Blog Tour And Book Review Of “The Golden Orphans” By Gary Raymond @garyraymond @parthianbooks @damppebbles


The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond

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Book Blurb:

Within the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war, lies a terrible secret…


Francis Benthem is a successful artist; he’s created a new life on an island in the sun. He works all night, painting the dreams of his mysterious Russian benefactor, Illy Prostakov. He writes letters to old friends and students back in cold, far away London. But now Francis Benthem is found dead. The funeral is planned and his old friend from art school arrives to finish what Benthem had started. The painting of dreams on a faraway island. But you can also paint nightmares and Illy has secrets of his own that are not ready for the light. Of promises made and broken, betrayal and murder…


The Golden Orphans offers a new twist on the literary thriller.

MY REVIEW-  Thank you Emma for inviting me on to the blog tour for The Golden Orphans. While this was a very short book (under 200 pages) it was packed with a punch. I didn’t know what to expect once I started reading it. I was a bit leery, I wasn’t drawn in by the cover, and usually that is one thing that helps me decide on picking up a book. However, this book was deeply atmospheric and I found myself really pulled in by the narration and writing style.

With it being 155 pages, it didn’t have the typical thriller buildup, it started quick, and ended just as quickly. I don’t really read a lot of Russian character heavy books, but I had no problem visualizing them in this book. Overall I am very impressed, and I am happy to have been invited on the blog tour. 

About Gary Raymond:

Gary Raymond is a novelist, critic, editor and broadcaster. He is the presenter of BBC Radio Wales’, The Review Show, and is one of the founding editors of Wales Arts Review. He is the author of two novels, The Golden Orphans (Parthian, 2018) and For Those Who Come After (Parthian, 2015). He is a widely published critic and cultural commentator.

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Published by Parthian Books on 30th June 2018

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