This is my first ever Book Tour and what an amazing book to start with. Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for my gifted copy and inviting me to take part.
About the Book:
- Purchase link: https://mybook.to/DeathPerception
- Genre: Supernatural crime
- Print length: 308
- Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teenagers 16+
- Trigger warnings: No
- Amazon Rating: 5 stars
About Death Perception
Nineteen-year-old Kennet Singleton lives with his invalid mother in a personal care facility, but he wants out. He operates the crematory at the local funeral home, where he discovers he can discern the cause of death of those he cremates—by toasting marshmallows over their ashes.
He thinks his ability is no big deal since his customers are already dead. But when his perception differs from what’s on the death certificate, he finds himself in the midst of murderers. To save the residents and avenge the dead, Kennet must bring the killers to justice.
I received a gifted copy of ‘Death Perception’ by Lee Allen Howard in return for my honest review, as part of the Book Tour with Blackthorn Book Tours. When I saw the description for the book, I decided I just had to read, as it was very different.
The book follows Kennet Singleton, who works as a cremator at Grinold’s Funeral Home. He lives with his invalid mum in Costa’s Personal Care Home.
Whilst working he discovers that when he toasts marshmallows over the ashes of the deceased, he learns how they died.
Kennet has always found his visions to be correct against the death certificate paperwork, but then he starts to find some that differ. Is there a killer around? And is there only one?
He must push through his traumatic childhood and life to work out who the killer/s are before any more murders occur.
You get to hear from a few characters point of view throughout the book, giving more insight to what is happening.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and although it seems like a dark subject, there are points in which there is humour, especially with the toasting marshmallows over ashes. It is something I never thought I would read about.
I felt emotionally drawn to Kennet as he works through his trauma, he is strong, and he realises this the more his character develops throughout the book.
I will be looking out for more by Lee Allen Howard, as I liked the style of writing and want to read more of his work.
Overall, a mysterious and emotional horror with a touch of dark humour.
About the Author:
Lee Allen Howard writes horror, supernatural crime, and psychological thrillers. His trade paperbacks include THE BEDWETTER: JOURNAL OF A BUDDING PSYCHOPATH, THE SIXTH SEED, THE ADAMSON FAMILY, and DEATH PERCEPTION.
His fiction titles for Kindle include MAMA SAID, STRAY, DESPERATE SPIRITS, NIGHT MONSTERS, and SEVERED RELATIONS.
Howard edits fiction and non-fiction. His writer’s site is https://leeallenhoward.com. Please visit and subscribe.
Other Praise for ‘Death Perception’:
“Dastardly devious, cleverly conceived, and just a whole lot of fun to read, Death Perception is Lee Allen Howard on fire and at his finest. Rife with winsome weirdness, it’s like the mutant stepchild of Carl Hiaasen and Stephen King, mixing a truly unique paranormal coming-of-age story with a quirky cast of offbeat noir characters into a novel that’s simply unforgettable… and hilariously original. A supernatural crime story, blazing with creative intrigue… don’t miss it.” –Michael Arnzen, author of Play Dead
“Lee Allen Howard’s Death Perception is a red-hot union of Gothic crime thriller and grim humor that burns with supernatural tension. Beneath the sickly sweet scent of caramelized sugar lies the wildly entertaining tale of a man who delivers justice to the dead while fanning the fires of the living. Ever hear the expression, ‘laughing in a morgue’? Death Perception feels just like that. Howard has a gift for crafting eccentric characters and clever plots. This is dark fun at its best.”
–Jason Jack Miller, author of The Devil and Preston Black and Hellbender
“Death Perception has officially made me envious of Lee Allen Howard. It sings like a choir of angels, yet weeps like a ghost in winter. Everyone should have this in their collection.”
–Trent Zelazny, author of To Sleep Gently and Butterfly Potion