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Official Review: The Disembodied by Anthony Hains

Post by kandscreeley » 19 Jun 2017, 14:38

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Disembodied" by Anthony Hains.]
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The Disembodied by Anthony Hains is a psychological thriller of just over 300 pages. The book is free to read with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. It is available to buy as either a paperback book or an e-book with a price of $14.99 and $3.49 respectively.

Griffin suffers from something his psychologist calls depersonalization disorder. Sometimes he feels like he's floating above himself even while brushing his teeth or sitting on the beach. Lately, he's even taken to seeing a red-headed boy named Simon. His Aunt Veronica thinks that he's under attack from an evil spirit; she even wants to have her pastor perform an exorcism on him. His mother, however, puts a little more faith in the psychological than the religious. Still, Griffin seems to be getting worse. Other than his psychologist, the only people that he can confide in are his grandfather (Soren) and his cousin (Tanner.)

The plot of this book is quite fascinating and kept me guessing throughout. With a book like this, I can't summarize too much without giving the whole novel away. Therefore, you are going to have to trust me when I say that there are twists and turns you won't see coming. There have been quite a few endeavors by authors into the psychological genre; some successful, while others not so much. Mr. Hains, being a psychologist himself, very successfully delves into the mysteries of the mind.

This book is mainly told from the third person point of view. However, there is a chapter that begins each of the three sections in this book in first person point of view. These chapters are from the perspective of Soren given in a narrator fashion. It's very easy to follow along with which character is talking which makes the book accessible to most readers.

The characters were very realistic. I found myself disliking the bad guys while empathizing with Griffin in what he suffers. Since the story is mainly focused around Griffin, he was my favorite character. The secondary characters didn't come into play much, other than his cousin Tanner; yet, since this is more a story of the mind, this didn't present a problem.

I have only two small possibly negative items that I would like to point out about this book. First, the first forty percent or so of the book almost comes across as simply one boy's struggles with his life. I see no way around this with a plot line of this nature, and I was still interested in finding out what was going to happen. Yet, I was starting to think that this was simply another coming of age story when the tide turned. Second, there are some very graphic elements to this book in the nature of violence and abuse. I believe that Mr. Hains told the story with due delicacy, but this might be too much for those with a weak stomach.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this book. I rate The Disembodied 4 out of 4 stars. There were very few errors, the plot kept me guessing and invested in the book and the characters practically leaped off the page. I would highly recommend this story to those that enjoy the psychological thriller genre.

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Post by Snowflake » 28 Jun 2017, 15:08

Thanks for the review. I find books based on psychology interesting but I'm not sure I'm up for the graphic elements in the book.
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Post by kandscreeley » 28 Jun 2017, 15:16

Snowflake, this had a kind of Sixth Sense (the movie) feel to it (although it was definitely different than that.) However, there are some moments that are not for the queasy or faint of heart. Thanks for the comment. :)
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Post by Snowflake » 28 Jun 2017, 15:21

You're welcome and thanks for the additional info!
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Post by Kipronogeoffrey » 28 Jun 2017, 18:05

Thank you so much for the review. I am honestly a fan of books relating to psychology and for sure this goes along to quench my thirst for it.

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Post by jeezel kenea » 28 Jun 2017, 18:22

the review was quite intreasting although i am not really a huge fan of psyco fan but i seem to have an intreast in you.nice work

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Post by 0704574093 » 28 Jun 2017, 18:31

Thank you very much for the review tough new here I have gained something from the book of disembodied

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Post by kandscreeley » 28 Jun 2017, 18:43

Thanks everyone. I hope you guys enjoy it.
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Post by Spirit Wandering » 28 Jun 2017, 19:08

I Googled depersonalization disorder as I had never heard of it. Based on the description, this sounds like a very interesting book. However, I'm not sure about reading it due to the graphic elements. Would you say the type of violence is comparable to such horror works as The Exorcist or Carrie? Thanks for such a through review.
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Post by Amagine » 28 Jun 2017, 19:59

I'm interested in books that dives into the human psyche. I'm not a big fan of psychological thrillers but this one seems interesting.

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Post by Allen Christian Balt » 28 Jun 2017, 20:20

Honestly iam not a fan of some psychological trillers.. But this one connects me because my cousin is having an psycological disorder iam hoping that if he read this he will overcome his illness.. I like this book

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 28 Jun 2017, 23:02

This sounds like a very interesting book to read. I do not mind reading psychology books and i want to give this one a try and see if i can handle the graphic elements. Nice review.

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Post by PreciousGem » 29 Jun 2017, 03:22

Interesting. I would probably read this book

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Post by kandscreeley » 29 Jun 2017, 08:11

Spirit Wandering wrote:I Googled depersonalization disorder as I had never heard of it. Based on the description, this sounds like a very interesting book. However, I'm not sure about reading it due to the graphic elements. Would you say the type of violence is comparable to such horror works as The Exorcist or Carrie? Thanks for such a through review.
It's not necessarily violence like the exorcist or carrie. It's more of situations of abuse as well as some graphic descriptions of blood and such. Hope that helps you decide whether to read this or not! Thanks.

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Amagine wrote:I'm interested in books that dives into the human psyche. I'm not a big fan of psychological thrillers but this one seems interesting.

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Thanks Amagine. This was definitely a bit different from the norm. If you try it, let me know!
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Post by AYISHA_ASH » 29 Jun 2017, 13:17

This sounds like a unique plot. I would love to read it. Thank you for the review.

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