Book Review: A Man of Genius

A Man of Genius Book Cover A Man of Genius
Lynn Rosen
Mystery, Fiction
Una Publications
April 1st 2016
248 pages

Samuel Grafton-Hall is a man of genius who demands reverence from all. A renowned architect, his point of view is not universally shared by students, critics, and colleagues - but this is of little consequence to Grafton-Hall, for he revels in his misanthropy.

Immune to the barbs of the masses, Grafton-Hall also suffers no qualms about his personal peccadilloes and perversions. An unrepentant womanizer, Grafton-Hall leaves colleagues, friends, and lovers deeply scarred from having known him.

And then there is the murder. The question of guilt is of less consequence than the question of whether the gift of genius makes one irreproachable.

A rich novel that will sweep you into a life of glittering achievement and the core of hubris, A Man of Genius will forever alter your ideas about success and pride. Written in the haunting style of du Maurier's Rebecca, this is a compelling story, told with intelligence and classic style.

my Review

It’s hard to review a book like this. This isn’t a plot-driven book as much as it is a character-study. The synopsis and the prologue almost make this sound like a murder mystery. There is a murder, but this book isn’t really about the murder.

If you go into it thinking you are going to get a murder mystery, you are going to be very disappointed. That said, this was a very interesting read. The characters were complex and engrossing, which is exactly what you want of a character-study. And though a lot of the characters are highly unlikable, they are multi-dimensional enough to keep you captivated.

The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star for me was the fact that I thought some sections dragged a bit. The story is set up as a manuscript written by one of the characters and said manuscript is split into “present day” (1990’s) and “past” (around 1950’s, I believe). The “past” sections are by far the best. I thought the more modern sections felt slightly disconnected and I didn’t care for the odd love-story sub-plot. But all in all I enjoyed the manuscript style, especially when the “author” (again, a character in the book) sort of broke the forth wall, to use a TV term, and interjected himself into the writing.

I think fans of thought-provoking character-studies and classic Gothic tales will enjoy this.

**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Professional Reader

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