by Richard Wall
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Pub Date 27 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2022
Is it possible to commit murder from beyond the grave?
Sing Sing Prison, 1962. Joseph Hickey is executed for a series of gruesome murders. But what should be the end of the nightmare is only the beginning.
John Henry thought that by quitting his job as prison chaplain he could start a new life, but instead he finds himself pulled back again and again as the murders continue.
Can John Henry stop the endless cycle of torment and solve the mystery before it is too late?
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This was a gritty, action-packed thriller with a lot going on. The POV character is a chaplain from Sing Sing Correctional. It's set during the '60s in the Appalachian south. Some of the characters were a bit cliche but some of them were phenomenal. The core story of a serial killer who seems to come back after being executed through some sort of supernatural magic and inhabiting the bodies of other men so he can go back to New York and kill again is so intriguing and kept me glued. The first side story of the "Preacher Man's" cop friend and the NYPD was not my cup of tea and bored me, but I kept reading to find out what was going to happen with this nasty serial killer. And I'm glad I did.
If you don't mind some gruesome descriptions, you're going to love this book!
“I gave the last rites to Joseph Hickey before they took him to the electric chair. I remember the look on his face. I remember his twisted smile as I made the sign of the cross. And I remember wanting to kill the sonofabitch with my bare hands.” -Chapter one.
Captivated from the first line. I could feel this was going to be a special book. The kind of book that pops into your head at odd times, makes you try to think of a way out. Knowing what was going on and being unable to convey that to the characters, unable to stop the bloody mess. How do you stop a man when death is but a revolving door? How do you stop a brutal killer when the NYPD just wants to lay the blame of negligence on a detective and think that it’s actually over.
Richard Wall adds little details and emotions that make the characters so real. It makes the story so much more crushing when you have such a fantastic connection. One character named Vinnie is perfect and adds a comedic intermission to a heavy plot. There are several subplots in this intricate book which keeps it fresh throughout the story.
NEAR DEATH runs through all the emotions so be warned. Think of an emotion and most likely the answer is yes, it’s in there.
“For the love of God,” I whispered “why are you doing this?” Webster winked slowly and deliberately. “I already told you. Because I can.”
-I can hear you asking, “but Paul, why is it a different name than the first quote? Are there several bad guys in this?” In reply, I grin devilishly and tell you to go read the book
by Richard Wall
Thanks to Net Galley for providing a copy of this book to review.
Amazing. Honestly, I went into this book not expecting too much as it did not seem to be the kind of book I enjoyed. Wow, I was so wrong. I started the book around 8pm and read it straight thru until I had to go to work in the morning.
Exceptional writer. Mr. Wall truly captures a scene and makes the reader feel apart of the story. Highly Recommend.
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