The Cat Man

A tragicomic love triangle set in a crazy cat cult.

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
218 Pages
Reviewed on 04/12/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Cat Man is a work of humorous fiction for adults penned by author Nick Bruechle. Subtitled as “A tragicomic love triangle set in a crazy cat cult”, this highly engaging novel contains explicit language and references for adult readers only. The tale revolves around the almost unbelievable world of cults and cult leadership, poking fun at the sheer insanity of how they appear to the outside world, but also hitting on some pretty unnerving moments of truth. Set in Australia, we meet Rex as he stumbles into the world of Casper, the Cat Man, and tries to figure out love and live amid the feline mad cohorts of the Cat Man’s cult.

Zany and bizarre, this is an excellent work that will certainly tickle the funny bones of the dry and sardonic readers of the world. Author Nick Bruechle weaves many different layers into this clever and surreal work of fiction, not least the hard-nosed and biting Australian humor that gives the characters their realistic feel, despite the madness going on all around them. The prose itself is very well constructed for comic timing with some stellar bon mots in the dialogue, and I really loved the intelligent exploration of the manipulation that takes place in the formation of cults and cult mentalities. What results is a wildly entertaining work of satire that is scarily close to the truth. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Cat Man to readers who need a good solid laugh from an accomplished comedy author.