I have been asked to review The Loss of Some Detail by Mandi Martin on behalf of Authoright.
Title: The Loss of Some Detail
Author: Mandi Martin
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Published review: 11th April 2020
Release Date: 17th March 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 162
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A little about the book – synopsis:
Forget all you know, for all you know might well be false.
That is how is often seems to asylum worker James Grey as he tends to the patients abandoned to Oculus Mentis, an austere asylum lost to the world. His day to day quite literally forgettable.
Slowly the world around him starts to change. Plagued by lucid dreams, a haunting drawing and visions of a pleading female he feels his mind is dissolving.
Aided by the enigmatic Silas and silent Marianne he seeks to solve the mysteries that are tormenting him.
The Loss of Detail had me a little confused throughout the book until the end when it all became clear. What a story and it was executed very well. I loved learning all about the main character James Grey – he was definitely an interesting lead.
It was my first time reading a book set in a mental asylum and I found it quite interesting. The scenes were set well because of the way Mandi had written the descriptions, I was able to visualise each scene and gain a general understanding of how the patients lived. I felt this was important and added a lot to my reading experience.
As a reader you are introduced to Silas and Marianne – both characters living in the asylum. I became very fond of Silas, he was a great addition to the story. Silas seemed like a calm character and one that didn’t like to reveal his true colours. I struggled with Marianne because I didn’t quite understand her presence – was she really mute? Was she in James’ thoughts?
I would definitely recommend this book so please add it to your Goodreads and get it read!
The book was a fairly easy read and I completed it within two days. However, the copy I received did have lots of spelling mistakes in so I would recommend the publishers reviewing and editing it again.
About the author:
I’m in my thirties and I live in Ryde on the beautiful Isle of Wight although I was born in Birmingham.
There’s not really a lot to say about me really. I have Aspergers and writing became my outlet, social situations terrified me so I spent a lot of time writing poetry, drawing and losing myself in worlds of my own.
I absolutely adore animals; I prefer them to people, so my two cats clearly get away with almost anything.
I live with my brother and my mother and spending time with them is another highlight of my day. Although, I could do without the trial of socks and others pieces the former leaves in his wake.
Weather and health permitting I enjoy walking and also looking around graveyards, it possibly sounds morbid but the history and the artistry fascinate me.
I also collect lapel pin badges, I think I have over ten thousand now but I couldn’t say, I gave up counting ages ago, it was taking too long!