I am thrilled to be joining in with Mark Tilbury’s relaunch celebrations for The Abattoir of Dreams! This was the first book I read by Mark Tilbury and it absolutely blew me away! I have read everything he has published since and I’m proud to say that I am a huge fan!!
I am re-sharing my original review as my little part of this awesome blog blitz. Don’t forget to follow, like and share the book love with the awesome book bloggers on the poster above!
(Originally published on 7th March 2017)
Why have a never read a Mark Tilbury book before now??
I stayed up late last night (23rd February) as I had to finish this book. I was desperate to find out what really happened. I know the words page-turner are used a lot in book reviews, but this really is one.
When we meet Michael Tate he’s in hospital. He’s recently come out of a coma and is paralysed from the waist down. He had, allegedly, thrown himself off the top of the building he lived in after stabbing his girlfriend, Becky, 21 times. However, Michael has no memory of his crimes. He can’t remember anything at all. I wasn’t sure, at first, if I felt sorry for Michael or if he was faking his memory loss as others suspected. It was obvious that something wasn’t quite right about the whole thing. I also imagined Michael to be older than he was, until his age was mentioned.
Detective Inspector John Carver is a sadistic character. He is determined to see Michael put away for this crime and his interrogation methods are despicable. He didn’t seem at all interested in finding out the truth, he just wanted the case closed and Michael behind bars. Michael has no defence and seemingly no choice but to lie there and await his fate.
When strange things start happening to Michael during the night, I wasn’t sure if he was dreaming or hallucinating, but the scenes he is confronted with are heart-breaking. As the story unravelled, I became more and more shocked and sickened by what had happened in Michael’s past. Some people are pure evil and I think Michael might have wished he had never remembered anything of his past for the rest of his life, but he needed to know the truth. Was he really capable of murdering his own girlfriend?
This book is brilliantly written. The characters are very real and believable. I did have to remind myself on several occasions that this is fiction as, to me, it reads almost like an autobiography, particularly as the story progresses. I really sympathised with Michael as I learned more about his horrendous childhood. (I loved the relationship he had with Liam and his dog, Oxo.) To think there are children out there in the real world who have been subjected to the abuse they suffered in their past is beyond devastating.
The pace of the story is perfect, between learning about the past and working towards finding out the truth, I was totally hooked. It’s a very emotional read and one that made me feel physically sick at times. The descriptions of abuse are horrific and very upsetting, but the story is completely captivating and one I am unlikely to ever forget.
I highly recommend.
Many thanks to the author for my ARC.
If you haven’t read this awesome book as yet then you really should add it to your list, right now….