The Waking That Kills

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The Waking That Kills

As we know any major disruption in live can cause havoc, but it’s through our decision-making process we can gain clearer insight, deigned to build upon this process or else be doomed to stagnant, repetitive (or worse), de-evolve our decisions and choices in life. Mr. Gregory pushes the envelope into that area of life by effectively illustrating these life lessons in scenarios, intense character development (it’s difficult to capture insanity on many levels), and his gift for starkness in word-smithing to build a dark tale.

This novel advertises itself as “A Dark Novel of Possession” and it is correct. From the start the reader is just as bewildered as Mr. Beal about his new employer and her son: the Lundys. The dark menacing, choking fear of what-have-I-got-myself-into-this-time takes over, not just for Mr. Beal, but for the reader as well. Starting with the isolation of self, the house and property all combine with the slight air of oddity in each character which create a more ominous tension (and in turn) a dramatic tale as the novel progresses. Also, the stomach-turning pages created realistic issues, which at its’ core is a wishful desire to belong. The insanity is on many levels spurring the reader to discover the truth about “The Waking that Kills.”

Book Blurb for The Waking That Kills

A dark novel of Possession. The ghosts that haunt us are not always strangers. Lawrence Lundy's military-pilot father is missing, and the boy is doing everything he can to keep his presence alive in the family home. Into this strange house comes Christopher Beale, a man just returned to the country who becomes drawn in to the apparent madness of the Lawrence and his mother.

A long, hot summer's dream. A suffocating nightmare. Shattered by a violent awakening! When his elderly father suffers a stroke, Christopher Beale returns to England. He has no home, no other family. Adrift, he answers an advert for a live-in tutor for a teenage boy. The boy is Lawrence Lundy, who possesses the spirit of his father, a military pilot – missing, presumed dead. Unable to accept that his father is gone, Lawrence keeps his presence alive, in the big old house, in the overgrown garden. His mother, Juliet Lundy, a fey, scatty widow living on her nerves, keeps the boy at home, away from other children, away from the world. And in the suffocating heat of a long summer, she too is infected by the madness of her son. Christopher Beale becomes entangled in the strange household... enmeshed in the oddness of the boy and his fragile mother. Only by forcing the boy to release the spirit of his father can there be any escape from the haunting.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2014 4.00