Reviews of the works of Author Simon Law
|Posted on February 1, 2016 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
A totally epic psychological read. this book had me flipping pages. I absolutely love physiological thrillers and this book didn't let me down. I'm gutted its over I so hoped that against the odds Tammy and Matthew would get their hea not because a hea is essential but because they have both been subjected to so much already both Tammy and Matthews tales draw you in neither fighting for dominance both equally in the forefront of your mind. #heartbreaking this book seriously worked it's way in to my heart. it's fabulously written and from the hangover I'm suffering I'm sure it will stick with me. the open ending works fabulously for people like myself who like to imagine their own endings but also leaves plenty of room for the author to expand on the story if he so wishes. ill be keeping me eyes on this author for future releases go grab your copy now.
- Titian Smith, Amazon.co.uk customer
|Posted on January 26, 2016 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
Criminally unheard of Simon David Law is a young British author who has already had a book published, the 2009 post-apocalyptic horror novel 'Bringing Forth The End Of Days'. Now six years later he is back with a different book altogether called 'Damaged' a psychological thriller that will stay with you for days after reading it. The pacing is gradual and intense giving you heart pulpitations as you anticipate what the characters might do or come across next. Add to this that he doesn't hold back when he describes the mental anguish of our lead character Matthew Mason, a tough subject matter to cover for some, but brilliantly executed. It takes a lot to make a character believable in a book, after all if you don't believe in them the whole book falls apart but the author has created living breathing characters that you want to read about. Overall a great book to pick up and a British author that should be more widely recognised for his works.
- Peter 'Witchfinder' Hopkins, Horrorscreamsvideovault.co.uk
|Posted on January 13, 2016 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
Author, Simon Law's novel was an excellent psychological thriller that I couldn't put it down until I finished completely......It is suspenseful, twisted, disturbing, gory and bloody with a touch of cannibalism.......( Just a warning to some who may find this offensive).....At times it had some supernatural undertones which you don't know whether it's real or hallucinations....The storyline is steady at times and slowly building up the tension and action really quick towards the last three chapters....Great character development with people suffering with mental illnesses such as, PTSD, OCD, Depression, Addiction, Phobias, Borderline Personality Disorder and Self Mutilation.....
You think you know where the ending is going, but it is a total, unsuspected shock, when one simple word is said..........(You could look it up after )......You will be thinking about this for days.............
Little, Matthew Mason, during the big storm witnesses the brutal murders of his parents....Literally standing in their dripping blood.....What an image left on a child's mind for the rest of his life.......Fast forward to the future you find that Matthew is released from a Mental Institution after 15 yrs..
In steps the nurse, Tammy Atkins, a 25 yr old girl suffering from her own demons, such as panic attacks, alcoholism and problems with coping in stressful situations........She is suffering from isolation and depression since her daughter Jessica, has been taken away from her....By court order she has been found to be an unfit mother........She is assigned to Matthew's case to visit AM and PM to watch him take his anti-psychotic medication.....
Eventually, both of these characters due to dependency end up relying on each other for emotional support...Then the big mistake Tammy makes is stepping over that patient/nurse professional line.........The two start to develop feelings for each other........At the same time homeless people are being murdered all over the Town........Has Mathew been a bad boy and stopped taking his medication where something very evil is starting to emerge....
Absolutely, no spoilers here
From kindle unlimited......Recommended......
|Posted on January 2, 2016 at 5:25 AM||comments (0)|
A good psychological horror should engage our most primal fears and this is exactly what the author does in Damaged. With a tension filled and cleverly articulated plot we are taken into the darkest places of the human mind and can feel Mathews torment. It certainly isn’t a slow book as momentum quickly builds up and the twists come thick and fast. Usually when reviewing a book I would draw comparisons to other writers within the genre or of a similar style but Simon Law has a very distinct and original literary voice that’s sets his writing apart. This was an easy 5 stars to give.
