- Review: The Lurking Man
- Series: Thanatology #2
- Author: Keith Rommel
- No of Pages: 178
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“Cailean stands beneath a spotlight in a blinding snowstorm. She has no idea where she is or how she got there, but she senses something moving around her in the darkness outside the light.
When the ominous presence calling himself Sariel makes himself known, he declares that he is Death Incarnate. Cailean has died, and now she will be forced to face the sins of her past in exchange for twenty-four hours of life to try to right her wrongs. And what she must do in return for this precious time is unthinkable.”
This is a really interesting story. First of all, Death is always my favorite anthropomorphic personification. He HAS to be interesting, right? This Death leaves no doubt in my mind that he IS very interesting and you’re not sure exactly what he wants from Cailean until close to the end. Which I thought was masterful.
Death, his name is actually Sariel, takes Cailean on the ride of her life and I have to say whew… it was an emotional roller coaster. It’s almost spiritual the way you look at her and her choices. He doesn’t let her fool herself into thinking she’s a victim, to a point she was but then it was her. Wow, that really hit home for me. And Cailean, boy did she make some mistakes HUGE mistakes. You don’t realize when you first start reading and I know where my mind was going, Keith sets it up soooo perfectly to think, ohhh I know what’s going to happen. And then BAM!!! Nope, wrong, dead wrong. Totally out of left field and it was awesome. Horrifying, but awesome.
So, then we have the other people in her life that she constantly berates, her child Beau, her husband Wilson and then her boyfriend Emerson. She uses them all. It’s so sad to watch but she’s like a train wreck, I just couldn’t look away at any point!
Wilson and Beau are by far my favorites in this. Well unless you count Sariel, of course I love him! But Emerson… that guy. Ohhh he really irked me. You think he’s a nice guy but throughout the entire story he is enabling Cailean and at one point I wanted to throw him out of her house. You think he is also a victim, and to a point he is, but he is also an enabler to her horrid condition.
Yeah, wow. This is a really fast, easy read. Well, easy unless you count all the emotional trauma that goes with it! I have not read the first book but I plan to! If you like horror and more importantly if you like a personified Death, this book is seriously for you!
Keith Rommel Shows that Death Has No Mercy in His Second Novel The Lurking Man
What happens after we die? Are we given choices based on how we lived our lives? It’s an age-old question pondered by just about everyone.
Author Keith Rommel dared to explore the answer by creating his newest novel The Lurking Man, a story of dark suspense that unmercifully reveals the life of a self-deluded, neglectful mother who caused irreparable damage to her family and ultimately struggles with death as much as life. It’s the second novel in his suspenseful and thrilling Thanatology series that began with the eerie, spine-tingling The Cursed Man.
“Imagine Death knowing your deepest, darkest secrets and all of your private pain,” said Rommel about The Lurking Man. “Now imagine it wants to use what it knows against you so that you bend to its will.”
In The Lurking Man, main character Cailean stands beneath a spotlight in a blinding snowstorm. She has no idea where she is or how she got there, but she senses something moving around her in the darkness outside the light.
When the ominous presence calling himself Sariel makes himself known, he declares that he is Death Incarnate and that Cailean has died. He has taken her to the Aperture, a place between the living and the dead, where he will force her to face the sins of her past in exchange for twenty-four hours of life to try and right her wrongs. But what she must do in return for this precious time is unthinkable.
Rommel’s series is titled due to Thanatology being a study that explores death and dying. Rommel has taken this science to a fictionalized, gothic-style horror level that may leave you breathless and unable to stop your mind from contemplating how you live your own life.
The books are grouped in the series due to the nature of the theme, but each book may be read independently. “Those who read in order will be able to catch glimpses from previous book(s), but it is not dependent upon each individual story,” Rommel said.
The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man are released by Sunbury Press. Book three in the Thanatology series is on schedule for a summer 2013 release. The Cursed Man is currently being considered as a feature film.
Keith Rommel is a native of Long Island, New York and currently lives with his family in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Rommel is a retail manager and has enjoyed collecting comic books since he was a child (a hobby inspired by a teacher in grade school to help overcome a reading comprehension disability). He enjoys watching the New York Giants and writing how-to articles for other authors.
To learn more about Rommel and his books, please visit http://keithrommel.weebly.com.