Out Of Body was gifted to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: Out Of Body
Author: Jeffrey Ford
Publication Date: 26th May 2020
Genre: Sci- fi and Fantasy
Rating: 3 stars
Out of Body is a dark fantasy thriller from multi-award-winning author Jeffrey Ford.
A small-town librarian witnesses a murder at his local deli, and what had been routine sleep paralysis begins to transform into something far more disturbing. The trauma of holding a dying girl in his arms drives him out of his own body. The town he knows so well is suddenly revealed to him from a whole new perspective. Secrets are everywhere and demons fester behind closed doors.
Worst of all, he discovers a serial killer who has been preying on the area for over a century, one capable of traveling with him through his dreams
I seen a few people receive an arc of this and became very intrigued so I decided to request it on Netgalley and got accepted for it. Ford’s writing really sucked me in and I fell into this story. The main character was really bland and boring but had me intrigued due to him witnessing a murder. I wasn’t sure on the actual premise of this story and was not expecting the turn it took which intrigued me a lot more.
Unfortunately, I felt like the tension and the stakes of this story were lacking. Once we come across the serial killer things moved way too quickly and I felt that it was very rushed.
Out of body was a really quick read and all in all a pretty okay read. Although this story was meh and not amazing but I definitely enjoyed Ford’s writing style and would definitely pick up more from this author.
About the Author
Jeffrey Ford is an American writer in the Fantastic genre tradition, although his works have spanned genres including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Mystery. His work is characterized by a sweeping imaginative power, humor, literary allusion, and a fascination with tales told within tales. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he studied with the novelist John Gardner.
He lives in southern New Jersey and teaches writing and literature at Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County. He has also taught at the summer Clarion Workshop for science fiction and fantasy writers in Michigan. He has contributed stories, essays and interviews to various magazines and e-magazines including MSS, Puerto Del Sol, Northwest Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Argosy, Event Horizon, Infinity Plus, Black Gate and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
He published his first story, “The Casket”, in Gardner’s literary magazine MSS in 1981 and his first full-length novel, Vanitas, in 1988.