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The Key to Death's Door By Mark Tilbury

August 7, 2018

Week 31 of 2018 Reading Challenge 'An e-book'


Whenever I accidentally stumble across a new author, I'm always apprehensive to read their work. I find that I gravitate towards authors I'm already familiar with because its comfortable, and I know what I'm in for regarding writing style and content.


Mark Tilbury and his book “The Key to Death’s Door” did not disappoint. He is now one of my new favs, and I look forward to reading more of his books such as ‘The Liar’s Promise' and ‘The Abattoir of Dreams.’


It just goes to show that we should make an effort to venture out of our comfort zone because who knows what fantastic piece of writing you're about to find.




If you could discover the murderous truth of a past life and seek justice in this one, would you?


Teenager Lee Hunter doesn’t have a choice when he nearly drowns after spending the night at a derelict boathouse with his best friend, Charlie Finch. After leaving his body and meeting a mysterious light, Lee is sent back to relive the final days of another life. A life that ended tragically.


After recovering from his near death experience, Lee begins to realize that he is part of two lives linked by the despicable actions of one man.


Struggling against impossible odds, Lee and Charlie set out to bring this man to justice. 


Will Lee be able to unlock the past and bring justice to the future?



I smashed this book, finishing 80% on a Monday and the remainder the following day. From the very first page, I couldn't put it down. With the dominant opening line ‘The day before I died started off pretty much like any other’ I was instantly hooked and captivated by the intriguing boy named Lee and his best mate Charlie Finch.


When Lee dies in a swimming accident, he is transported to a past life where he is given the message to ‘mend what has been broken.’ I want to tell you who Lee wakes up as, but the character plays such an essential role in the story that I’m not going to give it away.


Daryl Finch holy shit!!! He is the bad guy, and I don’t think I've ever come across a character as evil as him. There were numerous times I wanted to jump into the book and kill him myself.


If torture, domestic abuse, animal cruelty and vulgar language are not your things, then this is not the novel for you. I'm not a fan of reading about any of those, but I still loved the book.


One thing that stuck out to me was Mark Tilbury’s way of settling my stomach between chapters with the friendship and banter between the two young boys. With so much horror present is was nice to experience feel-good moments where I giggled out loud and relished in the bond between Lee and Charlie.


This book is a psychological thriller with a touch of supernatural. Don’t be discouraged if supernatural is not your genre of choice because Mark Tilbury very cleverly implants it into this troubling tale. It's not far-fetched or unrealistic, and it most definitely does not take away from the thriller storyline. I found it to be a nice touch.


This book has become one of my favorites, for 2018, and I can already tell that this amazing author is going to become one of my guilty pleasures.



Have you read a Mark Tilbury book ? 



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