Monday, 27 February 2017

The Abattoir Of Dreams By Mark Tilbury - Blog Tour Review

Today on Life Of A Nerdish Mum I am part of the blog tour for The Abattoir Of Dreams by Mark Tilbury, I have read this absolutely addictive book and I'm now bringing you my review. The Abattoir Of Dreams is being released tomorrow, the 28th of February 2017.

The Abattoir Of Dreams 

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.

My Review

Excuse my language but this book grabs you by the balls from page one and doesn't let go! I don't think that I've ever felt as much rage when reading a book or for so many different reasons throughout a whole book. 

The main character is Michael who we follow on a journey of discovery after her wakes up from a coma due to an attempted suicide. He is trying to regain his memory while recovering from his injuries as well as dealing with trying to figure out if he did murder his girlfriend and what on earth is going on with the visions he is having. With the visions Michael has and the way they come about, I thought that The Abattoir Of Dreams was going to be more horror than crime, but it is not that at all, Mark Tilbury is just an amazing author who is able to write about real life horror in a extremely clever way. 

Right from page 1 we meet D.I. John Carver who I think has officially won my title of most vile, despicable, criminal characters that I have ever come across. I hated him right from the get go and the hate turned into loathing and revulsion in a pretty quick time. Every time he was around, my heart quickened and I became extremely stressed wondering what he would do next. His character is written so perfectly I had a physical reaction to his presence! 

The story covers a lot of extremely disturbing and violent topics, but definitely ones that are important to talk about. It does make you feel uncomfortable at times and it will be too much for some, but Mark has dealt with the topics well. 

Without giving away too much, I think my two favourite characters are Jimmy and Oxo (Oxo is a dog, they're always going to be great). 

Once I started reading I could not put this book down. Even through all the rage and through all the difficult to read scenes (have you ever tried to read a book without looking, like you would at a scary or intense part of a movie, it makes life very difficult!) I wanted to know what really happened and what would come from finding out the truth. 

This is my first book by Mark Tilbury but I am officially hooked! 

I gave this book 5 stars. 

To pick up you're own copy of The Abattoir Of Dreams, click here

About The Author

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. 

Mark sends out e-mail newsletters once a month to keep readers updated with news and offering them chances to win exclusive prizes. All subscribers are being given a free kindle copy of The Revelation Room. You can sign up here:

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