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A father's decades-long search for his missing daughter. A young woman about to engineer the perfect scream. The most dangerous secret Hollywood has ever kept. Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. He's never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with his first major lead in over a decade, and he may finally be on the ver A father's decades-long search for his missing daughter. A young woman about to engineer the perfect scream. The most dangerous secret Hollywood has ever kept. Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. He's never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with his first major lead in over a decade, and he may finally be on the verge of discovering the awful truth. Meanwhile, Mitzi Ives has carved out a space among the Foley artists creating the immersive sounds giving Hollywood films their authenticity. Using the same secret techniques as her father before her, she's become an industry-leading expert in the sound of violence and horror, creating screams so bone-chilling, they may as well be real. Soon Foster and Ives find themselves on a collision course that threatens to expose the violence hidden beneath Hollywood's glamorous faรงade. A grim and disturbing reflection on the commodification of suffering and the dangerous power of art, THE INVENTION OF SOUND is Chuck Palahniuk at the peak of his literary powersโ€”his most suspenseful, most daring, and most genre-defying work yet.


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A father's decades-long search for his missing daughter. A young woman about to engineer the perfect scream. The most dangerous secret Hollywood has ever kept. Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. He's never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with his first major lead in over a decade, and he may finally be on the ver A father's decades-long search for his missing daughter. A young woman about to engineer the perfect scream. The most dangerous secret Hollywood has ever kept. Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. He's never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with his first major lead in over a decade, and he may finally be on the verge of discovering the awful truth. Meanwhile, Mitzi Ives has carved out a space among the Foley artists creating the immersive sounds giving Hollywood films their authenticity. Using the same secret techniques as her father before her, she's become an industry-leading expert in the sound of violence and horror, creating screams so bone-chilling, they may as well be real. Soon Foster and Ives find themselves on a collision course that threatens to expose the violence hidden beneath Hollywood's glamorous faรงade. A grim and disturbing reflection on the commodification of suffering and the dangerous power of art, THE INVENTION OF SOUND is Chuck Palahniuk at the peak of his literary powersโ€”his most suspenseful, most daring, and most genre-defying work yet.

30 review for The Invention of Sound

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Have you ever read a book that has rendered you utterly speechless upon finishing it? That's exactly what The Invention of Sound did to me after flipping the final page. It's no secret that Chuck Palahniuk is known for penning all things weird, but I think this new work of fiction really takes the cake. I've said it before but I'll say it again: the sign of excellent horror is when an author can take the unbelievable and turn you into a conspiracy theorist. Did I start googling all things relate Have you ever read a book that has rendered you utterly speechless upon finishing it? That's exactly what The Invention of Sound did to me after flipping the final page. It's no secret that Chuck Palahniuk is known for penning all things weird, but I think this new work of fiction really takes the cake. I've said it before but I'll say it again: the sign of excellent horror is when an author can take the unbelievable and turn you into a conspiracy theorist. Did I start googling all things related to foley art, Hollywood secret rituals, and which foods make gross sounds associated with on screen bodily harm? You betcha. In all seriousness, this story was heart breaking and thought provoking, and I might just have to read it again to pick up on all the deep layers I missed on my first run through. If you get queasy easily, you may want to pass on this one, not only because there are many gory descriptions, but there is also a good portion of the plot dealing with a father hunting down pedophiles and other low lives to try and find his missing daughter. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Chuck Palahniuk's latest offering is unsurprisingly for those who love their horror or are fans of his trademark original forays into the dark, sick, seedy and twisted worlds and the flawed and desperate characters he creates. It's difficult to stop reading, even when it often becomes too much, his visceral writing, kaleidoscopic and episodic, makes a memorable impact, and it can be hard to wipe from your imagination what you have just read. Gates Foster is a broken father whose auburn haired yo Chuck Palahniuk's latest offering is unsurprisingly for those who love their horror or are fans of his trademark original forays into the dark, sick, seedy and twisted worlds and the flawed and desperate characters he creates. It's difficult to stop reading, even when it often becomes too much, his visceral writing, kaleidoscopic and episodic, makes a memorable impact, and it can be hard to wipe from your imagination what you have just read. Gates Foster is a broken father whose auburn haired young daughter, Lucinda, was abducted, and he has never been able to move on, his world fractured, grief stricken, obsessed and addicted to his memories of her, willing to pay for and indulge in fantasies that keep her alive in his mind, how she might look now and be in the present. He sinks into the murky and depraved world of the dark web, chasing paedophiles, the likes of the notorious child sex trafficker, Paolo Lassiter, sighted in Denver, Colorado. To try and help him come to terms with the loss of Lucinda, he joins a group who have lost children. In Hollywood, the dangerous Mitzi Ives, is a gifted foley artist when it comes to producing screams that have given her power, an art that commands her almost unheard of rewards, a profession that she ventures to think of as a political act, one that makes people both afraid of her and venerate her. The screams she creates are ones she wants remembered in Hollywood's history of famous screams, used widely in numerous disparate areas outside of film. Mitzi has a family history to uphold when it comes to the invention of her screams, the horrifying terror of screams captured from victims in the last throes of their lives. Mitzi and Gates Foster's paths are destined to cross in this chilling and compulsive narrative. This is not a read for the faint of heart, and to be honest, it probably really wasn't for me, possibly because of my current frame of mind. However, I cannot deny that it is well written and compulsive, and it will appeal to the horror fiction fans out there. Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Farrah

