Welcome to the blog tour for the chilling novel, The Patience of a Dead Man by Michael Clark. Ghost stories are one of my hands down favorites in the horror genre so I knew that I had to be a part of this tour. My stop for today is a review and a chance to win a fantastic giveaway!
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The Patience of a Dead Man
Publication Date: April 15, 2019
Genre: Horror/ Paranormal *Author has described it as more “chilling than gory”.
He just spent everything on a house in disrepair, but he didn’t know someone was waiting inside.
Tim Russell just put his last dollar on a handyman’s dream; a quaint but dilapidated farmhouse in New Hampshire. Newly single after a messy divorce, his plan is to live in the house as he restores it for resale. To his horror, as soon as the papers are signed and his work starts, ghosts begin to appear. A bone-white little boy. A woman covered in flies. Tim can’t afford to leave and lose it all, so he turns to his real estate agent Holly Burns to help him decide whether he has any shot at solving his haunted problem. Can they solve the mystery before he loses his investment…or maybe his life?
This isn’t a book that waits very long before it hits you with the good stuff. From the very beginning things moved at a pace that worked well for the story and kept you feeling the scares. It isn’t your average ghost story which is what I was expecting when I started reading it. It gives you more and you’ll enjoy it.
I found that I enjoyed the time period this was written in, though I imagine that it could still work as a modern day tale too. The characters were well written and I enjoyed Tim and his thought processes throughout the story. The experiences that he goes there are shocking and frightening, a fact that I think the author did really well conveying.
The story behind the house, the ghosts that haunt it was a sad tale and I think it left you hoping for a resolution. The twist for this tale I think makes it all the more interesting and it allows it to stand apart from the traditional ghostly tales. It isn’t gory, though somethings are described in detail but they aren’t all that bad. The atmosphere of this is definitely chilling and I found myself feeling those hairs on the back of my neck stand up during certain parts.
I was reading a review copy and there were areas where I felt the editing could have been better, ie: inconsistencies between scenes or chapters. However, a review copy is not the final copy where any of those areas very well could have been fixed and none of those issues took away from the story telling enough to do any damage to my opinion. It should not keep you from reading this one at all.
I loved the ending. I really did, it fit so perfectly to all the events that led up to it and it was a perfect way to end the first in a series of books. I look forward to reading the others in the future. Overall I think this was a great read and I would recommend it if you want a few good scares.
About the Author:
Michael Clark was raised in New Hampshire and lived in the house The Patience of a Dead Man is based. The bats really circled the rafters of the barn all day long, and there really was a grove hidden in the forest. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife Josi and his dog Bubba.
The Patience of a Dead Man, Dead Woman Scorned & Anger is an Acid are his first three novels.
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