Dette Chambers' Death Journal

Fiction - Paranormal
410 Pages
Reviewed on 05/28/2016
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Author Biography

L. M. du Preez lives in Vancouver, Canada with her life-partner and cat.

Her writing is heavily influenced by her favorite musical artists, which include Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Type O Negative, Pearl Jam, Zero 7, The Neighbourhood, Deadmau5, JMSN, and The Smashing Pumpkins, and her biggest fears.

When she's not writing, she's trying to grow vegetables on the balcony.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

Dette Chambers' Death Journal by L.M. du Preez is a paranormal fiction novel focusing around the main character and her attempt to reclaim humanity after living so long with a monstrous curse. Dette has a death wish unlike any other. For so long she has watched, distancing herself from those who look like her, those who were once what she was. They could never understand now. Death calls to her, and she answers. She has never shied away from it, why would she? She cannot die and her only remaining pleasure is tempting those close into its sweet embrace. She whispers to them, their life in her hands. Never before has she wanted anyone to live. Not until she met Zach, a man who awakens things in her long thought lost. Against her desire, against her pleasure, he is spared. His presence in her life is rekindling things she thought lost, and for the first time she is honest about who and what she is. A journey of self-discovery and rediscovery shows that, for the first time since her death, she begins to understand more about her curse and seeks answers. But the things she discovers are both shocking and terrifying.

Dette Chambers' Death Journal is certainly a unique novel. I have never read anything quite like it. The sole focus is on the main character, her history provided by entries in her journal, and conversations with Zach. There is clear growth in the characters, both of whom are seeking to change in order to better themselves, a development that is pleasant to witness. Written in the first person narrative, this well-crafted story will keep you turning the pages with a sense of urgency to learn more about what truly happened on the day of Dette’s death. L.M. du Preez has successfully captured a dark and horrific tale, and shows her talent in creating intense, emotionally charged scenes, well-scripted dialogue, and a perfect ending.

Ginny 121

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book...a different and interesting story line... couldn't put it down once I started.

Ginny 121

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book...a different and interesting story line... couldn't put it down once I started.

T Strangward

The story is emotional and captivating from the start.
you must continue to turn the pages as you not only want to know what
happens next you NEED to know where this journey will take you.
The author has skillfully pulled us all in. More please

Bellas Books

A dark, but magical novel which makes you think about it long after you’ve put it down. An incredibly well written, deep story, that will make you fall in love with Dette’s complex character. Her character is full of flaws and emotions, making it easy for you to connect with her, and her thoughts on so many levels. It’s definitely a book worth reading.


Great book - Dark and Different.

Sam 28

It seems interesting, I will definitely have to check this book out.

Imelda Baldemor

An intense read which makes it impossible to put the book down. Five Stars.

Evelyn Strand

Being an avid reader, I can tell within the first few pages if it's worth the read...this book I finished in 3 days. I just had to continue reading, Dette had me captured from the start. I highly recommend this book that will take one on an intense ride...

Karin Smith

Five Stars – Dark, intriguing, a fascinating read!

Just when I thought “ here comes another predictable story line”, I was proved to be wrong.

Right from page one of this riveting tale of paranormal fiction, L.M. du Preez takes you on an intensely dark journey which is never predictable from start to finish. The main character, Dette Chambers is an extremely complex character who is desperately struggling with terrifying inner turmoil that only nightmares are made of. She is constantly haunted by her past and fearful for her future as she struggles desperately to find her human side. She finds true love and a much needed life line in Zach, a young man whom she meets in her local coffee shop. Zach constantly challenges Dette’s reasoning for her blatant denial in believing she can overcome what can only be described as an extremely powerful and obsessive addiction – a curse like no other!

The bond that develops between Zach and Dette as they move closer to finding out what pure evil and darkness took place on the day of Dette’s death, is simply magic.

This has to be one of the most unique story lines I have yet to come across. I loved the fact that the main character keeps a journal in which she documents her horrific journey through life, both past and present and shares her inner most personal thoughts as she struggles to fight against her demons or as the author puts it ..”The Man” within her.

Let’s not forget the ending, my emotions were running very high as I finished reading the last page .. wow!!

A truly brilliant novel by what I can only describe as a refreshing and exciting author who in my opinion, brings a whole different perspective to writing through her uniqueness and incredible imagination! I cannot wait to read her next book.