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Posted November 16, 2013
I’ve read several of Edward’s books and I have to say Life After Dane is his best work yet.
I would call it a psychological thriller and horror story. But it’s more than that. You could also call it a ghost story but it isn’t a house that’s haunted.
They say a serial killer can be born one or made into one. I’m not sure which it was for Dane, but he was prolific, killing 42 people. His moniker, The Rest Stop Dentist, was earned because he stalked and killed his victims at rest stops and left a trail of their teeth, like bread crumbs, leading to their discarded corpses.
Like in real life, the law does catch up with him and on October 25, 2013, Dane Peters is sent to hell.
But Dane isn’t planning on staying there, and before long, he pays a visit to his loving mother, the chain-smoking woman who stood by and watched him suffer at the hands of his abusive father.
Dane is back and he wants his own brand of justice.
I like how the author showed you both sides of the story, both Danes and his mother, Ella May’s. It helped me to see behind their actions and connect with them.
Dane is horrific, but you almost feel sorry for him. Good writing there.
Ella May is sweet and loving, but she’ll tick you off, making you want to slap her down. More good writing.
I would put the pacing of this story as relentless. Once you start reading, you’ll not want to stop until the white-knuckled read is over.
When I reached the end, my heart was pounding in my ears and my jaw ached from clenching my teeth. I just sat there, thinking. Then I got up and grabbed a romance book to read so I wouldn’t be thinking about Dane when I went to sleep!
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Posted August 6, 2013
Of Edward Lorn’s previous novels I’ve read, two were much more to my taste than the third. When I pondered the reason, I realized that while Lorn describes himself as a horror author, there was much more going on in my two favorites. One was a mystery with horrific elements, the other, while primarily horror, had a strong coming-of-age theme as well. I guess this means that horror is okay with me, as long as it doesn’t feel like horror purely for shock value.
I can’t think of a fitting label to attach to Life After Dane other than horror, yet for me, like those other books that had something more going on, this story has a subtext that justifies the horror. I think it is a sense of karmic justice being served, at least it felt that way to me. Your thoughts might be different. And deciding how you feel about that will go far afield as you consider issues as far ranging as parental responsibility, victimization, and your definition of justice.
Another thing that stood out for me was the obviously conscious effort to keep the language acceptable to all except the most sensitive. The worst word I saw was damn. How Lorn did this while remaining true to the story with characters who would make a sailor blush, was an interesting touch. It wouldn’t work everywhere, but it did in this book.
And the ending. Oh, my. Didn’t see that coming.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Posted July 13, 2013
I will say I’m not one who likes to summarize a book and give away plots or spoilers, so I will keep this short and tell you why I liked the book so much.
Once again, Edward Lorn does not disappoint with his book, Life After Dane. I have to say this is one of his best horror books EVER. When an author can build his characters, tell a story and surprise you with an unexpected ending, he’s done his job. Expect heart-pounding drama that, at times, is uncomfortable to read. The physical and mental abuse Dane went through as a child is horrific. I found myself wanting to crawl into the book and beat the crap out of his parents. Sometimes, however, life has a way of correcting itself with Karma. Bravo to another great book, Edward!
I encourage all horror fans to pick up a copy of this book and feel what I did. What’s a horror book without making your skin crawl…or teeth hurt?