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The latest dark novel by Keith Donohue entitled "The Motion of Puppets" centers on a dwarf and a Holmseian academic, with the detective-like academic as main character. As if it would not get any weirder and darker, the grips readers with scary clowns, puppets and a chilling, mysterious Victorian "feel"; only that it has cellphones.

As Donohue, same writer of "The Boy Who Drew Monsters" successfully creeps once again into readers' darkest imaginations with his latest detective-in-Victorian-time-take entitled "The Motion Of Puppets", a lot of publications from one solid review of the book flooded in the web. There had been a number of works of fiction that made their way into the best-seller's list, but nothing compares to the works of Donohue.

By that of course, nothing could keep out the prying eyes of top book reviewer, Terri Schlichenmeyer of the Bookworm, from scanning into the crisp pages. For a book that jam-packs a lot of mystery and chills in it, you could already imagine a lot of writers his age stating it impossible to insert issues of coulrophobia (fear of clowns) and pupaphobia (fear of puppets) in the story without risking the plot. They were right to think so, for only Donohue has such courage and skill to ultimately play around.

Even with an already dark substance, it may, at certain times, fall out a balance towards becoming fancy. The setting of the story itself crosses between space and time. The main character, an academic detective Theo Harper who was supposed to have nothing to do with the investigations will soon be spending his obsessive nights when his wife Kay Harper goes missing. This is the main driving force, La Crosse Tribune stated.

See full summary here.  

"Almost immediately, you'll notice a sense of off-balance. That may be because, though there's a modern-day setting to this story, it has a curious feel of Victorian times: it's dusty and chastely formal and contains a dwarf and a Holmseian academic - all of which, when a cell phone or computer appears, only heighten the instability.

Donohue tells his tale from Theo to Kay and back, and we get a good understanding of both - yet not enough to pre-determine how this book will end. For anyone with coulrophobia (fear of clowns), pupaphobia (fear of puppets) or who merely wants a nights-are-getting-longer novel, here's one that'll chill you good. For you, "The Motion of Puppets" is a book to move on", Terri Schlichenmeyer wrote in Bristol Herald Courier.

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