A Life of Death

A Life of Death

by Weston Kincade
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A Life of Death 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
Alex Drummond has enough to deal with, really. His father was killed by a drunk driver a few years ago; his mother got remarried and moved them in with her new husband, who is a vicious alcoholic and beats Alex frequently to within an inch of his life; Alex's step-brother, Frank, is a layabout who also beats on him, and his two step-sisters are an annoyance to him; and he's an outsider at school, small and picked on by the larger kids. Now he's developed an alarming tendency - when he touches things that were somehow touching a person when they were murdered, he falls into a vision and relives their death. And the people whose deaths he is reliving expect him to do something about it. Partly a paranormal suspense book, partly a coming-of-age story, and even including a little bit of romance, "A Life of Death" is a completely amazing story! I won't lie to you, it is often very intense - the tension evinced by this book is amazingly well-done and I often felt my heart racing from the extremity of emotions that it raised. It is tightly plotted and suspenseful; the characters are well-developed and realistic - the whole thing just came to life in my mind while I was reading it, and the sudden silence whenever I would look up showed me just how much it filled my mind while I was reading it. The story is bracketed interestingly - the very beginning and very end are Alex as an older man, a police detective, helping his son with a project for school. The story itself is the tale he tells the boy. I thought this was a neat way to open and close the story and it left me with hopes that we might expect a series of Alex Drummond mystery novels in the future. I would certainly buy them! Fans of paranormal mystery and suspense stories should enjoy this book. Definitely give it a read as soon as you can!
SheilaDeeth 3 months ago
Weston Kincade’s young adult novel, A Life of Death, is dark, intense and harsh. But it’s also the coming of age story of a man who might rise above the privations and cruelties of his childhood, and the mysterious tale of someone who learns he has a curious skill. Gloom and doom, beatings, arguments, violence and more, weigh the story down with long and languid descriptions. But the paranormal surprises draw the reader in, and those heavy descriptions might be just what’s needed for reluctant readers. There’s a touch of romance too, which offers a pleasing contrast. And the super-dark backstory gradually takes second place to what might come next. A Life of Death is the first in a series, and young readers who finish the first book will surely be eager for more. It’s a fascinating tale, a little unbalanced toward the dark of death, but pointing pleasingly to light and life. Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I offer my honest review.
Jolie 8 months ago
I have read a few books where the main characters have elements of Alex’s gift and for the most part, they bored me. There was a certain oomph missing from those books. So, when I agreed to review A Life of Death, I was expecting the same thing. My expectations were not high. So, imagine my surprise when I actually enjoyed reading this story. What I enjoyed the most about this book was that it was a story within a story. The book starts off with an older Alex telling the story about how he started using his gift to his son. Then it goes back in time to when Alex first discovered his gift. Alex had my full sympathy the entire book. His stepfather (aka the drunk) beat him senseless over the littlest things. His mother chose to turn a blind eye to what was going on. She showed more concern for her stepson than her own son. I have never despised a character before Vivian. He had to go to school with bruises and the school could do nothing. It was heart-wrenching to read. The only reason he stuck around was because of Paige and his step sisters, Abby and Glory. I will admit that the scenes where Alex’s stepfather beat him disturbed me. It disturbed me because everyone knew he was getting beaten but no one did anything about it. His mother turned a blind eye and his principal and nurse did want to do something but didn’t want him in foster care. No wonder he had an attitude and didn’t apply himself. I want to make it clear that while those scenes disturbed me, they are essential to the book and Alex’s character development. Alex’s gift kind of scared me. I couldn’t imagine touching an item and being transported the last owner’s death. I had shivers reading those scenes. I know that I wouldn’t have been able to deal with it like Alex did. I also know that I wouldn’t be able to use the information that I saw in those visions like Alex too. As I was reading those scenes, I did think to myself “Reckless“. But, he did use the information for good too. He avenged a couple of deaths using the information gleaned from those visions. The end of the book was great but I did have some questions that weren’t answered in the book. Mainly about Coach Moyer and his disappearance. I do have a feeling that he will turn up in the next book. Speaking of that, I cannot wait to read it. The excerpt was fantastic. My Summary of A Life of Death: 5 stars I enjoyed reading A Life of Death. It was a fast paced, well written paranormal YA book with 3-dimensional characters. This is not a book where everything is sunlight and roses. This is a dark book that deals with child abuse, death, and dysfunctional family dynamic. It’s the darkness that makes this book shine. This is a graphic no holds bar book and I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 16. **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
