Dead of July by Sandra Thompson

Dead_of_JulyMy rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

One Sunday afternoon Sheila came across a badly beaten young girl in a local park near her home. The girl’s name was Anna. Anna was being pursued by an angry drunken man with a murderous look in his eyes. Sheila took Anna’s hand and they ran for their lives. A couple of days later their paths crossed again and Anna told Sheila about the abuse she had suffered at the hands of Viktor, the man who chased her in the park. Sheila, appalled by Anna’s story, helped her get out of town, but paid the price for interfering. Viktor focused his attention on Sheila. He wanted revenge in the worst possible way. How could she escape from someone who blended with the shadows? How could she explain being tormented by someone she couldn’t see? Who could she turn to? Who could she trust? Sheila’s first adventure is set in Dortmund, Germany and is a terrifying, yet heartwarming story. It has so many twists and turns that it ties you in knots. Does Anna truly escape? Can Sheila outwit an evil malevolent Russian? There’s only one way to find out. Turn to the first chapter and start reading.

My Opinion

The book introduces you to its protagonist, Sheila. Sheila has a special gift – she can see and talk to ghosts… We meet her in 1982, living and working in Dortmund with her husband, Les. Everything is pretty normal – until she meets a very young and desperate young woman. Anna is terrified by the man she lives with. Sheila immediately wants to rescue her. Suddenly, everything is different. Her home is haunted, and even at work she cannot go ahead in peace as usual. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Dead of July, Sandra Thompson shows us Germany and a typical German base of the British Army. Each character is cleverly portrayed, the reader can relate. Some situations made me roar with laughter, other situations made me want to comfort Sheila. I had a great time reading Dead of July. Thank you, Sandra! I am looking forward to reading more – please keep your stories coming!  🙂

This is a book to read again, and again, and again.  ⭐

About the author

Sandra was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham in 1957. The first five years of her life were difficult because of her father who was an angry and abusive man. She would hide behind a chair, terrified as he delivered cruel beatings to her mother. They finally escaped with their lives, taking only the clothes they wore.

Sandra’s mother found work in a beautiful little village called Summerhouse, where they lived frugally, but happily for five years. In 1967 her mother re-married and they moved to North Yorkshire.

Sandra began writing at the young age of twelve and became quite the celebrity at Richmond High School for Girls where she shared her stories with her friends. She was encouraged many times to submit her short stories to magazines, but never did.

In 1977 Sandra married a British Soldier and thoroughly enjoyed the life of an Army Wife. The three years spent in Germany inspired her first novel ‘Dead of July’. Although this is a Ghost Story, it is strongly influenced by the character and humor of those people she met while living and working in Dortmund, Germany.

Sandra now lives in Colorado with her husband, and talented daughter.

Sandra’s first two short stories ‘Guy at the Bar’ and ‘Girl on the Beach’ are currently being re-edited and will be released in Spring/Summer 2014.

To find out more about Sandra, please visit her web site:

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Dead of July?  Or – if you did not yet read Dead of July – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Dead of July was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



10 thoughts on “Dead of July by Sandra Thompson

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  2. Karen, thanks for this great review. My whole purpose as a writer is to make my readers happy. I’m honored you took the time to read my book and thrilled you enjoyed it. Thanks again.

    • Sandra, I really meant what I commented on your book ever since I bought it. 🙂
      You certainly made more readers happy – not just me. It was a pleasure reading it – and it will be every time I read it. Thank you for enriching my Kindle.

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