Friday 18 October 2019

BLOG TOUR: Too Early for Death - Simon Farrant

Death can take you to the most unexpected places.

Damien Lennon finds himself on a mysterious island… and dead.
He has more questions than answers. Why? Where? How? What next?
In a place where forests hide secrets and a leader rules with an iron fist, can Damien change his destiny?

'Too Early for Death' starts a journey through the Limbo Island trilogy, a series that unravels a story of life after death, hierarchy, tragedy, jealousy and eternal love. A heartbreaking yet heartwarming adventure awaits.

What did I think?

I was drawn to this book by the intriguing synopsis of life after death and the absolutely stunning cover.  The waterfall is completely mesmerising and fits nicely with the story as water is a key feature on Limbo Island.

Too Early for Death is the story of Damien Lennon who goes missing on a visit to a museum with his wife, Nancy, and 12 year old son, Marcus.  Unable to resist the temptation of a forbidden door, he finds himself on a mysterious island and his family are left behind to file a missing person report.  Nancy can't understand why Damien would leave them and she is unable to fully grieve his loss without a body to bury.  Nancy is drawn to Damien's friend, Niall, who might physically slip into Damien's place in the house but doesn't replace Damien in Nancy's heart.

The story flips back and forth between Damien's new life (or should that be death?) on the island and Nancy's struggle to live without Damien.  Time certainly passed more slowly on Limbo Island as Damien finds his way around with the help of a German man named Hector.  Damien and Hector have a hint of rebellion about them as they explore places outside their village and come across portals showing what is happening in the world they left behind.

Being set on a strange island, Too Early for Death does have a hint of the TV show 'Lost' about it, but don't worry it's much better than Lost.  Both Damien's and Nancy's stories held my interest and I really felt for Nancy who was never able to get over the loss of Damien, who was clearly the love of her life.  I really felt that Niall took advantage of Nancy's distress to get his feet under Damien's table and it was almost like he didn't necessarily want Nancy in particular, he just wanted what Damien had.

An imaginative and thought-provoking story, Too Early for Death is not only a good story in its own right, it's an intriguing start to the Limbo Island trilogy.  It does feel very much that we've only just scratched the surface of Simon Farrant's Limbo island and I'm intrigued to see where his imagination will take us next.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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About the author:
I am an emerging author, a submission to a short story anthology kicked it all off. 

Black Cat is my first short story, and the hero isn’t maybe who you would assume. 

Originally from Doncaster, South Yorkshire and now Corby in Northants. I’m in my forties, married with three children. We share our home with a Bengal cat and a Pink Tongued Skink.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had an interesting (well to me!) life. I have been a truck driver, university graduate and motorbike salesman amongst other things. 

My two novellas, Newdon Killers series, The Crucifix and Famously Ordinary are out now!  The third book, Death Dolls is coming soon estimated launch date 22 August.  Later this year a new series in a different genre Mystery / contemporary fantasy will be published.

I have a Facebook page, Simon Farrant Official, I'd be pleased to see you there.

Twitter @asfarrant

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