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Blog Tour: Captain Clive’s Dreamworld – Jon Bassoff*

After becoming the suspect in the death of a young woman, Deputy Sam Hardy is reassigned to the town of Angels and Hope, which, within its borders, holds the once magnificent amusement park, Captain Clive’s Dreamworld. When he arrives, however, Hardy notices some strange happenings. The park is essentially empty of customers. None of the townsfolk ever seem to sleep. And girls seem to be going missing with no plausible explanation.

As Hardy begins investigating, his own past is drawn into question by the town, and he finds himself becoming more and more isolated. The truth—about the town and himself—will lead him to understand that there’s no such thing as a clean escape.
When he arrives, however, Hardy notices some strange happenings. The park is essentially empty of customers. None of the townsfolk ever seem to sleep. And girls seem to be going missing with no plausible explanation.

As Hardy begins investigating, his own past is drawn into question by the town, and he finds himself becoming more and more isolated. The truth—about the town and himself—will lead him to understand that there’s no such thing as a clean escape.

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Jon Bassoff was born in 1974 in New York City and currently lives with his family in a ghost town somewhere in Colorado. His mountain gothic novel,

His mountain gothic novel, Corrosion, has been translated in French and German and was nominated for the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, France’s biggest crime fiction award.

Two of his novels, The Drive-Thru Crematorium and The Disassembled Man, have been adapted for the big screen with Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild; Once Upon a Time in America) attached to star in The Disassembled Man.

For his day job, Bassoff teaches high school English where he is known by students and faculty alike as the deranged writer guy. He is a connoisseur of tequila, hot sauces, psychobilly music, and flea-bag motels.

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My thoughts:

This got dark super fast – the veneer of happiness in Captain Clive’s perfect small town is so thin it’s virtually transparent. Deputy Hardy is running from his past but the town is riddled with its own secrets – terrible secrets.

The moment he realises there’s nothing he can do, that no one will listen to him and gives in to its fake world is harrowing. It could be read as a comment on our world and when we ignore the things going on around us and just go along with it.

There are some interesting ideas and parallels between the world Captain Clive wants people to live in and the world some people choose to live in in our reality – ignoring the darkness and evil bubbling underneath.

It was an interesting, fascinating and disturbing read that really made me think about things.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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