David McCaffrey Hellbound: The Tally Man


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His crimes - unforgivable. His death - inevitable. His suffering - just beginning. Obadiah Stark aka The Tally Man, is executed at ADX Absolom, his death sentence watched by the world's media, victim relatives and one investigative reporter, Joe O Connell. Penning an account of Stark's personal history and subsequent crimes in the hope of determining what elements make the sociopathic mind tick, Joe discovers clues and inconsistencies which cause him to investigate Stark's execution. While this is happening in the real world, Obadiah Stark awakens to an afterlife where he has a wife and daughter bound to his childhood hometown. Following his natural predatory instinct, Obadiah proceeds to torment the town, committing multiple murders before being gunned down by the police. He awakens to find that everything has reset, with no one recalling his murderous spree a reality which offers no escape. As the scenes repeat, he is forced to submit to emotions he has never experienced before... and with it, a poisonous dose of morality.
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    Hellbound: The Tally Man


    30. March 2016 um 08:24

    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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