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The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
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Feb 08, 12

bookshelves: audible, suspense-thriller
Read from January 27 to February 07, 2012

For a character who barely utters a single word throughout the entire novel, Michael the Miracle Boy manages to completely stun me with his storytelling. I really haven’t come across a book this riveting in quite some time. Something bad, really bad happened to Michael when he was eight years old and makes him lost the ability to speak. Michael however learns to cultivate other abilities like drawing, which he is exceptionally good at … and later on, he masters the refined art of safe cracking. The timid Miracle Boy becomes the Box Man -- The Artist

The story is quite predictable and bit of a cliché in my opinion but the author perfectly demonstrated the power of prose over plot in this case. The way Michael describes his deepest emotions through the drawings really blew me away. There was this particular scene where Michael draws comic strips – He was standing at the bottom of a hole with a shovel full of dirt and an expressionless look on his dirty muddy face. A girl walks from the big luxurious house and comes to stand at the edge of the hole looking down at him. Michael stares at the girl and thinks to himself “If she asked me to, I would dig this hole to the center of the earth”. To me that’s first love at its rawest

The narrator of this audiobook is hands down the best audible narrator I’ve listened to
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