Review: Killing Adonis by JM Donellan

This book was, well, underwhelming. And it had such potential!

Here is a synopsis of it:


After seeing a curious flyer, Freya takes a job caring for Elijah, the comatose son of the eccentric Vincetti family. She soon discovers that the Vincetti’s labyrinthine mansion hides a wealth of secrets, their corporate rivals have a nasty habit of being extravagantly executed, and Elijah is not the saint they portray him to be.

Killing Adonis is a tragicomic tale about love, delusion, corporate greed and the hazards of using pineapple cutters while hallucinating.

See? Doesn’t that sound interesting? I will say, the plot was good. It had twists and turns and mystery and such. However, it also was unclear, muddy, and had one of the things I can’t stand: insta-love.  Just because two characters sleep together, does not mean they need to fall in love (especially out of nowhere, with basically no indication that there was infatuation at all). I felt as though this book was like that in general, just hitting you with information without laying the foundation for it at all. For example, in a flashback we see that Freya has cut herself and is bleeding all over her forearms. I totally thought that she had attempted suicide – because that’s what is seemingly implied – but we don’t find out until much much later that she just happened to cut her wrists on a pineapple slicer when experiencing a strong bout of synaethesia. Which is another thing – she references her synaethesia (the ability to experience things with two senses at once) from the beginning of the novel, but calls the colors she sees with sounds as her ‘little Kandinskys’. What is that, you may ask? I asked too, and had to do more research than necessary to find out that Kandinsky was a painter who is thought to also have synaethesia.

While the plot of the novel is wonderful, I simply could not get past the lack of explanation and description that is crucial to the character building – both individually and with each other.

Overall, I would not recommend this novel to the general public.


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