Newes From the Dead by Mary Hooper


News From the Dead, Mary Hooper, 2008

My favorite quote: “What I could not bear, dare not consider, is the possibility that I’m not dead, but merely occupying a coffin, having been buried alive.”

Notable characters: Anne Green, the girl who wakes after being hanged

Most memorable scene: Anne, trapped in her own body, wondering if she was in hell 

Greatest strengths: For me, it’s always the characters that keep the story moving and they really popped in this one. I felt like these were people I knew.

Standout achievements: The way it takes you to another time and place. Not that I have an actual point of reference, but I really felt like I was in England, in the year 1650

Fun Facts: This is actually based on the true story of Anne Green. I didn’t know that until I’d gotten to the 1651 copies of the documents recounting the event at the end of the book 

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: There are lots of great (and accurate) historical details here

How it inspired me: If I ever take one of my vampires to 1650s England, I know this book will come in handy.

Additional thoughts: I couldn’t figure out why so many reviewers were upset by all the “mentions of adultery and sex” and “adult themes” in this book until after I read it and realized that, apparently, this is a YA book. However, as very clearly stated on the product description, News From the Dead is about a woman who was accused of  infanticide, survived her own hanging, and woke up on the dissection table. Given the content, I’m not really sure how all the “adult theming” that goes on in this book could have possibly been avoided … just my opinion.  

My rating: 4 of 5

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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