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Hellbound: The Tally Man

Hellbound: The Tally Man

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Erschienen am 28.11.2014
In Extremis

In Extremis

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Erschienen am 25.02.2016

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Rezension zu "In Extremis" von David McCaffrey

Disappointing prequel
misspidervor 3 Jahren

I have previously read 'Hellbound' which was a great horror thriller, so of course I immediately accepted the offer to read 'In Extremis' as well. However, I was surprised to find that this prequel novella didn't do anything for me.

The parts about James Maybrick aka Jack the Ripper, were quite disturbing, but not really new - at least if you are somewhat familiar with the history. This book intended to introduce the Brethren, which play an important, though mostly hidden, part in 'Hellbound'. However, I was not satisfied with the meagre encounters presented here, and I absolutely missed more personal information about the founders and their history.

I guess I would have preferred a story told from the POV of someone right in the middle of their group or maybe a sidekick, like a wife observing her husband's doings. Furthermore, I was not convinced by the connection to the Ripper and how the Brethren controlled him, that part seemed a bit fuzzy. Maybe there was too much focus on the Ripper part where it should have concentrated on the Brethren instead.

At the end, I really felt sorry about being disappointed by this book, especially after enjoying 'Hellbound' so much, and I will definitely keep looking for more by the author. But regarding this book, it is what it is and this is my personal honest review.

(Thanks to the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity for providing a copy of this book in return for an honest review)

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Rezension zu "Hellbound: The Tally Man" von David McCaffrey

Highly original
misspidervor 3 Jahren

The premise of this novel had me hooked immediately: after execution of his death sentence, serial killer Obadiah Stark wakes up to find that he might not really be dead... Instead, he finds himself in a home with a wife and little daughter. After some, err, experiments which show that he wakes up again on the same day, in the same situation, he starts thinking that maybe this weird afterlife isn't so bad at all. He experiences what it means to care and be cared for, strange concepts that have been completely unknown to him before now. But just when he starts to adjust and feel comfortable in his new surroundings, a horrific event tears his bright new world apart. Will Obadiah return to his old self and again become the killer he once was?

The book was a true nail biter from start to finish, and I couldn't wait to learn what was going on - a weird after death experience, some kind of sorcery, a demonic trick or whatever?! The conclusion was surprising at first, but provided a clever and thought-trough explanation.

I liked the format of the story, which was told on three different levels - one following Obadiah in his strange afterlife, another following Joe, a reporter investigating the life and death of the serial killer with the intention of writing a book about him. Also, there were several chapters describing scientific explanations of Obadiah's character and serial killers in general, written by a psychiatrist who interviewed and studied Obadiah during his imprisonment. While Obadiah's story moved in the present, Joe mostly investigated the past, especially the events of the day Obadiah's death sentence was executed. Both story lines complement each other perfectly, inevitably converging into a dramatic finale. While the psychological insights into the mind of a serial killer were interesting, I thought that they repeatedly and unnecessary slowed down the pace of the story.

The writing was simply excellent, somehow sophisticated and using a widespread vocabulary, which sometimes provided a welcome challenge for me as a non-native reader to widen my knowledge of the English language.

Hellbound is a very original thriller with surprising twists and turns that will keep you reading all night long.

(Thanks to the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity, which provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review)

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