Marianna Pascal discovers a secret drawer in the basement of her home – a drawer filled to the brim with hexes and spell-settings that seem in some way related to her and her partner, Samuel. She is unaware of the ramifications her discovery will have on the course of her happy existence.Lying in the core of the drawer are dolls of her and Samuel, bound and stitched together, with hair that can only have grown from her head, and clothes made from garments believed lost or misplaced. She breaks the bonds and removes the doll, and thus begins the undoing of the spells that have controlled her life and her love for the past two decades.Samuel must act fast to prevent losing everything he’s embroiled into his skewed existence, stepping further into the world of the occult than he ever has before to prevent losing everything he’s contrived into his undeserving life, but to what end?The Puppet Tears takes you on a journey inside a warped mind, a mind that long ago rejected a reality that denied it the life it craved. But all things in life must come at a price. Is Samuel willing to pay the piper?
As I have grown older, I'm done with all the old romantics. I now look for something a little bit different, a little bit quirky, and I have found this in The Puppet Tears. It has the lot - quirkiness, excitement and romance. C.R. Clarke is a real storyteller.
For a book that is at times incredibly bleak, It manages to be strangely fun and a a romp. I found the main protagonists needlessly insular and paranoid, giving the whole tale an air of tragedy. The ending is also remarkable in its unforeseeable inventiveness, and felt I was in his skin when what was happening, happened. (Trying to avoid spoilers).
If you're an animal lover, you might want to avoid, otherwise, I highly recommend this book...
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