Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Sickness in the Family/Denise Mina

A Sickness in the Family by Denise Mina (story) and Antonio Fuso (art); graphic novel, mystery, horror; 192 pages

This is a dark, creepy, gothic story that revolves around a seemingly perfect family. On the surface, the Ushers have it all--a prosperous business in an upscale Scottish neighborhood, one son at Oxford, an ambitious daughter, and Sam, the adopted son, who excels at high school. But when they buy the neighboring flat to renovate, things start to go wrong--starting with an accidental fall (or was it?), and slowly growing to touch every member of the household. In case you can't tell, I LOVED this. It's creepy enough to pass as horror, even though the supernatural elements are vague at best. At the root, it's a chilling crime story about lust, greed, and madness. I would love to see more of this from Mina and Fuso.

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