Review of The Coffin Maker

July 5, 2018 Book Reviews 1

Review of The Coffin Maker

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Coffin Maker by Breeann Allison
Genres: Mystery, Horror
Published by Curiosity Quills Press on May 1, 2018
Pages: 357
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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Twenty-three-year-old Jesse Burns lives a tranquil life as the coffin maker in the enthusiastically eerie town of Gregor’s Hollow. Here, the By the Pricking of My Crumbs Bakery sells deep-fried candy corn year round, and manmade mist swirls through the streets every afternoon at three-thirty. As for the graveyard bells that chime at midnight, and the Victorian portrait that materializes in the hotel guest rooms? Well, no one can account for those but they still look impressive in the brochure.
Few in the town are admired more than the trustworthy, if reclusive, coffin maker. Praised for his intricate carvings and flamboyant artistry, Jesse creates his masterpieces in the workshop that belonged to his father, the previous coffin maker who vanished nine years ago.
Jesse’s isolated routine is disturbed when Death appears on his doorstep one October evening. Wearing a sharply pressed suit and a condescending smile, Death demands eight coffins by Halloween. Jesse is horrified to learn that the coffins are intended for Death’s next eight victims—all of them citizens of Gregor’s Hollow. In exchange for the eight coffins, Death will tell Jesse what happened to his father.
Despite striking the bargain and starting work on the coffins, Jesse vows to save the Eight. But investigating a mystery is challenging in Gregor’s Hollow, the third most-famous Halloween tourist town in America. Home to horror enthusiasts and gothic fanatics alike, the town boasts a daily carnival of macabre spectacles, complete with ghostly sound effects in the streets, slasher chase scenes in the alleys, and a John Carpenter Orchestra in the park. Distinguishing staged horror theatrics from genuinely suspicious activity is impossible enough on an average day. But with the holiday approaching, the tourist season has just begun, forcing Jesse to conduct his detective work amidst the increased chaos of Hitchcock festivals, Edgar Allan Poe pageants, and monster movie reenactments.
Together with an alluring and untrustworthy stranger, he seeks the answer he needs to thwart Death’s plan.

First Line

I build coffins.

Here is what I thought

I knew when Barb was reading this one that I was going to want to try it by how much fun she was having and it really is a fun read. It has lots of nods to a lot of horror related things that horror buffs like myself could enjoy.

Jesse took up making coffins after his father up and left taking with him two coffins. Jesse has no clue what ever happened to him or why he left but they needed coffins and so he took over making them. Everyone loved his designs so much that people started coming in and ordering coffins even if they were not sick or anything.

One day Death visits Jesse asking for him to build 8 coffins. It makes Jesse really made because he is telling him that 8 of his friends will die but not tell him how. Jesse decides that he is going to do his best to try and stop whatever is going to happen to his little town. Gregor’s Hallow is getting ready for Halloween a favorite time of year (though they are pretty much always decked out for Halloween) and they like to try and outdo other towns. Jesse has till Halloween to make the coffins and figure out what is going on. Death gave him a clue but when strange things starts to happen it’s hard to figure out what is going on and more than one person seems suspicious.

I really like Jesse as he had a lot of spunk. He kind of kept to himself until Death came knocking letting him know that some people he might know is about to die. He finds out he cares alot more about the town and the people in it than he thought as he races to try and figure things out. For the most part I enjoyed all the characters except for the old Doctor. I don’t know how many times I wanted to reach in that story and smack him around because he wouldn’t listen any to what Jesse was trying to tell him.

I also thought it had a pretty good mystery woven into the story though I figured out who the bad person was before Jesse did.

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