Friday, November 7, 2014

The Severing

Title: The Severing
Author: D.J. Manly
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN/BIN: MLR-1-02014-0309
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary; Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Billy can’t remember the details of how he died. All he knows is that he is stuck in limbo because he was murdered. He can see living people going about their business, unaware of the fact that restless spirits walk among them. He sees Alex, the man who now works for the company Billy once worked for; the man who sits at his old desk in his old office. Billy feels drawn to the man and follows him around, thinking that Alex has pretty much taken over his life. Alex even frequents the same gay bar that Billy vaguely remembers going to...

Terrance has been cursed with being able to talk to the dead; a skill that doesn’t do him any good as no living person will ever believe a word he says. When he meets Alex purely by chance, he tells the man that he has a ghost following him around. Terrance knows it is a mistake to talk to people about what he sees, but something compels him to talk to Alex about Billy.

Alex can’t handle crazy people right now. Things were bad enough with the stress of his new job, but now his best friend Wes has gone missing. He dismisses Terrance’s ramblings at first, but soon realises Terrance knows things no one else could possibly know about him. Alex wants to ignore him, but there is something about Terrance that makes Alex want to put his trust in him. But with people going missing and a serial killer on the loose, will Alex live to regret it?

The Severing is the first book in a new series by the author, and based on this first offering, I will definitely be coming back for more. The concept of limbo, where spirits of those whose life has been taken from them too soon must wait until their case has been resolved, was fascinating and I can see this setting offering up plenty more stories. All the characters introduced in this book were interesting. Alex, Terrance, and Billy were really good characters, as were the supporting cast who I am sure we shall see more of in the future. The highlight of the story for me was the chemistry between Alex and Terrance. I loved the attraction between them and was thoroughly invested in the development of their relationship. Billy was also very likable and I really wanted him to get the closure he deserved. The way the characters’ lives entwined was really well done. I got used to the author’s style of writing pretty quickly but I was slightly confused by the point of view changes to begin with. The storyline had some very chilling moments and some nice twists and turns. Overall, I would highly recommend The Severing and look forward to reading more in the series. 

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