The Unicorn Is Penned, Unicorn Tapestries, c. 1495–1505 (The Cloisters,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City)
The Maya Vision Serpent
From Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
FICTION SUSPENSE & THRILLERS
can be both fleeting and contrary. Eden is an artist haunted by visions
of a rhinoceros and a snake. She is at the pinnacle of her career and
yet something is missing in her life, something that sends her into a
drug-filled world as she struggles just to make it one day at a time.
Her fall from grace is a lonely one. Step inside the pages and watch
what happened when EDEN FELL....
Lily’s use of language is exquisite! She utilizes a variety of literary
styles to create a stunning stream of consciousness in which we feel
Eden’s pain, her loneliness, her heartbreak. Eden’s inability to
maintain her façade is painful at times and yet the quality of
the language makes it an almost poetical tragedy. The mythical and
religious undertones of EDEN FELL add another layer of depth to the
story as one can’t help but see the ephemeral illusions of a life
marked by notoriety.
It’s not easy to make someone like Eden likable. Her self-absorption
and seemingly unwillingness to take advantage of the opportunities
afforded her could make her obnoxious and yet Lily shows us the demons
haunting Eden. In fact, it’s hard not to cheer for Eden. The conclusion
isn’t entirely unexpected and yet it is the perfect ending, one that
adds a mystical quality to the story. I hesitate to say more for fear
of spoilers but suffice to say that EDEN FELL is the sort of book that
would be ideal for a book discussion group because of the hidden depths
and the stirring quality of the narrative. EDEN FELL is sure to provoke
strong feelings in the reader as Lily doesn’t pull any punches. Bravo
to Lily for such a daring and edgy tale!
Publisher: Damnation Books (September 2009)
by Debbie, Debbie Wiley Book Reviews