“Rather than simply being the fish that swims to the shore, you have to believe that you can be the fish that climbs a tree.”
The Fish that Climbed a Tree is the first book that I have read by Kevin Ansbro, and after today, it certainly won’t be my last. What a surprisingly memorable story this has proven to be, and nothing like I had expected- not that I really know what I was expecting, except to say that the title intrigued me enough to want to find out what it was all about.
I discovered along the way that Mr. Ansbro has a very detailed and descriptive style, which showcases his clever and imaginative storytelling. There is a lot going on in this book, in a great way- I was hooked very early on and remain engaged throughout the tale. It’s full of vivid imagery- weaving a tale of life, death, humanity, the afterlife, murder, mystery, violence, friendship, emotion, humour, good & evil, tragedy, heartache, mysticism, faith, love, redemption, history, literary and pop cultural references & icons, and plenty of thought provoking moments.
The story is written in such a way that it is entirely realistic and believable- with a touch of the dark and disturbing- this is so much more than just a murder mystery, or a bit of a ‘ghost’ story- and while the story itself is quite intriguing, it is the characters who really drove this story. They are all so well thought out and crafted- they’re fully realised individuals with their own particular quirks and flaws… so well done!
This story has stayed with me long after I had finished, I continue to ponder it , and for me that is a sure sign of a great book.
Looking forward to more from Mr. Ansbro in the future.
Thank you, Mr. Ansbro!
Reviewed by @angelahayes