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Unexpectedly Milo: A Novel

An off-beat mystery by Matthew Dicks

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Unexpectedly Enjoyable!

  • Aug 28, 2010
This is such a good book that had me from the first few pages. Milo Slade is such a fun character. Afflicted by the need to do weird things like feel the vacuum seal break on jelly jars, breaking ice cubes from their tray and having to bowl a strike (at any time of the day or night), Milo has kept all of these things secret from his now estranged wife. Milo works as a home assistant to elderly people who have their own quirks such as a woman that insists Milo rake her carpet and a gentlemen who likes to take viagra and then watch internet porn.

Milo's life is changed one day when he finds a video camera with several video tapes in the bag that hold the camera. He starts watching the tapes and finds that it is a type of video diary of a woman who confesses some of her deepest secrets. Milo is so enthralled with her and tries to locate her and to then help her solve a mystery that has plagued her all of her life.

Throughout the book the author keeps throwing one interesting character after another and some of them, Milo meets when he need to satisfy one of his weird urges, like watching a classic movie he has seen many times and hoping that the ending will be different this time around.

The book never lets down from start to finish. The reader likes Milo, quirks and all from the start and is always pleasantly amusing when a new urge comes to the forefront.

Highly recommended!

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Dicks offers another neurotic romp (after Something Missing), this one about a Connecticut home nurse and closet OCD sufferer who, recently separated from his uptight wife, satisfies the demands of his disorder by, among other things, flipping open jars of grape jelly and singing German pop music. Among Milo Slade's geriatric patients are a man dependent on Viagra for his addiction to Internet pornography and a woman who makes Milo rake her shag carpeting. Milo, meanwhile, stumbles onto a cache of videotapes that form a mysterious woman's video diary. In it, she confesses her secrets and talks about the guilt she carries around about a childhood friend named Tess who disappeared and is, the woman believes, dead. The story prompts Milo to take a road trip to North Carolina to find Tess, and though it upsets his routine, he is finally forced to share the demands of his disorder with someone else, which changes his rather grave perspective on life. Despite exhaustive commentary after every demand takes hold, Milo proves to be a pretty charming character, even if a lot of the intended humor gets buried beneath his suffering.
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ISBN-10: 0307592308
ISBN-13: 978-0307592309
Author: Matthew Dicks
Genre: Fiction

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