Keith Eldred – Rubrum

Title: Rubrum
Author: Keith Eldred
Year: 2015
Goodreads page: Link

In this radical remix of A CHRISTMAS CAROL-as in the original classic-a stubborn loner receives an otherworldly summons and fears for a child he has never met. Everything else is updated and scrambled.
Evan Easter works alone on transmissions, shunning everyone except customers, suppliers and a few family members who come around to make sure he hasn’t died yet. From his youth linger whispers of cruelty by his father, Jake, yet Evan mysteriously left school to spend years working at Jake’s side.
Those closest to Evan know of his enormous generosity, his guilt over an accident long past, and the loss that nearly drove him mad. But only Evan knows how his life’s tragedies connect, what severed him from the person he loved the most, and the dire premonition he cannot escape.
His carefully-maintained isolation is shattered when the radio brings him voices silenced long ago and he receives a visitor who cannot possibly walk the earth. Summoned to spots tied to his darkest moments and forced outside his shell for the sake of a soul in peril, Evan must decide whether to drive into the unknown and draw on deadly capabilities born of a lifelong fight to survive.
(from Goodreads)

After reading The Red Button from the same author I was expecting something on the same line and instead here we have a style totally different from it. Here the author focuses a lot on the descriptions of the things and the places, some of them even totally hilarious, that help the reader immerse himself in the mood of the book.

The protagonist in the beginning seems like the extremization of an introverted person in the 21st century making things almost comical… but the story is more tragic than how it appears at the beginning and despite the laugh that it’s able to bring on some of it’s part there will be also sadness.

The beginning of the book is a bit iffy but then the reader is put on an amazing rollercoaster of emotions that will constantly alternate moments of serenity with ones of grief and sadness.
The book then evolves in unexpected ways but the references to A Christmas Carol are obvious.

I also liked the message that it conveyed to me: life could be full of misfortune but we always have to find the strength to go on, finding our goal and without punishing ourselves for things we didn’t have power on.

Totally recommended! 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is part of the project.
“Keith Eldred created the THIS IS RED project with his wife Janet, a public library director diagnosed with early-stage dementia. With Janet’s condition making every day precious, they decided to make the most of 2020, the year of their 30th anniversary, by publishing 20 Christmas books. All profits go the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, where Janet works. See more at”

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