A Life Removed by Jason Parent

A Life Removed

Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette have put plenty of criminals behind bars. But a new terror is stalking their city. The killer’s violent crimes are ritualistic but seemingly indiscriminate. As the death toll rises, the detectives must track a murderer without motive. The next kill could be anyone… maybe even one of their own.Officer Aaron Pimental sees no hop...

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ISBN:1940215927
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:280 pages

A Life Removed Reviews

  • Kimberly

    , by Jason Parent, is an intense genre combination horror novel. It encompasses a crime/police procedural thriller with dark, sinister action, gore, and an added abundance of psychological horror. The end result is a novel that you feel you've

    through, so well defined are the characters and events that unfold. I'd wager that there is a character in this book that almost everyone could relate--in some part--to.

    Aaron Pimental is a policeman with the "usual" duty of waiting to

    , by Jason Parent, is an intense genre combination horror novel. It encompasses a crime/police procedural thriller with dark, sinister action, gore, and an added abundance of psychological horror. The end result is a novel that you feel you've

    through, so well defined are the characters and events that unfold. I'd wager that there is a character in this book that almost everyone could relate--in some part--to.

    Aaron Pimental is a policeman with the "usual" duty of waiting to find speeding violations, going home to a girlfriend who's grown increasingly distant, and friends that have

    , and now have seemingly much less time for Aaron. A sense of overwhelming depression is practically expected here.

    When some horrific ritualistic murders are discovered, Fall River detectives Bruce Marklin and his partner, Jocelyn Beaudette are called in. Despite their impressive records, this particular case isn't giving up any leads easily.

    While all of this is going on, Aaron's life just keeps looking worse and worse from his perspective. As he turns to his best friends to get his mind on other things, all he finds there is increasing pressure to join their religious group--a notion that Aaron does not bother to entertain.

    Each of the characters that Jason Parent presents us with are fully fleshed out. You feel that you actually

    and understand each of them, rather than being bombarded with a string of forgettable faces. The problems and frustrations building in Aaron begin like cracks in a dam; widening and spreading out in every direction until you expect it to burst at any moment.

    If at any point you think you know where this novel is going, think again. There are enough twists, turns, secrets, and revelations to keep your emotions on edge throughout each and every page. In spite of the physical atrocities being committed, the horrendous torture and murders, I found that it was a "mental connection" with the characters that really made

    an exceptional, five-star novel, in my opinion. Their individual personalities gradually unfold over the course of the story, allowing you to get a sense of both the people you are seeing now, and who they were

    these events.

    As certain things come together (and others fall apart), we are taken on a tour of some of the most basic human motives/emotions, and given insight into some . . .

    as commonplace or expected. Jason Parent is not afraid to breach those socially unacceptable thoughts and desires in order to show the reader what--or who--else we could be sharing our morning bus commute with.

    It's his ability to give the readers these deeply flawed--and human--characters, and put them into a situation that you'll find yourself thinking about long after, which makes this type of horror novel--one both physical and psychological--stand out among so many others.

    Pick up a copy and see what you think. Be prepared to want to stay and read through the entire novel in one sitting . . .

    Highly recommended!

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    Review of A LIFE REMOVED

    by Jason Parent

    I found this mystery/thriller novel riveting. Jason Parent has quite a talent for writing complexity, and truly I did not see the twists this novel would take. Everything fit together quite well, though, and the tapestry is tautly woven and ultimately horrifying. It's easy to dismiss such a story as fiction, but the discerning reader is left pondering, “But what if--?”

    This is not a good-guys vs. bad guys simplicity. This plot is complicated, as are the char

    Review of A LIFE REMOVED

    by Jason Parent

    I found this mystery/thriller novel riveting. Jason Parent has quite a talent for writing complexity, and truly I did not see the twists this novel would take. Everything fit together quite well, though, and the tapestry is tautly woven and ultimately horrifying. It's easy to dismiss such a story as fiction, but the discerning reader is left pondering, “But what if--?”

    This is not a good-guys vs. bad guys simplicity. This plot is complicated, as are the characters (even though some of them persist in denying their complexity) and some aspects were quite revelational to this reader. Granted, the story is quite violent and gory; again, this is not done for prurient satisfaction, but is an integral part of the characterization and plotting. For writers, there is a definite character arc and character evolution; for readers, enthrallment and “can't put the story aside” focus.

