Sunday, November 8, 2009

Review for PERVALISM by M.E Ellis

I've written many dozens of reviews in my life. Some of the books just stick with you, and that's a great indicator, isn't it? PERVALISM was one of those that I still think about. Thought I'd share - and be sure to check out the trailer, it's so damned good, it's a lesson in how to make effective trailers!

- Aaron Paul Lazar

Title: Pervalism
Author: M.E Ellis
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Publisher's Address: P.O. Box 4897, Culver City, CA, 90231-4897
ISBN number: 1-934069-21-3.
Price: $15.99
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Pervalism is a gripping journey into the tortured mind of serial killer John Brookes. Abused by an odious mother and adored by a doting father, Brookes’ psyche is scarred from childhood. His sins begin with animal torture, which gives him a weighty sense of power and a bizarre sensual release. Although the torture scenes were tough to read, the story beguiled this reader with ghoulish fascination and it was impossible not to read Pervalism in one sitting. 

Pervalism is not for the faint of heart. Brookes’ vile behaviors escalate as he reaches his teen years. When his promiscuous mother bears a child, resultant from an affair, his jealousy erupts into obsessive rage. She appears to love the new baby. Yet Brookes is riddled with questions, ripped apart by the disparity. How could she have hated him so much, yet love the squalling baby who now rides in his old pram? His hostility and excessive envy push him to stalk her, and when opportunities ripen, he drives her to a ghastly deed.

Oddly enough, Brookes matures into a seemingly normal man who marries, has a child, and holds down a job as a hospital janitor. Yet, perhaps it isn’t really so strange, when one considers the current day killers who are unmasked and found to be living sedately in suburbia, reportedly considered “nice, quiet neighbors.” Brookes holds out for several years without giving into his baser needs. The devil quiets when he learns to love his wife and son with ferocity.

When Brookes’ family is treated poorly, a rumbling sense of outrage collides with old feelings of violence and revenge, and the grisly deeds of his earlier life are perpetuated.

As the body count rises, Ellis exhibits a unique talent in her ability to provoke understanding and empathy for her homicidal protagonist. Brookes’ pain is palpable. His fears understandable. His rage predictable. Each time he kills anew, however, the horror escalates to unpredictable levels.

M.E’s skill is consummate. Her voice, consistent and eerie, will ensnare the most reticent reader. An English setting, the backdrop for Brookes’ heinous acts, provides a rich tapestry of British culture that weaves depth and a strong sense of place into the work. John Brookes becomes lifelike in this potent and unforgettable thriller.

Watch the book trailer at and purchase either the ebook or print book here.


Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Good review. It's a fine art in itself writing an appealing and seductive review, Aaron. You don't tell me too much, but just enough that I'm curious. I'm tempted to go to the trailer, then read an excerpt. Actually, I will. I can't afford any more books, so thank goodness for our library.

John Katzenbach's The Traveler stayed with me like this. I still remember the story, and it's been probably 10 yrs since I read it.

s.w. vaughn said...

Oh, man, I LOVED this book. Thanks for posting this fantastic review of an excellent story!