- Karen E Proctor, Amazon.co.uk Customer http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R1X4W1IGRAOPSM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1517003024
|Posted on January 2, 2016 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
A good psychological thriller should emphasize the psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional states. The Damaged aspires to this and delivers more. Instead of displaying excessive gore and violence, author Simon Law plays with his reader’s minds and leaves it up to them to construct the tension. Overall, this makes for gruelling yet compelling story which is very hard to put down. I can’t help thinking that Simon Law has a very bright future ahead of him if he can maintain this standard of writing. - Avid Reader, Amazon.com Customer http://www.amazon.com/review/R6MPBPMBVJTUK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B016F8QR8E
|Posted on January 2, 2016 at 4:40 AM||comments (0)|
First published back in October of 2015, ‘The Damaged’ was the second novel from British author Simon Law.
It was during the night of The Great Storm of 1987 when Matthew Mason’s life was irreversibly changed forever. Just a young seven-year-old boy at the time, Matthew had been woken by a stray roof tile crashing through his bedroom window as the storm outside raged on. Matthew’s parents had been treating the cuts he sustained from the broken glass when there was a knock at the family house door. Upon answering it, George Mason was confronted by a tramp on their doorstep, asking to come into their house to get out of the storm. A request for shelter that George Mason felt too uncomfortable to provide.
However, upon having his plea for help rejected, the tramp bursts into a fit of rage - forcing his way into the family home and attacking George and Sandra Mason. And as young Matthew watches from his hiding place behind the cellar door, he witnesses his parents being brutally murdered.
It’s now twenty-five years since the untimely death of his parents and Matthew Mason is being released from the mental health institute where he’d spent the past fifteen of those years. However, fifteen years of finger painting, kid’s cartoons and abuse from overzealous orderlies has left Matthew with a strange disconnection from the real world. Up until now Matthew’s life had consisted of a brief seven years of childhood happiness, followed by ten years of loveless neglect and abuse from his Aunt Julie, followed by fifteen years of being locked-up and drugged-up with all the other craziness.
But now Matthew Mason was finally deemed to be ready to re-enter society. Albeit under close watch by a regular visiting carer who would ensure that he took his regular anti-psychotic medication. And that particular carer happened to be twenty-four-year-old Tammy Atkins.
However, Tammy had her own problems. Ever since she’d drunkenly crashed her car after snatching her five-year-old daughter from her ex-boyfriend, Tammy’s life had been one long and painful battle. Now she barely saw her daughter. She’d quit the alcohol, but instead she’d had found self-harm. She knew it wasn’t doing her any good – but with her life the way it was, the draw of the razorblades was often too much.
However, now she had a new patient to visit each day. And he wasn’t anything like the slimy, lonely old men she was used to. Matthew Mason was different. Handsome and charming. And he clearly had an interest in her.
But Matthew Mason had problems. After witnessing the brutal deaths of his parents, and then having to endure years and years of abuse, Matthew Mason was damaged. Seriously damaged. But his medication kept that in check. Just as long as he kept taking it. But he was getting pretty sick of the pills. Sick of feeling completely out of it. Sick of having a cloudy mind. He wanted his own mind back. He wanted a clear head at long last. And he knew how he could get just that…
Back in 2009 author Simon Law penned his debut novel ‘Bringing Forth The End Of Days’ (2009) - a post-apocalyptic horror, bursting with adrenaline-pumping action and suspenseful twists. It was quite simply pure entertainment from start to finish. If you ask me, for a debut it was an absolute blinder.
Six years later and Law has followed-up with a very different offering altogether. With ‘The Damaged’ we have a hard-hitting psychological thriller which burrows under your skin rather than just exploding in your face.
Pacing is spot on. Much like Graham Masterton’s writing style, Law pulls the reader in with a solid, very well-written storyline, that’s constantly building towards ‘the inevitable’ from the outset. There’s no padding, no sagging, no over-describing or verbose meandering. Indeed, Law’s writing style has come along incredibly well. It’s neat, straight to the point and full of flair. I have to say this really is one tight and well-executed novel.