    Ahhhh Palahniuk is in ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ž๐™œ๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข with this book! What a joy this was to read. A dark, demented, nauseous joy. ๐˜Ž๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ'๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ 17 ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฐ. ๐˜๐˜ฆ'๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ด - ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต. ๐˜”๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ป๐˜ช ๐˜๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ'๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ/๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต. ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ - ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ. Will Palahniuk ever write a book that I enjoy as much as Fight Club? Probably not, but this one isn't Ahhhh Palahniuk is in ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ž๐™œ๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข with this book! What a joy this was to read. A dark, demented, nauseous joy. ๐˜Ž๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ'๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ 17 ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฐ. ๐˜๐˜ฆ'๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ด - ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต. ๐˜”๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ป๐˜ช ๐˜๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ'๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ/๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต. ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ - ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ. Will Palahniuk ever write a book that I enjoy as much as Fight Club? Probably not, but this one isn't too far off. And like all his books, this one will teach you random facts you likely never knew and will cause you to spend a bit of time on Google. Because really, what even is Goofy Holler anyways?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    This book is a freaking daymare!!!!๐Ÿคฆ Will give me nightmares for sure โ˜บ๏ธ ๐Ÿคฆ My first Chuck Palahniuk book and it did its harm. The first read by the author and I really got spooked! Not because it's some horror ghost read but because it's gruesome and graphic. This is the story of a man who could not accept the possible death of his daughter who got lost 18 years ago. He seemed to get a clue about his missing daughter and went on to do things to discover the truth through means he didn't get to judge This book is a freaking daymare!!!!๐Ÿคฆ Will give me nightmares for sure โ˜บ๏ธ ๐Ÿคฆ My first Chuck Palahniuk book and it did its harm. The first read by the author and I really got spooked! Not because it's some horror ghost read but because it's gruesome and graphic. This is the story of a man who could not accept the possible death of his daughter who got lost 18 years ago. He seemed to get a clue about his missing daughter and went on to do things to discover the truth through means he didn't get to judge right or wrong. This is also the story of a young woman who did unimaginable things to record authentic bonechilling sounds for horror thriller Hollywood movies and was doing quite well. These two characters come together unexpectedly to expose the hidden dirty secrets of Hollywood. Well, these characters are a nightmare! They are unlikeable but so damn interesting that I just couldn't stop reading to know what they were going to do next! Crazy characters indeed! The writing hooked me till the end. The book is short but there were some disturbing scenes that made me stop reading the book. Yes, trigger warnings for explicit acts, violence, suicidal acts, self-harm. Well, that's a book I would never forget!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily B

    3.5 rounded up I loved that this felt like the old stuff! Quirky and dark and original. However I just donโ€™t think it completely came together and actually at times I was rather confused. Iโ€™d say it was worth reading if you liked Chuckโ€™s earlier stuff.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Extremely disturbing, stomach churning, dark, challenging, truly gory, but extra smart, captivating, quirky, mad as hell! Nope: Iโ€™m not talking about my own characteristics, Iโ€™m defining this book! But at the winter times I exactly turned into someone matches the description of this story! Eventually itโ€™s so normal I became addictive of Mr. Palahniuk ( since Fight Club, Choke and Invisible Monsters, I swear to read anything he publishes whether I hate or fall in love!) The other thing dragged me Extremely disturbing, stomach churning, dark, challenging, truly gory, but extra smart, captivating, quirky, mad as hell! Nope: Iโ€™m not talking about my own characteristics, Iโ€™m defining this book! But at the winter times I exactly turned into someone matches the description of this story! Eventually itโ€™s so normal I became addictive of Mr. Palahniuk ( since Fight Club, Choke and Invisible Monsters, I swear to read anything he publishes whether I hate or fall in love!) The other thing dragged me into this story is so detailed, creative approach to the art of foley. As a moviemaker, I always believe the sound department designates the success and credibility of the movies: especially for horror genre. Even the faintest background sounds are extremely important to create a accurate and natural scene. Especially those screams freeze out bloods, chilling our bones, shattering our souls are product of great performance and well practiced techniques as if itโ€™s told in this novel. (Did you start to see Jamie Lee Curtisโ€™ years of soul crushing performance from different angle?Yes, you should. First her mother Janet Leigh became silent screamer at Hitchcockโ€™s Psycho and then she carries the torch from her by her ear bleeding my effective Halloween performance!) Anyways, weโ€™re introduced two main characters in this story. Both of them are unique, quirky, obsessed, loners. Gates Fosterโ€™s only aim is finding his daughter Lucy who has lost 17 years ago. His search puts him in dangerous and awkward situation, including facing with the disgusting pedophiles who are molesting young children. His path gets crossed with Mitzi Ives, foley artist who is inherited special techniques of creating bone chilling, immersive sounds from her own father. Their collusion may be resulted with deadly consequences about secretive and dark side of Hollywoodโ€™s polished facade. I highly recommend you not to have heavy good before or during your reading because this book throws so many explosive stuffs into your lap. There are so many wild, intense, gory descriptions may challenge your endurance. It is harsh, complex, ruthless but of course it is also clever, breathtaking, action packed, extra ordinary and surprising just like the authorโ€™s old school books. If you have high pain tolerance, defining yourself badass, willing to wear your big girlsโ€™ pants or adult diapers for taking your brave long steps to start your heart pounding journey, you chose the best book you can ever have! Especially Iโ€™m recommending this to the authorโ€™s die hard fans! blog instagram facebook twitter

