An edgy, contemporary tale about death and suicide and its effects on two families. Death is a fact of life for the principle characters and especially for Marina Reed who wishes to join her loved ones at ‘the dead club’, a place she and her sixth form friends obsessed about in their youth. Ultimately her mortido becomes more urgent until it takes her over the edge. The novel is in fact very much about edges: where the ultimate edge is between life and death.
Written in bite-sized sections in a colloquial style with elements of black humour and surrealism. A lot of it takes place along the iconic devon railway line, passing through Dawlish and Teignmouth.
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About the Author
I’ve been been writing for over thirty years. I realized my unhip credentials were mounting so I decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip is published by Night Publishing However, I’m not completely unhip. My punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published my novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones including a version of my satirical novella Lost The Plot. Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007). I’ve had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and now published as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011) I also received a Southern Arts bursary for my novel Where A Shadow Played (now renamed ‘Did You Whisper Back?). I’m gradually in the process of getting most of my books published and previously unpublished work onto Smashwords and Kindle. My novels tend to be character-driven and a bit quirky or gritty – whether contemporary or retro – and deal with issues of today: drugs abuse, homelessness and neighbourhood conflicts, and a common theme is about the experience of being an outsider in society.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.5 Stars It all started with one question ... How would you kill yourself? The Dead Club starts with a group of young people talking about suicide and how they would ccomplish it. Poison? Sleeping Pills? Throwing one's self off a high building? Jumping in front of a moving train? Death becomes an obsession for some of these young people.... and then they grow up. This is a story of how death and suicide affects two families. This is a rather dark read with a bit of black humor thrown in the mix. The characters are a mixed bad of emotions that take them to an uneven balance of life and death. I'm not sure I would recommend this to anyone who has lost someone to suicide, but it was an interesting take on what must have been a hard subject to tackle. Many thanks to the author and TBC Reviewer Request Group (FB) for the digital copy of The Dead Club. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
The Dead Club is a contemporary tale about death and suicide and the effects it has on two families. Marina Reed is a member of "The Dead Club", a group of sixth formers who are obsessed with death and often sit and discuss suicide and fantasise about the ways in which they would do it. The story is told in the form of sections rather than chapters and it's in these sections that we are introduced to more characters all of which are dealing with life and the prospect of death in their own way. The first few sections left me feeling slightly confused as I couldn't see anything to link them together but the more I read the more things started to become clearer and I was soon absorbed by the characters lives. Don't be put off by the subject matter of this book as Kate Rigby has written an engaging story that cleverly knits together the past and present alongside the main characters without being ghoulish, there are some nice touches of humour sprinkled throughout (I loved Topsy the cat's story) and the update on the main players was a lovely touch at the end. Kate Rigby has been writing for over thirty years and her experience shone through to me in this book. Her descriptions of the Devon coast made me want to hop on a train and see it for myself and I could almost smell the sea breeze. If you're looking for something a little different why not give The Dead Club a try.