Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury.
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 in hospital from a coma 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 murder?
And why is DI Carver so eager to make him suffer?
My Review: I’m a huge fan of Mark Tilbury’s books, and this is no exception. From the very start, the author does a fantastic job of building suspense. We’re taken on Michael’s journey as he struggles to remember his life and come to terms with his past.
What really stuck out to me was the magnificent way the author played with my emotions. While it was hard to keep reading at times due to the subject matter (child abuse), I wanted to find out what happened next bad enough to keep turning the pages. I became so engrossed in Michael’s story that I wanted to find out what happened to him that put him in the hospital, and what the future held for him. I also have to admit, the biggest reason I loved this book was that the villains were so well written, I wanted to push through to see what happened to them. Some characters are just meant to have a horrible end.
I’ve noticed flashes of my favorite author, Stephen King, in Mr. Tilbury’s other books, but this one, I think, is on par with many of Mr. King’s works. In true King fashion, I was reminded of the occasional stories I’ve read about atrocities committed in foster homes and other institutions, and it helped to bring the story to life in a way that many often fail to do. This story stuck with me for a while, and I doubt I’ll ever forget it.
There are few books out there that deliver the same kind of punch as The Abattoir of Dreams, and that puts this book and the author into the stratosphere, in my opinion.