THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB, by Craig Davidson, Alfred A Knopf Canada/PenguinRandomHouse


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When neurosurgeon Jake Breaker operates, he knows he’s handling more than a patient’s delicate brain tissue–he’s altering their seat of consciousness, their golden vault of memory. And memory, Jake knows well, can be a tricky thing.

When growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls, a.k.a. Cataract City–a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place–one of Jake’s closest confidantes was his uncle Calvin, a sweet but eccentric misfit enamored of occult artefacts and outlandish conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turned twelve, Calvin invited him to join the “Saturday Night Ghost Club”–a seemingly light-hearted project to investigate some of Cataract City’s more macabre urban myths. Over the course of that life-altering summer, Jake not only fell in love and began to imagine his future, he slowly, painfully came to realize that his uncle’s preoccupation with chilling legends sprang from something buried so deep in his past that Calvin himself was unaware of it.

Out August 2018

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is by far, Craig Davidson’s best work.  Lose the alter-ego Cutter, Davidson, and stick to what you’re really, really good at.

The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a coming of age story about the recollections of a man’s childhood spent with his beloved eccentric uncle one summer. It’s an inner discovery of purpose, love and mystery.

Not necessary a horror story, but with horror elements to keep the reader intrigue, this book will sure to please with a vast emotional roller coaster ride that will make you sigh with astonishment and pleasure. You will end up with it placed on your favorite books’ shelf.  I absolutely loved Davidson’s voice in this novel, nothing like his used as Cutter.  I am so happy to see such amazing talent not go wasted and pleased to see Davidson is truly an onion–layered author exuberating in both talent and insight. A force to be reckoned with. I was also very pleased to see Niagara Falls, Ontario referenced since I live twenty minutes away from the city.

So much of what Davidson says in his prose is noteworthy and many aha moments will strike the reader, activating a highlighter to colour those words into prominence. This book will stick with you for a long time.

I wish I could give it more, but I did give it:

 

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