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Kelsey

    For sure it's the best thing Palahniuk has written in 15 years, but it's also kind of a mess. The first third is pretty killer and has some of the best writing he's ever done, then it starts to fall apart in the middle third, mostly crumbles in the last third and has a slight uptick near the end to finish as... I'm not even sure. Goodish? For sure it's the best thing Palahniuk has written in 15 years, but it's also kind of a mess. The first third is pretty killer and has some of the best writing he's ever done, then it starts to fall apart in the middle third, mostly crumbles in the last third and has a slight uptick near the end to finish as... I'm not even sure. Goodish?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    another tragic case of me requesting a book because of it's cover. | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram another tragic case of me requesting a book because of it's cover. | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Ummm. I don't know. I liked a lot of this book, but it kind of lost me in the last quarter. Also... Written like this so much of the book is. Understand why I do not. So distracting it was. Ummm. I don't know. I liked a lot of this book, but it kind of lost me in the last quarter. Also... Written like this so much of the book is. Understand why I do not. So distracting it was.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Gates Fosters daughter, Lucy went missing seventeen years ago. He's never stopped looking for her. He's just found a new major lead in over ten years. He might now find out the truth. Mitzi Ives has carved out space among the Foley artists creating the immersive sounds giving Hollywood films their authenticity. She uses the same techniques as her father before her, becoming a leading expert in the sound of violence and horror. Gates Fosters need to find hid daughter has him crossing paths with Mi Gates Fosters daughter, Lucy went missing seventeen years ago. He's never stopped looking for her. He's just found a new major lead in over ten years. He might now find out the truth. Mitzi Ives has carved out space among the Foley artists creating the immersive sounds giving Hollywood films their authenticity. She uses the same techniques as her father before her, becoming a leading expert in the sound of violence and horror. Gates Fosters need to find hid daughter has him crossing paths with Mitzi. This is a dark novel with flawed characters and it's quite perverted and sick to read. It's also kind of weird. This is a quick book to read as there is just over 200 pages. The ending is satisfying. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #LittleBrownBookGroupUK and the author #ChuckPalahniuk for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    This is my first novel by Chuck Palahniuk. Boy was I in shock to find out he wrote Fight Club. As a person who loves to read, I am so bad and usually don't read blurbs so yea very surprised. This is one of those books where you have many flawed, but interesting characters. It's a quick, dark, and twisted read. This is my first novel by Chuck Palahniuk. Boy was I in shock to find out he wrote Fight Club. As a person who loves to read, I am so bad and usually don't read blurbs so yea very surprised. This is one of those books where you have many flawed, but interesting characters. It's a quick, dark, and twisted read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Gates Fosters daughter, Lucy went missing seventeen years ago. He's never stopped looking for her. He's just found a new major lead in over ten years. He might now find out the truth. Mitzi Ives has carved out space among the Foley artists creating the immersive sounds giving Hollywood films their authenticity. She uses the same techniques as her father before her, becoming a leading expert in the sound of violence and horror. Gates Fosters need to find his daughter has him crossing paths with M Gates Fosters daughter, Lucy went missing seventeen years ago. He's never stopped looking for her. He's just found a new major lead in over ten years. He might now find out the truth. Mitzi Ives has carved out space among the Foley artists creating the immersive sounds giving Hollywood films their authenticity. She uses the same techniques as her father before her, becoming a leading expert in the sound of violence and horror. Gates Fosters need to find his daughter has him crossing paths with Mitzi. This is a dark novel with flawed characters and it's quite perverted and sick to read. It's also kind of weird. This is a quick book to read as there is just over 200 pages. The ending is satisfying. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #LittleBrownBookGroupUK and the author #ChuckPalahniuk for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Berko

    Damn, Chuck. Where you been? Missed you. This is his best book in over ten years. Not sure how to classify this, maybe a post-punk/modern-fantasy-noir/horror? However you label it, it is good. Very good, great in fact. It's back to that frenetic layered storylines where nothing is as it first seems. Like Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, and some other early novels, Invention of Sound is a dark, dirty, voyeuristic escapade with some DEEPLY wounded, fucked-up people. NO ONE writes troubled or w Damn, Chuck. Where you been? Missed you. This is his best book in over ten years. Not sure how to classify this, maybe a post-punk/modern-fantasy-noir/horror? However you label it, it is good. Very good, great in fact. It's back to that frenetic layered storylines where nothing is as it first seems. Like Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, and some other early novels, Invention of Sound is a dark, dirty, voyeuristic escapade with some DEEPLY wounded, fucked-up people. NO ONE writes troubled or wounded like Palahniuk. The whole time I felt so sorry for these people because of what had happened to them and what they were currently dealing with, and I also knew nothing good was going to come from anything they were doing (it is a Chuck P book after all) but Chuck writes in such a way, and presents everything in a truly entertaining package that reading this is not like rubbernecking a car wreck, this is like filming that car accident on your phone and re-watching it multiple times while laughing and showing your friends. If you have never read anything by the author then this might be a good place to start, it has everything that makes Chuck P Chuck P, but not all of it is dialed up to eleven. You used to be able to feel the energy coming off of his books when you picked them up, they were super-charged and forces to reckoned with. Chuck recaptures some of that energy and gives us his most worthy offering in recent memory. I'm glad I picked this up because I had been so disappointed by his last couple I almost passed on it. So I told myself that 2004 Chris would have been pissed off at this age version of me if I didn't, so I did.

