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

  • 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. ...
  • 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?...
  • T for Tongue-tied
    Jul 24, 2018
    First, recognition. Almost a promise. Having shared Michael?s love for snow and its menacing beauty, I cannot help but smile when I find it at the beginning of everything. Then, a beam of light across the floor ? slowly bringing out the mystery born in the shadows of one fateful...
  • Sue
    Jun 28, 2018
    In this excellent story, we meet Milo Crane one of the least reliable unreliable narrators I have encountered thus far. In a novel strewn with Gothic touches, there are also other characters who feel less than real at least part of the time. Even on the sunny days of this novel, there ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Usher
    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 ...
  • Jaline
    Aug 15, 2018
    This novel took me on a journey that was well out of my comfort zone. At the same time, it gripped me so firmly I couldn?t put it down. A famous horror writer and his wife are killed in a car accident. Somewhere in their 20?s or early 30?s, their daughter, Karla, and son Milo ...
  • Marc
    Jun 25, 2018
    This novel was suspenseful, eerie, creepy, and it had me on edge. I LOVED it! I definitely felt a Shirley Jackson vibe when reading it. There's something definitely a bit "off" with Milo Crane and his sister Klara. And talk about an unreliable narrator in Milo. I was so unsure about wh...
  • 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...
  • DJ Sakata
    Jun 27, 2018
    My Rating: 3.5 Favorite Quotes: Mother drove us to the wedding in the Volvo? She dabbed her eyes and distractedly jerked between lanes at fantastic speed. She must have imagined she was on the Autobahn. Even the notorious Boston drivers seemed terrified. She squealed into th...
  • 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...
  • Nancy
    Jul 16, 2018
    I needed something completely different to read and so picked up my Goodreads friend's novel The Garden of Blue Roses. I found it to be a stylish, creepy story with an unreliable narrator who may be insane. Thankfully, the atmosphere of horror and mayhem is mostly in the narrator's ima...
  • 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 ...
  • Robin
    Jul 07, 2018
    I once reviewed a book, giving it 2 stars, with a bit of shrill, teenage disappointment tainting my words. I was mortified when the author of this book "liked" my review that day. I couldn't sleep that night. Why couldn't he have read the review I wrote of his first book - that I LOVED...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Jul 21, 2018
    I was originally drawn to this book because of the praise it received from Alice Sebold, who wrote a book I really loved called The Lovely Bones. That, plus I love all things horror. It's a beautifully-written novel with unforgettable, poetic prose making me think of the better works o...
  • Val
    Jul 17, 2018
    Oh wow. This book could be subtitled "Or the Unstable Mind of Milo Crane". Try as we might, imagine as we may, we will never really know what happened ... to anyone... ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...