Sometimes there comes a book talked about so much that it is purchased and read simply to find out if everyone is right. Dead Inside by Chandler Morrison is one of those books. The book has been described as many things and all those things left me wondering if I could handle it, if I would think the same thing. So, I bought it. Read it in one night and decided to share my thoughts on this….interesting book.
Dead Inside by Chandler Morrison
In this bleak and disturbingly erotic debut novel, iconoclast Chandler Morrison provides readers with a dark exploration of the nature of death, individuality, and generational identity. Along the way, lines will be crossed, taboos will be violated, and common decency will take an extended leave of absence. This is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Or anyone who enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey.
A young hospital security guard with a disturbingly unique taste in women. A maternity doctor with a horrifically unusual appetite. When the two of them meet, they embark on a journey of self-discovery as they shatter societal norms while engaging in destructive and abhorrent behavior. As they unwittingly help each other understand a world in which neither of them seems to belong, they begin to realize what it truly means to be alive…and that it might not always be a good thing.
A large part of how I feel about this book will be in spoiler tags because in order to properly express that I have to give away large plot details. So I will keep this part brief. Don’t read it. I know that there is that idea of how gross is gross really but this book is utterly disgusting in ways that I don’t think anyone really can fully grasp until they’ve read it. So…don’t read it. But read it. Find out just what I’m saying because honestly it wasn’t at all what I was expecting when people said that it made them nauseous or that it was disgusting until I read it myself.
I’m not saying its a badly written book. The author knows what he’s doing and does a damn good job at it. I think that does exactly what he wanted it to do and I suppose that’s all authors really want in the end isn’t it?
So onto the spoiler bits…
The thing that I don’t like about this book, besides I mean (see above gross spoilers), is that it’s very clear that it wasn’t written for any other purpose than to gross the reader out. To have them talk about how gross it is, so that more people read it. That’s it. It was written for the shock of it all. It was written to elicit a physical response and it worked but that kind of also falls short for me.
My rating on this is because the writing was good, really good, but the content itself was not. I would not recommend this book at all. I would say that if you did read it, well, I hope you can stomach it in the end.