I had almost let this one pass as I don’t read much in the way of contemporary fiction these days. A quick glance at the blurb piqued my interest and so I gave Cerberus Nurtured by J J Shurte a chance. I was not disappointed.
The book is split into three, each with a diary-like retelling of events from the three main protagonists from their point of view. As all three of the characters have a relationship with each other in one form or another, so there were the particular instances where events would cross over. This is where the device known as the Unreliable Narrator comes into full effect. The differing interpretations of the crossed over events drive each of the plots in their own paths. You discover more about the characters as their perceptions play out and contrast in surprising ways when retold from another point of view, revealing facets of the previous character that they would have not disclosed personally to themselves.
While each of the characters formed many traits less savoury of a human being, each and every one of them I could empathise with fully. As more history was revealed from each of the characters from internal conflicts and struggles they’ve had to overcome, and in some cases have to learn to deal with, the external personas described by the others, reveal so much more about all of them.
The novel itself is littered with various clues and red herrings, so keep a watch out for them too.
A thoroughly good read, but be warned, there is a fair amount of profanity through it, as well as a few unsettling moments that pushed my regular reading comfort zone.