BOOK REVIEW: The Awful Truth About The Herbert Quarry Affair
by Marco Ocram
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
TV personality Marco Ocram is the world’s only self-penned character, writing his life in real time as you read it. Marco’s celebrity mentor, Herbert Quarry, grooms him to be the Jackson Pollock of literature, teaching him to splatter words on a page without thought or revision.
Quarry’s plan backfires when imbecilic Marco begins to type his first thought-free book: it’s a murder mystery—and Herbert’s caught red-handed by the butchered body of his lover.
Now Marco must write himself into a crusade to clear his friend’s name. Typing the first words that come into his head, Marco unleashes a phantasmagorical catalogue of twists in his pursuit of justice, writing the world’s fastest-selling book to reveal the awful truth about the Herbert Quarry affair.
This post contains affiliate links which means, at no cost to you,
I’ll receive a small commission if you purchase using those links.
I was a given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Here it is…
It took me a couple of chapters before I understood what was going on in this book and get into the flow of it. But the chapters are short and once I got it, I really started to enjoy what I was reading.
At the beginning of the book Herbert Quarry is arrested for a gruesome murder of a 15-year-old girl. Marco Ocram, the author and main character, doesn’t believe Herbert, who is his mentor, would have committed the murder, so he takes it upon himself to investigate the crime. This leads the reader on a long journey while Ocram pieces together what happened.
There were two things I really enjoyed about this book. First of all, the tone of the book is satire, and I discovered I really liked it! The other was the point of view. As I mentioned above, Ocram is the author and the main character. He speaks to and about the reader, and he writes himself into the story. Here are a few examples:
“Cripes. Only three paragraphs in, and already I’d invented a character with a ludicrous name.”
“I started a new chapter to allow this latest revelation to sink in, and shifted the scene to the Clarkesville coffeeshop…”
“Racing back to Herbert’s, I rang my PA in New York, apologized for inventing him so late in the book, and got him to contact the owners of the hotel…”
I’d never read a book like this before and it was a lot of fun!