Friday, February 24, 2012

Kathy Reviews: (un)Dead by Trinidad Giachino

ASIN #: B0058FM0SM
File Size: 266 KB
Format: Kindle Edition

Book Summary:
(Given from the author)

In the 1950's, Richard Saussure is a Private Detective with a reputation for never leaving a job unfinished. A man named Lord Hurlingthon contacts him, requesting his abilities to solve a deeply personal mystery: Hugh Hurlingthon is two hundred and thirteen years old and can't die.

Or so he claims.

Saussure will have to discover if this man is telling the truth, and if it is so, why he can't cease to exist. Along the course of this investigation, Richard Saussure will question his believes while attempting to come to terms with his own past.

Kathy's Review:

Calling to mind the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King and the other greats of the horror/suspense genre, (un)Dead has a great hook, and rewarding payout. From the beginning I was drawn in to the creepy mystery of Lord Hurlingthon and his inability to die. Lord Hurlingthon hires Detective Richard Saussure to investigate why he seems to have eternal life, but has continued to age; he is a living corpse. Other detectives have come before him and dropped the case like a hot potato, but Saussure has the tenacity - and knows the right people - to solve the mystery.

Saussure uncovers the secret that has lived in the mansion for centuries, which has been kept from Hurlingthon himself. The end, without revealing too much, is a very satisfying and moving conclusion.

As this is the first book in the Detective Saussure mystery series, there was a hint of something in Saussure's personal life that may be revealed in later stories - someone named Kara, who may have been his wife, appears to have recently passed away. Not much is said about it, but what was said, made me want to know more.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery with some weird supernatural stuff thrown in there. My only criticism of this book is that it appears to have been spellchecked, but no thoroughly edited, as correctly-spelled words frequently appeared in the wrong tense, or not used properly in the sentence. I was willing to forgive those errors because of how much I enjoyed the story. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book two!

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