Author Michelle Devon puts a new twist on the age-old question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear, does it still make a noise?” in her novella, “Celeste.” She does it with style and an intense atmosphere that will bring classic Alfred Hitchcock to mind.
Protagonist Kyle McRoy has a lot going for him: nice job in the accounting department of a big company, nice apartment, a beautiful girlfriend. He also has a brother who tries to keep tabs on him and a psychiatrist that he’s been seeing since a breakdown following his parents’ deaths.
McRoy faces a lot of questions from his brother and the doctor. Mark wants to meet Kyle’s girlfriend, but Kyle resists. His relationship with Celeste is something personal and treasured, not for public consumption. Dr. Lower wonders why Kyle keeps coming back for sessions when he seems to be doing so well. And Kyle just wants to enjoy the gift of his life with Celeste.
So the new twist on the old question: “If a man falls in love with a beautiful woman but doesn’t bring her home to meet the family, does she exist?” Devon explores the nature of reality as she pursues the answer to the question. She presents a likeable protagonist surrounded by not-always-so likeable characters. Kyle’s gentle, logical approach to the rest of life doesn’t lessen the passionate relationship he shares with Celeste. Which world is the reality? Which Kyle is the reality?
Devon presents Kyle’s situation from all sides. The balanced story has some very sexy scenes, as Kyle and Celeste explore their relationship. It delivers a look at the working environment and the world of psychotherapy. Primarily, “Celeste” provides a thought-provoking examination of the nature of reality and how human beings judge it.
Readers who enjoy noir overtones will find plenty of them. Mystery and intrigue lurk in the story, as well as romance. The novella is available for purchase as an eBook here.
“Celeste” by Michelle Devon
Disclosure: This review is based on a review copy provided by the author with no constraints placed on its content. All opinions are my own.