Killian Lone is a man haunted by a past filled with taunting bullies.
Killian Lone is also a man blessed with an inborn gift for the creation of gastronomical wonders.
When young Killian receives a coveted apprenticeship with his idol, the famed "gentleman chef" Max Mann, it appears that things are finally looking up for the young chef. He quickly comes to learn, however, that things and people are not always as they seem.
This book suffers from a lack of focus which starts to befuddle the reader at somewhere around the book's midpoint and doesn't stop until its end.
All things before this point are sheer perfection.
This book is written in the same vein as "Like Water For Chocolate", but without the lyrical voice or feminine emotionality.
The tone of this read is most decidedly male, and as such can seem very matter of fact at times.
Roald Dahl meets William Burroughs and American Psycho...A cruel and disturbing tale about the filth behind fine dining. "Hell's kitchen has a new head chef - Max Mann is one of the most compellingly repulsive villains in recent fiction and I rooted for his whipping-boy turned nemesis, Killian Lone, on every page. This is a pitch-dark, highly original fable about family, ambition and the redemptive power of cooking. By turns enchanting and grotesque, I couldn't tear myself away from it." Erin Kelly