Almost Dead In Suburbia
by Douglas PearceIn the sleepy village of Wiggleswood there are ghosts. After a car accident involving two neighbours, Ralph and Fred, both await their turn to cross over to the other side. But only one is really dead. The other was merely... in a bit of a hurry. In the confusion, the metaphorical gate is slammed in both their faces. However, when Ralph goes 'back', he finds his body already has a new occupant; his dead neighbour, Fred. Yet nothing is quite what it seems. And some people are not who they claim. Now there's a company to save, a mystery to solve and in two weeks somebody is going to die. If Ralph doesn't get his body back, it might well be him...
Review by R. Luke Lively, on Amazon
Almost Dead in Suburbia by Douglas Pearce (published by P’kaboo Publishers, October 2013) is not your typical ghost story.
In fact, the book is not typical in most frames of reference. Almost Dead is truly unique.
The unique nature of the story-line both engages the senses and offers a narrative that truly makes the book a page-turner. The humor—sometimes irreverent and almost always hilarious—lifts and propels the exceptionally crafted story to a new level of enjoyment for works in this genre.
Reading this book was a joy—something that cannot always be said about the time given to a book. The imagery, twists, turns and dark corners of the world Pearce created offers a freshness that is much needed in a genre that has nearly cannibalized itself over the past decade.
Pearce gives us a new perspective–and an uproarious journey. Between the spirit world and the world we all know as “real”, Pearce has sliced out a memorable group of characters, settings and story that transcends the living and the dead to remind us of our own humanity—while keeping us laughing all the way.
Reviewed by Nikki Mason on behalf of BestChapLit:
"Just sit back, relax and trust the author"
I wasn't at all sure about Almost Dead in Suburbia when I first started it. In fact, for the first few pages, I was confused. But when the story got going, I got the hang and I absolutely loved it. In fact, I completely whizzed through it while snorting with laughter to myself in a most unladylike manner. It was just a joy to find a book that breaks any taboos about death and the afterlife.
Douglas Pearce has chosen the transference of spirits as his subject. And as if that wasn't difficult enough to explain, there’s computer programming, complex relationships and small village life thrown into the mix. However, once you catch his drift he pulls all of these off with aplomb.
You might not want to think too hard about how what spirit got into which form or question the conclusions reached by extravagant deductions but just sit back, relax and trust the author. Mysteries will be solved and the characters will warm your cockles. In fact, Pearce's real skill lies in finding humour in the peripheral characters and in the absurdity of how people stumble through life ... and death.
Enjoyed it very much:
This was a really witty and enjoyable read. Thanks, I enjoyed it very much! :0)
(Frances Kirkwood, Reader)
"A book well worth the time:"
I have recently finished reading "Almost Dead in Suburbia" by Douglas Pearce.
I really enjoyed it and can happily compare it to a book like "Good Omens" from Terry Pratchett. If you enjoy the light humour and a good, well written story that keeps you guessing, this in my opinion is a book well worth the time and money.
(Jason Bell, Reader)
"Original, funny, entertaining, and a very good read:"
Having read some of Pearce's writings on his blog I was certainly expecting an entertaining story with a good deal of humour, and so it was. However, since, according to the blurb, the story revolves around the ubiquitous theme of one person's spirit inhabiting another's body, I wasn't expecting much in the way of an original plot. I couldn't have been more wrong.
The book is original, funny, entertaining, and a very good read. The plot takes you through several unexpected turns and "red herrings" and leaves you guessing 'til the end - and even after the end. The style reminds me of Terry Pratchett and Tom Sharpe with a dash of Douglas Adams.
As the saying goes, everyone has one good novel in them, but I suspect we can look forward to a few more from Pearce.
"A brilliant, comic read. Storytelling at its best."
(John Zande, Reader)