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- Welcome to the final book tour for The Patience of a Deadman trilogy
- About The Author
- What Has Happened Leading Up To Anger Is An Acid?
- Initial Thoughts On Anger Is An Acid
- Book Review
- Star Rating
- Enter The Giveaway!
- Get The Whole Trilogy
- Let’s Talk About It!
- Need A Good Book Recommendation?
I have been dedicated to this trilogy from the beginning. Anger is an Acid is book 3 and the end (or is it?) of an incredible book series. I would even venture to say that it is one of the best horror novels of all time. I was that impressed! This trilogy is the first set of books published by Michael Clark. If you need a good book recommendation, I suggest you start with his first book, The Patience of a Dead Man. You won’t be disappointed.
WARNING: There are spoilers from the previous two novels within this book review. Do not read if you have not read the previous two novels.
Before I get started, I strongly suggest you read through my reviews of Book 1 and Book 2 before you continue reading this review. If you do know about this trilogy by Michael Clark and you have kept up with my reviews, then read on!
- Anger Is An Acid
- Book 3
- Michael Clark
- Publisher: Michael Clark Books
- Release Date: May 4, 2020
- 259 pages
In Anger Is An Acid, Mildred has control… Tim and Holly, realizing they are helpless, are grateful when a stranger knocks on their door – but can he help? Andrew Vaughn, a haunted man, is on-scene, hoping to lend a hand – against his will. Meanwhile, the “ghost story” is becoming national news and attracting attention that Tim can’t afford. Holly can’t stay in the house anymore and draws a line. Confidence is low, and pressure builds. Meanwhile, Mildred listens to almost everything they say. Is there any way around her anger? Or will they die in vain, as they desperately search for Tim’s daughters?
Welcome to the final book tour for The Patience of a Deadman trilogy
I am super excited to be closing out this book tour with the final book of the series, Anger Is An Acid. My heart is literally jumping for joy. Of course, that could partly be due to the coffee I’m drinking.
But seriously I am in love with this series and I’m so proud of the author for writing an incredible set of books. It is worth every bit of attention it is getting. Right now his books are nearly 5 stars no matter where you go to see the ratings. That is worth celebrating!
Anyhow, let’s get into the book review, shall we? Today I am going to go over who the author is, share his guest post with you, catch you up to speed on what has happened in the series so far, and then discuss my thoughts on Anger Is An Acid. I also have an excerpt for you and a giveaway where you can win a free physical copy of the book. So stick around until the end!
About The Author
Michael Clark was raised in New Hampshire and lived in the house The Patience of a Dead Man is based. The bats really circled the rafters of the barn all day long, and there really was a grove hidden in the forest. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife Josi and his dog Bubba. The Patience of a Dead Man, Dead Woman Scorned & Anger is an Acid are his first three novels.
Guest Post By Michael Clark
“FEAR minus DEATH equals FUN.”
I didn’t write that. I saw it on Disney+, in fact, on a show called “The Imagineering Story.” It’s a documentary about how Walt Disney and his employees designed the Disney parks, including the thrill rides. “FEAR minus DEATH equals FUN” was their approach to creating many of the rides, including roller coasters like Space Mountain.
My name is Michael Clark, and I subscribe to that theory. I love a good ghost story as long as it’s not gratuitously morbid–I want to feel the hair rise on the back of my neck. Do horror stories scare you away?
I don’t want to do that. I want to give you a thrill like the adrenalin rush of a good roller coaster—don’t worry, when it’s over, you’ll be safe and sound.
I like eerie, and I like chilling. I love ghosts as opposed to monsters or demons. Do bad things happen in my books? Sure, but no more than you might read in a crime novel, and it’s never for the sake of vulgarity.
Did you like the movie The Sixth Sense, or maybe Silence of the Lambs? That’s what I’m going for—a top-notch thriller that could stand with these great stories. Did I achieve my goal? That’s for you to decide.
