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Published by Booktrope on September 15th 2015
Source: ARC from publisher
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A simple, routine call to 911 unexpectedly erupts into a grizzly suicide. Mike, a well-seasoned deputy is uncharacteristically disturbed by the gruesome scene. Who was this tortured soul, and why did this happen?Innocently, most of us accept our destiny. We assume our life experiences are the result of mere chance. Few of us discover that our fate is actually an orchestrated tapestry woven from beyond our world. When that influencing weaver is from the netherworld, you may likely find yourself on a dark, terrifying, and tragic journey.What if you discovered a letter penned by a desperate soul from beyond the grave, a literal letter from hell? What if that letter could alter your perception of reality by revealing that you are not in control?Would you dare read it?
This book was interesting. It was definitely entertaining and more than a little eerie. There were a lot of confusing bits but it all gets cleared up at the end.
I liked the premise. I didn’t know it until the very, very end but the whole book is meant to be the ‘letter from hell.’ Anyway, it wasn’t a linear letter at all. Time jumped around A LOT. Sometimes it would be someone’s backstory. Then it would be someone else’s, but shorter and much more sped up. Other times it would be shorter events that happened previously. And then you would jump to the beginning again. Once you got used to that style it was fine though.
I was also REALLY CONFUSED by the fact that the cop who found the body was Mike, and the body was Mike. This confused me for almost the entire book until it was revealed that they just happened to have the same name. Just, please know that if you’re going to read the book.
As for the plot, it wasn’t too predictable. It wasn’t average either, by any means. Most people’s lives have some lows and some highs, all around the same level of intensity. For the two main characters, the highs AND lows were extreme. So it did balance out, but still ended unfortunately. That’s not a spoiler, right? The book’s not supposed to be one of those happily-ever-after books. ANYWAY, it was interesting. I liked reading about the course of people’s lives, given that my own is still ahead of me. Some good advice in there too.
The characters were very likable, even if they made stupid decisions sometimes. It wasn’t entirely their fault. You know how supernatural manipulation is. View Spoiler »Of course, the fact that they were the perfect couple living a nearly fairytale life only makes the end sadder… « Hide Spoiler
All in all, if you’re looking for an entertaining, creepy, and gruesome read (you might even get PTSD by association) without a happy ending but with a cool premise anyway, this book is for you.
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