I had got used to not seeing any quotation marks and commas, I couldn't stop reading.
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The antagonist was also pretty unique, and some parts of his story made for a very disconcerting read. The settings were all wonderfully described and added to the discomfort brought about by the story. If you do read this book and find the prose difficult at first, stick to it and you will be rewarded. May 16, Joseph Reynolds rated it it was ok.
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This reads more like a screenplay for Broadchurch. But with grim copper and dissolute reporter, instead of grim copper and girl copper. Though that doesn't come into it that much. It's not really a whodunnit, either, as you know who the baddies are pretty quick. The thing about that is you have to have some compelling baddies, and Myers's baddies are, besides the killer, pulled out of a hat. It's a little too grim for me. And the premise is somewhat far-fetched.
Also, interior mono This reads more like a screenplay for Broadchurch. You know when you see those pages and pages of italics that it is time to skim. But the rest of the writing is good, and protagonists interesting, but can't bump it up to 3 star. There's a sequel coming I can feel it.
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I can't really recommend it. Oct 26, Sandra rated it really liked it Shelves: Stomach-churning details precisely told, and the assumption that Benjamin Myers has done his research, both into the crimes perpetrated and the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, ensure this is a book to be admired if not exactly enjoyed. The development of the relationship between Brindle and Mace is surprisingly fascinating, and the muddled progress of the story realistic.
Oct 04, Peter Pinkney rated it really liked it. This is very much like the Ross Raisin book God's Own Country, only this time you are not in a psychopath's head thank goodness. Dialogue and descriptions are sparse and well written. To use a cliche-a taught exciting thriller. Oct 29, D. Rumble rated it it was amazing.
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Turning Blue did not disappoint, Myers unique and unsettling writing style that combines with moments of transcendental poetry is still very much in evidence here. An engrossing story whose plot has as many unexpected reveals and turns as the landscape in which it is set and which Myers conjures into life so that you can feel the bite of the wind on the moors, the rot in leaf mould and hear the ice fracture in the pools and bogs. The wealth of character detail is an absolute joy, from the lonely and virtually amoral Rutter to the repellent show business celebrity Larry Lister, everyone is fully formed and haunt you through the reading and, in some cases, long after.
The pairing of the odd couple journalist and detective, Mace and Brindle, is perfect and the characters eccentricities and flaws spark like flint smacked together throughout their difficult journey. This is a claustrophobic, violent and dark tale, but as with his other work Myers does not detail these graphic physical acts for sheer shock value, they are here to demonstrate what we are capable of doing to each other and what we are able to endure.
The most extraordinary aspect of Myers writing is that, in nearly all cases, they have their foundation in something he himself has researched and has found to have actually happened. His ability to tease these curious and macabre tales from the dark heart of his local landscape is enviable and continually fascinating.
The sequel These Darkening Days is just as addictive and astonishing. I mean that in the best and worst of ways. I suggest you all get the drinks in as soon as you can because Myers is the landlord serving up intoxicating fiction. The descriptive power throughout is akin to that of the best metaphysical poetry. Myers creates a world that, for all its horror and there is horror here, make no mistake is so deep and complex that it stays with you.
This is a writer who deserves a cult following. But it is firmly rooted in a bleak Britain we ignore because we would rather leave the search for uncomfortable truths to outsiders like Brindle and Mace. Read more Read less. Credit offered by NewDay Ltd, over 18s only, subject to status. Add all three to Basket. Buy the selected items together This item: Sent from and sold by Amazon. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
The Poetry of a Place. Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile. See all free Kindle reading apps. Don't have a Kindle? Moth Publishing 1 Aug. Review "A queasily compulsive evocation of a wild and brutal Yorkshire landscape, informed and haunted in equal measure by the shades of Jimmy Savile and his monstrous deeds and the East Riding's lost boy of crime fiction, Ted Lewis. Customers who bought this item also bought.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The case, which involves the daughter of local businessman Ray Muncy, also piques the interest of local journalist Roddy Mace, who has returned home after burning out in London. The proliferation of rural British police procedurals may seem suffocating at times, but Turning Blue is an entirely different beast: From the come-stained horror-show of the Odeon X adult cinema, to the destitute Rutter farmyard, the sense of location is brought queasily to life throughout.
Grim, gripping and grotesque, Turning Blue is an outstanding book, and easily one of the best British crime novels that I have read in the last decade.
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He promoted the use of colloidal silver as a home remedy. In , press reports described Paul Karason, an American man whose entire skin gradually turned blue after using colloidal silver made by himself with distilled water, salt and silver, and using a silver salve on his face in an attempt to treat problems with his sinus, dermatitis, acid reflux and other issues.
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