Reviews of psychological thriller SEETHINGS.
5.0 out of 5 stars: Sexy, intriguing thriller, difficult to put down!
20 January 2018 – Published on SMASHWORDS.
While this book starts out slow, with a boorish, unlikable character the focus of the first chapter, and a couple of chapters following which did not seem to flow, leaving me confused, I persevered reading. I’m very glad that I did! After the first few chapters, it became a book I could not put down.
This became one of sexual intrigue flowing from an unhappy, sexless marriage, where the partners are in counseling with a Christian counselor. The protagonist very soon is involved in a steamy affair, and readers are given all of the most intimate details of their romps. The protagonist’s other interests – especially of photography, work as a wedding photographer and thunderstorms are also vividly described, as those interests allow the protagonist to meet his lover.
There soon is a dark side to this story. The protagonist terrorizes their marriage counselor, whose years of therapy have not been helpful to solving his problems – at all. In several of the chapters, we read of horrible murders, with their victims found after heavy thunderstorms. There are suppositions by the police of whether there is one murderer or several. In one of these terrible storms, the protagonist and his wife are visiting a couple of their friends, and a description of their home coming down around them. The protagonist gets everyone to safety – although he does not remember his heroic rescue – but merely the menacing presence in the home during the disaster.
Even with a great deal of foreshadowing, I did not see a surprise twist in the ending before I got there.
The book explores the despair of life in a sexless marriage, complete with a spouse insinuating to friends they are “trying” to make a baby, to the crazy-making aspects of the matter. It brings up feminism in an uninviting manner, and there are misogynous tones to this novel. From how the story unfolds, it is apparent how the protagonist got that way.
This was a very good book. I would certainly not recommend it for anyone under 18 because of its adult language, themes, and scenes.
Author Michael Forman’s debut novel ‘Seethings’ is an exceptional piece of creative writing. This story made me think deeply but the wild ravings of a psychopathic sexual deviant are not comfortable fare. Central to this story are the thought processes of a character I do not relate to – and hopefully I will never meet. As a female reader, his eloquent justifications of sexual domination and revenge, disturbed me deeply.
However this does not distract from this expertly crafted tale. Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.
‘Seethings’ ebbs and flows until it comes to a very unexpected climax. The novel contains frequent references to a thunderstorm metaphor and like the thunderstorm the story is rampant, violent and destructive. It will confront you and shock you, it will amaze, mesmerize and fascinate you and the end will disgust you that in real life baddies sometimes win.
‘Seethings’ is not an easy read – but I’m so glad I persevered – even when the content repulsed me.
Keep writing Michael Forman you have an amazing talent. – Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’
“Well done on your first novel Mike Forman. Seethings is exactly that –agitated, violently exciting with strong sexual overtones.
Mike’s writing has you in the room from the outset. You are meeting characters left right and centre and then bang –‘it’ is here. He takes you on a vengeful, aggressive journey with schizophrenically disturbed Mitchell, his sexually disappointing wife Sam and Marriage Counsellor Tony with his own sordid past. Interactions are filled with plenty of oral communications between the three – imagined or not but very real? The plot thickens throughout as more characters appear until close to the end we find out why, where, how and when they meet their maker. Mike has put together a strong, heart beating novel, one which the readers of ‘psychotic thrillers’ will enjoy – for the faint hearted, leave it alone!” Mike M. Roleystone
“If you love reading books about Sex, Lust, Murder, Psychopaths and Mystery you could read the Bible but that’s too long and boring. So instead read SEETHINGS, the new book by author Michael Forman. It’s got the lot and more. You’ll be glued to the pages right to the very end. A very intense psychological story with twists and turns when you least expect them. A very good first novel. Well done Mister Forman.” -Peter Elvison, Goodreads.com
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