William Brennan Knight
March 17, 2022
Semi-Finalist in the 2021 Publishers Weekly/BookLife Prize Fiction Contest in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category!
“Knight has crafted a disturbing, horrifying, and eloquently written novel that expertly captures the sensations of desperation, fear, and confusion.”–2021 BookLife Prize Fiction Contest.
If you had the chance to bring back a lost loved one, but the cost was the death of an innocent person at your own hand, would you do it?
In the year and a half since Jack Clausen lost his five-year-old daughter, RosaMarie, his life has fallen apart. His marriage is failing, he’s been fired from his job, and his drinking is problematic. Sitting in a local bar on a typical weekday, Jack encounters an old woman who issues a dire warning: “You must be on time and pay your debt.” Later that night in a drunken stupor, Jack ignores three phone calls from his teenage son, Bryson. After learning Bryson was calling him for help but then died from an overdose, Jack decides he cannot live with the guilt and pain of losing two children. Depressed and despondent, Jack steps off a platform into an oncoming commuter train. At the moment before impact, someone grabs him from behind and pulls him away from danger. His rescuer is a small person with unusual features who offers Jack a way to bring his daughter and son back, but there is a high price to pay. When Jack agrees to the deal but then refuses to pay his debt, events spiral out of control, leading to series of different realities, each worse than the one he originally tampered with.
William Brennan Knight is originally from Chicago and settled in Arizona in the late 1980s. In his life, he has been a father, musician and business owner. His passion for writing began early in his childhood and flourished as he grew older. He enjoys reading horror, supernatural thrillers and science fiction as well as memoirs and biographies.
Knight’s books have received praise from a variety of recognized reviewers, including the Publishers Weekly/BookLife Prize Fiction Contest (semi-finalist), Horrornews.net and Readers Favorite (5-star winner).
Knight currently lives in Southern Arizona and spends most of the summer in the mountains of New Mexico.
Author: William Bennan Knight
Release Date: March 17th, 2022
Page Count: 322
Start Date: March 5th, 2022
Finish Date: March 6th, 2022
Story: I didn’t really connect with this story right away. It took me a couple of chapters. Once I was into it, I was absorbed. It’s dark and full of so many moments that just leave you at the edge of your seat. I have to be honest, there are parts that are just a little too bleh. I ask the potential reader to consider their limitations before trying it. It’s full of strong language, violence, and some shaming topics (such as fat and special needs). It also contains some sexual content.
Characters: None of these characters are really relatable. I didn’t connect to them in any way. I think that’s how it’s supposed to be in all honesty. I think you’re supposed to be so freaked out by the story and the characters that none of it makes sense.
Critiques: The main character is unreliable and there are time jumps that just kind of confused me. I’m sure it’s done on purpose. I just got confused and had to reread things.
Final Thoughts: I really did enjoy this book very much. I found that this author has also written a series. I definitely plan to read that series now. This author has a way to suck you into a story. I can’t say I loved the main character, but I did love the story. I recommend anybody who loves darker stories to read it.
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