Spirits of the Dead
by Keith Gilman
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2023
What would you do to save someone you loved? Husband and father Jon Levande has to ask himself that very question when his daughter is on the brink of death. But what if saving her means losing his own soul . . .
Death has followed successful restoration architect, unhappy husband and desperate father, Jonathan Levande, his whole life, but recently the curious incidents around him have surged. Killed deer, decapitated cheerleaders and a dead homeless man are only the beginning of this dark streak. Now it seems he'll lose his daughter as well. Marie is fatally ill, and the doctors are stumped.
Waiting for death to knock on his door again, Jon buries himself in his work and has an affair to escape his depressive life. Until one day his job of restoring old buildings leads him to St Cecelia cathedral - a haunted, old church in Delaware - and its sinister Rector . . . and to a proposition he can't refuse: a life for a life.
Jon doesn't believe in miracles or dark magic, but he knows that if he doesn't do something his daughter will die soon. Torn but determined, he chooses to save Marie, whatever it takes! But the bargain struck in hell hides dire consequences and Jon soon finds himself confronted with his dark past . . .
The new gripping standalone novel by PWA Award-winning author Keith Gilman will make you question your sense of reality! A great read for everyone who loves supernatural suspense with a fresh twist on classic horror elements.
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Book : Spirits of the Dead
Author : Keith Gilman
Pub Date : 03 Oct 2023
Thank you NetGalley, Severn House, & the author for the opportunity to read and review this book.
This book was a bit difficult for me to get into but once it picked up it was fast paced page turning from there. I really wish I could have related to at least one character in the book. The wife, the daughter, the MC Johnathan, Angela etc. I felt as though I wanted to know MORE and get MORE about the characters.
We follow Johnathan who death and darkness constantly follows. Granted—part of me was happy about that considering his life choices. While Jonathan is on a project with a Catholic Church he is propositioned asking what he would give to save a life (his sick daughter). A life for a life it is.
We watch Jonathan be taken over slowly through the book by darkness. This absolutely will keep you reading to the end. I love a good dark gothic horror thrilling book and this didn’t disappoint me in that aspect.
Jonathan Levande has a pall cast over him, death seems to follow him wherever he goes. Now his daughter has been beset by a mystery illness that doctors say will end in death. A restoration architect, Jon has taken on a job at Saint Cecelia Cathedral where he encounters the malevolent Rector who offers him a bargain. A life in exchange for a life. Willing to do anything to save his daughter’s life, Jon agrees and finds himself cast into the very pits of hell. A sinister gothic to keep readers up at night
This was a unique concept and I enjoyed getting to know Jon as a character. I could understand the choices of the character and it worked overall. The concept worked well overall and I was hooked from the first page. Keith Gilman has a strong writing style and I’m glad I read this.
Loved this book. So well written and compelling, definitely a recommended spooky read this month. The twisting story lines meld together for a satisfying conclusion.
I liked this. It had some creepy moments and moved at a pace that kept my interest. Overall, this was an okay read and I would read other books by this author. Special Thank You to Keith Gilman, Severn House and NetGalley for allowing me to read a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
An excellent and well plotted horror, one of the most original I read this year. Not a love-at-first-page but a book that grew on me and kept hooked.
Creepy, very dark and disturbing at times. Good character development and world building
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine