Déjà Vu reviewed in The Guardian

Well, an exciting day today – I’ve been reviewed in that illustrious publication, The Guardian Review. Here’s the full review (penned by Jon Courtney Grimwood):

Financial investigator Saskia Brandt is dedicated to fighting high-level crime, or at least she thinks she is. David Proctor has no memory of bombing a British research facility in 2003, but plenty of people seem to think he did it. Then there’s Bruce Shimoda, who is doing his absolute best to hide from a metal shark. While John Hatfield is a billionaire American philanthropist. Unless, of course, he’s something else … Ian Hocking’s first novel mixes terrorism, time travel, counterintelligence and virtual reality.

What makes Déjà Vu interesting is the understated, almost 1950s feeling Hocking brings to what is essentially a post-cyberpunk novel about murder and identity. His layering of the narrative is thoughtful and the way he makes events from different decades mirror each other shows quiet skill. This is a small-press publication; as such, it probably won’t get the exposure it deserves. Larger publishers may want to take note.”

Unfortunately, this blog will have to be mega-quick because I’m with my family in Cornwall and working hard as impromptu IT support! Thanks to the three As in getting Déjà Vu to the stage where it’s fit for review: Andrea, Aliya and Anthony. And thanks to Jon for his kind words.

If you will excuse me, I will now go to the pub: The Rasheligh in Charlestown, St. Austell. I’ll be the one with the newspaper.

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Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

3 thoughts on “Déjà Vu reviewed in The Guardian”

  1. I followed your link to your entry – Under the Limes – for the Radio Ryedale short story competition. It is brilliant!

    I found it to be a brilliant, haunting story. I love the use of metaphorical language, something I’m trying to master myself! (I’m merely fumbling around for some matches at the moment, wondering if I’ll every see that dazzling flash of inspiration and the lighting of the cigarette of brilliant language!).

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