von Mark Matthews 
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Shocking. Powerful. Stunning. The MILK-BLOOD TRILOGY is page-turning suspense pulled from newspaper headlines and unlike anything you’ve ever read. The author has pulled from his experience as a social worker to capture the horror of urban decay, poverty, and heroin addiction. LILLY'S TALE has been called “an urban legend in the making" and has been optioned for film. Now, for the first time, read all three powerful titles in one collection. *MILK-BLOOD* Lilly is ten years old, living in poverty, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin. Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can't stay away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come inside. For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly's true father, and both want their daughter back. *ALL SMOKE RISES* The "absolutely stunning" follow up to MILK-BLOOD A patient breaks into his psychiatrist’s house in the dark of night and plops a charbroiled carcass onto her kitchen island. The body is ten year old Lilly, she's been the victim of a house fire, and her mouth is stuck in a permanent scream. Now there are decisions to make, for she may be not be dead yet, only heroin may relieve her suffering, and her family is coming for her. *THE DAMAGE DONE* (A short story featuring the origin of Lilly’s father) After years of suffering with mental illness, heroin has opened up the gates of heaven for Jervis Samsa. It is all that makes life bearable. But when he gets trapped in his basement without a scrap of dope to shoot, he needs to go to any lengths to get high. The results are something monstrous, and his basement bedroom becomes a hell for those who enter.


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Verlag:Wicked Run Press

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    Disturbing as hell

    I already read all three stories in this trilogy on their own, but I immediately jumped at the possibility to read them again and together in one piece. While I was aware what awaited me and that it would be no easy or comfortable read, I couldn't remember all the details, so it was still - and again - a shocking and surprising reading experience. Maybe this time my mind was not as much numbed by the grisly scenes with needle pricking and the brutal drug addiction business and I was able to better focus on the characters. But while all my sympathies went out to Lilly, I hardly found any other likable character.

    As before, the first part had the most impact, as Lilly's story filled most of the pages and the story was mainly told from her POV. In contrast, I didn't care much about the characters that filled the second part, where Lilly was not as present. The last story is kind of a prequel presenting the depressing background of one of the other main characters.

    Reading all three parts together made several details and connections more clear to me, as I had all information still fresh in mind. However, it was as disturbing as the first time and I was both relieved but also a bit sad to reach the final page. As I already said in a previous review of one of the single stories, reading this book will provide no pleasure at all, but still I cannot recommend it enough.

    (Thanks to the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity for providing a copy of this book)


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