I received a free copy of this book.
As usual these days, it’s been a few days since I actually finished reading the book.
“The Eighth Day Brotherhood” is essentially about several characters and their connections to a series of murders by a cult. If you’re weak to any sort of gore, you may not want to continue.
The first murder is of a male model, who is brutally disfigured and then propped up in a public area with his eyes burnt out and wings attached to his body, in order to replicate Icarus. His lover, Remy, is distraught and determined to find the killer, but the 1800’s isn’t a place that’s very accepting or understanding place for gay lovers or occult bookstore owners.
The police are suspicious of him, but while that’s happening more bodies show up the next morning. Remy sneaks off to do his own investigation.
Meanwhile, we also follow Claude, a drunken, daydreaming artist who is captivated by one of the mental patients at an insane asylum. His father, a famous painter, passed away and he’s since been raised and trained by a friend of his father, Baltard. Baltard is another well-known painter, but his style of painting is out of fashion now. Still, they’re wealthy and famous, and he’s doing his best to train Claude to be a good painter.
I’m not sure how much I’ll have to say about this book because I didn’t take many notes. I didn’t have to make notes about mistakes or anything. As far as the downside, I think I can say mostly two things.
One: The book switches between points of view fairly often. The sections are separated, but it’s not a new chapter each time. I understood this after a bit, but because of how it started like this I became confused initially, and some of that confusion carried over throughout the book. We see the point of view of the culprit first. When we switch to Claude’s view, I thought he was the messenger because I thought it was going back and forth. I kept thinking that for quite a while.
Two: Sometimes the language is a bit flowery for me. I’m more of a short, concise person, honestly. I wouldn’t say it’s overbearing, though.
Other than that, I really didn’t have any issues. Well, I suppose maybe I had an issue with the bad guy. It can be very hard to write smug, insane bad guys without making it seem like they’re evil for the sake of being evil for the plot. He had some backstory to him, but I never felt like it was overly convincing why he and the others all partook in the murders. It was basically like a bunch of people taking a Ouija board way too seriously.
I enjoyed the plot and following different characters. The book definitely covers the unfair treatment of woman, with two lead female characters who have lost everything for one reason or another, and are basically kept like prizes for men. The insane asylum is essentially a prison for women who didn’t have anyone who would stand up for them, and they’re used and abused on a whim. Even the model who works in the wealthy home of Baltard is there because ‘he had to have her’. I don’t believe we ever even learn her real name, because he couldn’t pronounce it and just called her the name of the town she’s from.
I think, in one way, the ending was my favorite part, and I’ll spoil that here. After the The Eighth Day Brotherhood slaughters, mutilates, and displays the corpses of many models in their futile quest for immortality and finding another world, they’re readily forgotten quickly as soon as their caught. Considering their quest to make themselves so important and eternal, I think it was the most suitable punishment for them to bear – being gone and forgotten like a few grains of sand on the beach, easily replaced by the next scandal that comes up. I wish this was the sort of message that more criminals got.
If the concept is appealing to you and you don’t mind gruesome murders, I think it would be worth a look.
I give it a 9/10.