As featured by Toni Whitmont in the May 2010 Booktopia Buzz.
From the Author:
I started out three years ago, with nothing but fragments of plotline and my narrator’s voice to guide me. I’d been going through some troublesome times, and my sunny disposition had taken something of a blow. I found I didn’t want to write, and spent far too much time online, hanging around various sites and searching out ever more ingenious ways of evading reality. Under a pseudonym, I made a number of online friends, wrote a great deal of fanfic, and began to take an increasing interest in the way people interact online, the communities they create and join, and the way they choose to portray themselves. I understood too, how emotionally dependent people can sometimes become reliant on their virtual friends and their virtual communities, even though there can be no way of knowing how honest these avenues of communication really are.
From all this came Blueeyedboy, a dark psychological thriller set in the world of the internet, where no-one is quite what they seem to be, and every taste is catered for, even the ones to which we dare not confess.
'Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child, timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a murderer.'
Blueyedboy is the brilliant new novel from Joanne Harris: a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and a serial murderer who is not who he seems. Told through posts on firstname.lastname@example.org, this is a thriller that makes creative use of all the disguise, deception and mind games that are offered by playing out one's life on the internet.
About The Author
Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and seven other bestselling novels. Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire, about 15 miles from the place she was born.
"Delivers an almighty twist in the tale late on... brilliantly atmospheric and at times heartbreaking."
-- "The Times"
"We all loved Chocolat, and Joanne Harris' new thriller, which follows the lives of three brothers and their dysfunctional families via a series of web journals, has the same beauty with a modern edge. A dark, intricate tale."
"An ingenious, gripping read... it terrified the living daylights out of me."
"-- Daily Express"
"Brilliantly written, plotted and insightful... beware unreliable narrators along with a huge plot twist at the end."
"Engrossing psychological thriller... a novel of unusual complexity... Harris, best known for Chocolat", "again shows her skill and versatility."
""-- "Mail on Sunday
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 3rd May 2010
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 16.0 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.538