Monday, December 31, 2012

David C. Cassidy's Velvet Rain: an independent novel review

What if you could go back in time and correct your mistakes? Would you?

What would the price be?

In Velvet Rain, David C. Cassidy answers that question imaginatively, realistically and fearlessly.

The answer, though, is difficult and terrifying.

As a skilled writer, Cassidy brings the answer out through the story. He begins with fictitious headlines that we know cannot be true, like Buddy Holly surviving that plane crash or Hitler being tried for war crimes. He then gets right into the story, answering a universal question with a particular story — the mark of the artist.

Kain Richards is a wanderer, a drifter with the strange ability to move back in time, which he uses to hustle pool.

Richards, though, is running from something or someone. He avoids even the most temporary relationships, because he must never be tied down.

Naturally, his heart breaks his rule, and he falls for Lynn Bishop, a single mom with two teenagers, Lee-Anne and Ryan. She’s estranged from her husband, the town drunk and iconic wife-beater, Ray. Her situation and family history cause a tangle of problems that are symbolic of far too many families in the world today. But Cassidy doesn’t preach: he remains focused on the story he’s telling.

Kain’s problems and pain become entangled with Lynn’s, but this never feels forced or artificial. If you can believe in Kain’s strange time-shifting abilities, then the rest of the story falls into place as naturally as rain. And the story reveals the pain and horror that are the price of Kain’s powers.

Cassidy’s story contains a great deal of pain, but the author also captures the simple, quiet joy and pleasure of a simple life, the humour and love of a county fair, an honest day’s work, of the connection between a man and a woman, between youth and maturity. The writing style is descriptive, but never heavy-handed, and it never drags.

And he delivers on the implied promise. What is the cost of the power to change the past? The new present you have created, because no matter what you do, everything has consequences.

5 stars.

You can find Velvet Rain as an e-book from Amazon, or in paper format through Amazon or through the author's own website.


  1. Excellent review, Scott. I have only heard great things about Velvet Rain. From what I've gathered, it's a deep read and perfect for those who enjoy layers and aren't weak of heart. From what I've read about the torture scene in Part Two, I imagine it being as vivid as the torture scene in Braveheart.

  2. I was very intrigued by your post on Twitter (don't ever say that Twitter doesn't drive readers to your blog. :-) ), so I clicked on through. I'm glad I did. This sounds like a very good book and one that I would want to pick up and read. Thanks for sharing.

    Tim @ Families Again