Appalachian Book of the Dead Review


Blurb: “A psycopathic killer disappears into the mountains and haunts the troubled residents. After the murderous Angel Jones escapes from a prison work crew, he mysteriously vanishes deep into the North Carolina Woods, forcing newcomers Cal and Joy McAlister to deal with his macabre presence lingering in the secluded forest. Burdened with his grief, guilt, and unfilled dreams, Cal and Joy are joined by an oddball handyman and a young detoxing neighbor as they grapple with the enigma of Angel’s menacing specter. Each of them brings their private ghosts to life and gives their worst fears flesh. This Southern Gothic tale blends ancient metaphysics with tantalizing thrills to make readers keenly aware of the wonders and woes of the world.”

First I want to say thank you to Netgalley and Southern Fried Karma for giving me a chance to review this E-ARC. I originally started to read this that way, but when I saw it available on Amazon I purchased a physical copy. Alright, let’s see how well I can review this without giving anything away lol

This book here is a roller coaster. I personally enjoyed it and gave it 4/5 stars. However, I can definitely see why it wouldn’t be for everyone. I’ve seen it described as a “metaphysical thriller” and I agree with that. It is definitely abstract, and will have you confused. I just finished it last night, and I’m still connecting pieces.

This is told in multiple POV so I definitely had to tab each chapter so I knew whose point of view we were in. There are also other chapters here and there that make you wonder what is going on and I absolutely loved those. It’s definitely character driven, and it reminds me of the movie Crash, where random events suddenly connect and throw strangers together.

I realize I read books that aren’t considered “popular” so it’s hard to find someone to talk to about it. This is one of those where I need to vent my thoughts and feelings but no one will understand unless they read it lol All in all though, I really enjoyed this book and glad I was able to finish it in time for its release date!

Happy reading 💚


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