  14. 4 out of 5

    destiny โ™กโš”โ™ก [howling libraries]

    โ€œa foley artist looking for the ultimate scream, and the hideous lengths sheโ€™ll go to in order to find itโ€ What a delightfully twisted brain this man has

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    "Death amounted to too much of a crapshoot. She could be hit by a bus tomorrow, and sheโ€™d go to hell. Go directly to hell. Do not pass Go, do not collect two hundred dollars." Chuck Palahniuk is back to his original form. I didnโ€™t connect with his last book and I was left disappointed, so I was a little hesitant about reading this one. But he makes you reminisce about some of his classics. This had a touch of Lullaby and Fight Club but with intense mystery, broken hearts, and screams of no more! G "Death amounted to too much of a crapshoot. She could be hit by a bus tomorrow, and sheโ€™d go to hell. Go directly to hell. Do not pass Go, do not collect two hundred dollars." Chuck Palahniuk is back to his original form. I didnโ€™t connect with his last book and I was left disappointed, so I was a little hesitant about reading this one. But he makes you reminisce about some of his classics. This had a touch of Lullaby and Fight Club but with intense mystery, broken hearts, and screams of no more! Gates Foster lost his child years ago but heโ€™s never given up on finding clues or information about where she is or whatโ€™s happened to her. He scours the internet trying to locate information he thinks is hidden on the dark web. Gates watches unbearable videos of pedophiles doing the unthinkable. He memorizes and takes photos of these guys, so he can take action into his own hands when he spots them on the street. Someone convinced Gates that he should start attending a support group for families who have lost children. He thinks that itโ€™s helping him but looks can be deceiving. This group turns his life upside down as he starts to lose it more and more. But they lead him to someone who has the information he so desperately needs. Mitzi Ives is a foley artist that Hollywood flocks to when they need to make their movies more authentic. She adds the horrifying sounds they need to make people cringe and maybe shed some tears. Sheโ€™s the leading lady in the industry. The disturbing sounds she creates sound so real that they might just be that. Gates and Mitzi are about to come face to face when clues lead him her way. What unravels is the shocking mystery of Hollywoodโ€™s biggest secrets and maybe the answers theyโ€™ve both been looking for. Just remember that the power of art can be dangerous. My mind has been blown wide open. I was hesitant to read this so early but this was that first breath of delicious air after you get punched hard in the stomach. The best thing about Chuck is that he doesnโ€™t care that he makes you uncomfortable, he makes it his lifeโ€™s mission to do so and I love it. No one can leave me on edge like he does. The Invention of Sound was Chuck doing what he does best. This was twisted and disgusting and it made my mysterious horror heart very happy. Iโ€™m not sure how he does it but Iโ€™m just amazed by this one. Prepare yourself for the twisted mind of a genius. "Spirits of the evil crowded the Earth to avoid their destiny in Hell."

