Review: The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel

10 May

The Singer's Gun (manuscript) My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The story was a look at a young man’s life, complicated because of the lies he and his family lived by. Secrets were uncovered, and new webs were woven by the people nearby to take their place.

There are aspects of a thriller, of good guys and bad guys and guns and pursuit. But even more than a thriller, this was a personal tale– How does one person escape the web he was born into, particularly if he uses the tools of his upbringing to stage his escape.

The characters were (mostly) complex, likable and interesting. Anton (the main character)  in particular, of course, but I also really liked Elena (Anton’s love interest, not to be confused with his wife, who really doesn’t enter into the story much). Elena’s one major deception (doing business with Anton) draws her into his web, and she has to deal with the consequences, and then the ramifications of those events.

I was intrigued by Anton’s family.   Anton’s parents were interesting as exactly that– Anton’s parents.  They weren’t so interesting or well-defined themselves, but that fit the story.    Anton’s cousin Aria was another story.  She’s fascinating, and I can’t decide if she her character was too simple, or too complex!

The book is beautifully put together– the pieces fit with one another, the words tie the characters, the setting, and the plot without getting in the way.

This would make a great book club book, with discussion of the ins and outs of the plot; of the nature of deception, of which actions were justified.

I received this book for review from Unbridled Books as part of a blog tour. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.


Posted by on May 10, 2010 in books, reviews, tour


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6 responses to “Review: The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel

  1. Lisa

    May 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I really like this one, too. I felt like I was reading a puzzle that just kept dropping unexpected pieces into the framework I’d put together.

  2. Emily St. John Mandel

    May 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for your lovely review! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  3. kavyen

    May 13, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Great review.. The details on the characters is simply exquisite, makes me want to read the book.

    – kavyen

  4. Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict

    May 14, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I read The Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel and I really enjoyed it. I plan on reading this one later this month. I’ve heard great things about it.


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