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‘Primal’ by Deborah Serra

Samuel slips the knife to Rex.

Wilkins rocks forward onto his toes, to get a clear look at Ben, who sits in reverence with his head dropped forward, exposing the pale smooth nape of his vulnerable neck.

The air is rank with odor from damp armpits, oily hair, and decaying gums. It’s the smell of rot.

When Wilkins has guard duty on Sunday mornings, he watches Ben Burne, because it makes him feel hopeful here among the human scrap meat. He is drawn to the devotion on Ben’s face, and so he doesn’t notice the jagged-edged homemade blade as it is passed from one inmate’s hand to the next, underneath the lip of the stainless steel pew.

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As this was a competition win, courtesy of the lovely Vicki, over at ‘I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach’, a PDF of  ‘Primal’, was sent to me free of charge, by its author Deborah Serra, in exchange for which I offered a review.

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    • Hi Nikki,

      That would be my guess as well, although I didn’t read on past that first paragraph, as I am nowhere near ready to start reading the book yet and I didn’t want to spoil it for myself!

      It probably has to have quite a dramatic opening, as from what Deborah says in her bio., ‘Primal’ started out life as a screenplay, long before it ever transformed into a novel.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a great holiday weekend, are you doing anything special?

      • I’m having a relaxing weekend and trying to catch up on some reading.

        In answer to your comment on my “Royalty” blog post, I’ve got tickets booked for a few events at Hay next weekend. I’ll be seeing talks by Robert Lindsay, Patrick Ness and Matt Haig, Rupert Everett and Miranda Hart.

        • Hi Nikki,

          At least the weather looks set fair for the entire weekend, very conducive to sun-lounger time in a slightly shaded area of the garden, with a good book.

          We have quite a hectic Saturday and Sunday and the same again next weekend, as this particular couple of weeks are full of birthdays and anniversaries, including my own and Dave’s.

          It was a lovely stroll along the seafront in Weymouth yesterday (stroll six and a half miles!! ). We are taking my dad to see the rhododendron gardens at Bowood this morning, followed by a large family BBQ afterwards. Tomorrow I am having a long lie in, then catching up on some household chores …. Spare time to read!! What’s that???

          Your talk by Miranda Hart is bound to be hilarious and great fun. I can remember Robert Lindsay in ‘Citizen Smith’ and ‘My Family’ and think that he is definitely one of those characters who has only improved with age! I have listened to him speak before (only on the television) and he is such a well-read and well-informed person, that you should have a great time, I am sooo! jealous.


    • Hi Tracy,

      Ugh! Not a nice working environment if you are Wilkins, although now that you paint such a pretty picture of the scene, I can even better imagine this as a film or television drama.

      I can just see this disparate bunch of characters plotting right under Wilkins nose and I am now wondering whether Ben is involved in the plot, or whether he is the indeed the one hopeful element in the bunch!

      Talking about decaying gums … I have a dentist appointment next Tuesday … hopefully just for the checkup!!

      Have a good weekend.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Is this really the smell of rot, or the scent of a group of clearly desperate individuals, who sense a possible fight and freedom on the horizon?

      I love descriptive writing, that really helps to set me right in the middle of scene, so if the rest of the story is as good as those opening lines, then I shall be very pleased.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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