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ross Jeffery

    Chuck is back (after leaving us with his writing memoir โ€“ Consider This) with a scintillating new novel, a slow burn that burns bright and long and loud. Fans of his novels Lullaby, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters and Choke will dig this offering as it gleans the very best of each of these books; stuffing them all in the blender. The amalgamation is intoxicating, the aroma a sweet and alluring offering that screams for the reader to jump right in and offer themselves up to the spinning blades at Chuck is back (after leaving us with his writing memoir โ€“ Consider This) with a scintillating new novel, a slow burn that burns bright and long and loud. Fans of his novels Lullaby, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters and Choke will dig this offering as it gleans the very best of each of these books; stuffing them all in the blender. The amalgamation is intoxicating, the aroma a sweet and alluring offering that screams for the reader to jump right in and offer themselves up to the spinning blades at the stories heart โ€“ turning them into a bloodied mess by the turning of that last page. Youโ€™ll remember where you were when you read this book, as itโ€™ll scar you, maim you and leave you disfigured to your very core. I first learned about the premise of this book when I watched The Joe Rogan Experience a while back โ€“ Chuck was on there talking all things books and discussing his writing process (itโ€™s over two hours long and Iโ€™d highly recommend watching it) and he dropped some news about a project that he was working on which included a lot of research into the drug Ambien; he went on to talk about people taking it and waking up at the top of a building balanced on a ledge without remembering how they got there, and that people were taking it and actually committing murder without knowing it. The Ambien seemed to push the blood through her veins a bit faster. The typical side effect had started, the mania. Before conking out, people on Ambien reportedly binged on ice cream. They went on internet or cabletelevision shopping sprees. Engaged in marathon sex with strangers. Even committed murder. Murders for which theyโ€™d later be acquitted because they had no memory of the event. That was crucial, to have no memory of the event. The novel starts at breakneck speed, with Palahniuk dropping us straight into the action โ€“ we follow one of our main protagonists Gates Foster, whoโ€™s had to watch his daughter age on the back of milk cartons rather than how it should be, in person โ€“ each year another computer generated representation of what she looks like greats him and the anger eats him up inside, each year that passes she still remains missing. The opening has us following Foster as he heads into the fray, trying to catch a paedophile whoโ€™s dragging a girl onto a plane, possibly selling her into the sex trade, maybe itโ€™s just an abduction or the calm placid way she goes with him, it could be Stockholm Syndrome โ€“ you see Foster now hunts these paedophiles; wants to make each and every one of them pay for his daughters abduction, to help with the pain that chews him up at nighttime, the despair that he downs himself in โ€“ whatever the cost, heโ€™ll have his vengeance. Mitzi is our other protagonist, a foley artist. For those who donโ€™t know what that is theyโ€™re the people that are responsible for dubbing in the sound to films โ€“ from the clinks of glasses, rattling chains, the neck twisting in the Exorcist (that was actually a leather wallet with bank cards in it being twisted), stabbings, bludgeonings, screams, breaking bones, death rattles โ€“ you can see where this is going. Mitzi is your go to person in the industry, a professional whoโ€™ll go to any lengths to create her masterpiece โ€“ and sheโ€™s almost there, she just needs a few more people to immortalise on tape and then sheโ€™ll make the whole world scream. โ€˜Stabbing, Mitzi could write a book about. For example, why some killers kept stabbing for so long. Only the first thrust is intended to inflict pain. The subsequent twenty, thirty, forty stab wounds are to resolve the suffering. It takes as little as one jab or slash to trigger the screaming and bleeding. But so many more are required to make them stop.โ€™ What I love about Palahniuk is that he goes there, goes where some writers fear to tread, the road less travelled, pulling the filth of our world into his writings, dredging the darkest parts of humanity into the light and displaying it in such visceral and elegant prose that he makes art out of the sordid and messed up lives. Palahniuk gives voice for the downtrodden, and displays our deepest are darkest fears, urges, and horrors for the world to see; forcing us to sit up and take notice โ€“ and in doing so, time and time again he pokes his head up above the parapet whatever the cost or the blowback, he just wants to tell the story his way however dark and disturbing it might be. Palahniuk shouts the things we are too scared to whisper. The Invention of Sound is raw, urgent and compelling reading โ€“ what I loved about this particular offering from Palahniuk is that his writing seems to have changed, heโ€™s always been a bankable author, has a huge cult following and various film adaptations; but with The Invention of Sound Palahniuk showcases what a great writer he truly is โ€“ his prose is mesmerising, and that coupled with an imagination that seems to know no bounds, this could be his greatest offering since he burst onto the literary scene. The Invention of Sound has a dark heart of horror beating within its pages, uncanny, expertly paced and with a creeping unease that is sewn throughout the very fabric of the story โ€“ itโ€™s horror and itโ€™s so good. The final third of the book actually had me reminiscing about the horror, unease and the shock I felt when I first read American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis). For me though, itโ€™s the human aspects of the book that sets it apart from so many of his other titles; with the fathers quest to find his daughter, his grief and the perseverance and the devastation that flows from him โ€“ and then we throw the complexities of Mitzi into the mix with her own dark familial past that haunts her every move โ€“ and youโ€™ve got two protagonists that are truly unforgettable and a story that you can drown yourself in. Having said all of this, there was one thing that caused me some issues. Iโ€™m not sure if it was the ARC copy I read or if itโ€™s going to be the final version of the book the way Palahniuk wants to tell it. But I struggled, the two main protagonists lives mingle on the page as much as they do in the story and Iโ€™d be reading about one character and then in the next paragraph itโ€™s told from the other point of view โ€“ to be honest for the first thirty pages it really jarred me out of the story and Iโ€™d find myself having to stop and re-reading to fully understand who was talking โ€“ but once it clicked I flew through the book. As I said it might be the way it is supposed to be read and written (what with the ambien element โ€“ a dream within a dream not knowing whatโ€™s going on) and if so I tip my hat to you Palahniuk! But nevertheless The Invention of Sound is a stunning offering from Palahniuk and one that will have people screaming for more of his words โ€“ and maybe Mitzi might just find that one perfect scream to set the world on fire!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    Review to come

  18. 5 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    Great book, quick, unexpected turns, and the ending has a feel to it that I haven't gotten from a book in a bit. Okay, I have a funny story about this book that I don't know how to tell, so I'm just going for it. Several months ago I was reading Fangoria's relaunch issues, and in one there was an interview with Barbara Crampton, I think. In it, she talked about recording screams for movies, and how sometimes she agreed to be tied up and so on, to make it more real. This gave me a brief story idea: Great book, quick, unexpected turns, and the ending has a feel to it that I haven't gotten from a book in a bit. Okay, I have a funny story about this book that I don't know how to tell, so I'm just going for it. Several months ago I was reading Fangoria's relaunch issues, and in one there was an interview with Barbara Crampton, I think. In it, she talked about recording screams for movies, and how sometimes she agreed to be tied up and so on, to make it more real. This gave me a brief story idea: What if people were really being killed to get these sound effects? What if the screams in Disney films were actual deaths? And then, less than a month after this idea started cooking, I saw the premise for Mr. Palahniuk's new book, and I was like, "Goddamnit!" Chuck's book is obviously better than mine would be. No comparison. Also, he'd written an entire book on something, and all I had was a starter, a premise, that wasn't even committed to paper. That's certainly not what I'm trying to say, that I'd do better, or that he stole this idea or something. Those are the things that kept me from saying any of this because the last thing I want is for someone to think that I'm comparing myself to multi-million-copy-selling Chuck Palahniuk in any way, on any level. He took a vaguely similar idea and used it as a jump-off, and he took it places I couldn't have imagined. And he did it probably like 5 years before I did, based on publishing times. It's just funny on my part. It's like if I'd come up for an idea for an asteroid movie in 1998. Or a deadly volcano movie in 1997. Or an undersea terror movie in 1989 (underrated genre of competing, simultaneous movies, but The Abyss, Leviathan, and Deep Star Six all came out that same year. In fact, me and my partner, intending to watch Leviathan, accidentally watched 45 minutes of The Abyss before we realized we were watching the wrong movie, mostly prompted by the lack of Peter Weller and the presence of Ed Harris, and the question "Does a movie need Peter Weller AND Ed Harris?"). Anyway, ideas fly around. Of course, there's really no reason for anyone to believe me. I guess I could go on the Goodreads pages of books I like and just say this shit all the time. I had an idea for a guy stuck on Mars...I had an idea for a book based on tweets of Things My Dad Says Sometimes That Are Sorta Inappropriate Nonsense. And I guess I'm doing a bit of a disservice by telling MY story in a review of this book. But I don't know where else to put it. And I'm not doing the original story, but damn it, I want to tell the story of the story. Besides, it's not like Chuck Palahniuk is a small, unknown author who really needs the signal boost that can be given by Pete, whose claim to fame is writing book reviews that go nowhere. And hey, it's my life. My reviews. If you don't like reviews that ramble off and barely address the book, then skip all of mine. Trust me on this one. I know. I wrote them. And they're barely ever about the book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees

