Title: The People Next Door
Author: Christopher Ransom
For a moment, as they touched him and kissed his cheeks, he was certain that these people, while bearing every hallmark of his pairing and making, were not his real family at all, but others hiding beneath clever masks of artificial skin.
I read Ransom's first book The Birthing House in 2009, and even though I found it awkward and confusing in places, I gave him another chance when he published his second book, The Haunting of James Hastings. I really enjoyed his second book, although I had to re-read the opening several times before I had some idea of what was going on - I suspect he didn't want the reader to fully understand until the end. The problem is I'm still not sure if I did understand by the time I'd finished reading it.
At this point you're probably wondering why I'm giving him another chance. I'm not sure I really know myself. All I can say is that there is something about Ransom's books that draws me in and then hooks me with it's understated terror. I shall let you know next week whether his third novel was a dramatic improvement or another big question mark.
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Changing the subject completely, here's a photograph of myself and fellow colleagues before starting Sunday's Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research.
Being a shorty, I'm in the front row, second from the right. We had a great time, with some running and others walking double-time like myself. I did 5km in 45 minutes, not bad for my first race. More importantly, we've helped to raise a lot of money for a worthy cause.
I'd like to dedicate this year's race to my father-in-law Tom, who lost his battle with cancer in 2005. You really were dad number two, and I miss you more than words can say.