March 17th, 2013

andrew potter

2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Marten Weber - In the Mirror, a Monster

In the Mirror a Monster by Marten Weber
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481984977
ISBN-13: 978-1481984973
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Tim and Tim, an elderly couple, have been running a bed & breakfast in Edinburgh, Scotland, for over thirty years. Their relationship is one of kind love and deep trust—they tell each other everything. A handful of lodgers give the old house a lively character. Jamie, the charming American hunk who won’t settle down; Javier, a Spanish cook who prefers pornography to real people; Aleysha, an Ugandan refugee and her newborn baby. Into this idyll burst two attractive young men from Slovakia. Everybody agrees that they must be a couple—why else would they be staying here? They hug and cuddle, touch each other openly, and even kiss without shame. But there is something strange about them. Something does not fit. Before long, Tim and the nosy lodgers are uncovering a secret nobody could have expected. A secret which begins to affect everyone and even threatens to unravel the landlords’ long-term relationship. Marten Weber’s most compelling contemporary work to date, “In the Mirror, a Monster” is a masterpiece of modern story-telling. A whodunnit without a murder, a thriller without violence, it is a captivating and authentic mystery novel, rooted firmly in the localities of Yorkshire and Scotland, but also the intricate connections of the international gay community. With a keen ear for dialectical nuances, Marten Weber offers a truly compelling read. The style is tight and to the point, dramatic and hilarious, infused with breathtaking clarity and an often magical ability to lay bare what lies behind our motivations and feelings.

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