    This book is easily my favorite Palahniuk. Foster was the perfect character that was real and genuine, believable! Mitzi! What a mindfuck she is. Highly recommend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amanda NEVER MANDY

    Gates Foster has spent the last seventeen years searching for his missing daughter and Mitzi Ives has spent her life following in the career footsteps of her Hollywood father. Will their life paths crossing bring Gates answers and Mitzi clarification regarding her career choice? This authorโ€™s style of writing has always charmed me in a way that I cannot easily explain. It is comparable to that one person in a group that says or does the most outrageous things in almost every social interactio Gates Foster has spent the last seventeen years searching for his missing daughter and Mitzi Ives has spent her life following in the career footsteps of her Hollywood father. Will their life paths crossing bring Gates answers and Mitzi clarification regarding her career choice? This authorโ€™s style of writing has always charmed me in a way that I cannot easily explain. It is comparable to that one person in a group that says or does the most outrageous things in almost every social interaction. I say comparable because I do not feel the motives are necessarily the same. The group personโ€™s actions are more attention seeking whereas this author (I think) does it to make a statement or share his thoughts on a particular topic through the lens of his own mind. But then again what do I know, maybe deep down the author does desire all eyes on him and his writing scratches that itch. This book felt more like some of his earlier work and I was happy to see it. Not always am I impressed by what he produces, and it felt like it had been a while since I had a decent one in my hands. Four stars to something different and definitely appreciated.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fred Nanson

    I could never say anything bad about Chuck or any of his books so a useful review simply isnโ€™t possible from me*. Letโ€™s just say that itโ€™s better than Damned but not as good as Rant. I hope it helps. You should read it. * Thatโ€™s a really ugly cover though...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. We all know how terrifying humans can be. We have clearly established throughout history that we are the cruelest monsters living on Earth. But we might also be the weirdest of them all. In a hopeless and ridiculous attempt to appease our most basic or deviant desires, we are sometimes capable of doing some of the most extreme things in the world. Just take a look at some of the jobs that exist in the world. People seek talent where you least ex You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. We all know how terrifying humans can be. We have clearly established throughout history that we are the cruelest monsters living on Earth. But we might also be the weirdest of them all. In a hopeless and ridiculous attempt to appease our most basic or deviant desires, we are sometimes capable of doing some of the most extreme things in the world. Just take a look at some of the jobs that exist in the world. People seek talent where you least expect it and some people will do anything to be the best in the business. Best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk, known for his first novel Fight Club, returns to the front of the literature world with another book in his diverse array of transgressive fiction, this time figuratively forcing you to cover your ears, yet peak with your eyes at the disturbing lives of two odd characters who are on a collision course. What is The Invention of Sound about? Gates Foster is a father who lost his precious daughter Lucy, seventeen years ago. Having never known any form of closure, he has developed an obsession with finding her, hunting down pedophiles if he has to. Eternally stuck in a limbo, doing everything in his power to cherish his memories of her daughter and imagining what she would be like today through twisted roleplay with a stranger who looks like her daughter, he is not ready for a new major lead that will send him down a terrifying path to potentially finding her. Meanwhile, Mitzi Ives is a rising Foley artist who has a peculiar talent in a business that makes her indispensable: she creates bone-chilling screams with secret techniques passed down by her father that give life to Hollywood horror movies like no one else can. While it might seem improbable at first, Gates Foster and Mitzi Ives are now about to cross paths and unveil a sinister secret hidden between the walls of Hollywood. To pick up a story by writer Chuck Palahniuk is to concede to the fact that there is a deep-rooted interest in the twisted and perverted minds of individuals; it is to revel at the idea of exploring a cynical and grim facet of the universe where nothing is impossible. The story that unfolds here is one helmed by two relatively unlikable characters who each present readers with an uncommon yet somehow familiar world where individuals are hanging by a thread or driven by impulse. With a poignant and visceral writing style, writer Chuck Palahniuk does not shy away from explicitly detailing taboo ideas, constantly hopping from one trigger to another. Readers are thus introduced to aspects of these charactersโ€™ lives that they would never have imagined discovering alone and ultimately find themselves sticking around out of pure curiosity for their messed up lives. Despite these characters being the driving force of the narrative, this short and fast-paced story remained a bumpy ride. The constant alternation between both points of view makes for an addictive and thrilling story-telling style that, however, sometimes leaves readers confused as to what exactly is going on. This is especially felt throughout the second/middle part of the book where the muddling of the narrative distances the reader from the chain of events. Thankfully, writer Chuck Palahniukโ€™s signature plot twists will alleviate the flaws and assure an entertaining tale filled with provocative elements and thought-provoking reflections on loss and pain, as well as a depiction of the pitiful lengths you would go to for art and power. The Invention of Sound is a quirky and thrilling tale oozing with desperation, folly, and obsession. Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me a copy for review! Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jordyโ€™s Book Club

