REVIEW: Our Trespasses by Michael Cordell

Title: Our Trespasses by Michael Cordell
Pages: 247
Published by: TCK Publishing
Publication date: 15th October 2021
Genre: Paranormal/Thriller
Format: eBook
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

Drowning in a meaningless existence flipping burgers, Matthew Davis suddenly collapses from a powerful psychic connection he shares with his twin brother, Jake. The pain is violent and immediate, and Matt knows exactly what it means… hundreds of miles away, Jake has been viciously killed. But instead of severing their connection, the murder intensifies it and Matt begins to suffer the agony of Jake’s afterlife.

Hell bent on solving Jake’s murder in order to break the connection, Matt travels to his troubled hometown of Hatchett, Nebraska, where an old lover and savage new enemies expose the festering wounds that Jake left behind.

Matt tries atoning for Jake’s sins, but when a demon infests the connection between the two brothers, Matt must find a way to sever their bond before his world, and ours, become engulfed in the flames of hell.

My review:

Thank you to TCK Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Our Trespasses is a chilling story about a bond between two brothers that threatens the safety of humanity. 

The story follows Matthew Davis, who shares a psychic connection with his twin brother, Jake. When he experiences sudden and immediate pain through the bond, he knows his brother has been killed. Instead of his death severing the bond, it only intensifies and Matt begins to suffer the pain of Jake’s afterlife. When a demon discovers the connection they share and threatens to exploit it, Matt is in a race against time to sever it.

The story starts off really strong as Matt returns to his hometown to investigate his brother’s death and why the bond between them hasn’t been severed. It is quite interesting seeing the differences between them. While Matt is kind, caring and considerate of others, Jake was a bully and he angered a lot of people before he died. Matt wants to help his brother escape from Hell, but Jake needs to be forgiven first by those he hurt. Matt finds this task a lot more difficult than he anticipated as he realises what Jake was really like.

I was fascinated by the psychic bond between them and how they shared their emotions. It caused some spine-tingling scenes as Matt is increasingly tormented by a demon who wants to harness the bond to get to Earth. I find that I’m less scared by horror books compared to films but I found this story creepy and terrifying at times. There was always a sense of foreboding as you never knew when the next attack would come or how long Matt could continue to hold on for. 

I thought the middle of the story dragged on and not a lot was happening. While Matt’s uncovering more about the life his brother led, he runs into his ex-girlfriend and they spend a lot of time talking about the past. While there’s some paranormal elements sprinkled throughout, it quickly goes back to Matt and his ex-girlfriend talking things through and it starts to bog the story down. It does, however, pick up again towards the end and the paranormal aspect soon escalates as Matt finds Jake’s demon harder to fight off. The paranormal aspect was excellent and there really were some frightening scenes. 

Our Trespasses uses the afterlife and demonic possession to create a tense and chilling story that fans of the paranormal will enjoy. 

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