Just know that you’re not getting a slasher or teen horror, you’re getting psychological horror wrapped into a ghost story-mystery with a twist or two. Thanks for your time!
What Has Happened Leading Up To Anger Is An Acid?
Alright, as you know by now, Anger Is An Acid is book 3 of the trilogy. I think it only fair to remind you of what has happened so far.
In the first book, The Patience Of A Dead Man, we are introduced to Tim Russell. He is newly divorced, has two children, and has to start over. His company won’t survive if he doesn’t make money soon.
His idea is to buy a house and flip it to jumpstart what used to be a successful business. His plan is to live in the house as he restores it for resale. To his horror, as soon as the papers are signed and his work starts, ghosts begin to appear.
A bone-white little boy. A woman covered in flies named Mildred. Tim can’t afford to leave and lose it all, so he turns to his real estate agent Holly Burns to help him decide whether he has any shot at solving his haunted problem. A romance forms and lives are put at risk as Tim tries to figure out the mystery that is Mildred.
In the second book, Dead Woman Scorned, Tim and Holly think they have rid themselves of Mildred. But, she isn’t going away so easily. She’s powered by revenge and her only goal is to make sure that they’ll regret what they’ve done.
The book takes a new point of view and tells Mildred’s story. She had a miserable life that carried over to a lonesome death. In the end, Tim, Holly, and her deceased son and husband betrayed her – played her the fool. She was the last to know, but there’s still time to catch up.
She formulates her painful plan as they live their lives in blissful ignorance. With no more family, the only thing that drives her is vengeance. In fact, it’s all she has. She would have rather rested in peace, but for Mildred, dying isn’t so easy.
Initial Thoughts On Anger Is An Acid
By now you may know how much I have been enjoying this series. The first two books were nothing short of phenomenal. That is why I am calling this series the best horror novels of all time. Michael Clark deserves nothing but praise for his work!
But, what did I think of the end to this trilogy?
Well, once I finished the second book, I dove right into Anger is An Acid. If I am being honest (and I always strive to be), the beginning was okay compared to the previous two novels. The first couple of chapters felt more like summaries to catch the reader up to speed.
My problem with this is that I felt it was unneeded. The books are captivating, and if you read them (which you should), you are not likely to forget what happened any time soon.
Once I got through the first couple of chapters, things started to pick back up and get back to the phenomenal touch I knew it could have. I don’t have to prove why though when I can just show you. Michael Clark has graciously given an excerpt for each of his books. You can see the excerpts in my review of book 1 and my review of book 2. Now, it is time to give the final excerpt of the final book. Read through it and I promise you will be intrigued!
With the doors locked, Tim and Holly exchanged concerns.
“Yes, I know it was her. I’m sure she has the girls too. You don’t have to tell me, Holly. I’m scared shitless. They could be…” He couldn’t bring himself to finish the sentence.
“Well, we can’t think that way yet. She left Sheila’s body behind. She would have left theirs too. I think they’re alive.” Holly had other fears, but she didn’t finish her thoughts out loud.
“How the hell did she know where they live? Amesbury is seventy miles from here!” Holly felt a chill climb her back as he finished his sentence.
“She seems to come and go from this house as she pleases, Tim. She knows this place as well as if not better than we do. I’ve told you a hundred times–I hate staying here! Please, let’s go to my place. Even if she knows where I live, I’ll feel a little better. At least I don’t think she’s ever been there, but this place…she could be anywhere. I don’t even want to think about it.”
“I can’t leave, Holly. As backward as it may sound, I need to see her. I’m afraid I’ll never see her again! Imagine that? And don’t forget that Thomas Pike had no problem finding your place when he dropped off the Simmons scrapbook. Remember?” Holly nodded, unhappy that Tim had a point.
