This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Michael P. Michaud. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Introvert by Michael P. Michaud
Release Date: November 26, 2016
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Source: Author, Michael P. Michaud
Purchase at: Amazon
A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the center of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.
This is my first time reviewing black humor which is a genre of comedy that usually touches on themes that are taboo or usually considered too serious to touch on. It is usually sardonically humorous involving morbid or grotesque situations that deal with suffering, anxiety or even death. This book is a perfect fit within that genre.
The story is told from the view point of the main character. The first thing that struck me is that I read the entire story and not once was the protagonist named. You know that the story is all about him but not once is his name mentioned. That is actually really well done because even without the basic descriptions that I have come to expect this story was interesting and carried me through to the end.
His deal with the “red and open” for me was, at first, funny because I took it in the sense that he was being facetious. Hmmmmm, then it took a turn into crazy land. I love that he is passionate about certain things (yes, being vague 😉) and that he is willing to go to great lengths to “right some wrongs” and all but there are so many other ways in which the goal could have been achieved that this “black humor” was pretty much lost on me.
The character himself basically spends his life either trying to keep his calm on so that no one ends up “red and dead,” which I actually enjoy how he rationalizes everything, or he filters every life situation he encounters through his company handbook. The handbook has situational guidelines and he uses it as a mantra for most of his conflicts that arise. Hilarious! So for me the best parts were his inner thoughts where he rationalizes everything.
As a whole this is a great story. Written in an easy to read manner. You get caught up in the story and can’t help but to want good things for the main character. I do not think the character is shy or an introvert, I think he is a psycho that has been given good coping skills and is adult enough to be able to keep himself, for the most part, contained. I was not able to really form any other opinion on the main character. For that reason, I am not in love with this book but if you enjoy this genre of fiction then dang it will knock your socks off and I highly recommend it to you.
*Thank you to Author Michael P. Michaud for this eARC of The Introvert*