About the book
‘Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child; timid and dull. But Blue was his mother’s favourite. And he was a murderer.’ Blueeyedboy is the brilliant new novel from Joanne Harris: a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and a serial murderer who is not who he seems. Told through posts on a webjournal called badguysrock, this is a thriller that makes creative use of all the multiple personalities, disguise and mind games that are offered by playing out a life on the internet.
Reviewed by New Forest/Waterside U3A theatre and literature group:
Our group is currently thriteen strong. Seven members tackled the book, six completed reading. We are offering no star rating because the book failed the question ‘would you recommend to a friend?’ This is not an easy read but Joanne Harris succeeds in merging all the generational, social, sexual and class issues existing in any small community with the newest tool for self deception, the internet. Our six readers found it compelling because Joanna Harris is an astoundingly good writer.