What a piece of work is perception, how informed by context, how malleable in form.
I had never heard of Christoph Peter before the brightly coloured jacket of his novel The Fabric of Night caught my eye in a quiet corner of a quiet bookstore. It is a startling and disturbing tale of mystery, obsession, desperation and collapsing relationships.
It’s a dark tale, set against a failing relationship and the obsession and confusion that such a situation brings to the mind. The unfolding events are related by two narrators; truth, perception and reality twist and morph as the pieces slowly fall into place—and are removed and altered even as new ones are revealed with each chapter.
The characters are interesting, especially given how we see them through two different lenses (and how each of those lenses looks upon the other narrator). Those two narrators are, unsurprisingly, particularly compelling and their different voices stand out, though some of the other characters can feel a bit thin—unfortunate for what is really a psychological drama and study on how we deal with loss and rejection. The setting and the language is lush and vivid, and the tenseness that underlies everything is palpable without ever interfering with the raw enjoyment of the read.
The Fabric of Night by Christoph Peter at Hennepin County Library