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
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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???
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
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
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
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
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
I picked up this book because I had put it on my to-read list some time in the past (said list exists, it's nearly 100 books long and growing) and recognized it while browsing through the library. I had assumed it was standard literary fiction. Then I started reading and realized it was an intricate and compelling mystery. Then I got halfway through the book and, as I said, my mind was blown.
I loved this book, loved it in that absolutely unputdownable way that hap...more
That synopsis doesn't nearly do this book justice. It's a crime book; it's a book about writing; it's a book about loss; it's a book about time travel. There's a little bi...more
Thank you Mr. Renner for a story so full of twists and turns that I was totally blindsided at times. I liked the writers style and really cared and ached for the characters. I promise you, this book is like nothing you've ever come across before. It's equal parts mystery, crime drama, sci-fi and yes, sometimes flat out weird, but oh so compelling!!! Future books from this author wil...more
I thought this book was very well written and liked the use of dark humor sprinkled throughout the book. James Renner's writing is similar to Stephen Kings's in that it mixes horror with humor and does it quite well. The book had a complicated plot which confused me a bit in the end but overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
edit: the best thing I can say about this book is that I read this months ago and I am still thinking about it. I would definitely recommend this to people who like mystery and/or time travel in their science fiction. It's an interesting take on obsession and the lengths we go to to fill the needs of our obsessions. Was a v...more
I admit I have a few guilty pleasures in reading and spend most of my fiction-reading time consuming murder mysteries and time travel/love stories. But a book that promised to combine all three? Yes, this was an impulse book store purchase. I didn't know the author, didn't know anyone who had read the book, and didn't know anything about the book other than the first four words which caught my eye.
Oh MAN am I glad I bought it! It does have s...more
I guess if I had the time to read this in one sitting or at least in big chunks, it might had made more sense. It started out well and I was interested in David's predicament but then as Katy came into the picture, the credibility of the relationship made me start losing momentum. I'm sure that everything makes sense in the end, but when I can't re...more
Well I read the entire thing, mainly because I wanted to find out who dunnit. But also because it was really well written. Such a smooth writer.
But the dunnit part was rather disturbing. I really didn't like the crime topic.
That being said I wasn't at all surprised by the switch in genre half way through as I felt the first half foreshadowed it quite well.
And the ending was incredibly unsat...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
This book has a very haunting opening, with the discovery of the body of the Man From Primrose Lane. Shot in the stomach, he lies on his kitchen floor and his fingers are found pulverized in the blender. While still alive, this man was a bit of a mystery, keeping to himself and rarely going outside. He owned more than 100 pairs of mitten...more
Sometimes Renner pretends to smoke cigarettes because he wants to feel relaxed but is too afraid of the harmful effects to actual...more