Epeolatry Book Review: Piece by Piece by Daemon Manx
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Title: Piece by Piece
Author: Daemon Manx
Release Date: 31st December, 2021
Synopsis: Sometimes, all it takes is perspective to appreciate the simple things, or a little extra concern for the frailty of the present moment to fully understand what makes life worth living. And sometimes, all it takes is a little shove in the right direction.
When Bobby Canfield was eleven years old, he received a message from a mysterious presence called Mac. The delivery of this message was through a Ouija board, and it would forever change Bobby’s life. After all, it’s not every day you find out when you are going to die.
Eleven-year-old Bobby Canfield receives a message through an Ouija Board. A message from someone called Mac, claiming to be family, and claiming to know the exact date Bobby will die. Bobby tries to decipher the message with hope to change the future.
I found Piece by Piece well written and well structured as it traveled through Bobby’s lifetime, all this while maintaining suspense. It is a true chiller with great tension from one high stake situation to another. The mysterious connection between characters had me questioning everyone’s involvement. How they all linked together was never truly explained, allowing me to wonder about other supernatural elements.
The included bonus story, The Widower, was my favourite. The Widower is about a DIY house bought by a couple, and an infestation of raccoons has been left inside. So has a grieving widower. The story captured a beautiful description of grief and depression which I think everyone will connect with.
The Widower is a clever reflection of negative human emotion, and it manages to include a small amount of humour for the reader. The crumbs of clues that pointed towards its villain were quite clever. However, the author turned this classic monster on its head with a wonderful modern twist. The Widower is more frightening than Piece by Piece and even now I shiver.
Overall both pieces have something to offer, from calculative thinking to overwhelming emotions. It is definitely worth a read.
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Corinne Pollard is a new disabled horror writer from West Yorkshire, UK with published works in Sirens Call eZine and Trembling with Fear. With a degree in English Lit and Creative Writing, Corinne has always enjoyed the world of dark fantasy. Aside from writing, Corinne enjoys metal music, visits to graveyards and shopping for books to read.