Sal Kramer is thinking of reversing his medical ethics. It tears at his mind.
The Dressler twins share everything, including a lethal kidney disorder.
When only one survives their flawless transplant operations, the Seattle
pediatrician is devastated. Sal can't understand why Zeke is dead.
Zack can tell him--he claims to be in contact with his twin. His
brother's friend Garth asked him to give his kidney back, Zack explains,
and he did. The four-year-old makes it sound like a minor squabble over
a toy truck. Sal doesn't need another helping of crazy: he's already
stressed from placating a wife who yearns to leave him and his
high-maintenance tomcat. Still, he wonders how Zack could know the
deceased donor's name. Things are peculiar at the hospital, too:
patients who should be dead are not dying. The only other fatality
recorded in recent days is a suicide--yet another recipient unlucky
enough to score one of Garth Blodgett's organs.
Sal Kramer's lifelong faith in science is soon demolished. While heaven and hell are
infinite, Sal learns, purgatory is not. Pushed to its temporal limit by
the increasing number of souls waiting for their donated organs to die,
the afterlife is locked down like a recalcitrant computer in need of a
reboot. Garth Blodgett is that reboot. Unless Sal helps him find the
rest of his missing parts and soon, no one is going anywhere.
Give It Back is a chiller--a supernatural horror feast of the machine gone
wrong, far enough off the rails to satiate the worst Luddites lurking
among us. This medical supernatural thriller is packed full of thrills and chills for the discerning reader.
"A pleasingly creepy premise" -- Publisher's Weekly ABNA 2014 Quarter Finalist review.
Horror is now and always will be my undying love. Arthur Machen and Michael McDowell, as well as less obscure writers like Stephen King, all masters of situational and horrific suspense, are my own personal favorites. I am, myself, not loathe to throw in a bit in a bit of blood and black humor. Check out my blog at mrstorie.com if you really want to know how I think.
The Dressler twins share everything, including a lethal kidney disorder. Pediatrician Sal Kramer is devastated when only one boy survives transplant surgery, but he's soon considering the unthinkable. Will Kramer reverse his medical ethics before it's too late? Or will the world become a warehouse for the living dead? Give It Back is a chiller--a supernatural horror feast of the machine gone wrong, far enough off the rails to satiate the worst Luddites lurking among us.
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