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{Review} CONDEMNED, by Michael McBride

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{Review} CONDEMNED, by Michael McBrideby Michael McBride
Published by Factor V Media on January 20, 2015
Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 181
Format: eBook
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When investigative reporter Peter Webber discovers the remains of a young woman in the old Eastown Theatre, he finds himself pitted against a serial killer who uses the bodies of his victims to recreate medieval visions of hell inside Detroit’s landmark ruins. As the body count continues to rise, he and Detective Aundray Rogers must embark upon their own descent into the underworld, one that mirrors the decline of the Motor City, if they’re to have any chance of stopping the murderer before it’s too late.

With the city deteriorating around them, they learn that the abandoned buildings aren’t the only things that have been condemned.

This novel really stands out from McBride’s usual fare. As always, his research and attention to even the most minute of details is evident in this exceptional work. I would say that I, personally, feel that this is McBrides’s most “emotionally” riveting book to date!

Although I don’t typically enjoy a first-person narrative, the story couldn’t have been written effectively any other way, and McBride pulls this off flawlessly. The sense of “loss” that permeates this book from start to finish, would simply not have come off as poignantly.

When our main character, reporter Peter Webber, finds the body of a woman in an old Detroit landmark, it’s only the beginning. For what he has really uncovered is a serial killer who uses his victims’ remains to imitate visions of hell rivaling that of Dante’s Inferno. Peter ends up working with his longtime friend, Dray (now Detective Rogers), to try and solve the reason behind these stagings before more murders are committed.

The prevalent sense of loss is what really drives this story, and makes it so personal to the readers. From the depressing changes that have overcome the city of Detroit, to the destruction of hopes and dreams in each of the characters’ personal lives, the entire novel is filled with despair and an underlying sense of hopelessness.

This was an all-consuming novel that you won’t want to put down once you’ve started it. McBride has come out with some incredibly strong novels and novellas in the past few years, but this one is definitely at the top in terms of its character-driven and atmospheric tension.

A solid five star read!

Highest recommendation!

About Michael McBride

Michael McBride was born in Colorado and still resides in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. He hates the snow, but loves the Avalanche. He works with medical radiation, yet somehow managed to produce five children, none of whom, miraculously, have tails, third eyes, or other random mutations. He writes fiction that runs the gamut from thriller to horror to science fiction…and loves every minute of it.


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.


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