“Oh, you’ll see her again, Tim. You can bet on that. At least once anyway. It won’t be a sneak attack either. She wants you to know she’s coming and probably wants you to die long and slow. She wants revenge. That’s what revenants do, remember? We just never thought that she’d go for the girls. And that–changes everything.” Holly’s sigh was heavy with dread as she stared blankly at the wall, defeated. There was an unintentional moment of silence.
“How the hell does she get in here?” Tim finally wondered aloud, rousing them both from their separate thoughts. “Does she have a fucking key or something? Secret entrance? The roof?”
“The turret. It’s got to be the turret.” Holly suddenly seemed extra awake and even afraid. She subconsciously looked up at the ceiling where the turret would be. The stairway to it was only two rooms away. They both rose to investigate, flicking the dining room light on along the way. Tim listened outside the door for a moment, then fetched his baseball bat from the kitchen before opening it.
They climbed the stairs slowly. Holly was relieved to find the turret was empty, but it left Tim with a lack of answers and a growing level of frustration. Mildred had decided to let them worry and wonder about the girls for at least an evening–the very first evening of their captivity. Was it by design, meant to heighten the anguish? Or was she busy looking for a place to hole them up?
The girls were trapped with the dead woman and most likely terrified. Tim wished he could trade places with them–they were too young for such terror. Tim rested the bat against the wall and tried the windows. There were eight of them ringing the octagonal room, and much to Tim’s surprise, one of them was unlocked.
“What the hell! I locked these– I’m sure I locked them.”
“Yes, but you don’t check them every night, Tim. All she had to do is get in here once during the day to get up here and unlock it. And look, your papers are all sitting right there.” Holly motioned to Tim’s box in the corner. “That’s how she knew where Sheila lived. Now we know–and it creeps me out—I can’t tell you how much.” Tim saw where the conversation was headed and changed the subject.
“I need to boobytrap this place. Get her right here in this room, and then set a trap, like a bear trap or…”
“You don’t think she’ll see a bear trap in the middle of the floor? That’s just going to piss her off, Tim. And you’re liable to hurt yourself with the damn thing. Same with knives or fire or whatever else you’re thinking.” Holly’s stress did all the talking.
“I wasn’t thinking about knives or fire, come on, give me a little bit of credit.” Tim lied about the knives. “I was thinking something along the lines of a warning system. Something to make her fall down the stairs. A bag of marbles—I don’t fucking know…” Holly giggled, then the giggle turned into laughter. Tim saw that she genuinely thought it was funny and was not making fun of him, so he joined in for a moment–yet the gravity of their problem hung in the room like a cloud of poison dust.
“How about a simple tripwire with a little bell on it?” Holly offered. “One at the bottom of the turret stairs, one in front of the sliding glass door in the breakfast area and one at the bottom of the bedroom stairs? We set it up every night. In the morning, unhook it, so we’re not tripping over it ourselves.” Tim looked up at her.
“That’s an idea. Better than we have now. And like you said—‘we’re gonna see her again.’ We have to. Oh God, I hope and pray she’s greedy and wants to see me again. But–” Tim got quiet and put his balled fist under his nose. Holly saw he was getting emotional.
“Honey, we’re doing all we can, let’s just–”
“But if she’s already done—if this is her revenge—and she’s never coming back, then she’s really good at it.” Tim’s last three words were nearly inaudible as he choked up, worried sick about his daughters. Holly hugged him, trying to hold back tears of her own.
Now that I have your attention, let’s get into the nitty-gritty details of Anger Is An Acid. For this book review, I decided to keep it simple and just give you my overall impression of certain parts of the book. There are no spoilers for this book, but my thoughts should give you a rough idea as to the overall quality of the story!
Mildred Is Stuck On Revenge
The book series has taught me a bit about revenants. I didn’t even know what they were before these books. Mildred is a revenant and a common trait of revenants is a lust for revenge.
Mildred is no exception. Her son was taken from her by Tim and Holly and she won’t stop until Tim feels what it’s like to have his children taken from him.
Mildred is one of the most complex characters I have ever read.
