Blog Tour: ‘The Dead I Know’ by Scot Gardner Review

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Blog Tour: ‘The Dead I Know’ by Scot Gardner ReviewThe Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
Published by Razorbill Canada on August 1st, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 216
Format: Paperback
Source: blog tours
You wake in the middle of the night, your arms and feet pinned by strong hands. As you thrash your way to consciousness, a calm voice says, “Steady. We’re here to help.” Your mind registers a paramedic, a policeman, an ambulance. You are lying on the lookout at Keeper’s Point, the lookout Amanda Creen supposedly threw herself off. And you have absolutely no idea how you got there.

Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can’t explain and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him – his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up. A potent, intense psychodrama that will keep you gripped to the very last page.

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I didn’t know what to expect from this one. I actually thought it was about a medium (someone who speaks to the dead), but I was wrong. The description is very simple yet it shows there’s something more than what is on the surface. Aaron being a funeral director in training is correct. What I didn’t expect was the truth that finally came out in the end.

Aaron’s nightmares are vivid and scary..Violent and morbid. I couldn’t understand what it was. Here is this teenage boy trying to live, trying to make sense of his own life. Surviving in a trailer park with his sick grandmother is no way to live. I commend him for seeking out a job. It’s different than most books, since his true horror isn’t revealed until later on and then all the pieces are unraveled and then you get that “Ahah!” moment where it all fits together.

The writing is simple and doesn’t exaggerate. The main character is heavily flawed and in doing so, many other characters reach out to help him, particularly his boss John and his own family. Skye is a wonderful character who brought a little life back into Aaron. Their relationship was sweet and you can’t help but smile at Skye’s questions and observations especially when she nicknames him “Robot.”


When sleep is not a sanctuary, darkness sometimes is.

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  1. Krizia

    February 28, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    I have a question, What do you think would Aaron be after 10 years?

  2. Jaime Lester

    April 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    This sounds….. really, really good! I love the cover, I love the synopsis. I love your review. I haven’t heard of this book, but I am going to see if I can find myself a copy. Thanks for reviewing books that aren’t all “mainstream”. I love hearing about books that you don’t see splashed across the web. You find some really great books this way!

  3. Grace Lo

    October 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    This book suddenly reminded me of Dead to You by Lisa McMann, which I absolutely loved and was terrified by. Scary, violent, disturbing dreams? Bring it on! I feel my TBR list expanding . . .

  4. Kass

    August 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I had seen this book and was intrigued by the cover. Think I’ll have to check it out, sounds quite interesting.

  5. Ashley Chen

    August 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Awww! I love sweet romance <3 I love how there are scary moments. :3 Great review G 😀

  6. Lisa Richards

    August 27, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Wow! New book for me. Thanks for the review, excuse me while I dash off to add to my wishlist.

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