Review: Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford

Out of Body by Jeffrey FordTitle: Out of Body
Author: Jeffrey Ford
Publisher: Tor
Release Date:
May 26, 2020
Page Length: 176
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Age Range: Adult
CAWPILE Rating: 4.43/10
Goodreads Synopsis: Out of Body is a dark fantasy thriller from multi-award-winning author Jeffrey Ford.

A small-town librarian witnesses a murder at his local deli, and what had been routine sleep paralysis begins to transform into something far more disturbing. The trauma of holding a dying girl in his arms drives him out of his own body. The town he knows so well is suddenly revealed to him from a whole new perspective. Secrets are everywhere and demons fester behind closed doors.

Worst of all, he discovers a serial killer who has been preying on the area for over a century, one capable of traveling with him through his dreams.

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*Note: this ebook was sent to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts

First off, I want to start by DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS! I found that it was rather misleading.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way, about the book.  I found it didn’t exactly meet my expectations.  Yes, it was atmospheric, but it also felt longer than it was.  If you’ve ever read Richard Bachman, you may find this to be of similar style.  Jeffrey isn’t overly descriptive in his writing style, but it still has that feeling – one where you feel like that sentences could have used less words or that paragraph could have been written in a couple of sentences.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Bachman and Jeffrey’s writing was really good, but I was hoping for a faster paced horror (as I felt the synopsis described). 

I found this book picked up at about the 60% mark – and for a short book that is both good and bad.  Good because 60% really isn’t a lot of pages, bad because the story is almost done and it wasn’t grabbing you until then.

The characters in this story I felt were rather bland.  The main character felt at least 10 years older than he actually was.  The mentor reminded me of  Tilda Swinton’s character in Dr. Strange – a patient mentor that held back a lot of information.  The other characters felt like they were there and sometimes the connections almost felt too convenient.

The ending was anticlimactic.  You had expected it to happen and it did rather quickly.  One minute your in a high stakes situation, the next you’re pulled out and the problem was solved.

Unfortunately, the story let me down.  I’m wondering if I hadn’t read the synopsis if I would have been better off – enjoyed it more.  It’s a good story that had a lot of potential. I will try Jeffrey’s writing again in the future to see what he comes up with.

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