Thanks to NetGalley and Tor for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: May 26th, 2020
Synopsis: A small-town librarian witnesses a murder at his local deli and what had been routine sleep paralysis transforms into something far more disturbing. The trauma of holding a dying girl in his arms drives him out of his own body. The town he knows so well is suddenly revealed to him from a whole new perspective. Secrets are everywhere and demons fester behind closed doors.
Worst of all, he discovers a serial killer who has been preying on the area for over a century, one capable of traveling with him through his dreams.
I requested Out of Body on NetGalley because a librarian starring in a horror story was irresistible to me. While it was a quick read, I wound up wanting more from the characters and the story though. To be honest, this is exactly the reason why I don’t read more novellas, because more often then not I’m disappointed in the overall lack of development. In this case, I liked the main character, but thought he needed more oomph. I loved the small town setting, and its residents. I thought the evil hiding in their midst quite intriguing, and the alternate world was well written. I just feel that with a full-length story, so much more could have been added to this. However, I did like Jeffrey Ford’s writing style, so I’ll be looking for more of his stories.