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Monday, July 9, 2012

My Dead Friend Sarah - Peter Rosch



Released April 2012

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Book Review by Jen Beams


The story of a man attempting to save the life of a stranger who appeared in his reoccurring dreams in which she was kidnapped and tortured to death makes a thrilling, mystery novel. At least, it should.

Peter Rosch’s My Dead Friend Sarah has great potential but was executed differently than advertised. This story does make for a great emotional account of the struggles of alcoholism as faced by the main
character, Max. When Max, a recovering alcoholic, finds, literally, the girl of his dreams, he decides the best way to protect her is to pursue a “friendly” relationship with her. Although he has promised never to lie again, he keeps the dream and his stalker-like ambitions from his wife, friends, and family. He fails to inform the woman, Sarah, that he’s been dreaming of her death for the past few years. We hear from Sarah’s point of view as she mistakenly falls in love with Max, however most of the story was around Max’s struggles with alcohol and his inability to stay away from the bars. It tells excellently and in great detail the effects of his addiction on his mother, sister, father, and wife.

Personally, I would have wanted to hear a few chapters from the point of view of the wife. The end is also almost too predictable, and it was a slow read for me. I wanted it to be more of a thrilling mystery. Would I pay the list price? No, but I might have taken it out at the library.

1 comment:

  1. Hey there, thanks for taking the time to read my book! I appreciate it, am always a fan of hearing the opinions of those who didn't enjoy it, just as much as those who did–more to learn from my detractors sometimes. Sorry, you didn't think it was worth the price of $3.99 and I hope that despite not finding it to be quite the thriller you were looking for, that you'll take a chance on my next one later this year. Have a great week!

    Peter Rosch

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