By the end of this trilogy, she felt real. As in real real. It was so cool to read a character through to the end and have a connection to them.
She was so interesting that I just might do a full post dedicated to her. I will probably wait a while to do that because I want to make sure you have read the books before I go blabbing about all the details.
All of her motives were so clear and concise. While I understood her, I still would never have condoned her actions. And I most certainly would never want to be the one that crosses her path. She is honestly the best serial killer ever. She is extremely skilled and accurate.
What I loved the most though was that in this book, Anger Is An Acid, another side of her is shown. A more human side. Before she was this complex character that had a wall up. She was dangerous, scary, and unpredictable.
In Anger Is An Acid, it was like I got to know her more. I found this weird since so much of book 2 was dedicated to her past. But there are different versions of Mildred and her past was just one of them. That’s what I liked about this series, I got to see so many sides to just one character.
I don’t want to give anything away so I will just leave it at that she felt more human which was an enjoyable change of pace.
Thoughts On New Characters
Two new characters that took the forefront were Ed Bodwell and Andrew. Ed was kind of a side character but he still made quite an impact. I liked him because he felt like a third party perspective on the story. He did his own thing and I liked that.
At first I thought there was no real purpose except to represent a group that was in the book. But then Michael Clark throws him in to a rather pivotal moment of the book. It actually worked out quite well. Ed was just interesting enough that he didn’t feel forced.
Andrew, on the other hand, was a main character added to the story. He was in a good chunk of Book 2 but I thought his role in the story skyrocketed in Anger Is An Acid.
I remember continuously thinking of him as weak and not helpful. But, I was pleasantly surprised in this novel because he seemed more in control of his actions than Tim. And, he seemed somewhat more confident than he did in book 2.
My Thoughts On The Epilogue
Most of the time I don’t read epilogues. However, I am invested in this story. So, I thought why not. It was only a few pages long so it took relatively no time at all to read through it. Again, I will not throw spoilers in for Anger Is An Acid. But, I will say that the epilogue made me think Michael Clark isn’t finished with all of the characters in this trilogy just yet.
Anger is An Acid may not be the last book. I think he will be doing a spin-off of sorts. Of course now I want nothing more than to just ask him myself!
Based on my previous ratings for these books, you may be slightly surprised. I am giving Anger Is An Acid 4.5/5 stars. Why? Well, honestly it is because of the beginning. It didn’t start as strong as the previous two novels and because of that I was disappointed. The rest of the book was killer though (pun intended) so it still deserves a very high rating.
Enter The Giveaway!
The Patience Of A Dead Man Trilogy are the best horror novels of all time in my opinion. I have been captivated since the beginning. Michael clark is also a very giving author. On top of his willingness to give excerpts for the books, he is also running a giveaway.
If you enter the giveaway (the U.S. only), you could win a physical copy of the first book. I already have the paperbacks of all three books, so I won’t be entering this one. However, I strongly encourage you to do so because who doesn’t love free books?
Get The Whole Trilogy
Right now there is a volumized version of the book series where you can get all three books. The giveaway may give you the chance to win the first book, but there is no guarantee. If you need a good book recommendation, this is it! I couldn’t recommend a book or book series more than this one at this time. It is honestly the best deal you will find for physical copies because it would end up costing you more to get them separately.
This volumized version gives you The Patience of A Dead Man, Dead Woman Scorned, and Anger Is An Acid for less than $30.00. These books are worth way more than that in my opinion. So take advantage of the deal before it is sold out!
Let’s Talk About It!
Alright, so you have now heard me rant three times about The Patience of a Dead Man trilogy by Michael Clark. All three books were amazing. In this book review, I went over what Anger Is An Acid is, who the author is, gave you an excerpt, and a chance to win the first book for free. I would love to talk to you guys about Anger Is An Acid (or the whole series) some more so leave some comments below! Let me know if you have gotten the books or if you have read them already.
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