Here's another review that came directly in to be posted on Mini Book Expo.
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
reviewed by Squidgeaboo
The premise: A man lives through a terrible car accident and is horribly burned. While on the burn unit at the hospital, he is visited by a mysterious woman who begins to tell him stories of their love through the ages.
A book like this only comes around once in a great while. It is something you want to savor, like good, dark chocolate. At first I would read only a few pages at a sitting and then let them melt over me. Enthralled with the writing, letting the words buzz in my brain. This book was mesmerizing. When I was away from it, I could still hear it call to me – promising more lush stories, dancing prose. I managed to drag it out for nearly three weeks. A record for me! Though the last half of the novel was devoured in one sitting. I felt like a pig gobbling down all of the truffles, thinking I would regret this feast, thinking I should save some for later, but unable to stop myself.
All in all, this is a lovely piece of work – built on many layers, of many images. It is a true love song, without sentimentality, yet still deeply affecting. It does not get caught up in girlishness or flights of fancy. It is stories within stories – strange, gruesome, horrible… but all with the central theme of love.