Friday, November 6, 2015

The Damaged by Simon Law [3 stars]

From the Description

The storm of '87 had been the greatest, most ferocious storm to have hit Britain in centuries. The suffering that ensued was plentiful, but none more so than that of little Matthew Mason, whose parents were brutally murdered in the midst of the storm by a homeless man desperate to find shelter.
After 25 years of torment, Matthew is released from a mental institute under the watchful eye and care of Tammy Atkins, a care worker with a secret history of alcohol abuse and self-harm.
As Matthew struggles to adapt to his new found liberty, he finds himself continuously plagued by the demons of his past. Haunted by strange and ghastly images and urges, Matthew sets himself upon a path of vengeance; determined to seek out his parents' killer and put his demons to rest once and for all.
'The Damaged' is a disturbing psychological thriller, delving deep into the darkest depths of the human psyche.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

The Damaged is part serial killer part possession story. This book started out great. The storm and the horror of Mathew watching his parents get killed grabbed  me right away. Then the story moves to 25 years after that fateful night. We get to meet Tammy, a caregiver with psychological problems of her own, who is now Mathew's homecare nurse. At first I felt really bad for these two characters because of the mental and emotional problems they both had. As I continued reading it quickly became apparent that Tammy is self-absorbed and a horrible nurse and after he quit taking his meds Mathew is bat-shit crazy. It didn't take long before my initial sympathy turned into dislike for these two characters. The demon was kind of confusing. Is it real or the result of Mathew not taking his pills? You don't really know until the end. While I enjoyed Simon Law's writing style, I had a hard time connecting to this story. It just didn't work for me. An ok 3 star read.

About the Author

Simon Law, Author, was born October 23 1983 in the town of Crawley, Sussex, England.

Law first became a published writer in 2009 with the release of his d├ębut novel 'Bringing Forth the End of Days', an apocalyptic novel set in his home town of Crawley. Although his early works were mainly Science Fiction, Law now concentrates his writing primarily in dark fiction and horror. During his studies at the local community college, Law focused his education mainly on maths and science, obtaining high qualifications in both, but says he only discovered his passion for writing later in life. After leaving college in 2001, Law became part of a small film production team and was involved in many low-budget productions such as 'Attack of the Martian Dinosaurs' and others, before the team finally disbanded in 2007. In his spare time, Law likes to dabble in photography, animation, and music production. He is an avid fan of Stephen King, Richard Laymon, and Dean Koontz, and also enjoys classic literature from authors such as Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, and H.G.Wells.

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