The Garden of Blue Roses

The Garden of Blue Roses

A car lies at the bottom of an icy ravine. Slumped over the steering wheel, dead, is the most critically acclaimed horror writer of his time. Was it an accident? His son Milo doesn't care. For the first time in his life, he's free. No more nightmarish readings, spooky animal rites, or moonlit visions of his father in the woods with a notebook and vampire make-up. Or so he t A car lies at the bottom of an icy ravine. Slumped over the steering wheel, dead, is the most critically acclaimed ho...

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Title:The Garden of Blue Roses
Author:Michael Barsa
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:The Garden of Blue Roses
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:248 pages pages

The Garden of Blue Roses Reviews

  • Andy Weston
    Jun 04, 2018
    Fellow reviewers point out literary comparisons to Henry James and Poe, and it is clear that Barsa has imitated some of the horror greats in writing this novel. Most successfully, he has created a brother and sister of such strangeness that Shirley Jackson?s We Have Always Lived In ...
  • Nancy Oakes
    May 01, 2018
    4.5 bumped up http://www.oddlyweirdfiction.com/2018... It took me some time to readjust to the real world after reading this book, which threw me completely off kilter during my time in the head of the main character, not always a comfortable place to be. There are a number of un...
  • Darin Bradley
    Feb 04, 2018
    Received as an ARC from the publisher. My blurb: "Barsa's prose in The Garden of Blue Roses is so crafted, so elegant, that when it whispers its disturbing moments to you, they're as welcome as a charming dinner guest." ...
  • The Literary Chick
    Dec 27, 2017
    If you take your horror eerie, unsettling and hold the gore, grab this one. An added bonus is the book within the book like Russian nesting maelstroms of horror. Prepare to meet Mary Katherine Blackwood's younger brother. The one she liked. ...
  • Leah Rachel
    Feb 27, 2018
    A speedy thriller heavily inspired by Shirley Jackon's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, featuring the children of a horror writer trying to cope with each other after the eerie circumstances of his death. An eerie, twisting book about writers and abusive households. ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Jan 21, 2018
    ?I didn?t trust his death. Father was an author. He was words. You can?t kill words---can?t lock them up and drive them off a cliff.? The Crane children were raised on tales such as Charles Maturin?s Melmoth the Wanderer, Bram Stoker?s Dracula, and Matthew Lewis?...
  • Patty
    Jun 14, 2018
    If I am to be completely honest, I think this book is smarter than me. This happens when I read literary fiction whether it be an historical novel or this, my first suspense/thriller book in that genre. I get the feeling with these books that things are happening over my head and I?m...
  • Ctgt
    May 20, 2018
    One of those books that keeps you off kilter.....dream, nightmare, imagination or reality. A narrator that I could never really put my finger on. A family with a dark past. 7/10 The author and I are casual friends here on GR. Make of that what you will. ...
  • Sharon
    May 18, 2018
    Perfect for fans of horror, psychological and suspense thrillers. Milo is pleased that his sister Klara has returned home after the failure of her marriage and attempted escape from their parents hold. There is a real sense of creepiness and unease which seeps from within the claust...
  • James
    Mar 18, 2018
    I?m really not a reader of suspense novels. But this was loaned to me by my local bookstore because 1) They thought I?d like it, and 2) I said I?d review it. The book was a thoroughly enjoyable ride. I felt constantly kept on my toes. Was Henri really as evil as Milo made him...
  • Kristopher Dukes
    Dec 05, 2017
    A dramatic and layered exploration of authorship: how responsible are we for the stories we tell ourselves, about our world, ourselves, and others? For the characters we create from others' perceived personalities? What qualifies these stories and characters as real or true -- and does...
  • Betsy Robinson
    May 14, 2018
    Creepy and slow-burning, sometimes funny (it ends on a wonderfully unexpected laugh), this gothic novel?the first I?ve ever read?is fun! Michael Barsa is a writer?s writer, as well as being one of my Goodreads friends. And as a writer, I adore the way The Garden of Blue Rose...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    May 13, 2018
    This was a wild, weird read - in a good way but also in a confusing one... I met the author via GoodReads after a comment revealed that we had a mutual admiration for the indomitable Shirley Jackson. That led to him mentioning his own book - which is definitely in the SJ vein. Like Ms....
  • Gary Inbinder
    Apr 20, 2018
    Michael Barsa paints a New England Gothic landscape with strong brush strokes and vivid colors. From the old house with its dark secrets, to the primeval woods, the rural roads, covered bridges, and small towns, there?s depravity lurking beneath the limpid Norman Rockwell surface. We...
  • Morgannah
    Feb 23, 2018
    I am calling it right now, The Garden of Blue Roses is destined to become one of the great American Gothic novels. Mr. Barsa, making his debut as a novelist, deftly uses atmosphere and symbolism to create tension, mystery, and unease. The imaginative and poetically whimsical narration ...
  • Carrie Ardoin
    Jun 04, 2018
    3.5 STARS It's been a long time since I read any gothic novels (high school probably), but I can see why The Garden of Blue Roses has been compared to some. A highly questionable narrator, a family full of secrets, a large house with lush grounds as the setting--it's got all that. B...
  • Chris
    May 21, 2018
    Creepy! Creepy!!! BUT... I got lost and frustrated. The narrator in obviously unreliable, but there was nothing to keep me grounded or give me a clue to the "real" world and by the time I was 100 pages in, I felt the need to understand SOMETHING... It felt like I was reading a book whi...
  • Melanie
    Dec 09, 2017
    I have to agree with Michael, sometimes love happens all at once. I was going through the submissions inbox, and the prospects were getting quite dismal when I came across Michael's query letter and manuscript. Within the first few pages I was sending an enthusiastic email to Mark abou...
  • Michael Perkins
    May 03, 2018
    There are several excellent reviews below, including from my GR friend Jeffrey Keeten, that do a great job of discussing the story and the characters. I will not attempt to duplicate them. But I have to say that I am very picky about style. If a writing style is bad, or even mediocre, ...
  • Jordan
    May 06, 2018
    I was warned by the author before reading this, that it would be different than what I was used to reading; more of a slow creepy burn type of book. True to his word, this exactly how it read, and how I would describe it. The author does a fantastic job of creating the different person...
  • Jim Dooley
    Dec 17, 2017
    Technical details first. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. This is a classic horror tale that is beautifully structured ... and has often fallen by the wayside in this era of having a monster jump out of a dar...
  • Glenn Russell
    Jan 31, 2018
    Reading American author Michael Barsa?s The Garden of Blue Roses, I was thoroughly enchanted. Quite the debut novel. Since so much of the tale lies in its style as much as its action, other than noting how the story is narrated by twenty-something Milo Crane in the aftermath of...
  • Doug
    Jun 03, 2018
    Can't fathom where all the four and five star reviews are coming from (friends of the author, perhaps?), as I thought this was pretty dreadful in both conception and execution. It is so lethargic as to be somnambulistic, and the plot, what little there is, is so rife with holes as to b...
  • Marjorie
    Feb 19, 2018
    Milo and his sister Klara have received the news that their parents have died in a car crash. Their father was a highly acclaimed horror fiction author. The car crash may or may not have been an accident. Milo continues to work on his model Greek warships, while his sister Klara turns ...
  • Anthony Jones
    Dec 21, 2017
    The Garden of Blue Roses is a truly great read. Firmly rooted into the tradition of Gothic Horror, it finds its own distinct groove by neither conforming to the genre slavishly nor egotistically trying to reinvent it. While we're living in an age of instability wherein technology has r...
  • Michelle
    Feb 01, 2018
    Milo Crane I sort of adore you. You're strange, eccentric, and quite funny. I enjoyed being inside your head and I do love your dark humor. I liked this book but I did find it a bit confusing at times. The author definitely keeps you on your toes. You never really know what is real...
  • Michael
    Nov 29, 2017
    But wait, you say, you're the author?. Let me explain. Sometimes love happens all at once. There it is: Boom! LOVE! Other times it?s a more gradual recognition, a process of allowing yourself to fall into the feeling?it?s a form of humility really, saying to yourself: right ...
  • Barbara J. Gore
    Jun 13, 2018
    Great read! Well written. Characters come alive. I can?t say I liked the characters, but they are well developed. The story has twists and turns that bring the conclusion to an expected ending. The only criticism I have would be the tremendous detail about Milo?s model building. I ...
  • indu+grok
    Jan 31, 2018
    pretty powerful: passion,murder and betrayal. There are also several other stories in my copy and the sentry and white eagle are well worth reading ...
  • Kim
    Dec 07, 2017
    This is one of the most well-written books I?ve read, with a prose style that manages to be elegant, simple, and incredibly propulsive at the same time. It?s also unnerving, unsettling, sometimes scary, and always highly enjoyable?and it?s all shot-through with the funniest dar...