Review: Stirring the Sheets by Chad Lutzke

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© Bloodshot Books, 2018.

Synopsis:


An elderly funeral home worker, struggling with the loss of his wife, finds an unnatural attraction to a corpse at work resembling his late bride in her younger years.

A story of desperation, loneliness and letting go.

via Goodreads

Review:


Stirring the Sheets isn’t exactly what I’d call horror, and in that regard, I’m a bit disappointed. The story, on the other hand, is heartbreaking and tear inducing. Lutzke definitely has a way with words and I’ll read more of his work in the future.

Emmett is an elderly man working at a funeral home. His wife of more than fifty years passed away in a tragic accident, leaving him heartbroken and lonely. As he spirals downward in grief, a young woman that bears an uncanny resemblance to his wife in her 30s commits suicide. Emmett does the unthinkable, out of sheer desperation.

Reading this story made me really sad. The characters are well-written and easy to connect with and the plot moves along at a reasonable pace. Throughout the story, I felt sorry for Emmett and I hoped for the best for him. His neighbor Rosemary is a total doll, too. I gobbled this one up, even though it failed to meet my usual expectations for something that’s labeled horror and it was worth the read.

As a judge for the 2018 Indie Horror Book Awards, I received a copy of this book for free. This is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: 💀💀💀💀