Steven Carvelle is a journalist and a self-diagnosed alcoholic. Lately his
dreams have been taking a turn for the worse, and the violence that was once only in his mind has begun to manifest in the world around him.
When a series of murders overflows into the lives of Steven, his girlfriend, Karen, and best friend Miles (a detective on the local police force), Steven is forced to dive further into his mind and the realm of self-awareness than ever before. Questioning not only society and religion, but even his own sanity, he must decide what is real, what is not, and how everything in his life has intertwined to lead him to now.
Then he is required to make a decision.
At its heart, a tale about what happens to these characters while these events unfold around them. Most of all its about understanding and coming to grips with who you are, and the frightful and dangerous consequences of thinking you are someone you are not.
"Truly Troubling" I am still trying to process the book after finishing it; it is truly troubling. Such an easy read - the book is more like watching a movie than reading a novel. If you're into gruesome crime dramas, religious criticism and psychological torment, read this book!!!
"TTWBG" The story is about Steven, a journalist for a the local newspaper in Courtsdale. Steven is your mild-mannered everyday guy with a good job. The story opens with a dark scene of a man cutting open a woman, with some incredibly laid out details. After this scene you find yourself in Steven's apartment, with an angry and disappointed protagonist in your midst. His phone rings and the story is completely set into motion. From here the story hooks you and you want to know what happens next with every turn of the page. One incredibly new and inventive idea in this book is the accompanying 'soundtrack' which helps to get a feel for the moods and moments of the story. And I must say that the soundtrack has some incredible music on it, and the song choices for some moments are absolutely perfect. The book also offers some incredibly deep lessons into relationship, religion, and morality. There's not often that a book can keep you so interested and make you think, "you... More > know, I've never really looked at it like that." This book is definitely a great read and anyone who likes a good crime novel (or movie) should definitely check this book out.< Less
"Couldn't put it down" I really could not put down this book. And I kind of wanted to. I had things to get done. But reading the book became the priority by far. Great job! And it's not because I am the author's sister. To be honest, I read a lot and was hesitant to read this because I didn't want to offend William by not reading it. Turned out I can honestly give an excellent review!
"Amazing!!!" This book will keep you reading and reading until you hit the saddest part, the end, where you wish it would just keep going...it doesn't take 3 weeks to read and it cautiously and constantly grabs your attention...a definite must read...
"Demons are all around us, but the worst are found within…" Brutally murdered, a catholic priest hangs crucified on the side of an abandoned brewery. Steven Carvelle, a feature reporter for the Courtsdale Courier, covers the slaying. One murder leads to the another, each one more heinous, and a serial killer is born. Tormented by his own internal demons while covering these cases, Carvelle begins having his own nightmares of increasing brutality. Subsequently, his relationship with his girlfriend, best friend, as well as his inner self deteriorates and his grasp on reality begins to warp. Carvelle questions the meaning of life, the purpose of religion, and what the slayings all have in common. Unfortunately, the answer may be one he is unwilling to face. While reading William Aicher’s, The Trouble With Being God, I was reminded of the 1987 movie Angel Heart starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, and Lisa Bonet. Both feature a main character trying to solve the mystery... More > surrounding a series of brutal slayings while evidence mounts pointing to them as the potential killer. Both also have substantial religious overtones. Aicher’s writing is crisp and the novel moves quickly. There are a number of philosophical discussions between Carvelle and his friend Miles that recall the days of late night college dorm room discussions. Many of these involve religion and its role in society. However, not all are delved into as deeply as I would have liked. Also, for those expected neat and tidy closure to the various story arcs, you may be a little frustrated at the end. But realize Aicher’s focus isn’t necessarily the slayings themselves, though this provides the novels backbone pushing the plot forward, but the inner journey of our own occasional brutal thoughts and passions and how we choose to manage them. Something unique offered by this novel to enhance the readers experience, are Aicher’s footnoted musical selections to be listened to while reading various parts of the novel. For this, Aicher draws on his experience as Director of Marketing for an online sheet music retailer and previous position as Editor In-Chief for an online music review website. The songs are available on the books website. For those looking for a face paced read, while realizing the novel contains violence similar to that featured on an intense CSI episode, check out The Trouble With Being God.< Less
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