Ebook review: Wet Dreams Dry Lives by Barry Cain

Publication Date: December 2, 2013

From the dust cover: “You hold in your virtual hands a story about an infatuation that leads to madness. About a man murdering his father and his son before killing himself. About the joys and horrors of sex. About jealousy and hate and love and depravity. About the sadness of time and the hunger for survival. About gangsters and perverts and condos in Los Angeles. About the desire for fame eroded by the desire for drugs. About decapitation. About dreams coming true and schemes to untie them.
Or is it…?”
About the author: “Six years ago my first book and only other book, ’77 Sulphate Strip, was published. It’s an account of one year in my life when I became a music writer and went on the road with bands like the Sex Pistols, Clash, Stranglers and The Jam.”
My Ebook review: a complex and intriguing story which, on the face of it, looks at the world of a disenchanted man whose life and career has diverged from where he wanted it to be at a stage when thoughts of mortality mix with all of the ‘might have beens’. What happens next is a little bit coincidence and a lot drug fuelled fantasy. Add into the mix a love interest and dependent parents and an estranged son and what we get is a potent mix.
Cain writes in an evocative style and I was interested from the start. The plot develops to a delightful level of complexity and at times becomes a little challenging to keep up with but that is what you get when the main character goes through skunk like it was going out of fashion. It keeps you guessing to the end.
Did I enjoy it?: it is a well written and captivating ebook and it did get superbly weird and wonderfully complex.

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