Monday, 22 January 2018

Guest Review: Where The Dark Fish Swim by Mark Bishop

Where The Dark Fish Swim by Mark Bishop
Self published in December 2016.

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Guest review by Mark Fieldsend
Today's Guest Review is by author Mark Fieldsend who I met when he got in touch to offer a copy of his thriller Pigeon Street. I am looking forward to reviewing that for you in February. In the meantime Mark is sharing his review of Where The Dark Fish Swim

Mark's rating: 5 of 5 stars

Where The Dark Fish Swim is a letter from Michael, a deeply troubled father, to his estranged son, Huck, written as they travel together toward the end of a journey Michael set out on to make peace with his past. Michael tells Huck of the six people who mattered most to him in his life and how, in turn, he has gone to visit each of them. He also begins to explain why he abandoned Huck and his mother and why, very soon, he will need to do it again. And, of course, he tells Huck of the dark fish.

Mark says: Mark Bishop’s debut novel is a dark and brooding drama which drags you towards its destination with a mixture of intrigue, hope and foreboding. Like one’s own mind does when trying to piece together events from the past, the story follows a non-linear path to its moving conclusion, skipping seamlessly between events and characters. This approach has the desired effect of keeping you guessing as to where it’s heading and, at the same time, keeps the pages turning.

Bishop writes with an easy style that appears to come easily, the narrator’s voice consistent and convincing. Bishop also demonstrates a knack for the playful, including just the right amount of lighter moments to provide balance.

You know a book must be good when you find yourself not minding that the person you're waiting for is running late, almost to the point of wishing a train-delay on them so you can get to the end. This is a situation I found myself in when reading Where The Dark Fish Swim. It is a confident and accomplished debut, that bodes extremely well for the future.

Thank you Mark!

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  1. Glad he liked the book! It sounds like the author does jump around and I like that it keeps the reader guessing. But while doing so the author weaves everything together seamlessly with a good writing style so you never feel confused and everything connects.

    1. I'm very tempted to give this one a try myself!