Ok, so the absolute key to this type of novel is in the characterisation. The story’s basically focused upon two principal characters – Matthew and his carer Tammy. For the tale to have any degree of impact upon the reader these two characters need to be 100% believable. They need to be fleshed-out, near living breathing characters with strong, identifiable character traits. And with his two principal characters Simon Law has absolutely nailed all of these elements.
The storyline itself is one that builds very gradually throughout its length; creeping up the tension chapter after nail-biting chapter. And around half of the way through the novel things start really cranking up a few notches, with Matthew’s psychotic tendencies starting to come to fruition. And it’s here when Law begins layering on a surprising (but in some ways utterly necessary) amount of brutality. I kid you not, ‘The Damaged’ is one hell of a grim read. Indeed, Law doesn’t pull a single punch with his repeated depictions of violence and tormented mental illnesses. It’s pretty hard-hitting stuff – so be warned.
That said, Law tackles some pretty tricky subjects in the novel, consistently with a strong-minded and purposefully thought-provoking manner. Both mental illness and self-harm are tackled head on – the former running through the length of the novel, whilst the latter is depicted in a small number of incredibly powerful and emotionally jarring scenes. Indeed, Law doesn’t skirt around the subject matters one bit – but instead confronts them openly with a hard-to-swallow honesty that cuts so much deeper. If you struggle with the concept of self-harm, then this novel is really going to get under your skin.
One final aspect of ‘The Damaged’ that works so darn well is how Law shows Matthew Mason’s gradual descent both from Tammy’s perspective and from behind the eyes of Matthew himself. As his delusional psychosis starts to really take hold, the reader gets to witness how reality blurs and Mason is gradually coaxed (by his own mind) into accepting the madness that his damaged mind is portraying. Of course it just keeps getting worse. And those that happen to come into Matthew Mason’s pathway will sadly pay the ultimate price.
Simon Law proves there’s nothing more terrifying than the madness that ferments within a damaged mind.
The novel runs for a total of 277 pages.
- Chris Hall, Dreadlock Smile Reviews
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
The Damaged is a twisted, dark, upsetting story, full of twists and turns, with very graphic scenes. I am not a horror reader so this book was really different for me.I did read it rather quickly as it intrigued me. If you are a Horror fan reader, you ain't want to miss this one. I recommend this book to horror fans or not because it will hold your attention.
- Dawn Baffa, Amazon.com Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:35 AM||comments (0)|
I loved this book. It is full of twists and turns. It has it all intelligence, love, caring, crazy, psycho, drama, sad and even happy. I found my self surprised at some of the places the author takes this book but at the same time those are the parts that makes this book so amazing. Very well written.
The characters in this book are so denominational and realistic. I loved them and hated myself for loving them so much at the same time.
- Mindy Knadler, Amazon.com Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:30 AM||comments (0)|
I would definitely recommend this book for a first time horror reader and a seasoned horror veteran. All emotions are encompassed throughout this book. Anger, sadness, terror, happiness, insanity.... it builds and builds till it gets to the explosive ending you don't see coming. I really felt for both main characters. Loved this book and cannot wait for Simons next book.
- Christina, Amazon.com Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
The Damaged by Simon Law, is a psychological thriller that will drive you to the end. It all starts with The Great Storm in 1987.
If only his father had stayed inside, Matthew's life would have turned out so differently. But, Amon had different ideas. After the murder of his family, the small boy's mind wanders and breaks. Innocence lost, trust broken and a psyche overwhelmed with revenge, Matthew grows to manhood in an asylum. Release should be sweet, but within him dwells the evil, a seed at first, but Amon will not be confined.
Enter Tammy, a soul damaged woman who cares for Matthew. Her life means everything to Matthew, but Matthew's mind no longer exist. The raven has taken its form and demands its due.
- Rachelle Ibrahim, Amazon.com Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:20 AM||comments (0)|
I have so much to say about this book yet I cannot find the right words to truly say how amazing this book really is. It is a dark epic read in my opinion. If you are looking for something that is going to have your mind spinning then you need to grab this now.
