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Griffin is a boy on the verge of becoming a man, when he loses his father to a somewhat violent death. Luckily he has a sweet and caring grandfather that loves to spend time with him, and a close cousin to hang out with. Unfortunately, he is experiencing feelings of what his psychologist calls depersonalization disorder, but Griffin describes it as feeling like he isn't attached to his own body. His mom is worried, and his aunt is convinced he's possessed. So which is it? You'll have to read this book to find out!
The characters here were well developed. I really got to caring for Griffin and Tanner and I quickly got to the point where I couldn't care less what happened to either of their fathers. I think the best part of this story was its telling. The author did a great job of releasing bits of information steadily along the way which kept me interested and looking forward to whatever was going to happen next. A few of the twists I did guess, but I did not accurately predict where this tale was going to go, and I always love when that happens.
Even as a seasoned fan of horror, there were parts of this book that seriously disturbed me. Mr. Hains is a psychologist himself, which is probably why the bits about depersonalization disorder rang so true. However, there were certain characters that behaved very differently from what I would expect, (like Griffin's mom, for instance), and thinking about why she did what she did added a layer of sadness to this tale. I guess it's a sad truth that sometimes we like to bury our heads in the sand rather than face what's happening right in front of us.
Overall, The Disembodied was an excellent psychological horror tale, and even though it involved tweens, this is not a YA story, in my opinion. There are some ugly, ugly truths here and incidents of abuse that made even this horror fan cringe. That said, this book was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the mysteries as they unraveled. I think you would too! Highly recommended!
*I nominated this book for the Kindle Scout program back in the day, and when it was accepted and the book published, I was given a free copy with no strings attached. All of the opinions expressed in this review are my own.*
Mr. Hains has a writing ability that draws the reader into his surreal world that is impossible to put down. Facets of mental illness is introduced that inspires the reader to dwell deep into the characters psyche...and to learn of Mr. Hains background, made this story even better. This is the first book for me to read by Mr. Hains, but it want be the last. I've already put a few on my wishlist.
Griffin has a mental disorder, along with abuse caused by family, tries to be an ordinary teenager to no avail. Through alternating POV's the reader will discover much heart gripping traumas, surreal feelings in which the characters evolve or not. What happens next? Get the book, read it, and you'll know.
The story itself is mind boggling. Several instances, I thought I knew the outcome, I was floored. The ending was superbly done. I have to admit that I felt like someone was watching me, or felt something that raised my skin into goosebumps.
I recommend this story to readers looking for a new read that will keep you guessing until the last page.
It contains horror, drama, suspense and loads of twists and turns.
I voluntarily chose to review this story on my own.
The characters in this novel are genuine and well rounded, enhanced by realistic dialogue that moves the story along at a fast, entertaining, and, yes...sometimes disturbing pace. You immediately know who to root for and who not...that is until you don’t...but then you do...and then you’re not sure, again....but maybe you are....maybe. Apart from the eerie, supernatural elements you find yourself wondering... “Does stuff like this really happen?”
All in all “The Disembodied” is a thrilling read that keeps the pages turning and the chills chillin.
I definitely recommend. Sleep is over rated, anyway....