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Before I get to the review, though, let me tell you that Ophelia, Alive is a psychological horror thriller. Without a doubt. It won awards from Independent Publisher and Literary Classics.
But horror is not all Luke T Harrington writes. He’s also written a book called Murder-Bears, Moonshine, and Mayhem: Strange Stories from the Bible to Leave You Amused, Bemused, and (Hopefully) Informed. 🙂 From horror to humorous!
Ophelia, Alive Review
I found this book to be breathtaking. It started out with a few cryptic missing pieces. Gradually entire chunks of time and repressed memory brought the story into serious suspense and mystery. Interspersed were literary, philosophical, and religious explorations, which contributed to the book both by character-building but also delving into the . . . headiness of perception and drug-induced experience.
Things got dark. I mean, really dark. But I thought the author used disorientation well and successfully crafted a psychedelic look into what humanity can be stripped down to.
That’s the key. Like in Hamlet.
There’s serious uncertainty in this book. Corruption. Religion. Murder. Thirst for revenge. Madness. Doubt. Family. And yet life goes on. Even when it seems like it shouldn’t. Even when so much revolves around death and betrayal.
Chilling. And then ghostly!
Personally I thought the ending was just right. A calm after storms. An eighth day, though that wasn’t a reference in the book. To me it was like coming off a drug myself, though I suspect it will affects people differently.
To summarize: Hamlet and drug trips and bone-chilling mayhem.