In Clarkson, Kentucky, Richard Chandler gets diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Just five years after losing his wife to the disease. He contemplates ending it all.
His suicide attempt is interrupted by a call from a mysterious stranger. What the stranger offers is a way to cheat death, all he has to do is give his cancer away to other people. And ignore the dead.
What transpires is a story of terror, one that delves into the existential dread lurking beneath human mortality, the secrets kept in small towns, and a chilling glimpse of what lies beyond death's invisible door.
If you were dying and given the chance at a 100% guaranteed cure, would you take it? What if being cured meant giving away your illness to others? This is the question posed in Ignore the Dead.
The author tackles a particularly heavy subject, but does so in a way that is both beautiful and painful. If you have lost someone to cancer, this is a story that is going to sting, but the blow is softened somewhat by the beautiful prose.
What I particularly loved about this book is that it took a hard left turn at the midway point, becoming a revenge story in the midst of the main character wrestling with the power he now possesses.
I am glossing over some stuff here, as I believe this is a book that you should go in blind with. This was my first book by Sizemore, but it will not be my last.
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5 stars out of 5