Our Trespasses

A Paranormal Thriller

Fiction - Horror
247 Pages
Reviewed on 11/15/2021
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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

Matthew Davis suddenly collapses from a powerful psychic connection he shares with his twin brother, Jake. The pain is violent and immediate, and Matt knows exactly what it means… hundreds of miles away, Jake has been viciously killed. Hell-bent on solving Jake’s murder in order to break the connection, Matt travels to his troubled hometown of Hatchett, Nebraska, where an old lover and savage new enemies expose the festering wounds that Jake left behind.

The difference between literary and commercial fiction is stark and often the twain never meet. While literary work concerns itself primarily with concepts and "high" prose, general or commercial fiction deals with action that allows the reader to visualize what s/he is reading. A relatively new classification term in fiction is "mainstream fiction." This method meets both literary and commercial fiction in that the story includes visual scenes mixed with prose that dig into the concepts that drive the visuals. The definitions are difficult to explain but easy to identify when reading Our Trespasses by Michael Cordell—hands down, the best meeting of the twain I've ever read, including Koontz and King!

Our Trespasses is a paranormal thriller at its finest. The characters are true to life, the description of Hatchett, Nebraska would apply to thousands of towns across the United States, but especially the southern and western rural states, and the concept of demon possession is taken to new heights. Another highlight of Our Trespasses was my inability to second guess—to see the end of the story before it happened. The conclusion was nowhere close to what I'd imagined. Finally, Cordell's ability to describe horror scenes, including some explicit, gross, and utterly gruesome acts while staying within the boundary of "keeping the food in your stomach" exceeds the talents of, in my mind, the most vividly brutal horror writer ever... Richard Laymon. That's saying something! A paranormal/horror/literary novel comparatively equal to Koontz, King, and Laymon—what more could any reader ask for?