Friday, September 19, 2014

The Book of Kindly Deaths by Eldritch Black


When twelve-year old Eliza Winter finds a secret room in her missing grandfather’s sprawling, Gothic house, her safe, sheltered life is blown apart. Inside, below a stained glass window where moonlight shines no matter the time of day, sits The Book of Kindly Deaths.

In defiance of her controlling mother, who has always forbidden her to read anything strange or imaginary, Eliza takes the book. As night sets in, Eliza reads one haunting story after another. And the further she journeys inside the book, the more the boundaries between our world and a shadowy land of monsters and forbidden places begin to blur.

When the strange, crooked man from the book arrives on the doorstep claiming to be a rare book collector and demanding entry into the house, Eliza’s world is turned upside down. To escape him she must dive all the way into the spine-tingling world of The Book of Kindly Deaths to save her grandfather-and write an end to the nightmare she’s caught inside.



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About The Author

Eldritch Black was born in London, England and now lives in the middle of a forest on a small island in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Eldritch writes books for children, young adults, and adults with childlike hearts.

When he isn’t writing, Eldritch likes to collect shadows and discarded dreams.

His first novel “The Book of Kindly Deaths” was published by Spencer Hill Press and will be released on the 16th September 2014. You can find out more about this ghastly tale of dark bookish adventures here.

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My review:

Eliza Winter has come to her grandfather's house with her parents after he comes missing.  While there Eliza remembers he had a secret room so she decides to explore to find it.  After finding the room she stumbles upon a book that opens up to the first page and it is then that she decides she will read it knowing her mom won't approve.    Once she starts reading the stories, Eliza feels that they are more than just stories that they seem real.  Her journey starts once she stops reading the stories and this is when Eliza realizes that there is more to these stories and is swept up into the other world, the one her mother has been hiding from her.

This book was pretty cool.  It started out with Eliza at her grandfathers and then it went to a different story as she read the book of Kindly Deaths.  From there on it would switch between the two with things coming together and things getting explained towards the end where you learn more about Eliza's family and her part in it.

I thought the book was well written.  Eldritch did a great job at writing all the "short stories" and then tying them in together and explaining how and why they are connected.  All the characters in the story are well written and described perfectly so that you can picture each and every one of them.  I am looking forward for Abby to get older so that she read it as I know she will enjoy it!

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