This is an amazing debut novel by Thomas R. Clark. The novel is a peek into the mind of someone working out how to commit suicide because his life no longer has meaning. Clark has found a way to weave a tale that has ample sarcasm, brutal terror, and dread while keeping the subject of suicide in the background as the story unfolds. The power of this story is more meaningful to me after reading the Acknowledgements section at the end of the novel. Clark takes us through several dynamic emotions; to the edge of darkness and back. There is a powerful message in this story that everyone should read. Clark also reminds us that we each have a role in helping our friends that struggle with their inner demons and that there is help if they reach for it.
Ronnie Dark is a washed up rock star. His band, The Dark, has broken up, he is in the midst of a divorce with his wife and hates his life. He wants to get revenge by leaving his wife a parting gift in the house he is supposed to vacate. Meanwhile, a psychopath has found a way to escape confinement and has some unfinished business to take care of at his old home, the home currently owned by Ronnie Dark and his wife. Murder and mayhem ensue while Ronnie is trying to decide what is the best way to leave both this world and the perfect retribution.