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 about...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
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
“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 glanc ...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 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
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
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
I wanted to like the book. I won't spoil such. Sweet stars above, af ...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
Part mystery, part speculative fiction, The Man From Primrose Lane is one of those books that defies easy categorization.
So my library has The Man from Primrose Lane in the Horror section. Sure, it has its grisly moments, but horror is one of the last genre ...more
I just finished the book. First, this is the first book I have finished this quickly in years. I read all day at work and I just really gave up reading for pleasure, which is idiotic, but I'm glad this was the book that pulled me back in.
I gave it four stars because I loved it. But five stars is going to be saved for books that hold my heart over time. Chronicles of Narnia, books that I reread until t ...more
Published in January this year by Corsair, Constable & Robinson, this story really does stretch the mind and requires so much concentration that at times my head hurt. Despite this, I was utterly and truly hooked. I'm not going to go into the details of the story, to be honest, I'm still trying to work it a ...more
I would warn anyone who decides to read this that they need to tackle the last section of the book with a well rested and open mind. A lot of "huh?" moments happen and even though they are intriguing and interesting you might need to take notes to follow all the twists and turns.
But shit starts getting super-weird pretty fast. Inexplicable events start happening that make you think either the author isn't good at his job or something is up.
Turns out something is up.
And if you're reading carefully, you can figure out what that something is at least 50 pages before the twist is revealed.
The Man from Primrose Lane. Man With a Thousand Mittens. No matter what you call him, he’s dead. In fact, he’s sitting in his living room in a pool of blood, one gunshot to the chest and missing all of his fingers. Those are in the blender, by the way, only so much mush now. When a young patrolman Tom Sackett responds to a call from the man’s delivery boy, he immediately senses something is wrong. He never could have imagi ...more
L/C Ratio: 50/50
(This means I estimate the author devoted 50% of his effort to creating a literary work of art and 50% of his effort to creating a commercial bestseller.)
30% - Murder mystery
25% - The effects of obsession
25% - Time travel
10% - Love
10% - The art of writing
Something amazing happens about halfway through Renner's fiction debut – well, it's two things really. First, the narrative pivots from a literary drama into a full-fledged science fiction thriller, whi ...more
I have to give kudos to Mr. Renner for attempting a very intricate and delicate procedure in this work. Most authors (with a few notable exceptions) attempt to stay far away from any kind of hybrid "cross-genre" novels. And to muck with it even further by introducing a chronology which doesn't actually read the way the story goes makes it even ...more
Renner's debut novel, The Man from Primrose Lane, was published by Sarah Crichton Books, in 2012. It is being made into a movie b ...more