The Garden of Blue Roses

The Garden of Blue Roses

A car lies at the bottom of an icy ravine. Slumped over the steering wheel, dead, is the most critically acclaimed horror writer of his time. Was it an accident? His son Milo doesn't care. For the first time in his life, he's free. No more nightmarish readings, spooky animal rites, or moonlit visions of his father in the woods with a notebook and vampire make-up.

Or so he thinks.

Milo settles into a quiet routine—constructing model Greek warships and at last building a relationship with his sister Klara, who's home after a failed marriage and brief career as an English teacher. Then Klara hires a gardener to breathe new life into their overgrown estate. There's something odd about him—something eerily reminiscent of their father's most violent villain. Or is Milo imagining things? He’s not sure. That all changes the day the gardener discovers something startling in the woods. Suddenly Milo is fighting for his life, forced to confront the power of fictional identity as he uncovers the shocking truth about his own dysfunctional family—and the supposed accident that claimed his parents’ lives.

Title:The Garden of Blue Roses
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781630230616
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About Michael Barsa

Michael Barsa grew up in a German-speaking household in New Jersey and spoke no English until he went to school. So began an epic struggle to master the American "R" and a lifelong fascination with language. He's lived on three continents and spent many summers in southern Germany and southern Vermont.


    The Garden of Blue Roses Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”I didn’t trust his death. Father was an author. He was words. You can’t kill words---can’t lock them up and drive them off a cliff.” The Crane children were raised on tales such as Charles ...

  • Michael

    But wait, you say, you're the author…. Let me explain.Sometimes love happens all at once. There it is: Boom! LOVE! Other times it’s a more gradual recognition, a process of allowing yourself to fa...

  • Glenn Russell

    Reading American author Michael Barsa’s The Garden of Blue Roses, I was thoroughly enchanted. Quite the debut novel. Since so much of the tale lies in its style as much as its action, other than not...

  • Jaline

    This novel took me on a journey that was well out of my comfort zone. At the same time, it gripped me so firmly I couldn’t put it down.A famous horror writer and his wife are killed in a car acciden...

  • Robin

    I once reviewed a book, giving it 2 stars, with a bit of shrill, teenage disappointment tainting my words. I was mortified when the author of this book "liked" my review that day. I couldn't sleep tha...

  • Morgannah Usher

    I am calling it right now, The Garden of Blue Roses is destined to become one of the great American Gothic novels. Mr. Barsa, making his debut as a novelist, deftly uses atmosphere and symbolism to cr...

  • Rebecca McNutt

    I was originally drawn to this book because of the praise it received from Alice Sebold, who wrote a book I really loved called The Lovely Bones. That, plus I love all things horror. It's a beautifull...

  • Michelle

    Milo Crane I sort of adore you. You're strange, eccentric, and quite funny. I enjoyed being inside your head and I do love your dark humor. I liked this book but I did find it a bit confusing at times...

  • Sue

    In this excellent story, we meet Milo Crane one of the least reliable unreliable narrators I have encountered thus far. In a novel strewn with Gothic touches, there are also other characters who feel ...

  • Betsy Robinson

    Creepy and slow-burning, sometimes funny (it ends on a wonderfully unexpected laugh), this gothic novel—the first I’ve ever read—is fun!Michael Barsa is a writer’s writer, as well as being one...