  • Frank Errington

    Review copy

    Not exactly what I was expecting from Jason Parent, but WOW, what a great read.

    “'Are you looking for some company?' she asked, knowing they wouldn’t be talking to her for any other reason. 'Actually, we were looking for you.' The man’s smile and his voice’s velvet tone oozed with charm."

    Eliza, one of the victims of a serial killer like none other. Assigned to the case are Detective Bruce Marklin, a man no one liked, and his partner, Detective Jocelyn Beaudette.

    “They sawed through all

    Review copy

    Not exactly what I was expecting from Jason Parent, but WOW, what a great read.

    “'Are you looking for some company?' she asked, knowing they wouldn’t be talking to her for any other reason. 'Actually, we were looking for you.' The man’s smile and his voice’s velvet tone oozed with charm."

    Eliza, one of the victims of a serial killer like none other. Assigned to the case are Detective Bruce Marklin, a man no one liked, and his partner, Detective Jocelyn Beaudette.

    “They sawed through all four victims’ chests and removed their hearts like scooping the pulp out of a jack-o’-lantern."

    Office Aaron Pimental is the author's main protagonist. In his guest post on my blog yesterday, the author asked, "Can you become emotionally invested in a character whose morals are questionable or absent altogether?" For me, the answer would be a resounding YES!.

    “'Well, that gives us a hooker, an attorney, a diddler ex-con, and— what did the fourth guy do again?' 'Antiques dealer and appraiser. Yeah, if these four are somehow connected, their employment doesn’t seem to be the common link.'”

    The horror builds slowly until it ultimately becomes oppressive.

    "As the blade entered his chest, Peter’s eyes flew open involuntarily. The metal seared inside him, his every nerve ending screaming their torture into his brain. The blade pierced flesh and bone until its hilt rested against Peter’s chest. He felt it tugging at his insides. His ribcage put up some resistance before it yielded. He squealed as his life slipped away. Numb with shock, Peter stared up to see his killer was still smiling. "

    At its core A Life Removed is a gritty police procedural, yet so much more. It's a compelling read with a wicked twist. Stomach churning at times and one of the best books I've read this year.

    "Given the right circumstances, anyone could be a hero… or a killer, the distinction was only a matter of perception."

    From Red Adept Publishing A Life Removed is currently available only as an e-book.

    From Jason's bio - In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he callsNew England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.

    When he's not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in a knot or takes somebody's head off - he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.

  • Lisa Cleveland

    This was an odd story. To say that I wanted to maybe go out and kill a noisy neighbor and munch on their heart might be a little overblown.......but then I had a snickers. I didn't get the energy boost from it that I might have received from a bloody, still beating heart, but hey, the neighbors are still alive! I loved everything about this story. The murderers and their motives were truly screwey. I like that. The police however were bumblers. Think keystone cops, without the billyclubs. While

    This was an odd story. To say that I wanted to maybe go out and kill a noisy neighbor and munch on their heart might be a little overblown.......but then I had a snickers. I didn't get the energy boost from it that I might have received from a bloody, still beating heart, but hey, the neighbors are still alive! I loved everything about this story. The murderers and their motives were truly screwey. I like that. The police however were bumblers. Think keystone cops, without the billyclubs. While I finished this book yesterday, as of today I can't recall any of the characters names, except Aaron, he's impossible to forget. I don't know what that says about the book or the main characters, but I'm not sure that's a good thing. I prefer more character development. It's still a book I'd recommend. My thanks to Red Adept Publishing and Netgalley.

  • Zoeytron

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

    Trusting, faithful followers. Believers and redeemers. Soul stealers. Lemmings. One is evolving, one is regaining his sight. A man with a God complex and a disarming smile. Do not let him into your heart.

    A tantalizing mixture of police procedural and horror. The blend makes for a tasty read if you don't mind a healthy helping of gore. I thought it was swell.

  • Carrie

    Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette have been called in to catch a new killer that seems to hunt their victims at random. With no clues as to how or why the victims are being chosen or just how the killer is managing to complete the murders the detectives find themselves chasing down clues.

    Officer Aaron Pimental has been in a bit of a personal spiral with his girlfriend pulling away and depressed with life. Aaron was at the scene of one of the killings and finds himself really losing

    Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette have been called in to catch a new killer that seems to hunt their victims at random. With no clues as to how or why the victims are being chosen or just how the killer is managing to complete the murders the detectives find themselves chasing down clues.

