The Man from Primrose Lane
A mind-bending, genre-twisting debut novel
In West Akron, there lived a reclusive elderly man who always wore mittens, even in July. He had no friends and no family; all over town, he was known only as the Man from Primrose Lane. And on a summer day in 2008, someone murdered him.
Four years later, David Neff is a broken man. The bestselling author of a true-crime book abou...more
i had no idea what i was getting into...
i came across this book at work when it first came in, and i was drawn to its cover, with its little subtle swirly bits and creepy dollface, and when i saw jonathan carroll had blurbed it, i put it on the mental to-read list. i didn't read any reviews of it, i didn't know anyone who had read it, and all i expected from it was a crime thriller involving mittens and obsession.
and so i was just reading along, doodley doodley doooo and then wait WHAT???
and aft ...more
Then he is found dead. He has been shot, but that's not all. His fingers were removed and pureed up in the blender.
Then we meet a author of the one hit wonder book about serial killers. Or rather one serial killer in particular, that the author David Neff proved was innocent. After the state killed him. Then he testified at the trial ...more
Before I get down to business, let's all be honest with one another. Most of the books we read are of average or less quality and are just an entertaining way to pass the time. This book is not one of those. This one grabs you by the genitals and infects your th ...more
“Are these things usually this complicated? They only appear to be. The explanation is always elegantly simple. I guarantee that when we find this man, we’ll smack ourselves for not seeing him sooner . . . Truth is always simple but it’s never that boring.”
Let’s get the things I didn’t like out of the way real quick. To begin with? The title. If it weren’t for my friend Trudi’s review, I would have never given this one a second glan ...more
Marion Black sings: Who knows what tomorrow will bring... maybe sunshine, maybe rain... but as for me I'll wait and see... maybe it'll bring my love to me... but several characters in this novel decide to not wait and see. what is tomorrow, what is yesterday? when it comes to love and other obsessions, "yesterday" and "tomorrow" are mere constructs to these characters, to be rearranged as they see fit. why wait for tomorrow when you can do something ...more
'Then things got weird.' Seriously? This was way on down the road from weird, and firmly ensconced in my wheelhouse. Best read without looking at too many reviews, just to avoid possible spoilerage. You don't run into a ...more
Holy shit snacks! What the hell did I just read? I frigging absolutely loved this book. It is such an awesome mindfuck. It's a locked Chinese box with so many secrets. It's a book that sneaks up on you with its pages and pages of normalcy and sweetness and sadness and intrigue. There's grief and loss, mystery and murder. Then -- when you are least expecting it -- KA-POW! It pounces from the left, and bites you from the right. It punches you in the face and kicks you in the kidneys.
Bruised, batt ...more
I think this book is the book that was written in this book. I think it was written by David, maybe in collaboration with the man from Primrose Lane. I think the little redheaded girls were saved, or maybe just two, maybe three of them. I think it was Riley Trimble, or maybe Dean Galt. I'm not sure what the cat represented, bu ...more
I know EVERY place the author mentions in this book because I live in the same general area. I've eaten in the restaurants and had the same meals. I even lived in Loveland Ohio for a year-ish and I'm thankful to say I did not run across anything odd at the ti ...more
Perfectly timed as a last fun hurrah in reading as I go back to a couple of months of possible book hell.
Firstly, I'll apologize for the fact that this review will be incredibly vague to ensure it is entirely spoiler free. In fact, I will not mention the plotline at all. I went into this book with no idea what I was getting into and I believe that is the best way to do it. To that end I am not even shelving it appropriately on here to avoid giving anything away.
If you want to know what it is about I'm sure there are spoiler laden reviews out there to read. This won't be one of them.
Renner's The M ...more
Renner grips you with an incredibly fascinating prologue and sustains the page turning readability through 450+ pages thanks to some top quality descriptive prose and an approach to revealing information that would put Quentin Tarantino to shame. For a popular thriller unit shifter ...more
There were things I wasn't crazy about. I didn't like the back and forth of the timelines at the beginning of the book. David's perspective felt like a gleeful, gritty crime novel, so when it jumped back into the past it was quite jarring. It did end up that it had to be done that way and I can see why he chose to do that. It was still not something that I liked.
The nature of the story means that I actually can't shelve t ...more
Reading this book is like watching a freight train barrel toward you and being unable to move, while remembering a time in your past when you watched a freight train barrel toward you, only to wake up to find out there's a freight train barreling toward you.
This is the kind of novel that should appeal to anyone, and the ingredients it contains that aren't to your taste should be more than made up for by the things that are. There are thr ...more
I LOVED this book.
I love it so much, I am, right now, thanking the author for writing it.
And I can assure you that I have never in my life felt compelled to do such a thing. But this book is truly that amazing and weird and wonderful. I can only think of one or ...more
OK. Still with me? I really liked the early portions of this book, which kept plopping down an array of mysteries that orbited the kidnapping/murder of three little girls, the disappearance of a twin, mysterious individuals who seemed det ...more
When I was nearly through with the epilogue, I imagined myself shouting, "everybody shut up and listen. No, this is not a Hijack. You see this book in my hand? It's called The Man From Primrose Lane. The name of the author is James Renner. It has an unpredictable story. To tell you anything more would take away the feeling of amazement you get when you are reading this book. The les ...more
I wanted to like the book. I won't spoil such. Sweet stars above, af ...more
Part mystery, part speculative fiction, The Man From Primrose Lane is one of those books that defies easy categorization.
1. WTF did I just read?
2. Did this author start writing a book, put it down, then a few months later start writing again but decided to write a completely different story? Because I've read some "twists" and "curveballs" in books before; this by far was the strangest and most twisty-turvy of them all
3. Is it a mystery, horror, fantasy sci fi.... answer? A ...more
“That’s the case for every book you’ve never read,” points out my husband; and he’s right – but don’t let the marketing put you off this part crime novel, part sci-fi work that’s an incredibly enjoyable read… as long as you’re aware that it’s going to get wacko at about page 250.
The Man from Primrose Lane will hook you from the first sentence – it’s well written; de ...more
This was one of the most fascinating books I've read in 2015, and the one that really helped rekindle my love for books.
It was inventive, fast paced, breathtaking and engaging. It played like a movie in my head, and I think it would make a great - maybe not movie but definitely miniseries. Well, it's actually being made into a movie, and I'm actually excited about this.
It's hard to talk about The Man From Primrose Lane without getting into details, it's such a f ...more
His method of using social media to solve cold cases was the subject of a CNN profile, in 2015.
Renner is the author of two novels, The Man from Primrose Lane and The Great Forgetting. His latest work, the nonfiction thriller TRUE CRIME ADDICT was published May 2 ...more