Liquid Soulby Matthew Carter
This story is more than just writing about some mass murderer killing innocent lives. In the end the narrator wants to be become them. There are situations in which people say they would do anything to be in another's shoes and do things a bit differently than they would, but nobody ever gets the chance. So I wondered what would happen if for a moment we were all able to become someone else and the moment was so fulfilling that we had to have it again and again and would only be stopped either by ourselves or by an outside force. At that point being ourselves would be on par with being someone else. There would be no difference whatsoever.
Throughout this story not only does he learn about other people around him, but about himself and who he really is, along with the father who killed his mother and abandoned him when he was younger. Through the blade, he is finally able to forgive his father, learn his why, learn from the mistakes his father made, and move on with the rest of his killings.
The story is told completely from the point of view of the serial killer and his warped thought process. He views everything as a greater calling, even as he recognizes his addiction. His fear of getting caught isn't that he will be locked away for life, but because he wouldn't be able to experience Liquid Soul like he has grown accustomed to in the past.
Despite being completely involved in who he kills and taking care of them after death, as well as talking to them on a daily basis, he doesn't even know their names. In the end his obsession with trying to become a part of their world pushes him to finding a way to join their world and become one of them. But he realizes he can't kill himself and through much time understands that it is his destiny to, as he likes to call it, "free people from this life, so they can enter the next." He takes his "job" seriously and does whatever it takes to make improvements to it.
About halfway into the story there is a part in which the narrator takes over an old man who supposedly had been doing the same thing as the narrator and in a passing of the torch, allows the narrator to kill him the way he would any other, with a knife to the throat. Even as the narrator tries to fight the killing, it is of no use as he no longer can control his arm. Instantly, snippets of experiences the old man had flash into his mind and one after another he relives lives he never knew about, through a tunnel of life that felt alien to him.
In a critical part of the story there is a person he kills but becomes himself afterwards, nothing else. Usually, the instant blood touches him, he becomes another person and for a short time at least, lives a moment in their past. But, for whatever reason he doesn't this time and it hits him harder than he could have thought possible. Depression strikes him down hard and he contemplates quitting the thing all together. During this time, unbeknownst to him, he actually thinks clearly for the first time since before Liquid Soul took its hold on him. He fights the urge at sanity and goes after the next person which, of course is a success. Throughout the story he has fought constant bouts of depression that limit him and his so called "freeing".
He doesn't realize his so-called "greater purpose" comes with a large price of separation from family and friends. But since he hasn't had either in such a long time, his making up for it, is burying them together and every now and then talking to them. The blood has some sort of hallucinogenic effect on him because he actually believes that they are happy being dead and in spite of their condition they are able to have short conversations with him.
In the end, all the narrator wanted was to be loved by as many people as possible and to live the life he never knew could exist.
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I've often wondered went on in the mind of people overall but especially those that commit crimes. Mr. Carter allowed me to glimpse inside this world, if only for a while, in his first novel, Liquid Soul. From the first taste of the mugger's blood to the height of the addiction, one can truly envision the thoughts, feelings and desires of those he kills as if they are experiencing it personally. Mr. Carter's psychological thriller, takes you through the addiction process, allowing you to experience a range of emotions-- joy, sadness, and fear-- thus, my only regret was that the journey had to end. It was a well written page turner which forces me to wait anxiously for Mr. Carter's next thriller.
Mr. Carter's first novel not only is an impressive offering to the Psychological Thriller genre but is so well written and believable that you almost feel you are reading a nonfiction recounting of events by the actual perpetrator. Very few authors I have read actually succeeded in getting inside the psyche of a serial killer with any amount of believability. Meet the man with no discernible name, with no discernible features, in no discernible location. He is any man that you may see walk down the street and merely glance over without a second thought. This man however is special, he is addicted to something he calls Liquid Soul. He starting getting addicted to Liquid Soul when he was mugged and in self defense pulled his pocket knife and cut the man. The moment his blood reached his hands he felt the man's soul leave his body and join with his giving him not only a glimpse into moments in the man's life, but the feeling of becoming the man during the experience. He knew then he couldn't stop. He had to find others. He had to see what man people tic. Then came the celebrity, the mother, the boxer, the bodybuilder, the CEO, the child, the old man, the policeman, the psychopath, the homeless man, among a few others. He decided to build his own family, make them apart of something since they shared themselves with him, he had to give something back. After all, they were still kind enough to talk to him after they died and be apart of this glorious new world he was building with his new found gift. This book will make your skin crawl and disturb you in ways I can guarantee you that you haven't been before no matter how many other authors you had read in this genre. The only question I have after closing the back cover is when will Mr. Carter thrill me with another offering?
As you all know, I'm a sucker for scariness. I'm not sure why but I'm attracted to the darkness. I'm always looking for books that will creep me out. I guess because I've been reading supposedly "scary" books for as long as I can remember, so they don't affect me the way they used to. This book creeped me out. Thank you Matt! You've done your job:) Liquid Soul is about a killer who gets his thrills from seeing a piece of his victims souls. In order to accomplish this, the blood of his victims has to touch him. Once the high has worn off, this killer is filled with sadness. He can never recreate that moment, so if he saw something he really liked, he is haunted by the memory of what he will never again experience. He doesn't know until the blood is shed what the victims soul will show. His experiences are a complete surprise. If he begins feeling something horrible, he cannot escape it until he is thrown back into himself. If you are addicted to freaky books, I suggest you pick this one up. You can follow this killer's and victims lives and if you have a vivid imagination, you can feel what he feels. Interview & giveaway on my blog - http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/2009/08/interview-review-giveaway-liquid-soul.html (ends 8/10)