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DON’T LOOK UNDER THE BED by Juan Jose Millas

Don't Look Under the Bed by Juan Jose MillasDon’t Look Under the Bed Synopsis

What goes on under your bed when the lights go out and you’re fast asleep? The Spanish best-seller Don’t Look Under The Bed is a novel quite unlike any that you’ve read before. Its impact will be felt by anyone who has ever, at any time in their life, felt afraid to reach out for the glass of water in the middle of the night, who has been unable to force himself to open the cupboard in the dark, or who has needed to leap into bed before something ghastly emerges from under the base to snuff them out.

With a motley collection of characters as varied as Vincente Holgado, the foot specialist, as well as his shoes, Elena Rincon, the coroner, together with the widower moccasin, and a younger sister whose dental braces are just adorable, Juan Jose Millas has put together a masterpiece of dark comedy that merges into horror. Beneath an amusing, surreal veneer, we are in a world where footwear can develop their own individual fetishes, and the workings of a toilet cistern take on the aspect of an infernal machine that is predestined to thwart and punish all endeavor. The boundaries of reality fade away in a land where phantom limbs cause more problems than real ones, and where becoming a cripple brings more satisfaction that reaching the pinnacle of a chosen profession.

Investigating the paradoxical desire of humanity to retain its own individuality at the same time as searching to fuse itself with a soul mate, Don’t Look Under The Bed never disappoints in its ability to capture our vulnerability and weaknesses from angles that have never been used before, but which immediately are felt to be as fitting and revealing as they are shockingly and amusingly fresh. (White Night Publishing)

BOOK REVIEW

Unfortunately I only managed to read 16% of Don’t Look Under the Bed by Juan Jose Millas (according to my Kindle) before deciding this was not a title for me.

The writing was quite clever and the prose was easy to read but the subject matter was the sticking point. When I accepted this title for review I did so on the understanding that it would be left-field, avant-garde, darkly quirky even… all styles I normally find intriguing. But, reading about shoes literally gathering together for a sock sucking orgy made me feel queasy.

Clearly not everyone feels this way though because I understand Don’t Look Under the Bed was a best-seller in Spain.

BOOK RATING: Did Not Finish

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Genre: Literature, Thriller, Sci-Fi-Fantasy

* I received a copy of this ebook from White Night Publishing for review purposes. My receiving this book for free in no way affected my ability to express my honest opinions about it.