PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE / DARK FANTASY
Written by Dennis Haseley. Adapted from his novel of the same name.
Comps: DORIAN GRAY meets REBECCA
LOGLINE: In this nightmarish detective story, a young man with the eerie ability to speak to the figures in paintings must uncover a crime involving the mysterious portrait of a woman.
Dennis Haseley is the critically acclaimed author of twenty books, including novels for adults, middle grade and YA readers, and picture book texts.
His six novels have brought critical comparisons to the work of Natalie Babbitt, Robert Cormier, David Lynch, and Oscar Wilde.
His novel Shadows (Farrar Straus & Giroux) was described in The New York Times Book Review as “one of those rarities—a beautifully written novel for readers in the middle grades.”
Publisher’s Weekly favorably compared his novel Dr . Gravity (Farrar) to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Dennis’s books have been optioned for film and adapted for other media.
An adolescent boy with the eerie ability to speak to figures in paintings is propelled into a nightmarish journey to uncover a crime against a mysterious woman in a blue dress. In this surreal procedural, he traces one witness to the next—the paintings that were on the walls where the crime occurred—image by image, of storms, a panicked horse, and mythological gods and goddesses. They lead him to the terrifying gallery where his own past is unveiled and the future course of his life will be determined.
The script speaks to the power of buried trauma, and how the past can be hidden in plain sight. Although it has an adolescent protagonist, Trick of the Eye is intended for adult audiences.
KIRKUS “Victorian archness, a foreboding atmosphere…contour the plot that slowly builds into a surreal tale akin to The Portrait of Dorian Gray. Bizarrely intriguing.”
NPR “if David Lynch tried his hand at fiction, he might end up with something like this.” (Reviewer for Public Radio)
LitPick “Trick of the Eye will keep you in suspense…and leave you in astonishment when you reach the end.”