    QUICK TAKE: I miss old school Chuck Palahniuk!! Invisible Monsters Chuck Palahniuk. I really haven't enjoyed one of Chuck's books since SNUFF, and unfortunately, I struggled through THE INVENTION OF SOUND. The story was a bit all over the place and confusing, the characters irredeemable (even for a CP book), and I felt so unsatisfied with the ending. I'd skip this one and re-read INVISIBLE MONSTERS or CHOKE or LULLABY or HAUNTED... QUICK TAKE: I miss old school Chuck Palahniuk!! Invisible Monsters Chuck Palahniuk. I really haven't enjoyed one of Chuck's books since SNUFF, and unfortunately, I struggled through THE INVENTION OF SOUND. The story was a bit all over the place and confusing, the characters irredeemable (even for a CP book), and I felt so unsatisfied with the ending. I'd skip this one and re-read INVISIBLE MONSTERS or CHOKE or LULLABY or HAUNTED...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This is the first Palahniuk book Iโ€™ve wanted to read in ages and it was a bit of a let down. The premise sounded great but the story and characters just didnโ€™t work out for me. Lots of plot holes and wtf moments but not in a good way. Just too messy for me. My copy was provided by NetGalley for review

  25. 4 out of 5

    Keen

    3.5 Stars! "The Invention of Sound" is a dark and disturbing novel at times, and its one which displays many of the typical Palahniuk trademarks, fun, thought provoking trivia combined with edgy humour, a blend that his fans will be familiar with. This isnโ€™t one of his better books and it isnโ€™t one of his worst. I thought the general story showed some clever moves here and there, but it was just a little too inconsistent and the ending was a bit lame as it seemed to finish with a tired, limping wh 3.5 Stars! "The Invention of Sound" is a dark and disturbing novel at times, and its one which displays many of the typical Palahniuk trademarks, fun, thought provoking trivia combined with edgy humour, a blend that his fans will be familiar with. This isnโ€™t one of his better books and it isnโ€™t one of his worst. I thought the general story showed some clever moves here and there, but it was just a little too inconsistent and the ending was a bit lame as it seemed to finish with a tired, limping whimper, but overall this was an enjoyable enough read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Simonรฉ Eloff

    ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 9/22/2020: Need to get this out of the way first. All through reading this book, all I could think was: I actually have a favourite (if you can call it that) movie scream. A scream that blew me away with its sheer badass-determined, scream-through-the-horrifying-pain-and-fight-for-your-survival rawness. If you've watched the horror Ready Or Not, you probably know what I'm talking about - Samara Weaving screaming her heart out just afte ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 9/22/2020: Need to get this out of the way first. All through reading this book, all I could think was: I actually have a favourite (if you can call it that) movie scream. A scream that blew me away with its sheer badass-determined, scream-through-the-horrifying-pain-and-fight-for-your-survival rawness. If you've watched the horror Ready Or Not, you probably know what I'm talking about - Samara Weaving screaming her heart out just after this scene: And I'm pretty sure she did the screaming herself. Well, after reading this book, I hope she did. Anyway. The Invention of Sound was extremely interesting. I learned a crap tonne on a topic I actually find really interesting, and I have been left with a sense that I'll never be able to watch another movie or series again without assessing the foley effects in depth (I actually have a few pet-peeve foley effects that are overused and drive me up the walls, so hopefully I'll be able to hear more of the better ones after reading this). What's more, I think the book shows a level of genius for hard-hitting themes and subversive exposition from Chuck Palahniuk that seems to surpass even his own genius of previous works. I have personally not read an author that can do quite what he does. This personal progression from the author is also evident in that this book is extremely sad. Not tear-jerker sad, but rather "Man, that's bleak" sad. It's an unrelentingly harsh ride through the worst facets of the human condition, and it leaves you feeling despondent and empty. But, how is that different from what he's done in previous books, given that none of them can be classified as particularly happy-go-lucky? To me, the difference lies in the trademark gallows humour he uses in his first few novels, which undercuts the sheer shittyness of the themes and topics he so loves to explore - and we so love him for exploring. That's lacking in this one. Granted, I haven't read any of his books in a while, and I'm sure this subtle progression from tongue-in-cheek spotlights on what's dirty in this world to deep, philosophical commentary on why we're all screwed would be more evident to someone who was along for the ride, but to me, it came as a bit of a shock. I've always appreciated that humour from him, and I still need to adjust to the darker path he's taken with this book. A lot of reviewers note that the book's particularly gory and nauseating - I get that, I really do (the subject matter alone?!) - but everything I explain above negated that to the point where I barely even noticed the gore and squeam-inducing descriptions. This meant that while the book was really unsettling (my shoulder muscles were bunched up all through reading it), it never moved over into horror territory for me. On plot and depth alone, I could happily give this book a solid 4-star rating, but there's some lacking in the writing for me, the worst of which was the Yoda-like backwards sentences. I can't know the author's mind (thank goodness), so while he must have had his reasons for the weird sentence structure every now and again, it just hindered my reading experience, and I found myself playing a kind of bingo to spot them throughout the book. --- 8/7/2020: I'll be honest, I didn't read the blurb when I requested this on Netgalley. I mean, it's Chuck. Then I ACTUALLY GOT ACCEPTED (how????), and I read the blurb in preparation for actually reading the book. *squeals*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danger

