Highly recommended. But this book broke the spell, the great mix of losers, Rock'n'Roll, crazy priests and the end of the world, told without any pretenses and with the right mix of horror and comedy helped me through my low. Three guys and one gal in a Coors-laden motorhome (do NOT call it a camper), on their metal tuned journey to Wrestlemania III. I commend it to your attention—it’s fascinating, and a book a genre reader will really enjoy. The book was published in 1957 and set at the same time, and this is a book that is absolutely and unquestionably set in our world. Stalk him at Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter @Adam_G_Howe. This story poses a question we ask ourselves and everybody else. Deliverance meets Race With The Devil. Please try your request again later. It's premise is the hijacking of one person's identity by another. At first I was a bit leery starting this, because I am definitely NOT the WWE/F demographic but it took a turn towards classic horror. Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020. Two men accidentally meet and find they are almost identical. Helpful . Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), © 2020 Macmillan | All stories, art, and posts are the copyright of their respective authors, “You’re not the devil by any chance?” Daphne Du Maurier’s, Five SFF Books Driven by Terrible Choices and Appalling Judgment, 10 African SFF Novels That Offer a Breath of Fresh Air, 9 Complicated Female Narrators Who Will Surprise You, Read an Excerpt From Sci-Fi/Horror Anthology, Growing Up in Narnia: The Pevensies as Young Adults in, A Strong Narrator Can Help You Weave a Spell of Protection, Five SFF Books Built Around Dead People (Or Mostly Dead People), “Oh, Frak” — Avoiding the Censors the SFF Way. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Daphne du Maurier gives us a cleverly written story that exposes the human weaknesses and fears of both individuals. Be the first to ask a question about Scapegoat. I'm really grateful to my book club for recommending this little gem because I very much doubt I would have gone back to Du Maurier otherwise. she understands it completely and I felt the family of the French count and its relationship with the vilage nearby had great au, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2015. These guys pissed me off! I wasn't sure I liked the ending of the book because I didn't know how the next era of Jean would work out but i guess that's left to the reader's imagination. She comes from Wales but lives in Montreal where the food and books are more varied. It was published, like all her books, as mainstream bestseller and eight years after Tey… I’ve read and reread this book many times. The resemblance and meeting may be supernatural, in which case I’d claim the book as fantasy, but it’s not explicitly more than hinted at. A favorite writer of mine, her prose stands among the best. We have to fake that when we’re writing in other worlds, but it’s worth the trouble of doing it. A really good tale with clever plot twists and strong characters. How cool is that? Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2014. He’s suddenly thrust into what he wants—having a family, being French, having responsibilities, belonging to people and a place—and he has to cope with it as best he can. Definitely a favorite for me. Please try again. It stops at the right place for it to stop, but still, I’ve often wondered what happened after the end. If you’re feeling like you need some fun, gory 80’s insanity then do I ever have a book for you! She doesn’t bother to include anything about the Occupation, the Resistance, or Collaboration—she expects this to be utterly familiar. In spite of blunders John manages to give the family new hope. I just can't seem to find concentration to read more than two pages. The last time I wrote about a Du Maurier here very few people had read it, so I’m expecting that this is also the case with this much better book. Jean has a chateau, a glassworks, a wife, a mistress, a lover, a brother, a mother, a daughter and a sister who hasn’t spoken to him for fifteen years. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Tarun Nair .

The details are wonderful—daily life, the house and food, and the characters of Jean’s family, all of whom have secrets. It was supposed to be a simple road trip. The Scapegoat tells the story of John, an English professor who dissatisfied with life, is holidaying in France when he comes across his double, a Frenchman called Jean De Gue to whom he has no relation. October 5th 2018 This is a very strange book. It was supposed to be a simple road trip. I have a strong rule about reading the book version first, because it has never failed me in the past. When the two men meet, Jean de Gue asks John “You’re not the devil, by any chance?” There’s no question of actual relationship—they are just coincidentally exactly the same.

What is plausible is her picture of France just after te war; she understands it completely and I felt the family of the French count and its relationship with the vilage nearby had great authenticity.

A word of warning, I read the introduction to this book on Kindle and it contained a few spoiler alerts!!

Our Privacy Notice has been updated to explain how we use cookies, which you accept by continuing to use this website. I wasn't sure I liked the ending of the book because I didn't know how the next era of Jean would work out but i guess that's left to the reader's imagination. Jo Walton is a science fiction and fantasy writer. John, the first person narrator, is lonely and miserable and wants to be French. To see what your friends thought of this book. A psychological thriller, a historical romance and a query to us all. Soon our unlikely heroes are be. It's thoughtful and has many beautiful moments. I went into this one blindly--not even reading the synopsis--and my first reaction when I reached the end of it was an astonished, "Wow!" She is especially clever at slowly and elusively unwrapping the drama at the centre of the strange French family in which the hero/narrator finds himself. What seems to be a too-convenient event partway through turns out to be a disaster in disguise.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 12, 2020.

