EVERY MOUNTAIN MADE LOW
She sees dead people
released OUT NOW! 416 pages | Paperback/ebook
Author alex White
Basic social interaction is governed by unspoken rules and body language cues that most of us take for granted, because we don’t remember learning how they work. But for Loxley, who may be on the autistic spectrum (the word’s never used in the book), tone of voice and facial expression are parts of a foreign language that she’s spent years learning how to decipher, and that she has to work at every single day. Life would be complicated enough, frankly, if she hadn’t also inherited the family knack of seeing – and being seen by – the ghosts of people who have died violent deaths.
Alex White handles his non-neurotypical protagonist with sensitivity rather than sensationalism; Loxley is smart, resourceful, creative, and more than the sum of her disability, although with everything she goes through it’s a marvel she manages to keep going. The same can’t quite be said of the world White builds around Loxley, a corporatecontrolled industrial hellhole that Charles Dickens would find OTT, or his plot, which starts out as a sort of dystopian noir but makes repeated detours into sexual assault and Grand Guignol. Gripping but grim. Nic Clarke
Alex White modelled Loxley’s behaviour on that of the brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa – hence the name!