Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Blog Tour: The Captive Condition by Kevin P. Keating

Author: Kevin P. Keating
Publisher: Pantheon
Date of publication:  July 2015

From a thrilling new voice in fiction comes a chilling and deliciously dark novel about an idyllic Midwestern college town that turns out to be a panorama of depravity and a nexus of horror.

For years Normandy Falls has been haunted by its strange history and the aggrieved spirits said to roam its graveyards. Despite warnings, Edmund Campion is determined to pursue an advanced degree there. But Edmund soon learns he isn’t immune to the impersonal trappings of fate: his girlfriend, Morgan Fey, smashes his heart; his adviser, Professor Martin Kingsley, crushes him with frivolous assignments; and his dead-end job begins to take a toll on his physical and mental health. One night he stumbles upon the body of Emily Ryan, an unapologetic townie, drowned in her family pool. Was it suicide or murder? In the days that follow, Emily’s husband, Charlie, crippled by self-loathing and frozen with fear, attempts to flee his disastrous life and sends their twin daughters to stay with the Kingsleys. Possessed by an unnamed, preternatural power, the twins know that the professor seduced their mother and may have had a hand in her fate. With their piercing stares, the girls fill Martin with a remorse that he desperately tries to hide from his wife. Elsewhere, a low-level criminal named the Gonk takes over a remote cottage, complete with a burial ground and moonshine still, and devises plans for both. Xavier D’Avignon, the eccentric chef of a failing French restaurant, supplies customers with a hallucinogenic cocktail. And Colette Collins, an elderly local artist of the surreal, attends a retrospective of her work that is destined to set the whole town on fire.

I had high hopes for The Captive Condition.  It looked to be a thrilling horror story that would hopefully suck me in right away.  Sadly, there was nothing horrific or thrilling about the story.  Have you ever read a thesaurus?  I'm not talking about using it to look up a different way to describe something.  I mean from cover to cover.  No?  Neither have I, but I sure felt like I was reading one when I started this book.  I had the hardest time getting through this book. It was over written.  Sometimes the best way to describe a scene is to keep it simple.  I did not find a simple description on any page in this book.  At least as far as I read because I ended up not finishing the book at about 30%.  I think this story had a lot of potential, but the plot got lost in too many words.

About Kevin P. Keating

After working as a boilermaker in the steel mills in OhioKEVIN P. KEATING became a professor of English and began teaching at Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, and Lorain County Community College. His essays and stories have appeared in more than fifty literary journals, and his first novel, The Natural Order of Things, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. His second novel, The Captive Condition, will be released by Pantheon Books in July of 2015. He lives in Cleveland.
Connect with Kevin on Twitter.
Kevin P. Keating’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, August 26th: Mallory Heart Reviews
Saturday, August 29th: Books that Hook
Monday, August 31st: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, September 2nd: Read Love Blog
Friday, September 4th: 100 Pages a Day
Tuesday, September 8th: Book Chatter
Wednesday, September 9th: It’s a Mad Mad World
Thursday, September 10th: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, September 14th: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, September 16th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, September 17th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Tuesday, September 22nd: Bibliotica
Date TBD: Wildfire Books

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.