Published: 28 February 2017
Copy provided by author
The past is never far away.
Michael Tate has not had an easy life. With his father in prison, and his mother dead, Michael was sent to Woodside Children’s Home.
Now an adult, Michael wakes up from a coma in hospital suffering from amnesia and paralysis. Confused and terrified, he is charged with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Becky. He also learns he attempted to end his own life.
Detective Inspector John Carver is determined that Michael is sent to prison.
With no way of defending himself, Michael is left in his hospital bed awaiting transfer to remand.
But then strange things begin to happen and his childhood comes back to haunt him.
Can Michael ever escape the past?
Will he ever discover the truth about Becky’s murder?
And why is DI Carver so eager to make him suffer?
The Abattoir of Dreams is a bitter sweet story of murder, innocence and abuse
My Thoughts & Review:
Mark Tilbury is an author I am familiar with, having thoroughly enjoyed “The Eyes of The Accused” and “The Revelation Room” and to say I was excited when I was offered the chance to read and review his newest book is a little of an understatement.
There are so many things I want to say about this book, there are so many “bits” I desperately want to point out ‘watch out for X’ or ‘keep an eye on Mr so-and-so’, but this is a book that cannot be spoiled, it should not be spoiled. It’s hard hitting, fast paced and utterly brilliant! Seamlessly blending multiple genres is a task that many authors struggle with, but Tilbury has made it seem effortless here, cleverly giving the reader horror, suspense, romance, thrills a plenty and a wonderful supernatural slant.
Characterisation is superb, protagonist Michael is so strong despite his current predicament….he is shrewdly intelligent and along his quest to regain his memory the reader cannot help but be drawn to liking this character, feeling sympathy towards him. Contrast this with the strong emotions felt towards the wretched “bag guys”, the way in which the descriptions of characters are crafted astounds me. When an author can evoke such loathing and hatred towards a character with only their words I am always impressed, but here I actually felt like I needed to go out into the fresh air, get the wind to blow away these awful people from my head….powerful writing!
A gritty read, and one that will absolutely set your head spinning. There are topics that may make for uncomfortable reading and yes, it does feel a little like sitting on the edge of your seat reading this. The intensity of this book makes it a terrible choice for bedtime reading, firstly you don’t want to put it down, but it also stays in your head….tangents springing off in all directions of “what if” or “I wonder what might happen”
You can buy a copy of “The Abattoir of Dreams” here
About the Author:
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria,although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused. He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is currently working on his third novel, The Abattoir of Dreams.
When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar,and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.
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