Review: Stranger Will – Caleb J. Ross
In William Lowson’s life, there is no room for error. The world he now lives in leaves a lot to be desired. His job as a Human Remains Removal Specialist means he spends most of his time cleaning up the stains left behind by the dead. His wife, Julie, doesn’t really like the idea of his doing so, but she’ll put up with things because it’s their only means of getting ahead. Not to mention that she’s also pregnant, and hoping for a better life.
For William, the thought of being a father is daunting at best. Deep inside, he doesn’t want to have a baby. Most especially in the cold, bleak world he and his wife inhabit. Unfortunately, the baby is well on its way, and they must make the best of things if they’re to give birth to a healthy baby boy or girl.
An unexpected accident lands him in the middle of a group intent on making the perfect life. In their eyes, William is a great specimen in which to make their sordid dreams and ideas come true. In his mind, they’ve given him a way to get rid of the guilt and uncertainty that clouds his mind every moment of every day. Most especially when it comes to Julie and their baby.
The accident changes things in more ways than one. Julie’s in the hospital, oblivious to the world around her. Mrs. Rose is intent on making him see the good he’ll be able to contribute to the cause at hand, even though she knows he’s not quite accepting of how things really are. William wants nothing more to set himself free from all that ails him. Finding a way out, unfortunately, may never be likely.
I found this story to be quite dark and gory. At times, it was also mind-boggling. The story centers around William and the choices he makes throughout his life. Choices that will make or break him. Unfortunately, the paths he treads aren’t always the correct ones, and he ends up fumbling his way along in the most horrific ways. I sort of feel sorry for Julie and all that she’s endured because of William’s awkward decisions. It’s a pretty gruesome read. Definitely recommend it.
About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!
Welcome to Novel Publicity’s first ever publishing house blog tour. Join us as three new titles from Perfect Edge–we’re calling them the Perfect Edge Trifecta–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!
About the book: The child he loves. The idea of a child, he’s beginning to understand, is where everything will go wrong.
William works as a human remains removal specialist, removing stains left by the dead. Whether by a bloody crime scene or a quiet domestic death, William is reminded each day of the frailty of human life. As his fiancée, Julie, nears term with their first child William becomes increasingly desperate for a way to overcome his belief that to birth is to kill. But Mrs. Rose, an elementary school principal and messenger pigeon hobbyist, nurtures William’s depressive outlook and claims to have a way to prove that William’s hesitancy to accept fatherhood is not only natural but necessary.
In this novel of impending fatherhood, an idealistic teacher recruits a pliant protégé to join her group of Strangers – a devout collection of kindred minds who have dedicated their lives to cultivating a unique idea of perfection.
But joining is easier than leaving.
Stranger Will explores the human urge to reproduce via one man’s struggle to understand his role as a father. As Rob Roberge, author of More than They Could Chew and Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life, says “This is an original—unlike anything you’ve ever read before.”
About the author: Caleb J. Ross has a BA in English Literature and creative writing from Emporia State University. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared widely, both online and in print. He is the author of five books of fiction and is a core contributor to The BookTube Vidcast, a columnist at ManArchy Magazine, and is the creator of The Burning Books Channel, a YouTube channel featuring humorous book reviews, literary skits, writing advice, and rants. Connect with Caleb on his website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.
About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Stranger Will, or an autographed copy of one of its tour mates, Angel Falls by Michael Paul Gonazelz or The Sound of Loneliness by Craig Wallwork. Here’s what you need to do…
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog.
That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Perfect Edge Trifecta tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!
Perfect Edge Books was founded in late 2011 to unite authors whose books weren’t “obviously” commercial. Our books tend to sit in various genres all at once: literary fiction, satire, neo-noir, sci-fi, experimental prose. We believe that literary doesn’t have to mean difficult, and that difficult doesn’t just mean pointless. We prefer to cultivate a word-of-mouth approach to marketing, and keep production as simple as we can. Learn more at www.PerfectEdgeBooks.com.
Learn more about Stranger Will‘s tour mates HERE.