Coming October 6th, 2020
A 4 star read
Louis Delacroix is an old man haunted by his past. He lost his little sister some 50 years prior and has never gotten over her death. Now, he works as a butler for a steel tycoon, who also happens to be one of his best friends. As they prepare for his boss’ families arrival to the estate, Louis knows his friend will soon be leaving this world. Soon, Louis finds himself faced with a young girl, who seems way too familiar and he finds himself spiraling out of control.
Louis himself is one heartbreaking character, and I truly felt for him. His retelling of his childhood was dreadful and sad. His mental breakdown and spiraling was quick and effective, I just wish it would have been a bit slower. It was hard reading about him going from so caring and thoughtful, to so violent in such a short time frame. But, I know this was most likely done on purpose, to make it seem more drastic. I just wish it would have been fleshed out a bit more.
Jayson Robert Ducharme has every right to label his novella Alessa’s Melody as Gothic horror. I’ve noticed in the past, that some books labeled as such don’t fit into the genre at all. But after reading Ducharme’s work, I fully endorse this description. It has the perfect gothic atmosphere and his writing style is dark and dramatic.
Thanks to the author for providing me a copy of the book for review! Also, thanks so much for including me in the acknowledgments for the launch team.