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- Publisher: Driven Press (January 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B018HGNN20
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Gabriel Church is a taker of life. Not just a murderer, but an intelligent serial killer on a kind of archangelic mission of salvation. His victims, ones he calls “white lighters,” are random people he imagines needing his brand of final salvation. In killing them, he releases each one to God. And so the deaths, rather than bringing remorse, are to him a kind of personal relief, souls given up to a waiting God.
He is smart, and he is bat-guano crazy. He seeks confessors—his former lover Christian, the old priest—not to unburden his soul but to better understand his deep self, to discover why he kills and how God receives these sacrifices.
But Gabriel meets up with one of life’s ironies that even he does not clearly see, until too late. He falls in love. And in loving, in trying to protect the man Chris, he becomes the kind of man he despises, a man like his own father.
From a stylistic point of view, the author jabs and wounds us with the words BENT and TWISTED, repeated so often they must reflect Gabe’s own psyche. Interestingly, I do not recall reading the words “torn” or “frayed” anywhere in the novel TORN AND FRAYED.Read more ›
So the chase is on or it was and then it wasn’t! I must admit this second book had me intrigued from the word go. In the first book, Rubble and The Wreckage, Gabriel leaves Christian and hits the road. Once again driven by self-preservation and not wanting to get Christian tangled up in his life.
He lands up in San Antonio and after arriving wanders into a church that catches his interest. In the first book we learnt that Gabriel has a rather twisted relationship with religion embedded deep in his childhood memories and in the second book he meets Father Kait and develops a fascinating relationship with him on a platonic level. Father Kait becomes his confessor and Gabriel can release some of the things that have been burdening him. Of course he doesn’t give anything away about his murders but it was fascinating to read all the same. I loved this relationship that the two had developed. Rodd’s writing really gets to grips with the psyche of his characters. The conversations between Father Kait and Gabe are philosophical and extremely thought provoking giving the reader something to chew over and ponder on for days. I know I was mulling a lot of the conversation around in my head for quite a while. You are drawn into their inner most thoughts and this is what I love about these books so far. As I said in my first review a real mind f*** on many levels but listening to Gabe opening up to Father Kait was intriguing all the same. Still doesn’t excuse what he does but it definitely gives the reader a hell of a ride in the mind of serial murderer Gabriel Church.
For someone who never lets himself get emotionally attached to anyone he is still haunted with is time spent with Christian.Read more ›
Gabriel really is a true psychopath – when he’s with Christian, he’s a totally different person as opposed to when he’s killing people in God’s name and this was the truly scary part, because the author did such a fantastic job on Gabriel’s mixed-up character.
Gabriel has gotten away with killing people for years, he’s meticulous and no one knows except Christian, whom he left in book 1 in order to “save him”. But he’s made a mistake and Christian is going to pay for that error, unless Gabriel re-enters his life.
The book raises many questions, one of them being “in love, how far are you prepared to go to protect the person you love? What levels will your conscience allow? I’ll let you think on that one.
The author was devilishly clever, I thought that Gabriel was mellowing and the author was going to change direction and take us on a different route entirely, until the episode with the Police Officer………it proved that Gabriel is what he is and that he’s not going to change!
Very, very different read for me. It held my interest in a kind of morbid fascination way and that itself is quite disturbing, but that is why I called the author “devilishly clever”, he got me to read something that I wasn’t 100% comfortable with! But found it engrossing nevertheless.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After I read book 1 Rubble and Wreckage I wasn't sure if book 2 would give me the same thrills, chills and horror! But I was so wrong! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dale Federico
This is book two and you should read in order.
While in book one, we spend the whole time learning about the deeds that Gabe had been up to during his career. Read more
Serial Killer Gabriel Lee Church has murder down to a science. He's cold, calculating and patient as he continues to follow God's mission to bring home the 'White Lighters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by N.D. Clark
Torn and Frayed-A Gabriel Church Tale-Book 2 by Rodd Clark
Serial killer Gabe is a very complex killer and for the first time in his life there's more on his mind than... Read more
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After Christian's feelings for Gabe become too serious, he does something that... Read more
This is book two of this series and just like with Book 1 (Rubble and the Wreckage) I barely breathed. It's a very suspenseful story. Gabriel Church is a serial killer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by DiverseReader
“It has been a strange time for Gabe. All of that had been new and should’ve felt unaccustomed and alien to him. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melissa Mendoza with Alpha Book Club
Rodd Clark did another brilliant job with his 2nd novel of the Gabriel Church Series. The story line is intense which will keep you engrossed as Gabe continues his journey as he... Read morePublished 6 months ago by pamkaymmbloggers
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