The Disembodied by Anthony Hains


The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Thirteen-year-old Griffin Rinaldi seems like a normal kid. He plays basketball at the Y and he’s just learning to talk to girls. But Griffin doesn’t feel normal. He’s been diagnosed with Depersonalization Disorder—he feels disconnected from his body, and at times, he doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. And it seems to be getting worse.

Following the brutal death of his abusive father, Griffin is haunted by a red-haired kid only he can see and who wants him to do things he doesn’t understand. Griffin’s only sources of support are his grandfather, Soren – a regional author of Outer Banks ghost stories – and his same-aged cousin, Tanner, a boy coping with his own troubled life.

When a rare blizzard strikes the Outer Banks, Griffin recognizes the red-haired boy as a vengeful specter from Soren’s tales. To make matters worse, his well-meaning aunt has convinced his mother he’s under some sort of spiritual attack. Unsure if the mysterious boy is a symptom of his disorder or an entity with evil intent, Griffin finds himself in a struggle to save his life, his sanity and maybe his very soul.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Ghosts
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Horror
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Psychological
Series: n.a.
Length: 316 pages
Release date: 2016-08-16



Beatings and belittling were common methods of child-rearing employed by the adult Rinaldi brothers. For Griffin, the terror had ended when his father died the previous summer. He’d felt a sense of relief. What would other people say if they knew? They wouldn’t understand. None of them had any idea what he went through – other than Tanner, of course. They’d both lived with the same shit, but now his nightmare was over. Did Griffin feel guilty for being relieved? No, that didn’t weigh on him.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to 13-year-old Griffin Rinaldi. He is suffering from strange out-of-body experiences.

With The Disembodied, Anthony Hains has created a surprising and thrilling story about a boy who is having mental issues after his father’s death. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Griffin and his grandfather, Soren. Anthony Hains knows how to keep you glued to Griffin’s story, giving you the feeling of being an invisible ally and/or at least part of the events. Griffin is quite complex and likeable, so are Soren and Tanner, the other characters are of sufficient depth (according to their relevance). The story comprises realistic characters in a “normal” environment with interesting turns and nicely fitting surprises; it has a great flow. The story covers a disturbing topic; its characters are sometimes too realistic for comfort.

This is a book for you if you like well written and compelling stories with major psychological and horror aspects, if you like getting close to likeable characters.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the author:

Anthony Hains is a professor of counseling psychology with a specialization in pediatric psychology. His latest novel, The Disembodied, is a Kindle Scout winner and published by Kindle Press. He is the author of two previous horror novels, Birth Offering and Dead Works. Anthony lives with his wife in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. They have one daughter.

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Ghosts: Recordings of the Past by David J. Schmidt



The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  3.9  of  5  stars

(by David J. Schmidt)

This book goes into one theory about what ghosts and hauntings might be all about–they may not be “spirits” after all.

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Genre(s):  Ghosts, Non-Fiction

Series:  Tiny Staircase

Length:  30 pages (estimated by reader)

Release Date:  2015-07



In the Whaley House, it isn’t unusual to hear footsteps walking across the wooden floorboards when you’re the only one in here. The first time this happens, you follow the footsteps to the back room where they stopped. You get ready to tell the person they can’t be in here, the building is closed. You prepare to ask them how they got in, since all the doors are locked – then you realize nobody is there.


My Opinion

This book is a collection of eleven events.

With Ghosts: Recordings of the Past, David J. Schmidt has created a suspenseful collection of eerie stories or – as the author states: “If you are a lover of eerie tales and appreciate life’s great mysteries, you’ll love the short books in The Tiny Staircase.” The stories show us different phenomena and provide food for thought. I had a good time reading Ghosts: Recordings of the Past – it is an interesting read. Some stories reminded me of some odd and seemingly inexplicable events. The collection with its explanations is pretty interesting.

This is for you if you are interested in ghosts, haunted places or just want to read about this topic from a different angle.

This book is part of the Tiny Staircase series, there’s more to come. To find out more about how to get the books in The Tiny Staircase series for free, sign up for David’s ghostly newsletter.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot n.a.
Mood Thoughtful
Pace Slow
Characters n.a.
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

David J. Schmidt is an author, professional storyteller, translator, and home-brewer from San Diego, CA. He speaks nine languages and has been to 29 countries, discovering mysterious tales in nearly all of them.

Schmidt is the author of two humorous romance parody novels, “Pirates of the Danube” and “The Baron Rides Again.” He was a co-author of “The Daily Book of Art” and “The Daily Book of Photography,” and has published a number of articles and short stories in publications in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Schmidt has collected folklore and strange stories around the world, from the remote mountains of southern Mexico to the jungles of Peru, from Ireland’s pubs to Egypt’s “City of the Dead”.

Schmidt received his B.A. in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University, and lives in San Diego, CA.


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My question for you cinephiles:
If one or more of the stories within Ghosts: Recordings of the Past was filmed – who should direct it/them, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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.

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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?

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Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule

Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule

Beautifully Broken
Sherry Soule


My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.

With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town…

My Opinion

As an avid adventures (fiction) reader I really liked the story’s evolution. Shiloh is a sixteen-year-old girl troubled by dark shadows and a mother who is incapable to show love. I could feel what she felt, I could understand her. She falls in love with a boy who has come back with his father to live in their old house. He does not believe in witchcraft, ghosts, ‘magick’. This is quite complicated for a young girl just developing her ‘magick’ abilities. I was unable to put my eReader down.  😉  All characters are very convincing and fit perfectly into the plot. Now I need to get the next book in the Spellbound series – I just need to know what is going to happen next.  🙂

Sherry Soule ( convincingly shows us the paranormal world of a teenager.

A must read for all witchcraft adventure fans.

I am looking forward to reading further paranormal adventures by Sherry Soule.


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What about you?  What did you think about Beautifully Broken?  Or – if you did not yet read Beautifully Broken – are you now interested in reading it yourself or buying it for your children?

I am looking forward to your comments.