The Abattoir of Dreams, by Mark Tilbury, is a novel that I went into completely blindly. I didn’t read the synopsis, I didn’t bother checking out reviews, instead, I dove in completely in dark without any preconceived notions…and I am so glad that I chose to read this book this way.
In keeping with that theme, I will not dive into characters or much into the plot in this review because I truly would not want to ruin the experience of discovering these on your own.
The novel opens with Michael Tate in a hospital; he has no memory, he is paralyzed and is being interrogated by a police officer for murdering his girlfriend. Michael does not remember killing her, he does not remember his past and he doesn’t really understand what is going on. When strange things begin to happen and his memories begin triggering, the reader follows Michael on a journey into the past and as Michael becomes closer to discovering the truth, he realizes how much danger he is actually in.
This novel is seriously gutwrenching. The hardships, the heartache and the struggles that Michael Tate faces had me feelings all sort of feels. I was sad, I was angry. There were moments in this book that I was disgusted. There were moments where I was gasping.
The plot is multi-layered and tiptoes around so many of the features I love from many genres. This book has some dark elements, dabbles in the supernatural, contains crime elements, police procedural elements and wraps everything up in the format of a psychological thriller. This sounds like it would be trying to do too much, but Mark Tilbury does this brilliantly.
Be warned that scenes in this novel are very graphic, but even with that, I would consider this book a must-read. Fantastically written and chilling to the bone, this novel will sit with you longer after you have turned the final page.
I rated this one a 4/5 stars.