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Mouse by DM Mitchell

Its taken me some time but I am now deeply in love with my Kindle.
I don’t have space for all the books I read, some books are so heavy, I can’t hold them while reading, some writing is so small… *oh my! the pleasures of getting old*

So the Kindle is perfect for me.

And then I discovered the tons of free books you can get for the Kindle. I have a very broad taste, nearly interested in everything. And if I don’t like it: one click and its removed!

There are so many good books out there, many I would have never ever discovered.
One of them is

Mouse by D.M. Mitchell
It is an excellently written book, the characters come alive from the first moment, they have a lot of depth and you find yourself understanding even those that are disgusting.

This is from the amazon site:

It’s the summer of 1976 and Vince Moody is a quiet and unassuming projectionist at the run-down Empire cinema in the small town of Langbridge in the middle of the Somerset Levels.

His life is a drudge, and he’s going nowhere; the only female attention he gets is a stream of cruel jokes and jibes from the Empire’s cleaners, and especially from the obnoxious Monica Andrews. But his life is about to change dramatically when he sees and falls secretly in love with Laura Leach.

Laura lives all alone in an 18th Century folly known as Devereux Towers; a brooding old building sitting alone in its field a few miles from Langbridge. Recently returned to the area to bury her father and having inherited Devereux Towers, Laura is something of a recluse. The local children call Laura the ‘Witch of Devereux Towers’; some people call her ‘damaged goods’. She too is lonely and unassuming, a desperately troubled woman haunted by her dark, secret past. Haunted by what lies behind the blue-painted door in Devereux Towers which Laura lets no one enter…

Then Laura Leach meets Casper Younge. He’s handsome, well-spoken, gentle and loving, and Laura falls head-over-heels in love with him. Vince Moody is devastated to have lost the woman of his dreams, but he soon discovers that Casper Younge is not all he first appears. He’s blackmailing the Empire’s manager, Martin Caldwell, for one thing; and who is the attractive woman Vince sees Casper meeting in Glastonbury? What plans are they hatching?

Martin Caldwell is having serious troubles of his own, aside from managing the failing Empire cinema – his affair with Monica Andrews the cleaner has gone horribly wrong. His world is falling apart, and the last thing he wants is a visit from Casper Younge dredging up a murky past he thought he’d left behind.

Then both Casper and Monica go missing; the longer they are gone, the more the thoughts turn to their possible deaths. But if they are dead, who is responsible for killing them?

Soon, everyone is caught up in a dangerous spiral of events that draws them inexorably into a world of jealousy, deceit, passion, blackmail and murder, where the hunter becomes the hunted, the mice turn on the cats.

Set against the impressive yet claustrophobic landscape of the Somerset Levels, Mouse is a chilling exploration of the corrupt depths people will sink to in the name of revenge, power, greed and love and is D. M. Mitchell at his imaginative best.

Well, I think what will stay for me is a certain amount of understanding for strange characters, some of them with very unfortunate events in their lives. How to never judge something quickly, there is always a reason for everything.

And the ending! Now that was a surprise to me. The more I think about it, the more I like the ending.
Do yourselves a favour and read this book. Maybe its still in the free section of Kindle.