Ruth Calder Murphy ~ Art, Writing , Music... and other goings on...
The Scream is a novel written by Ruth Calder Murphy, with Mathew Taylor.
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Sam Roden doesn't know who he is, where he's come from or where
he's going. His landlady Elizabeth says that everyone is like that; it's
just that most people don't realise it. Sam has no memory, only a
strange and illogical vision of a room that isn't there and an eccentric
friend who insists that Sam is the perfect assistant in his
investigation of a murder. The Scream is a detective novel with a
difference. The difference being that the person helping to investigate
the crime is asking the most unexpected questions; questions that are
relevant to anyone who is ever going to die.
"Sam Roden is an enigma. He has no memory of who
he is, where he is going or where he's been. He wakes up on a train
bound for who knows where. He ends up in a village on the English coast.
There he meets Pierre, a French man investigating a murder. As they
proceed with the case, Sam begins to ask questions about mortality. Will
Sam remember who he is, and help solve a brutal murder?
intrigued with the premise of this book. If you didn't know who you
were, where you are from or where you were going, how would you begin to
go about solving a murder? This story is fantastic! It is a detective
story that kept me enthralled! It is a short story of 144 pages, but as I
followed Sam and Pierre as they tried to gather the facts of a murder, I
got to see things through Sam's eyes as if for the first time; because
he had no memory, everything was fresh and new. The story was woven so
extremely well that I didn't see the twist near the end until I began to
read it! It sent a slight chill up my back! It surprised me for a bit,
but when I thought about it, it made sense. This book has a message
about mortality and forgiveness, and has a spiritual/religious
undertone. However, I would highly recommend this book to everyone, as
it is a beautifully crafted piece of fiction. I applaud the authors of
this book, and I hope there will be more books from them soon!"
"Just don't read the end before you have read the
rest of the book (I am so glad I resisted my usual habit). Seeing the
world through the eyes of someone who has lost his memory was
fascinating and the metaphors Ruth uses are so vivid and unusual.
I got to the end, I had to re read the story to see the clues that I
had missed and understand what was really happening. It is difficult to
review this book without giving away what it is really about. I
recommend you read it and find out what I mean. I look forward to
reading future books written by this talented author."
"My 'little grey cells' were kept working overtime as the story unfolded,
with the intriguing Poirotesque figure leading me by the nose through
plot's maze, and into a fascinating denouement.
Setting the story in the middle of the last century works very well, providing an appropriate ambience.
a theological treatise, but a vehicle that raises theological issues
that concern us all, whether under that label or not - ie, death and
dying, and just how does a God outside time deal with creatures who
can't escape the restraints of temporal existence.
A brilliantly absorbing read!"
"This is an extraordinarily accomplished piece of writing. Firstly an
excellent murder-mystery yarn, satisfying and ultimately surprising,
Calder Murphy takes a risk using a very English mid-20th Century
narratorial voice. This could have been off-putting, instead I found
myself wholly won over.
It is also a thought-provoking book, but
mercifully lacking in stifling pretension. Perhaps the most remarkable
'philosophical' success of The Scream is its ability to imbue the
mundane with a sense of cosmic importance, not least through the
recurring theme of play as an expression of eternity.
It rather felt like tucking into freshly home-baked bread, which no doubt the narrator would heartily recommend."