Bleedovers: A Dystopian Novellaby William Todd Rose (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Hydra on September 1, 2015
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Ghost, Horror, Paranormal
Source: TLC Book Tours
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I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sure to thrill readers of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Dean Koontz—William Todd Rose’s new dark horror novella is a tale of bloody retribution that blurs the line between the waking world and the terrors of the night.
There’s only one thing standing between humanity and the dark forces of the supernatural: the secret agency known as The Institute. The organization depends on regular guys like Chuck, a Level I Recon and Enforcement Technician who guides tormented spirits into the next life.
From an office deep underground, Chuck projects his spirit into Crossfades, monstrous realms where the souls of the dead, unable to move on due to fear or anger, devise macabre tortures for themselves and one another. He’s always been able to leave his work behind at the end of the day . . . until now.
First in dreams, then in waking nightmares, Crossfades are bleeding into the physical world. And now it’s up to Chuck—along with his partner, a woman named Control—to put a stop to it. Because there’s no telling what might come over from the other side.
William Todd Rose struck me as a horror author to not miss with his novella Crossfades (my review) that came out earlier this year. It was in this work that we first met Chuck, whose job it is to astral travel into the in-between areas called Crossfades and help stuck souls cross over into the light. Now Chuck is back in Bleedovers after having defeated the very dangerous and very dead serial killer from Crossfades, and now a very angry ghost is hell bent on breaking through the Crossfade into the real world to get their revenge on Chuck. Is the serial killer back or does someone else hold a vendetta against Chuck?
Chuck Grainger is still a Level I Recon and Enforcement Technician for the Institute, working with the woman who is only called Control. But after they went off protocol to defeat the serial killer in Crossfades, they are assigned a girl named Marilee who has a sub-dermal microchip implanted in her brain to enhance her psychic abilities when the Divide starts to bleed into the real world. As the entity seems to grow stronger and more dangerous, how can they stop a dangerous killer and keep themselves safe at the same time?
I really loved getting a better insight into Chuck and how his attitute has changed towards his job. His friendship with Control is forbidden but they still forge one anyway, and seeing them interact was really fun. Marilee was a very interesting little girl, and as intimidating as she is at eleven years old from being a psychic and working for the Institute for so long, she’s definitely very layered and complex at the same time.
I give Bleedovers a five out of five, and it can be read as a stand alone novella but I highly recommend reading Crossfades first. This one flowed a lot more smoothly than the Crossfades for me since the mechanics of how Crossfades and traveling to them works wasn’t delved into in depth like in the Crossfades novella. Bleedovers was definitely more of a man vs supernatural monster story, and I really enjoyed how Chuck, Control, and Marilee worked with each other. The imagery and scenes were descriptive and vivid, especially as the metaphysical world bled into and overlapped with the physical world. This book is not for people who are a bit bug phobic, so just be warned.
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