Good afternoon bookworms!
I hope you are all managing to keep warm on this horribly freezing day! I am snuggled under my duvet taking a little break from editing to bring you Dave’s latest review . . . Over to you Dave!
Thanks Em . . .
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a competition run by Sue Ward with the prize being a copy of A Life to Waste by Andrew Lennon, I finally got round to reading it just after the Christmas rush and gosh am I glad I did! But first of all . . .
Here’s the blurb . . .
Dave is a middle aged waste of space. His days drip away in a haze of drinking, smoking and stealing from his mother.
But one night the sound of screams disturbs Dave’s habitual living, and everything changes. Something evil is on the loose, snatching people from the comfort of their own homes.
Dave’s neighbour’s, his family, his friends are suddenly vanishing.
No one is safe.
Unfortunately for Dave, it’s up to him to put a stop to it.
Even if it kills him.
My thoughts . . .
A Life to Waste is a short read with about 150 pages, but it caught my imagination instantly. It certainly packs a solid punch for a small book.
Dave is a layabout, drinking alcohol all day, smoking weed and completely reliant on his mum for support, the story moves along nicely as we find out why he is the way he is. His successful past has diminished and his world turns into a very strange experience indeed!
He lives with his mum and never leaves their house. His mum does all his shopping, cleaning, washing, cooking, EVERYTHING! He basically rules the roost, sitting around barking orders and his mum is very wary of him.
The story is based around Dave and his simplistic life. He’s a strange little character that has given up on the world, but things start to get a little strange and he is noticing weird things happening. He becomes very unsure if these things are real, or he is losing his mind?
Towards the end, things do get very bizarre, and to be honest it does get a bit gory and horror themed. Horror is not my usual genre, but this worked for me.
I read this book in one sitting, immensely intrigued of the outcome!
A cracking little book that’s definitely worth a read and don’t let the horror aspect put you off, it’s a fun little read!
A good 4/5 stars!
My thanks to Sue and Andrew for my prise, I’m really glad I won and will be looking out for more books in the future.
About the author . . .
Andrew Lennon is the author of A Life to Waste, Keith and Twisted Shorts. He has featured in numerous anthologies and is successfully becoming a recognised name in horror and thriller writing. Andrew is a happily married man living in the North West of England with his wife Hazel & their children.
Andrew grew up in Ormskirk, which is a small market town. During his school years he enjoyed writing stories. These were kept locked away at home because he did not have the confidence to show the outside world.
Having always being a big horror fan, Andrew spent a lot of his time watching scary movies or playing scary games, but it wasn’t until his mid twenties that he developed a taste for reading. His wife, also being a big horror fan, had a very large Stephen King collection which Andrew began to consume. Once hooked into reading horror, he started to discover new authors like Thomas Ligotti & Ryan C Thomas. It was while reading work from these authors that he decided to try writing something himself and there came the idea for “A Life to Waste”
He enjoys spending his time with his family and watching or reading new horror.
For more information go to: http://www.andrewlennon.co.uk