The Desecrated

Fiction - Supernatural
332 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2022
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Author Biography

Brooklyn born John Gray is an award winning writer-director-producer of films and television, and the creator of the long running TV series, Ghost Whisperer. He has written and directed many feature films and movies for television, including White Irish Drinkers, starring Stephen Lang and Karen Allen; Martin And Lewis, starring Sean Hayes and Jeremy Northam; the Emmy® nominated A Place For Annie, with Sissy Spacek; the Emmy® nominated mini-series Haven with Natasha Richardson and Anne Bancroft; Helter Skelter with Clea DuVall and Bruno Kirby, and many others.

Gray has directed numerous episodes of broadcast and cable series, including multiple episodes of the NBC series Grimm and was also the producing director of the CBS series Reckless. Gray’s acclaimed short films have played and are currently in film festivals all over the world including French Kiss, which has also notched 6.3 million views to date on YouTube.

He is married to writer-filmmaker Melissa Jo Peltier, and they make their home in New York and Cape Cod, MA.

The Desecrated is his debut novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

Walking through the cemetery on her way to work Jennifer stumbled and her foot pulled out a tree root from the mud. She did not see the rusted necklace chain at the bottom of the root. She left a bag with two plain hot dogs on a gravestone. After she left, her friend Ulysses, who lived in the cemetery, grabbed the bag with his dirty and shaking hands. Jennifer is the only person who is on duty at night. Her job is to receive and process the bodies and prepares them for autopsies the following day. Trevor Pryce, a famous actor, has been arrested and sentenced to do community service at the morgue. He likes making jokes about the bodies, but Jennifer warns him that this is disrespectful to the deceased. Ulysses continuously checks to see if he can find treasures after it has rained and the roots of trees have been exposed. He finds a gold amulet that possesses powers in The Desecrated by John Gray and hides it in a drain in the morgue to protect Jennifer.

The plot in The Desecrated by John Gray is complex and exciting. It is a perfect mix of horror and the supernatural. The story is fast-paced and full of action, but never felt rushed. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat. It was unpredictable and full of surprises. I never knew what to expect, and I could not turn the pages fast enough to find out. There were so many different events without losing the thread of the story. The characters were excellently described, and I could relate to them. Each character had its own background and personality. The story is well-written and skillfully handled. The Desecrated had my attention from the beginning. It exceeded my expectations and was nothing at all like I expected. The ending was a surprise and unexpected; it blew my mind.