August 2, 2012

Blog Tour: The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner – Review

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The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner

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You wake in the middle of the night, your arms and feet pinned by strong hands. As you thrash your way to consciousness, a calm voice says, “Steady. We’re here to help.” Your mind registers a paramedic, a policeman, an ambulance. You are lying on the lookout at Keeper’s Point, the lookout Amanda Creen supposedly threw herself off. And you have absolutely no idea how you got there.

Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can’t explain and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him – his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up. A potent, intense psychodrama that will keep you gripped to the very last page.

The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
Publish Date:  August 7, 2012
Publisher:  Razorbill Canada

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

Before I even began reading The Dead I Know by author Scot Gardener, I read the synopsis on the back of the novel and was instantly hooked.  It sounded interesting and I had high hopes and expectations for the novel.  Lucky me, my expectations were met and I was given a story that was tragic and mysterious and everything that a person like myself could possibly want in a story.  Considering that the story involved sleepwalking, I was excited to see just what a person going through sleepwalking goes through, but I was also surprised by the dreams that were included in the novel.  After completing the novel, I just want to say “poor, Aaron.”.

The novel itself is about main character Aaron Rowe who lives in the caravan park with Mam and has begun his training to become a funeral director.  Lately, Aaron has been having nightmares and wakes up far from where he went to sleep.  I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that the story itself held major twists, turns and moment where emotion got the better of me.   The way that author Scot Gardener wrote the novel had me absorbed completely and compelled me to read more and more.  In fact, I couldn’t stop reading.  Seriously, I would want to stop but the story just had me dying to know what could possibly happen next in Aaron’s life.

Something that I probably loved most about the novel was the characters.  They felt so real to read about and held common traits that people you would meet in the real world would have.  Either it was John and the way he treated Aaron with such kindness, or it was Mam who was slowly losing her mind.  I found that the way that Gardener wrote about Skye was totally realistic and the things that he made come out of Skye’s mouth were hilarious.  Skye had a sense of humor and the proper attitude a kid should have and that forced me to laugh out loud.

Despite saying that, the novel was very dark and the descriptions and Aaron’s point of view of death managed to tug on my heart strings.  The way that the corpses were described and prepared gave me shivers thanks to the large amounts of detail that were included into the story.   The major thing that kept me around for the remainder of the story was the question of “Why is Aaron having these nightmares?”. The nightmares that were introduced at the beginnings of most chapters (taking place after Aaron has gone to sleep) were dark, terrifying and full of mystery.  I have to admit, that by the time I found out the answer to “why?”, I had officially decided that this novel is one that will be thought about by readers long after they’ve finished the novel.

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About The Author:


Scot Gardner has written several critically acclaimed novels for young adults. His debut novel, One Dead Seagull, was followed by White Ute Dreaming, a powerful story of first love, mates, and a yellow dog. His third novel, Burning Eddy, was shortlisted for the CBC Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adults. Gravity was also shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award in 2007. The Dead I Know was published by Allen & Unwin in Australia in 2011; it is the first Scot Gardner novel to be published in Canada.

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