Outskirts Press (2014)
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (12/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘The Hangman,’ Paranormal Horror by Dee Rose on Blogcritics.
“The Hangman” by Dee Rose is a paranormal horror story sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Kente Cromwell, Sr. has an affair with a neighbor’s wife and in retaliation is murdered by several of the townsmen. Cromwell is immediately sent to purgatory for his adultery. While serving his time Cromwell makes a deal with a demon of the underworld. Cromwell becomes The Hangman, and, in exchange for his soul and the opportunity to return to his family, he is to deliver the souls of the men that killed him. After escaping from the Bad Angel (BA), who is the watchman over purgatory, The Hangman returns to earth to avenge his death. Little does he know that a war has broken out between the powers of good versus evil - a war between demons and angels, and vampires and vampire slayers that will forever change the course of mankind. The Hangman becomes a reluctant pawn in the war and must choose a side. Will he join the demon underworld for a chance to become human again, or the angel that vowed to destroy him in the end and return his soul to purgatory?
“The Hangman” is a quick-paced paranormal thriller-horror novel full of action and suspense, sprinkled with sarcasm and humor throughout the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author incorporated the sarcasm and humor into the characters. I laughed often, and found myself marveling at the attitudes and tones of the most evil creatures of the underworld. That said, I must say there were a couple of minor difficulties I had with this story. I felt a bit disconnected because it seemed I was reading quite a different story than what was written in the synopsis. We start with the story of Kente Cromwell, a/k/a, The Hangman and his plot for revenge against his murderers. We then drift, quite suddenly to vampires and vampire slayers and don’t hear from The Hangman again for quite some time. Eventually the author brings everyone together for the epic world war, but I found myself losing track of how each character related to one another, if at all. I also spent a good deal of time back-tracking through the pages to try to find the connections to the characters that I felt like I missed somewhere along the journey.
Overall, however, I enjoyed “The Hangman” by Dee Rose and can recommend it to all that love a great, quick-paced, action-packed horror story.