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The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson (Barney Thomson Book 1) Paperback – 12 June 2019
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- Publisher : Independently published (12 June 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 234 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1072338602
- ISBN-13 : 978-1072338604
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.32 cm
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Barney as a character is someone whom I suppose we can all relate to in one way or another, after all he knows he is not the best barber and is aware of other weaknesses in his life, but what is about to happen to him in this black comedy takes him to new limits. As this opens Glasgow is being terrorized by a serial killer, one who always posts a body part to the relatives of their victims. This case is being headed by a not very good senior police officer and I will admit that you will know who this serial killer is long before as readers we are given the answer.
As this is going on, so Barney finds he is going to be let go from the barber shop where he works and is intent on taking action. Encouraged by his octogenarian mother so we see what happens when Barney does take action, and the results. As he finds himself with initially one body on his hands, it is not long before he finds he has many others to deal with.
This is okay enough to give a couple of hours of reading entertainment, and although there is some silliness here it does work within the context of this story. This however is not as funny as it could be and the story is not as gripping as well, simply because we all know what will happen long before it does, as we have read books and seen films that have similar plots in one element or another. This then at most will raise a slight chuckle or two, but nothing else, and I am sorry but if you cannot work out what is going to happen before it does then you do have to wonder why when as I have already mentioned, the plot is very far from being original.
Barney Thomson is a barber in Glasgow where it rains ALL the time, things happen to Barney in the barbers shop, he has a wife who enjoys Aussie soap operas .....Name that Stain being one of them, whenever Agnes the wife appears there is a very strong chance you will ache with laughter within seconds. Barney has a mother but we don't talk about her, you will have to read the book to discover her little weakness.
Totally and utterly brilliant, I can promise you that you have never read anything like The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson AND I would guess that 99% of readers just have to get book 2 The Cutting Edge of Barney Thomson to find out what on earth happens next.
I think you can get the message I absolutely loved it.
Incapable of the usual inane and meaningless conversation that barbers everywhere are famed for, ignored by his wife who prefers to watch bad soap operas to talking to him and dominated by his slightly senile 85 year old mother, Barney really is one of the least interesting people in the world. That is until his two fellow barbers go missing and his mother dies all in the space of one week.
Meanwhile the police are hunting a serial killer who has been sending random body parts to the families of the victims from all over Scotland. Could Barney be the killer or is he just a victim of circumstance?
This is a rather funny very dark Scottish comedy that has some flashes of utter brilliance. The titles of the soap operas watched by Barney's wife and the character names are hysterical! There is also a fair amount of Glaswegian slang and I have to confess to having to look up quite a few words and phrases, but I thought this added feel to the book.
At just under 4000 Kindle locations this is a full length novel that will give you several hours of enjoyable reading. Presentation on the Kindle is also well up to standard with no obvious formatting errors.
Overall: 5 stars - Very dark and very funny. You won't look at your own barber in the same way after reading this book!
The book plot was a lot thinner and the characters never came to life.
The language was a mixture of standard English and Glaswegian patois, which probably meant that it was meant for a readership outside Glasgow. Fair enough, but for me it didn`t work terribly well.
Maybe it is me, maybe it just didn't quite gel with my humour, but I've read similar done better.