Rating:

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Like Death was not what I was expecting. I was expecting dark fantasy, while this book can only be classified as fairly dark supernatural horror. I actually found it a bit disturbing and was debating if I could make it through the book. I will say that the story did come together very well by the end.

Scott Raymond is possibly going insane, or is being driven insane. He already has issues – he is the sole survivor of a massacre and his family was killed in front of him. Scott has managed to block out almost the entire episode except for the bits and pieces that come back in dreams or flashes of memory.

Scott is recently estranged from his wife and son. His wife initiated the separation because she could see his violence slowly escalating. She partly blamed it on his childhood trauma, and partly on the job he chose for himself. He writes about true crime and all the grisly details.

Now, after following his family to a new town, Scott’s actions appear very stalkerish and he’s on the trail of a new story. When he tries to research the disappearance of a little girl, he meets an interesting woman who leads him down a rabbit hole. And it’s a trip that would make the Divine Comedy seem like a jolly jaunt.

Overall, Like Death was a very disturbing read. It was very well done and put together, but the story had a lot of very vividly described gruesome scenes. It was definitely not for the faint of heart, nor for the squeamish. It took me over half-way through the book before the last piece clicked and I had a good understanding of what was going on and where it was likely to be going. After that point, it flowed much better for me and I could almost enjoy the story. In the end, I thought Like Death was rather brilliant but enjoyed is not the word I would use to describe my experience in reading it.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Apex Publications. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.