I was approached by Mark to read and review his latest book The Abattoir of Dreams awhile back now and I agreed as despite the subject being one I normally avoid it did look too good to miss, so with Mark’s assurance that it was not overly graphic I agreed. He was then signed by Bloodhound Books (once again proving they have exceptional taste where authors are concerned).
About The Book
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 in hospital from a coma 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.
As I’ve already said I normally avoid the subject that often goes hand in hand with books and Children’s Homes, this book however is different as it cleverly written with a great deal of focus on the actual story of Michael, and the details I strive so hard never to read are handled with sensitively, care and always part of the story – never just there for shock value.
This does not mean it did not shock me because it did, the realism is superb and I was hoping throughout for the appropriate outcome for all concerned. Did I get the outcome’s I was hoping for? ?