    Really liked the setup and the first two-thirds. It was mean, yet playful, disturbing, weird, and had that kinda bleak magic realism that I feel like Palahnuik is best known for. The last third got a bit dicey for me, and I had a bit of trouble actually following what was going on, as it moved very fast and not in chronological order. There were a lot of ideas being juggled at once, and overall, it was a quick read, and satisfying, but not quite the juicy peach I was hoping it would be.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    I really didn't think Chuck had this in him. This book is as twisted and fucked up as his early work like LULLABY (in fact, it feels like a spiritual sequel to that novel in particular). It's truly a horror novel, although you wouldn't necessarily know it from the jacket copy. It's been a long time, probably since RANT or maybe HAUNTED that Chuck turned my stomach like this -- and while I'm a very different person over a decade later, and the world is much darker and I'm maybe not so willing to h I really didn't think Chuck had this in him. This book is as twisted and fucked up as his early work like LULLABY (in fact, it feels like a spiritual sequel to that novel in particular). It's truly a horror novel, although you wouldn't necessarily know it from the jacket copy. It's been a long time, probably since RANT or maybe HAUNTED that Chuck turned my stomach like this -- and while I'm a very different person over a decade later, and the world is much darker and I'm maybe not so willing to have my stomach turned like this... I can't help but admit that it felt a dark-kind-of-good, too. The ending is pretty messy (not a pun) and the book starts to fade pretty immediately -- but the CONCEPT is killer, as is the early execution. I still don't know if I'll keep reading Chuck in the years to come, but at least with this one, I might go out remembering why I liked him in the first place.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    A father searching for his missing daughter is suddenly given hope when a major clue is discovered, but learning the truth could shatter the seemingly perfect image Hollywood is desperate to uphold. Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. Heโ€™s never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with his first major lead in over a decade, and he may finally be on the verge of discovering the awful truth. Meanwhile, Mitzi Ives has carved out a space amo A father searching for his missing daughter is suddenly given hope when a major clue is discovered, but learning the truth could shatter the seemingly perfect image Hollywood is desperate to uphold. Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. Heโ€™s never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with his first major lead in over a decade, and he may finally be on the verge of discovering the awful truth. Meanwhile, Mitzi Ives has carved out a space among the Foley artists creating the immersive sounds giving Hollywood films their authenticity. Using the same secret techniques as her father before her, sheโ€™s become an industry-leading expert in the sound of violence and horror, creating screams so bone-chilling, they may as well be real. Soon Foster and Ives find themselves on a collision course that threatens to expose the violence hidden beneath Hollywoodโ€™s glamorous faรงade. A grim and disturbing reflection on the commodification of suffering and the dangerous power of art, The Invention of Sound is Chuck Palahniuk at the peak of his literary powers โ€” his most suspenseful, most daring, and most genre-defying work yet. I always eagerly anticipate a new Palahniuk novel as, quite simply, you can't get this brand of horror anywhere else. His offerings are always so imaginative and fizzing with originality, The invention of Sound is no exception, and he's a writer whose work I can say is truly unique. This story is almost nihilistic and the dark, gritty and disturbing plot had me hooked right from the opening scenes. It's a genre-defying novel that puts a sick and seedy spin on the processes behind horror filmmaking which was enthralling, to say the least. Once you pick this up putting it down comes with great difficulty as the unpredictable nature of the plot has you fully absorbed and wanting to know how everything turns out. I savoured every word of this deliciously disturbing read but be warned it is not for the faint-hearted. This is a book you experience rather than read and the chilling and compulsive narrative really gets under your skin from the word go. His characters are always flawed and broken people just trying to get by in life any way they can and for that reason, you can relate to them and become invested in their individual stories. A twisty mystery with plenty of dark humour and sardonicism. Many thanks to Corsair for an ARC.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bruna Oliveira

    Thanks NetGalley for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. We have two main characters in this one: Gates Foster, who had his daughter abducted years ago and since then, he has been chasing people who might be involved in children's abduction and we also have Mitzi Ives, who has a very creepy job (or hobby? I'm not really sure) of creating the sound of real screams(!) used in Hollywood movies. Eventually, they will cross paths and well, you'll see. This was as intense and dark as the Thanks NetGalley for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. We have two main characters in this one: Gates Foster, who had his daughter abducted years ago and since then, he has been chasing people who might be involved in children's abduction and we also have Mitzi Ives, who has a very creepy job (or hobby? I'm not really sure) of creating the sound of real screams(!) used in Hollywood movies. Eventually, they will cross paths and well, you'll see. This was as intense and dark as the author's previous books so if you liked them, you'll definitely enjoy this one as well. His writing is simple and yet very gripping. He is not afraid to go to some really dark places to tell this story, so be warned. Overall, I really liked it, but I wish it was a bit longer and that it would dig deeper in some aspects.

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