We are bought into this story while Matthew is a little child. As the hurricane comes through a “damages” take place we are left with a broken heart for such a young boy to have to go through this. As time passes and he is finally allowed to come out the hospital that he has been in for the past 15 years he is met by his care-giver Tammy. She is to do her job and leave. Yet there is an attraction that Matthew feels towards her that he can not explain. But you see the Amon is telling him that he, Matthew needs to destroy her. She is bad news and has to disappear. With the voice talking to him. Showing him things a leaving the black plume around Matthew has to do what needs to be done. Yet he must first find someone that deserves to die for what they did him.
As we meet Tammy we learn that she herself is going down a black hole that shows no sign of light whatsoever. She goes about life doing what needs to be done in order for her to be able to get some time with her daughter. With the death of her mother things got out of control for her. But you see spending time with Matthew she starts to see things differently. Up until that night when Matthew finally did what he was told to do by Amon, Tammy needs to survive one way or the other.
Then Simon hits with you an ending you would not see coming. Holy cow this book blew my mind.
- Tammy G & T indie Cafe, Amazon.com Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:15 AM||comments (0)|
A twisted journey spiralling into darkness and madness by a single life altering event - which in itself would have driven anyone mad. But a series of abuse and neglect following the event led to the pinnacle of total insanity as the main character is finally driven over the edge. You will question what is real and what is not as the author leads you deeper into the mystery. A good read full of character development and plot twists leading you to care about the characters as they stumble along in the dark.
- Something Deeper, Amazon.co.uk Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:10 AM||comments (0)|
Wow! This is such a fantastic book. Living on South Coast and remembering the Storm makes it all the better lol. The book is a true page turner, the twists and turns are fantastic and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat with the suspense not knowing what is coming next! This is one of the best books I have read this year!! Two main characters are both troubled for different reasons and thrown together........ that is all I'm saying as I don't want to give anything away, you need to read it!!!!
- Sallyann Cole, Amazon.co.uk Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:10 AM||comments (0)|
What starts off as a memorable event and then turns into a twisted story of two likeable but plagued characters, this book is something that you will not want to put down. The author takes you on dark journey which will keep you on the edge of your seat. Unquestionably, a book to recommend and to read again. More please author!
- Jo.W, Amazon.co.uk Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:10 AM||comments (0)|
The Damaged is a truly dark look into the psyche of the fragile mind. Beware, this book will pull you into the madness and chaos!
Full of suspense, creepiness and disturbing events, this psychological thriller will have you hooked and scared not to turn to the next pages.
- Amazon.co.uk Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:05 AM||comments (0)|
Received my copy yesterday and I finished it about ten minutes ago.
This book is utterly mesmerising - the author describes Matthew's descent into psychosis brilliantly then the pace of the story gathers such before before a crescendo of blood and violence and retribution.
You have to read this book!
- Alex, Amazon.co.uk Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
Absolutely brilliant, can't wait for a sequel (hopefully!!) This book is well written and glides effortlessly from chapter to chapter and I found it really easy to connect with the characters and embrace the story. Once you start it, be prepared to keep turning the pages in anticipation.
- Dizzie, Amazon.co.uk Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 1:55 AM||comments (0)|
A wonderfully dark twisted novel which keeos you guessing. You grow to feel for the characters however the author does not make it as simple as that; they are not perfect human beings which makes them more believable. A real page turner that keeps you gripped till the end but maybe keep the light on.
- Kato, Amazon.co.uk Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 1:50 AM||comments (0)|
Great book hope writes some more
- Amazon.co.uk Customer
|Posted on December 13, 2015 at 1:50 AM||comments (0)|
For readers who enjoy dark novels they don’t get any darker than this. After reading it I went to the author’s website where I saw it described as a ‘Twisted Journey Spiralling Into Darkness!’ Well I have to say I couldn’t describe it any better. An intelligent and cleverly written novel that delivers what it promises to!
- ML H, Amazon.co.uk Customer