Review: The Shiny Guys – moved

The Shiny Guys
The Shiny Guys by Doug MacLeod
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. Like. Wow.
This book is just so unusual. It is the story of Colin Lapsley. The year is 1985. Colin sees things out the corner of his eyes. Shiny red guys, in leather jackets. As soon as he looks at them, they go, but he knows – they’re always there. Colin is admitted to Ward 44. He shares a room with revolting Len. He has a good friend, Mango. Mango has a compulsion to hug people – and he can’t let go. Colin doesn’t mind. He just waits until Mango calms down. And then there’s Anthea.
Parallels have made between this book and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – but besides them both being set in a psychiatric facility, there aren’t really any similarities to be drawn.
I enjoyed that way that Doug teases out the story, giving the reader little clues and teasers as to how and why Colin is where he is and why he is.
This is a really ‘different’ book. And recommended.

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