Thursday, July 26, 2012

Permanence Book Tour: review

Welcome to Reader Girls. We are hosting the Virtual Book Tour with Vincent Zandri and his novel, Permanence. This tour is presented by Partners In Crime Tours. Our review is below. We thank you for spending time with us.

Book Details:
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Bear Media; 2 edition
Publication Date: May 4, 2012
Number of Pages: 143
Purchase Links: Amazon

Synopsis: Based upon Vincent Zandri's most anthologized Pushcart Prize-nominated short story of the same title, Permanence, is the "Hitchcockian" story of Mary Kismet, a travel agent and grieving mother of a toddler who suffered an apparent accidental drowning. Now, all alone in the world, she attempts to ease the pain of her suffering by immersing herself, body and soul, into a love affair with her psychiatrist, a man haunted by his own demons. A tragic novel of obsession, dark compulsions, and madness, Permanence transports the ill-fated lovers from New York to Venice, Italy, and back again.

About the author: Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 International Bestselling Amazon Kindle author of THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT FALLS, CONCRETE PEARL and the forthcoming MOONLIGHT RISES. He is also the author of the bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL and MOONLIGHT MAFIA. Harlan Coben has described his novels as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called THE INNOCENT, "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!"  In March, April and May of 2011, he sold more than 100,000 Kindle E-Books editions of his novels, and is rapidly closing in on the 200K mark all totaled. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated into many languages including the Dutch, Russian and Japanese. An adventurer, foreign correspondent, and freelance photo-journalist for RT, Globalspec, IBTimes and more, he divides his time between New York and Florence, Italy.

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Review: This is the first book I have read by Vincent Zandri. Permanence was a disturbing, interesting, and engrossing read. At times lyrical, other times psychologically unhinged and distant, the fast pace surprised me and helped suck me into Mary Kismet's strange world. The twenty-nine year old is seeing a psychologist after she was responsible for the accidental drowning death of her two year old toddler son. Distraught, unhinged, and a distrustful narrator, Mary's views seemed at times as though she was viewing life from a fishbowl. She doesn't refer to her child by name, only refers to him as 'baby.' A hard character to pin down, she is a walking contradiction at times, especially when it comes to her doctor who happens to be her lover. Her own husband, Jamie, supposedly left her after their son's death and Mary is scrapping by day by day. 

Besides being an intense character study, this is an insightful mystery with very dark overtones. Don't get me wrong, this is not a happy story and Mary is not the typical heroine readers root for. Despite her flaws, problems, and scarring from her own childhood horror when her father tried to burn her and her mother alive inside their family house, I was uncomfortable, yet oddly fascinated by her plight and subsequent unraveling. Author Vincent Zandri did get the last laugh though by his surprise ending which I did not see coming. I suspected something was coming and when it did, I was shocked.

Guilt, shock, secrets, and the thin line between love and obsession, this novel touched upon powerful, tense complexities of life and the human psyche. When Mary accompanies her doctor to Venice, the novel took an interesting turn. With a deft hand, Zandri created an intriguing story with an equally intriguing premise. I still can't shake the effects of Permamence off long after I finished reading it and isn't that waht authors want, staying power for their characters? I don't think I'll be forgetting Mary Kismet for a long time.

Rating: 4**** Intense and couldn't stop reading.

Cover comment: Works for me.

Book source: I received a promotional ebook from the touring company for my honest review during a book tour.

The next stops on the tour:
July 30th: Review @ Layers Of Thought
July 31st: Guest Post + Review @ Jean Book Nerd

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