But John deals better with Jean’s life than Jean has been dealing with it, while Jean—well, Jean had his own reasons for disappearing and leaving an imposter in his place.

The whole context is strange to John, who has to find ways of dealing with all of these things—and Jean’s life really does feel as complex as real life, and the tightrope John walks through it keeps you holding your breath as you read. It's an unlikely premise: two people of different nationalities so identical in appearance and even speech that one can substitute for the oher. Brat Farrar is a mystery, a genre considered sensational, but the events are far more plausible than the events of The Scapegoat. You want to see something scary?

Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Start by marking “Scapegoat” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Du Maurier clearly expected her readers to be deeply familiar with the events of WWII as they affected France. Welcome back. I am a great fan of Daphne du Maurier. Soon our unlikely heroes are being hunted through the boonies by a cult of religious crazies who make the Westboro Baptists look like choirboys… a cult that will stop at nothing to get the girl back and complete a ritual that has held an ancient evil at bay for centuries… Until now. But Du Maurier is a supreme storyteller and evokes a whole world and family drama into which the luckless 'scapegoat' steps. And as is often the case the book was so much better. Mike Rawson leaves his wife and baby behind for a weekend to go on a road trip to Wrestlemania III with Lonnie, Pork Chop, and Cyndi-from-the-bar.

For a start it’s a view on an alien culture—the gentry of France twelve years after the end of the Occupation. It was published, like all her books, as mainstream bestseller and eight years after Tey’s Brat Farrar—I have no idea whether Du Maurier had read Brat Farrar or been influenced by it.

2018 has been a phenomenal year for reading, with a number of titles already in the running for my best of the year list, but in terms of sheer entertainment value alone, It's all fun and games until a religious nut job turns up. My full review is posted here --->, Solid read.

Please try again. He’s thinking about becoming a Trappist monk.

This is another book that grabs me so much it’s hard for me to put down.

He is the author of Tijuana Donkey Showdown, and two novella collections, Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, and Black Cat Mojo. I loved the suspense in this book and the gradual unpeeling of the many layers. Irreverent with witty tongue-in-cheek humor, gutsy, and brimming with balls-to-the-wall horror. Written By. He knows nothing about de Gue’s family or circumstances or life, he has to improvise. Things get serious and scary, and before you can say HULKOMANIA, events spin out of control an. This is a character study of two men, of what you can learn through presence and absence, light and shadow, love and hate. Comment Report abuse. Three guys and one gal in a Coors-laden motorhome (do NOT call it a camper), on their metal tuned journey to Wrestlemania III. You must be a registered user to subscribe to threads. You might know comedian Colin Jost from his work as the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, or perhaps you know him as Scarlett... March 29, 1987... For metalheads Mike Rawson, Lonnie Deveroux, and Pork Chop, an RV road trip to Wrestlemania III becomes a one-way ticket to hell. These two make an awesome team if this is the kind of story they come up with. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. ‘March 29, 1987... For metalheads Mike Rawson, Lonnie Deveroux, and Pork Chop, an RV road trip to Wrestlemania III becomes a one-way ticket to hell.’, Rated 18+ (for someone with a strong stomach), Hell yeah!! Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Fun read. The story won’t disappoint you. However, the way the characters take the history utterly for granted is illuminating. Book Review: The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2019.

Adam Howe writes the twisted fiction your mother warned you about. I would love to have been Daphne Du Maurier.

This story went all dark and crazy in a damn hurry. Full review to come for the Sci Fi and Scary website! He meets his double, Jean de Gue, a French count, in a railway station bar in Le Mans, and without any volition on his part he’d forced to change places with him. Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2017. John is forced to become Jean. I was not disappointed. There may be a cult with a mission to find this young lady, and these Bible thumpers turn out to be armed and brutal. Things get serious and scary, and before you can say HULKOMANIA, events spin out of control and into cosmic horror territory. John is a colourless man forced to take on colour and animation—a man forced into life. SCAPEGOAT is a genre-blending novel co-written by authors Adam howe and James Newman. The least plausible thing to me is the language—though John is a lecturer in French history, how could someone so solitary really be so fluent? Carrie Louise Hames. The story doesn’t disappoint. I think that’s as much as I can say without spoilers.



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