Review of The Gargoyle
Release Date August 5, 2008
Sent by Publisher Random House
In Andrew Davidson's first novel, he takes the reader on a roller coaster ride. This book is not for those with a weak stomach. Davidson's story begins with a drug addicted pornographer crashes his car after a night of partying. As his car goes off a cliff, he describes the whole accident and what he feels when his bones are broken and he is severely burned.
While in the hospital recovering from his injuries and burns he meets Marianne Engel who claims was his lover from 700 years ago. Marianne Engel is not your typical caretaker, however, she is a mental health patient. This begins the story of friendship and redemption as one man comes to terms with his life, his past and his future and finally allows love into his life.
Sound a bit far-fetched? That's what I thought before I read this but what I found was one of the best novels I have read this year. Davidson has such a gift for writing. Everything is made believable in this, his first novel. I will forewarn you that much of this novel is gruesome in his details of the burns and subsequent healing process. If you can get past that then you are really in for a beautiful love story. Andrew Davidson is definitely an author to watch out for!