The Taxidermist

Part I & II

Fiction - Horror
247 Pages
Reviewed on 05/01/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Taxidermist is a work of fiction in the horror, thriller, and suspense genres. It is best suited to mature adult readers and contains graphic violence throughout. Penned by author Joey Dolton, this chilling work unveils the macabre story of Vincent Greenwood, a taxidermist in the eerie town of Pinehurst, whose fascination with preserving life takes a sinister turn as he begins mounting his victims for his personal collection. Amidst his atrocities, an unexpected romance blossoms with Samantha Anderson, tainted by bloodshed. As Vincent's spree escalates, Detective Sarah Collins becomes consumed by the hunt for the Pinehurst killer, leading her to confront dangers closer than she realizes. Meanwhile, detectives Mark Jameson and Amelia Jones strive to unearth the truth in a town steeped in corruption and deceit, navigating a web of lies spun by those meant to protect. The novel delves into the darkest depths of madness and romance, leaving readers questioning the true nature of evil and the possibility of its defeat.

Author Joey Dolton digs deep into the psyche to craft an intense and gripping reading experience, permeated by the chilling atmosphere of Pinehurst and the twisted mind of Vincent Greenwood. I was so impressed with the vivid storytelling and meticulous attention to detail that brought the town and its inhabitants to life, evoking a sense of unease and realism that draws you into the terrifying goings-on of the plot. The intertwining narratives of Vincent's descent into madness, Sarah's relentless pursuit of justice, and Mark and Amelia's quest for truth created a compelling tapestry of suspense and intrigue that was well-paced and delivered on every single thread as it all came together. The novel does a fantastic job of balancing its exploration of darkness, corruption, and the blurred lines between good and evil with the tension of the immediate plot at hand, providing thought-provoking insights into the human psyche and the nature of morality long after you set the work done. Overall, The Taxidermist is a riveting tale that lingers in the mind, leaving readers pondering the complexities of human nature and the depths of depravity, and I would certainly recommend it to horror fans everywhere.

Antoinette Wessels

The Taxidermist by Joey Dolton tells the tale of Vincent Greenwood, who, after a night of drinking, killed a jogger with his car. To get rid of the body, he decided to make a taxidermy trophy out of her and preserve her extraordinary beauty. This act awakened something within him, and his desire to perfect his art grew. He started hunting people instead of animals. People began to notice only when a Girls Scout group disappeared, but no one ever expected the taxidermist, with his new girlfriend, to be guilty of anything, except for Detective Sarah Collins. She knew Vincent and his girlfriend Samantha were behind everything but couldn’t prove it. When the Chief of Police blocks Sarah's attempts to continue the investigation, she starts digging on her own time. This leads to an unexpected tragedy.

The Taxidermist is not for the faint-hearted. It is written from the perspective of a serial killer who even went as far as to eat his victim’s flesh. But all fans of everything relating to the workings of the criminal mind will enjoy it immensely. I am an avid watcher of documentaries and series about the psychology of the criminal mind, and I enjoyed this book a lot. Joey Dolton never went into much gory detail and left most aspects to the reader's imagination. The character development was written excellently; you can see the moment Vincent changes from a timid taxidermist into a full-blown serial killer. The plot development was enjoyable, and the twists and turns kept coming. I loved the twist in the ending. I did not expect this ending, but I have to say the author really did an excellent job! All in all, I loved this book. It was enjoyable from the first page to the last, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to readers I know who will enjoy it as much as I did.

Angelique Papayannopoulos

In Joey Dolton's horror novel The Taxidermist: Part I and II, the narrative unfolds around Vincent Greenwood, a taxidermist who develops a macabre compulsion after a fatal pedestrian accident. To avoid arrest, Vincent decides to preserve the body and add it to his collection of animal trophies. As a result, this twisted act takes an even darker turn when he becomes fascinated and addicted to hunting humans and perfecting the art of preserving their remains. Encountering Samantha Anderson sparks an unusual romance, where she accepts and encourages his gruesome artwork. Set in the small community of Pinehurst, numerous individuals go missing mysteriously. In a town where a serial killer is too close to home, the tale delves into a chilling account of corruption, deceit, and betrayal, spun by those who are supposed to protect its citizens.

The Taxidermist maintains a constant atmosphere of peril and suspense that will captivate readers throughout. Joey Dolton's eerie storytelling dives into the disturbing facets of a troubled mind and the intricate psyche of Vincent, fostering a sense of fear. The narrative embodies a grim realism as it depicts his chilling acts of abduction and murder. The storyline is intricately woven with unexpected twists and a cunning, unforeseen conclusion. The Taxidermist takes readers on a journey through darkness, retribution, and a quest for righteousness. It contains graphic violence and detailed descriptions of taxidermy that may unsettle sensitive individuals, but fans of psychological thrillers and dark crime fiction will find it fascinating, engaging, and enjoyable.

Alma Boucher

Joey Dolton's The Taxidermist: Parts I and II is a gripping work of horror. After becoming well-known for his hyper-realistic taxidermy exhibits, Vincent Greenwood crossed over into the realm of the macabre to become an infamous serial killer. Following his horrible killing rampage, Vincent left a trail of painstakingly preserved victims in his wake. When tragedy strikes Detective Sarah Collins' own home, her unwavering determination to bring Vincent to justice is put to the test. Will Sarah become the latest victim in a macabre masterwork, or will she be able to discern the criminal's deranged mind before it's too late? Detectives Mark Jameson and Amelia Jones were determined to find the truth after Detective Collins was fired, giving hope once more, but their efforts were obstructed by a dishonest plot.

I was hooked from the first page to the very end of Joey Dolton's spine-tingling story, The Taxidermist. I found myself turning the pages nonstop as the tension and horror built up in this gripping tale. The plot was well planned, and the serial killer's and Detective Sarah Collins's alternate points of view allowed it to develop superbly. The characters were compelling and grew into relatable, real people. Sarah was my favorite character because she was determined to find the murderer and did not allow anything to get in her way. I disagreed with the actions of several characters and did not like some of them. I recommend this well-written story to readers who enjoy horror stories because this one has a lot of action and suspense.