This is one of the most unique books I have read in a long time. Keep reading to find out why…
THIS NEVER HAPPENED is the peculiar story of Cepik Small (known as “Epic”) and his journey to find a sense of belonging in his world. Epic is unique in that he suffers from a cognitive disorder known as prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize and remember faces, which only adds to his feelings of disconnectedness.
Just as Epic begins seeing a new and unorthodox therapist, he also meets the bold and blithe Abigail Ayr. Then there are the questionable changes to his prescription meds, the ramblings of his dying father, his immersion into a virtual reality game, and the ghostly shadows he begins seeing everywhere. And when a novel found on the subway begins to strangely mirror events in Epic’s own life, his mysteries quickly and uncontrollably begin to unravel. Winding through a patchwork of allusions and clues, readers will slowly piece the truth together as Epic does, while simultaneously considering the possibility that our protagonist might actually be losing his grip on what’s real and what’s not.
Length: 285 Pages
Publisher: Endever Publishing Studios
Release Date: March 28, 2017
About the Author
R. Tim Morris is an anxiety-ridden, maladjusted, coffee drinking novelist, but not in a
cliché way. When not writing, he works as a library technician at an independent school in Vancouver, Canada. When not doing either, he’s usually reading fiction (contemporary, speculative, graphic novels), playing board games, double-checking New York City subway routes, bleeding blue as a die hard Rangers fan, and bleeding red from stepping on the kids’ Lego.
I will be posting an interview with R. Tim Morris in the next few days, so make sure to look out for that!
As I mentioned before, this is one of the most unique and interesting novels I have read in a long time. For starters, before you even get to the actual story, you get to read a short story that was written by one of the publisher’s other authors. The publisher, Endever Publishing Studios, has fashioned themselves more like a movie studio than a traditional publisher, so it is similar to how Pixar shows a short movie before you get to the main event. And I have to say, I absolutely loved the short story written by Matthew Wainwright. It got me so excited to read This Never Happened, because if the book was as good as that story, I was in for an awesome read.
And I was not disappointed. The first thing I noticed once I started This Never Happened was that it was written in 2nd person. I was stunned. I have read many books in 3rd person (She killed the robot) and many in 1st person (I killed the robot), but never before have I read a book in 2nd person (You kill the robot). It’s as if someone is narrating your life. YOU are now the main character. It is YOUR head you are in. I wasn’t quite sure if I would enjoy it, but I quickly got used to it and found that it fit the story perfectly. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend everyone else start writing in 2nd person, but it totally worked and created the necessary environment for when everything changes abruptly in the last chapter.
The main character is Epic, a man who has a lot of emotional baggage which is complicated by the fact that he can’t recognize faces. If he thinks he might meet you again he’ll memorize certain other recognizable features about you so that he’ll know it’s you. Maybe you hold your pen a peculiar way, or are constantly smoothing your hair, or something like that. And then he meets a girl who seems to be just as complicated (read: seriously messed up) as Epic is, or maybe even more so.
This is a character-driven suspense novel, at least it appeared that way to me, which is so unusual. Usually you have an event spurring on the action in a suspense novel, but in this novel so much is happening in the character’s head, and it’s hard to know what is reality and what is his imaginings.
R. Tim Morris did such a fabulous job setting up his characters, they are completely captivating. And his writing style is so vivid and alluring, that you will find yourself wanting to savor the pages, and yet at the same time, read as fast as you can because you can’t get enough of it.
I highly recommend reading This Never Happened and am giving it 5 out of 5 Stars.
*Note: This novel has very little violence, some sexual references, and quite a bit of language (many uses of the F-word)
This Never Happened is currently available digitally. Click on the image below to purchase it, and make sure to check back here in a few days for an interview with R. TIm Morris. Happy Reading!!!