Douglas is the son of a long line of morticians. He gets death – better than most adults. However, murder is a different thing. In this novel, J.W. Oker tells the story of a young man who comes to terms with death in the form of murder.
Douglas is not like most boys his age, and yet the reader easily forms an attachment with him. His town has a serial killer. His loveable friend and intriguing love interest team up together to help the “coffee-drinkers” solve these murders in hopes of returning order to their town.
This suspenseful novel is perfect for Halloween. It is eerie and creepy with all the components of a thriller – excitement, uncertainty, mystery, and murder. While geared towards boys, there is a supporting female character. These pre-teens are adventurous and get into a few scrapes along their journey of discovery of the world around them.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sky Pony Press
Violence/Gore: Dead man in coffin; pondering how much dirt would be needed to fill a minor’s grave, take hearts of vampires, bash brains of zombies, shove curses down throat of witches; rumors of a Dr. would reanimate monsters from sewn together corpse parts stolen from the cemetery who was hanged for his crimes; crabs scissoring toes; report of parental death; rumor of murder; letter cut into face of victim; threat of murderer killing again; ashes of relative in urn; discussion of murders and murderers; mental image of a murderer with a bloody knife; subliminal warning to not get murdered; adult killed by stabbing; report of a man going crazy on his family – implied murder; talk of needing another murder for more evidence; Biblical murders recounted; Jesus as murdered victim; another murder occurs; letter carved on cheek; imagined coffins filled with murder victims with letters carved on their faces; description of finger missing digits; hot cider referred to autumn blood; large jaws of a monster imagined to devour him; deformed, pickled animals; animal oddities; rumor of person being cut; bloody letters; people killed throughout history; description of an illustration of the Grimm Reaper dragging a body; letter carved on face; murder or mutilated – references to ways of dying; rumor of family murdered in a house; imagined blood oozing from windows; minor kidnapped, threatened with knife, and cut on cheek; imagery of the threat of a guillotine blade; adult grabbed minor while searching for blade; suspenseful chase; imagery of lungs full of pine needles, bones crumbled, and skull full of boiling blood; plastic severed hand hanging from mirror; knife blade against chest; minor kicked adult in the head; backhoe strikes person – killing him; imagery of persons having suffered amputations due to missing objects they usually always carried.
Sex/Nudity: Minors wondering what naked woman looks like; minors hug.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death, murders, serial killers.
Alcohol / Drug Use: