» Felidae — Akif Pirinçci.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
2:50 PM

This is a novel of murder, mystery, thriller, with detectives and riddles and many, many secrets waiting to be uncovered, as well as betrayal. Oh, and it is also about cats. 

Francis is our feline protagonist who moves into a new neighbourhood with his human named Gustav. He is irritated by the poor condition the house is in, as well as the laboratory-like smells coming from it. Very soon after moving in, he discovers a dead body of a tomcat, whose name, we find out later, is Sascha. Francis also meets a live cat, a maimed tom called Bluebeard, who is convinced it is the work of humans. 

As more cats are murdered, Francis becomes a little detective. He tries to figure out who is causing the deaths, with help from the friends he makes. The task becomes tougher and tougher as his theories contradict each other, riddles become unguessable, and the only witness is brutally murdered under mysterious circumstances. 

I really liked the book. You can tell that the author either did thorough research before writing it, or really loves cats and knew the information beforehand. The feline anatomy and behaviour descriptions only added to the plot and made the novel seem more like it was written from the point of view of a cat. Francis himself was an interesting character, quite different from the protagonists I usually read about. 

The author's description of scenery is very good, as well as houses and weather. Francis's dreams are also very creepy, and after reading the novel I actually had nightmares. No shit. 

The author's writing style was a bit . . . odd. I am not certain how to describe it. It was full of similes and run-on sentences that made it a bit tedious to read. But that is the only imperfection I saw. 

rating: ★★★★☆ 


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