Blind Cupid by Max Brandt
‘Blind love, blind stupid promises. Borne of despair so deep to be unimaginable…’
I have never been much of a fan of crime/mystery fiction, preferring to read Stephen King, Dean Koontz and the like. Then my sister-in-law, Jaye Marie finished writing her first book, Nine Lives and you’ve guessed it, it was a crime/mystery!
She didn’t intend to write in that genre, but her characters had other ideas. She ended up enjoying it, and when I read it, so did I. So much that we have been reading more of the same ever since.
Max Brandt is another first time author, but you would never guess from reading his book. Blind Cupid is an intelligently written crime thriller, a harrowing story about a serial killer of children and not for the fainthearted. Written with care, with believable characters that are not what they seem; and a set of circumstances too horrible to believe.
One of the characters completely fooled me, the authors early depiction was utterly convincing… the story twisted and turned, leaving me clueless until right at the end.
I really liked the clever ploy of using allegory to compare Greek legend and Dickens with different scenarios; it lifted this fascinating story into a higher intellectual realm.
A very visual story, painfully dark, but highlighting the real need for better care and supervision for vulnerable children.
I think a good book should do more than entertain or horrify. I found myself wondering why he chose to write it, and discovered that Max worked for ten years as a social worker. This says more about the system than I ever could.
Towards the end of the book, the detective in charge contemplates the case, calling it “the most bizarre, sickening and, ultimately tragic tale…” and he never said a truer word…
About the Author
Max has been writing for many years (books, plays, songs, rants!) but has only recently had the time to concentrate fully on his writing. He spent twenty plus years fronting a rock band, many more doing all sorts of things (including running pubs and driving large lorries) and spent ten years working as a Residential Social Worker and Support Worker for Looked-After Young People. His experiences in that field were just one of the motivating forces behind this first book.
He is already working on the follow-up to ‘Blind Cupid’ – provisionally entitled ‘The Blood-Dimmed Tide’ (Yeats and Shakespeare are a couple of his passions) – and he tries manfully to write a blog (maxbrandtwriter.blogspot.com) which will remind him that, even after nearly forty years of trying to get published, it’s all worth it in the end! It might also help other writers to avoid some of the pitfalls and keep them hacking away at the coal-face; it really is the most satisfying thing, to see your book out there.
Theatre is another in the long list of Max’s passions and he is Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Hub, who are a Devon-based company that are in the process of bringing a county-wide production of ‘Macbeth’ to the theatre-going public in 2016, to remember Shakespeare and the 400th anniversary of his passing.