The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner

Title: The Dead I Know

Author: Scot Gardner
Publisher: RazOrbill Canada
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Overall: 5/5
Source: From Publisher For Review

When Aaron gets a job at a funeral home, he surprisingly takes to it. But there are dark secrets hidden in Aaron’s subconscious.
He experiences dangerous bouts of sleepwalking and recurring dreams he can’t explain: a lifeless hand, a lipsticked mouth, a man, a gun… Can he piece the clues together and fi gure out the truth of his past? For ages 14+.

What would you do if you had recurring, bone-chilling nightmares that you couldn’t explain? Or memories of your past that are hidden deep within your subconscious and that you couldn’t recover? Your sleepwalking is spiraling out of control. Then there’s your drug-addicted neighbor that threatens to harm you, and a grandmother that is beginning to lose all her senses. What would you do? These are the questions that Aaron Rowe must answer, however, he must do it all on his own. His past is a blur and nothing seems to make any sense except for one thing, death…
Although The Dead I Know is a short and easy read, there is a great amount of depth that lies underneath the surface of the story. There is mystery surrounding Aaron’s past and present at the beginning of the novel, but as the story progresses and the character’s background unravels, readers will desperately crave for more.
My favorite element of The Dead I Know is the author’s writing style. Scot Gardner keeps everything simple and very engaging throughout the novel. The plot was compelling, and had my full attention right from the very first page. The characters were relatable and I also appreciated that they all played an important role in Aaron’s story including the secondary characters that appeared in very few scenes. I also enjoyed Aaron’s back-story as well as his recurring nightmares that would give me goose bumps.  As the story progressed, I sympathized with Aaron. There was so much that he had to deal with and he had to handle it all on his own.
Scot Gardner should be commended for taking such a dark subject and creating a brilliant read. The author keeps his readers in suspense and only reveals the answers near the end.
The Dead I Know is an emotional and heavy read that I would highly recommend to those who enjoy Young Adult Fiction with a large dose of dark humor.


Must Read! Highly Recommended!


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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