Tuesday 16 October 2012

Book Review- Henry Franks by Peter Adam Salomon

Title: Henry Franks
 Author: Peter Adam Salomon
Series:  N/A
Published:   September 2012 by Flux
Length:  288 pages
Warnings: gory surgery scene,
Source: netgalley, and publishers
Other info: This is Peter’s first novel.
Summary : Four thousand, three hundred and seventeen stitches, his father had told him once. All the King's horses and all the King's men had put Henry Franks back together again.
One year ago, a terrible accident robbed Henry Franks of his mother and his memories. The past sixteen years have vanished. All he has now are scars and a distant father—the only one who can tell Henry who he is.
If he could trust his father. Can his nightmares—a sweet little girl calling him Daddy, murderous urges, dead bodies—help him remember? While a serial killer stalks their small Georgia town, Henry unearths the bitter truth behind his mother’s death—and the terrifying secrets of his own dark past. Sometimes, the only thing worse than forgetting is remembering.
Review: Henry Franks is a strange boy.  He’s lost most of his memory, dreams of a girl calling him daddy, cannot feel physical pain, and has rings of scars around his neck. Understandably, Henry wants to find out more about himself, his family and so on. With his kind of girlfriend Justine, he sets about uncovering family secrets, as a hurricane builds and a serial killer is on the loose.
The mention of mysterious scars was what drew me into this. Around the neck. I really don’t get how anyone can be that badly injured around the neck and survive. Then I started reading Henry Franks, and found a lot more than that to enjoy.
Henry is a very intriguing character. His dreams and his scares kept you interested, because there’s so many possible explanations and there’s lots of little revelations throughout that heighten the mystery. I really liked Justine because she’s smart and understanding, but I would have liked to see her develop a little more. William, the father, is a reclusive character with a LOT of secrets that get uncovered at the climax.
The ending. Oh my gosh. All the revelations. I can’t tell you what happened but it was one of the most amazing chains of events that I’ve read for a long time. it’s very improbably, and it’s one of those stories that you really have to suspend belief as to what is possible and what isn’t (a slight shock after a fairly realistic story where there horror is more psychological). And I highly doubt anyone would have seen it coming.
Or maybe it was just me being thick. The names! They should have been a bit of a giveaway, but there were enough other thing to put you off the scent. It’s really good storytelling.
The narration to star with seemed a bit detached, but I soon got used to it and really attached to the characters.
I enjoyed the development of the serial killer storyline. My first read of Henry Franks was with the Netgalley copy, which made it hard to pick it up (my kindle  didn’t handle it very well) but reading the physical copy made me get how the suspense around the killer built up well. I especially like the fact that this storyline intersected with Henry’s family story.

Overall:  Strength 4 tea to a really good novel with roots in another of my favourite books, but a fresh perspective on it all.


  1. I'm always on the lookout for a good horror read and this sounds intriguing.

  2. This book sounds like a brilliant read and as i am very keen to read more within the horror genre, i am definately going to add it to my to-read list. Thank you for such an insightful and facinating post. x


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