Author: Graham Joyce
‘Indigo is a color the human eye can never truly see, a slice of the spectrum imbued with the promise of invisibility. But in the dark world occupied by Jack Chambers’ father, indigo will also lead to places of unknown treachery, and ultimately, to madness.’
Despite having met Graham a couple of times now, I realised at Alt Fiction that I’d never read any of his books. I did promise myself I would when I met him at Leicester Writers all that time ago; feeling that it would be a nice thing to read his work knowing he was Leicester based and a writer of fantasy. It took getting to Alt Fiction to finally get around to grabbing a book of his and he’s the one who recommended I try this one.
So… Jack Chambers, estranged from his father, is called to the states to work through a list of tasks from the will. He meets his half sister, his nephew and a colourful array of other characters who join him on his journey in search of the elusive colour indigo. A colour said to exist only to the eyes of a special, trained few.
Weird. That is my best description for this book, very, very weird, but I did enjoy it. It was a step away from fiction that I might normally read, but I think I enjoyed it more as a result. The story bimbled along at comfortable pace – I wasn’t about to get lost – and the characters were colourful enough to keep me turning pages. Though Jack’s infatuation with his sister was just a little bit odd for me.
Anyway, if you like weird and more than a little bit spacy, pick this book up for a read. It will certainly keep you entertained.