Boundlessbookreviews 9 months ago
Alex is living a life he hates. His father dies and when his mother remarries he is beaten by his stepfather. He is waiting for the day he can leave. He is then given a gift, or maybe a curse. He begins touching items that others have touched during their death. While touching these items he sees the deaths as they occur. Now the biggest question is what to do with this knowledge? This book was dark, yet fantastic. It is an intriguing story of a young boy with an amazing gift. With this gift he helps his family the little that he can, with many losses along the way. I have to say I cried more than once during this book. It is very touching and heart wrenching to read some of the things that young Alex faces on a daily basis. Young Glory and her mother Helen both held me deeply enthralled and feeling such sorrow for them. Honestly, this book was amazing. It is written in such a way that the reader can not just read it like another book. It grabs you by the heart and won't let you go. I can't wait to read more from this author and in this trilogy.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
A Life of Deat Alex Drummond has a rough life, he lives with a dysfunctional family and would like to live a normal life. But things are more crazy in his word when he discovers he has a special ability. When he touches an item from someone he an see, feel and experience what they went through right before they died. Yes, that is the frightening part he is experiencing the life of a murder victim.  I really Liked Alex, the story was very well written, I could feel Alex's emotions. I could understand why he felt and acted the way he did. The descriptive visions were also horrifying and I could feel the pain that Alex and his victims went through. I can not stress how much I enjoyed this read. I highly recommend "A Life of Death" to all.
AilynK More than 1 year ago
The beginning was like any other, a kid questioning a father about his past story, except Alex Drummond is not ordinary for a cop. Alex's history is a sad one, an abusive stepfather and an equally abusive stepbrother. His step-sisters are a constant 'annoyance' while he barely knows his own mother anymore. Things change when he discovered a new friend and a new skill that no one has, now he has to decide what to do with. A coming of age story that shows how people make choices that affect their lives every day of their lives, so it is a great book for mystery buffs to read, young and old
JBronder More than 1 year ago
The story starts at an older Alex is telling his son about his life. When Alex is a teenager, his dad is killed by a drunk driver and he goes to live with his mother and abusive step-father. If this isn’t hard enough, he develops the ability to touch an object that a person held in their final moments and experience what happened and the dead and he wants to do something about their deaths. But he struggles to help when he is all ready beaten and has to face unbelievers that are going to make this even harder. Wow, that’s all I can say. This book surprised me. I got sucked in and just had to find out how it ends. It’s now hard enough to go through the teen years without the abuse but to add a paranormal gift on top of that and you have a book with so much potential. I couldn’t do anything beyond read as fast as I could to find out what is going to happen next. This is a great story that anyone would like. I really hope there are more books about Alex Drummond to come. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
A LIFE OF DEATH opens with the adult Alex Drummond speaking with his son while working on a school project together. He’s telling his son about the year everything changed for him. Fade back and Alex Drummond is a high school senior stuck in a crappy situation. His father died, his mother remarried an abusive alcoholic, and he’s got three step-siblings. He’s also discovered a unique ability to see the final moments of those who have been murdered or died tragically by touching an object of theirs. Now Alex has to decide what to do with this ability – ignore it or learn to speak for the dead… A LIFE OF DEATH is a haunting coming of age story about a boy whose life has taken a turn for the worse after his father’s death. When he realizes his gift, it gives him choices he never realized he had before now. A LIFE OF DEATH is intense, fraught with emotion, and powerful. The characters are masterfully portrayed and the plot tight. I enjoyed A LIFE OF DEATH greatly and I think the author has a expressive voice which will make any story amazing.
peacedanceCR More than 1 year ago
your dad at a young age wasn't bad enough. Alex has to deal with a drunken, abusive step-father and to top it all off he's having 'visions' of the past. If you enjoyed Invisible Dawn (Altered Realities) you'll like Kincade's newest book about family, love, and a young man discovering himself. A well written story that just flows off the page.
GeekyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
WOW!! This is an other awesome book by Weston Kincade. This book is a paranormal coming-of-age mystery and it is one that is a page turner. I read this a few nights ago and I could not put it down because it got me hooked into this story. This is a great book if you are into paranormal and mystery books. I promise you will not be disappointed with this one.