Middle Child Press: Amaya Speaks: Review ~ The Woman From Cheshire Avenue

10.18.2011

Amaya Speaks: Review ~ The Woman From Cheshire Avenue

Art by Michael Gibson
This is the fourth book by talented author, Ankhesen Mié.  No, I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend and business partner; she is talentedThe Woman From Cheshire Avenue (a book I lovingly renamed Chessy Ave), isn’t a book for the faint of heart.  I did not know what the book was about when I first read it, and I admit to feeling like I’d been smacked across the face.  Once I got my equilibrium, I enjoyed the story.  It’s dark and different, and as a fellow goth writer, I can respect and appreciate it.

Ankhesen’s latest effort gives readers a sneak peek into a place that they may not want to see.  Chessy Ave introduces us to a violent, murderous Neo-Nazi named Eric who has identity issues and a conflicted, tortured soul.  Let me reiterate: Eric is a Neo-Nazi and he rolls with Neo-Nazis, and therefore readers will be privy to language, thoughts, words and deeds that are not warm and fuzzy.  Consider yourself warned. 

Chessy Ave focuses on Eric and his encounters and dealings with Lilith Wells, a beautiful black woman who is so way out of his league that she is the Sun to his Pluto.  But just like that tiny former planet, Eric can’t help but be sucked into Lilith’s orbit, and the two embark on an unlikely relationship.  Lilith is also conflicted and struggles with her self-worth and something in her responds to Eric, regardless of whom he thinks he is.


However, Eric and his wanna-be ruthless gang of Aryans actually run upon some real villains, the Hirosawas.  They are a family of beautiful murderers and they do not fuck around when it comes to business.  The Hirosawas are a mysterious faction; a family united in blood, loyalty, and money, and when orders come down from “above,” they are meticulously followed without question.  They operate in darkness and shadows and are an intriguing lot, and they hover over the second half of Chessy Ave like an enormous, fat black spider.  Michael Hirosawa, an elegant, classy, sexy-as-hell homicidal maniac, is the black sheep of the family, but not in the way one might think.   Because of his connections in the community of Cherrywood, and because of Lilith’s background, Michael is not happy with Lilith’s relationship with Eric.

Chessy Ave is a collection of individual, dark components that Ankh starts weaving together, and by the end, readers get a brief impression that she is creating something unusual, but may not be entirely sure what it is.  Chessy Ave is actually part of a larger work, and the story will continue in The Velvet Hall, the sequel.  I look forward to reading more about the Hirosawas (especially fine-ass Michael), and all of the chicanery and tomfoolery that will definitely ensue as a result of their presence in Cherrywood.

My gripe with Chessy Ave?  It’s too short.