#BlogTour: The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond @GaryRaymond_ @pathianbooks @damppebbles #TheGoldenOrphans


Book Synopsis:

Within the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war, lies a terrible secret…

Francis Benthem is a successful artist; he’s created a new life on an island in the sun. He works all night, painting the dreams of his mysterious Russian benefactor, Illy Prostakov. He writes letters to old friends and students back in cold, far away London. But now Francis Benthem is found dead. The funeral is planned and his old friend from art school arrives to finish what Benthem had started. The painting of dreams on a faraway island. But you can also paint nightmares and Illy has secrets of his own that are not ready for the light. Of promises made and broken, betrayal and murder…

The Golden Orphans offers a new twist on the literary thriller.

The Golden Orphans is an in ebook and paperback now, you can purchase your copy of both here.

My Review:

Golden Orphan’s is an atmospheric novel full of suspense and fabulous descriptions.  It’s a book that is hard to place in one genre as it’s part mystery, part thriller and a little bit of literary fiction in places.

I must admit that I didn’t know much about Cyprus’s history before reading this book so I found the descriptions about what happened very interesting to read about.  I always love it when books are based on real events as I enjoy being able to look them up and learn even more about them.

The author paints a very vivid picture of the country which made it very easy for me to picture the setting in my mind.  This is further added to by the descriptions of the laid back way of life in Cyprus. It seems like a beautiful, sunny country and I would definitely like to visit it at some point in the future.

The story is told my an unnamed narrator that helps add to the suspense as you don’t know whose point of view you are following.  This added an unusual twist to the story which made it more intriguing.

I thought this book was quite fast paced with lots of action and quite a few twists that definetly kept me guessing.  Just when I thought I had figured out what was happening the store went off in a completely new direction . The characters are all quite varied and interesting which made the story more enjoyable for me and ensured I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens to them.

Think is the first book by this author I have read and I’d definitely like to read more from him.

Huge thanks to Emma from Damp Pebbles Tours for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:


Gary Raymond is a novelist, critic, poet, and editor. In 2012 he was one of the founding editors of Wales Arts Review. His debut novel, For Those Who Come After, was published by Parthian in 2015. Raymond is a regular commentator on Welsh art and culture for BBC Wales, but his writing has taken him as afar afield as Japan and India. He has written on subjects as diverse as new wave horror cinema to the life and works of Arthur Koestler. He is also presenter of Wales Arts Review’s OffScript podcast series.


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