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The Abattoir of Dreams: a stunning psychological thriller by [Tilbury, Mark]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 817 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books (28 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06WWJC61J
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Few books have left me feeling so moved. My tears welled up at certain points in The Abattoir of Dreams, especially over Liam, Mikey’s friend at the shameful, hellhole of a children’s home. Never have I hated a character as much as I hated vile Detective Inspector Carver; a sadistic, devious man, to put it mildly. He is not the only corrupt, murdering, controlling deviant in the book, but he’s the worst. As usual, I’ll attempt not to give too much away in this review, so as not to spoil the book for future readers.
I so admire this book and the author for writing it; not that it’s an easy read, emotionally, as the author masterfully puts the reader through the mill, but it is justified. It’s an exceptionally powerful, well-constructed book, with a story that needed to be told. It reeks of authenticity, more’s the pity. The use of the afterlife in the plot is skilful, beautifully effective and credible. It’s rare for my heart to pound with excitement or fear whilst reading a thriller, but this book made me sweat with concern over the fate of the hero, Mikey.
What a brilliantly moving, involving 5-star book, one that I urge everyone to read. Congratulations, Mark Tilbury. This was the first book of yours I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last.
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Having enjoyed Mark's previous two books, I was looking forward to this - and it didn't disappoint - in fact, it was pretty mind-blowing! I won't rehash the plot but suffice to say that this is story that hits hard - dealing with the vulnerable in society and the abuse suffered at the hands of those who occupy positions of power. Young Michael Tate will make your heart ache, as will brave, bold Liam. It'll horrify you, upset you, and hopefully open your eyes - at times the horror (of a very human kind) is relentless, but then again, perhaps it is in reality too, although we might like to think otherwise. It's a book that once read cannot be forgotten, it's a triumph for Tilbury and cements the fact that in reading his books, I'm on a journey with a very talented author.
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This book haunted my dreams, this nightmarish story of a boys hell on earth so brilliantly told for once kept making me put the book down then desperately wanting to know what happens next.An innocent childhood ripped apart, an evil like no other Carver..What an absolute discussing human being who crisscrosses in and out of Michaels life.When Michael wakes from a coma his nightmares unfurl his childhood so harrowing,his whole life .My only thought was pray justice is served.This book isn't for the fainthearted but for me it is probably one of the best books I've ever read..Shocking, darker than black and brilliant
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Hells bells what a book! Abattoir Of Dreams by Mark Tilbury Is definitely going to be one of my top reads of 2017, it’s dark and very disturbing due to the difficult subject it covers. At times it’s pretty graphic but in the authors defence while it never felt gratuitous within the context of the story, I can see that this won’t be to everyone’s tastes. This is certainly a book that packs a punch, its gut wrenching and makes for an uncomfortable read at times but it’s also offers so much more, it’s a bitter sweet story of murder, innocence and abuse.

Michael Tate wakes from a coma in hospital with no recollection of how he came to be there, but he finds himself at the heart of a murder investigation. With no recollection of events leading up to accident, he relives his childhood memories in the most extraordinary way and my god those secrets well let’s just say they are shocking, harrowing and very, very sad and that’s all I’m going to say about this superbly plotted tale, as it’s definitely one the less you know the better the read.

Mark Tilbury has created an array of fascinating characters, my heart broke for Michael as his past is revealed, it’s brutal and heart breaking, but amid it all there’s hope, friendship and laughter. I do have to mention Detective Inspector John Carver never have I disliked a character so much, he’s the worse kind of monster and one that made my stomach churn. I always think an author is doing his job well if I have strong feelings either way about a character, and the author certainly manages to achieve this with Carver.
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It’s rare you will find a book as gut-wrenching and emotionally disturbing as this one. This is not an easy read by a long stretch, it normally takes a lot to unsettle me, but I was so moved by this I had to stop for breaks, and thought long and hard about the book for a while after finishing.

When Michael wakes up in hospital paralysed from the waist down he has no memory of how he got there, in fact he has no memory at all. When odious Detective Inspector Carver turns up Michael learns he is at the centre of a murder investigation, accused of stabbing his girlfriend Becky to death. Michael has no recollection at all and has to go solely on the words of others. Still recovering from a serious head injury, and under the influence of some heavy-duty painkillers Michael lies in a hospital bed experiencing vivid dreams, flashbacks, and hallucinations. Time is running out for Michael as he faces being transferred from hospital to prison on remand, but slowly his dreams and visions help him to recover his lost memories and helps him unlock the door to the past. Unfortunately for Michael, this is a door a lot of powerful and influential people want to keep closed.

When I started The Abattoir of Dreams I wasn’t sure if it would be right for me, in the first few chapters when the reader first gets to experience Michael’s visions and hallucinations there is quite a supernatural feel to the book, however this was only for the start of the book with Michael’s imagination in overdrive as his memory begins to come back to him in strange ways. After a leap of faith on my part, I quickly got into this book, and although I found the subject difficult, the ghoulish part of me could not tear myself away from it for long.
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