    Officer Aaron Pimental has been in a bit of a personal spiral with his girlfriend pulling away and depressed with life. Aaron was at the scene of one of the killings and finds himself really losing faith in humanity but then finds himself right in the middle of the chase for justice from the ritualistic killings.

    A Life Removed was a completely different type of story than I've experienced from Jason Parent before which wasn't necessarily a bad thing but I found myself not as big of a fan of this one than ones I'd read earlier leaving me to rate the story at 3.5 stars. This book is more heavily a police procedural than the horror reads I'd experienced before from Mr. Parent. Once getting more into the killings and suspects I saw the tinges of horror but had wished there were more to it than I found. I would warn though that the story can be a bit graphic for those that would shy from that but not too terrible with serial killings involved. Overall, a good read but I wasn't quite wowed with this one.

    I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Malina Skrobosinski

    Let me start by saying that this is the first novel I've read by Jason Parent. I can't say that I loved it, though it wasn't a terrible read, it just wasn't for me.

    Let's start with the premise of the story shall we... it's told from several points of view, the main being Aaron Pimental, a small time police officer who's life seems to be rather mundane, he's been with his girlfriend, Arianna, for 6 years and things couldn't be more "routine" for them if they were marrie

    Let me start by saying that this is the first novel I've read by Jason Parent. I can't say that I loved it, though it wasn't a terrible read, it just wasn't for me.

    Let's start with the premise of the story shall we... it's told from several points of view, the main being Aaron Pimental, a small time police officer who's life seems to be rather mundane, he's been with his girlfriend, Arianna, for 6 years and things couldn't be more "routine" for them if they were married. His job as a police officer lacks that allure and excitement that one might come to expect, he spends most of his days on speed patrol and filling out mindless paperwork for the occasional fender bender. Aaron is on-duty when he is called to a nearby murder scene of a woman who has been discovered in a dumpster behind a sandwich shop. This is where we meet detective Bruce Marklin, a Harvard graduate is was one hell of a detective, but prefers to work alone. He is arrogant, stubborn, and generally pissy, which is likely why he had two failed marriages. We also meet detective Jocelyn Beaudette, an ambitious woman who was every bit the opposite of her mentor, polite, approachable, soft but not weak. Genuinely likeable. We discover that there is a ritualistic serial killer on the loose that is slicing the wrists of it's victims and removing their hearts. What's believed to be a sign of stigmata. Aaron, Marklin, and Beaudette are brought together under the most unusual circumstances throughout this case as it devolves. We find that Aaron's character is forced to make some pretty tough decisions about his friends, his career, and his own morals.

    The ubiquity of religion in the novel was a bit too much for me. I realize that religion is a common thread that binds many, and it's found in quite a bit of literature, but something about the way it was intertwined in this novel simply didn't work for me. I also found Aaron's character a bit too melodramatic. I get that it was intended, but as a main character, he turned me off to the novel entirely. The other big problem I had is that key character just goes missing and although the epilogue is intended to close this gap on what happens to this character, it just doesn't quite work for me.

    I will say that the book was well edited and that Jason Parent's writing was impressive, I just didn't care for the story itself. He is a talented author, and I'm willing to check out his other work.

    I want to thank NetGalley and Red Adept Publishing, LLC for the opportunity to read this novel in exchange for my review.

  • Bandit

    I've read and listened to the author's books before and have come to expect a sort of lowbrow entertainment, but I'm thrilled to see that he's actually improving as an author. With this one, somewhat unimaginatively named thriller, Parent enters a new territory. It's more ambitious, the dialogue is stronger and more importantly the characters are finally acquiring some dimensionality. This might have been just another middle of the road cops chasing a serial killer story, but Parent elevated the

    I've read and listened to the author's books before and have come to expect a sort of lowbrow entertainment, but I'm thrilled to see that he's actually improving as an author. With this one, somewhat unimaginatively named thriller, Parent enters a new territory. It's more ambitious, the dialogue is stronger and more importantly the characters are finally acquiring some dimensionality. This might have been just another middle of the road cops chasing a serial killer story, but Parent elevated the plot with the ambiguous protagonist who hears the siren's song luring him to the dark side and fights to resist it. That internal moral struggle made the book a much more interesting and compelling read. Plus it was fun, lots of fun and had some genuine thrills in it to appease genre fans. Nice done. Always great to see an author up their game. There's enough mediocrity out there plus one should really reach for the stars. Thanks Netgalley.

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