Happy Monday! I would love to welcome Mark Tilbury onto the blog to promote his new book; THE ABATTOIR OF DREAMS.
I would of course, as every #BlogTour like to thank the team at Bloodhound Books for gifting me an early copy of THE ABATTOIR OF DREAMS. I am forever grateful and and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for 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 from a coma in hospital 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.
So, you want to know what I think?
I took a punt on this book, not knowing anything about the author, which I don’t normally do. But after some of the great books I have read this year from authors I haven’t read before, I was excited to get stuck in!
Without giving away the plot too much – I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Detective Inspector John Carver. When we meet him in Michael’s hospital bed, he conducts himself like any other investigating police detective would. As you start to read more into the story, you start to side a different side to Carver. I loved him. I hated him. Carver is the kind of character that doesn’t come along too often in crime fiction and I am glad Tilbury explored this side of him!
The dynamic between Michael and Carver is perfectly balanced. Each pushing each others buttons. This is a credit to Tilbury and the way he is able to construct these scenes to give maximum effect.
Pacing of the story wasn’t an issue for me in this book. Too many times I read crime fiction and the story is over before it has even begun or it’s a slow burner with tons of action right near the end…..it can be rather frustrating! TAOD has great pacing – I struggled to put this book down!
I will certainly be recommending THE ABATTOIR OF DREAMS! It’s without question that this book is pretty tough going in parts in regards to subject matter, but none of which is glorified for the sake of shock factors. It is relevant to the story. The themes help to build a picture of what has happened to Michael and Carver in their life on the build up to the situation they are in now.
About MARK TILBURY;
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused. He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is currently working on his third novel, The Abattoir of Dreams.
When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar, and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.
THE ABATTOIR OF DREAMS is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;
Amazon (UK); http://ow.ly/432q309FjB1
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