Today is my turn on the blog tour for Mark Tilbury’s The Abattoir of Dreams, published by Bloodhound Books. I get to share my review with you all, but first here’s the bookish info you need to know!
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 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
And why is DI Carver so eager to make him suffer?
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. 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 Tilbury is a new author to me so I had no idea what to expect when I started reading The Abattoir of Dreams. I’m always apprehensive when I read a new author as I never know if I’ll get along with the author’s style, but I needn’t have worried. Mark Tilbury has written a very interesting thriller.
We meet Michael Tate, in hospital after waking from a coma, and he is the prime suspect in the murder of his girlfriend. Becky was found stabbed to death in their flat, and Michael is paralysed and suffering from amnesia after attempting suicide. When he is visited by Detective Inspector John Carver, he is informed that he is charged with her murder.
Michael has had a traumatic childhood. His father murdered his mother and is in prison. The reader also learns that Michael was a resident at Woodside Children’s Home, and it was far from a happy place to be. I found the chapters dealing with Michael’s past to be the most harrowing and emotive in the book. These chapters will send the reader on a journey and you will be put through the emotional ringer.
The Abattoir of Dreams deals with a few themes, the most prevalent being murder and abuse. I found that although it was tough and uncomfortable to read about, the author has done a good job of dealing with it honestly and sensitively.
The author has shown just how horrific and depraved some people can be, and the lengths to which they will go to get what they want. The Abattoir of Dreams is a gripping thriller, and I will definitely look out for more books from this author.
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