"Michael is an average, unassuming sort of fellow no one would especially take any notice of. He works hard at his dead-end office job and goes home alone to a shared house filled with eccentric oddities all of whom have far more exciting lives than him. Each night he is forced to listen to the passionate, tumultuous and often thunderous exploits of the girl upstairs.
Crystal lives directly above Michael. She is a Gothic vixen; a nymphomaniac. She is quite possibly the most incredible girl he has ever seen and he ‘fancies the pants off her’, except Crystal seems oblivious to Michael and his lustrous desires. Michael cannot escape her sordid escapades and is often close enough to hear every groan and whimper. But if he can’t have her is it enough to hear her ‘being had’?"
What I Understood from this novel....
"The Girl Upstairs" was simply that...'The Girl Upstairs.' When I first started reading this novel I kept wondering ...what it the world was going on...sex...sex and more sex? Was everyone having sex but Michael and was he feeling left out? Then the question that came to my mind was ...why was that? Was there something wrong with Michael? As I continued on reading I began to see...I think what this author was trying to convey to the reader in the end ...taking the long way around to it that Michael has possibility found the girl and guess where she was found.... upstairs. However, we will see that it wasn't who Michael had longed for.
It seemed like....from quote:
"He spent every piece of energy he had, every fibre in his body and every breath he passed trying to figure out how to get Natalie to love him and how to get Crystal to notice him."
When it was all said and done Michael had finally found someone "who was happy to sit and talk with him." Yes, she was there....all the time...with her "extravagant tattoo printed on her lower back that did not seem in keeping with her outward appearance; a tribal design of unknown origin surrounded in what he assumed were floating skulls and crystals." ...and guess what she really loved talking to Michael.
I will say this was a different kind of 'gothic erotica' read for me to read but if you read it to the end ....you will be able to understand it and yet I still was lead to say...poor Michael! I found the characters all a very interesting group of people ...from Michael, Crystal, Natalie, Kimberly, Wayne, Valerie, David Rachel, Suki, Anton, Graham, John to Bernie all simply leaving you saying wow! From all of the above I would have to say in the end it was quite a interesting read.
Title: You Killed My Brother
Author: Keith Rommel
Publisher: Enigma Press
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
My Thoughts after reading.... "You Killed My Brother"
"You Killed My Brother" by Keith Rommel was one of those reads that after reading it you will be left thinking that was truly a read of such bad tragedies that just kept on coming all the way to the end. You will simply not be able to take a breath for more worse to start happening. "You Killed My Brother" is truly one of those kind of read that will have you shaking your head and holding my breath and just saying and even asking did that just happen? Wow! This author really knows who to keep the audience attention with is fast pace that dealt with some very horrible criminals and law abiding citizens dealing with pain and loss. As I was reading "You Killed My Brother" I thought when would enough be enough because the way the read was going enough was never enough. It seem that after one chain reaction starting with Jennifer and her two daughters who were almost in a car accident to another one would start up another reaction and it will continue all the way till the end. Be ready for many twist and turns, mystery, murder and suspense all wrapped up with loss of action to give the reader a read that you will find hard to put down until the end only to get one scary horrible read. You will be left to think does this really happen...Am I dreaming? I will say that this author really jumped around a lot in this novel so you will have to keep up with what, who and what all is going on. I found the characters were a variety of mixture of flawed/good ones, believable, but mainly all were well portrayed and in the end you will get a thriller of a read. I am still dealing with the reality of does this really happen but I am sure deep down the answer is yes as you will see from the read just how and what justice really means to different people. "You Killed My Brother" was definitely a well written novel but it is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to find the ending.... well this is the part I say you will have to pick up this novel to see for yourself.