The Garden of Blue Roses

The Garden of Blue Roses Review

A car lies at the bottom of an icy ravine. Slumped over the steering wheel, dead, is the most critically acclaimed horror writer of his time. Was it an accident? His son Milo doesn't care. For the first time in his life, he's free. No more nightmarish readings, spooky animal rites, or moonlit visions of his father in the woods with a notebook and vampire make-up.

Or so he thinks.

Milo settles into a quiet routine—constructing model Greek warships and at last building a relationship with his sister Klara, who's home after a failed marriage and brief career as an English teacher. Then Klara hires a gardener to breathe new life into their overgrown estate. There's something odd about him—something eerily reminiscent of their father's most violent villain. Or is Milo imagining things? He’s not sure. That all changes the day the gardener discovers something startling in the woods. Suddenly Milo is fighting for his life, forced to confront the power of fictional identity as he uncovers the shocking truth about his own dysfunctional family—and the supposed accident that claimed his parents’ lives.

Title:The Garden of Blue Roses
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”I didn’t trust his death. Father was an author. He was words. You can’t kill words---can’t lock them up and drive them off a cliff.” The Crane children were raised on tales such as Charles ...

  • Michael

    But wait, you say, you're the author…. Let me explain.Sometimes love happens all at once. There it is: Boom! LOVE! Other times it’s a more gradual recognition, a process of allowing yourself to fa...

  • Glenn Russell

    Reading American author Michael Barsa’s The Garden of Blue Roses, I was thoroughly enchanted. Quite the debut novel. Since so much of the tale lies in its style as much as its action, other than not...

  • Morgannah

    I am calling it right now, The Garden of Blue Roses is destined to become one of the great American Gothic novels. Mr. Barsa, making his debut as a novelist, deftly uses atmosphere and symbolism to cr...

  • Michelle

    Milo Crane I sort of adore you. You're strange, eccentric, and quite funny. I enjoyed being inside your head and I do love your dark humor. I liked this book but I did find it a bit confusing at times...

  • Betsy Robinson

    Creepy and slow-burning, sometimes funny (it ends on a wonderfully unexpected laugh), this gothic novel—the first I’ve ever read—is fun!Michael Barsa is a writer’s writer, as well as being one...

  • Gary Inbinder

    Michael Barsa paints a New England Gothic landscape with strong brush strokes and vivid colors. From the old house with its dark secrets, to the primeval woods, the rural roads, covered bridges, and s...

  • The Literary Chick

    If you take your horror eerie, unsettling and hold the gore, grab this one. An added bonus is the book within the book like Russian nesting maelstroms of horror. Prepare to meet Mary Katherine Blackwo...

  • Jordan

    I was warned by the author before reading this, that it would be different than what I was used to reading; more of a slow creepy burn type of book. True to his word, this exactly how it read, and how...

  • Marjorie

    Milo and his sister Klara have received the news that their parents have died in a car crash. Their father was a highly acclaimed horror fiction author. The car crash may or may not have been an accid...