Sunday, August 24, 2014

C F Dunn's Death Be Not Proud ~ Reviewed

Death Be Not Proud (The Secret of the Journal) [Kindle Edition]     C F Dunn (Author)
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Lion Fiction (April 19, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Following the vicious attack by a psychotic colleague, and reeling from the discovery that Matthew Lynes is not all that he seems, Professor Emma D’Eresby flees the university college in Maine to her home town in England. Broken physically and emotionally, Emma drifts until, fearing for their daughter’s sanity, her parents invite a family friend to assess her. In the course of their conversation, Emma discovers that he spoke to Matthew over thirty years before, and she concludes that Matthew must be hiding a profound secret. Spurred into action, she traces Matthew’s family name back, making a startling discovery – that Matthew was betrayed during the English Civil War where a clash with his uncle left him fighting for his life. But instead of dying he not only lived, but persisted, growing steadily in strength and surviving events that would have killed any other man. But Matthew also has the memories, and baggage, that come with his longevity.


Death Be Not Proud is an intriguing read on many different levels. Even without the benefit of reading what happened before in the first book in the series I was sucked into the storyline. Dunn's writing is smooth and tight. The plot is a twist on the usual supernatural scenarios out there and far more interesting because of the unknown. Dunn tosses in some interesting history and the British undertones add a great element to the novel as well. I think I would have enjoyed the story more if I read Death Be Not Proud in order, though. 

This book won't float every reader's boat, of course. The subject matter could be offensive so I suggest reading several reviews before popping it in your cart. I definitely would like to finish the series out. 

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer 

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