Title: The Unfleshed: Tale of the Autopsic Bride
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Published: January 21st 2017
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Netgalley)
A plague has washed upon England’s shore, bringing death in its wake. While the sickness plucks the lives of the victims indiscriminately, something else moves in its shadows, using it as a cover. Victims without signs of infection have been brutally murdered and dismembered. Suspicions already surround the infamous Doctor Wulfe when his eccentric behavior takes a more sinister turn. His interest in the young Morrigan spirals into an unhealthy obsession. Angus manipulates her father, giving him hope of a cure in return for his daughter’s hand in marriage. But, when his bride-to-be awakens with an insatiable appetite, will she be forced to go through with the arrangement? Or will the plague save her from a deal made with a devil?
So this was Carole’s pick and all I am saying is that wow….this was a bad one ;)
Ugh - I had such a hope for this one.
Ha, I honestly do not know where to start. It was bad all over.
Yessss. Good in theory...bad in execution. Let’s start with the historical issues. This is supposed to be set in 1300s, but it read like a 1800s or 1600s book.
The thing that made me lol the most was the the mother, a noble lady went all omg yay! A doctor proposed to my daughter. JOY!!!! Haha, yes why not let one of the serfs marry her when you are at it.
Ugh that did kill me.
Yes it was the worst one. But there were so many other things. Like how they acted towards each other greeted each other. Like when he called them Mr and Mrs and I was all wtf is happening here? Or yes greeted her by name. Everything really. Names! Oh the names. Who names their kid Morrigan in the 14th century! Do you want her burned at the stake!? A pagan goddess. Really *biggest eyeroll in the world* I could go on and on and on.
No mother with even the slightest bit of nobility or even a rich lady (especially in the 1300s) would even contemplate the idea. The father was the only smart guy. And the names killed me too. If this had been a fantasy novel or a what-if, I think I would’ve been okay with these issues. A different world might’ve been okay with this. So many issues with the accuracy that it was hard to overlook. A couple here and there never make a huge impact for me...but this was littered with issues.
A few things are easily overlooked, but when the entire book is riddled with error it’s hard. I honestly believe that the author knows only one thing about the Middle Ages and that is that the black death came. And she did not seem to know anything about the black death either. All those people in Morrigan’s house should be dead too. Why was she the only one sick. Did the author realise how many freaking people died? No one even lamented about how God had sent this purge upon them.
I think she took the general idea and ran with it. Zero research. Zero thought. She just wanted to make a serial killer during this time period. Which would’ve worked fine since he was a doctor and could’ve easily gotten away with it. So not a bad theory and idea. She needed someone to edit hardcore.
I am honestly not sure where it took place either? Do you know? Just some town?
I want to say England? All I really know it was a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere.
That was another thing that annoyed me. The yes everyone lives in this town. Morrigan lives in this town, what in some townhouse? If she is the nobility around there I would think they could do better than some townhouse. And then suddenly there was more things around that house. It felt like she wrote something, then forgot and then wrote something else. Like when Morrigan looked out throw like the livingroom window and saw him. Ok so do you even know what a house looked like then? *takes a pause* I just can not handle stuff like this!!!! RESEARCH!!!!!!!!
SO many examples. A quick google search would’ve been good. Oh! So what did you think of our main killer here? He was creepy and gross. The author did do a good job of making him gross and creepy. That is the one positive thing I can say without a hesitation. LOL
I think it could have been good, but then she went on how he was molested and all that and it was weird….Why was he even that obsessed with Morrigan?
She was pretty? His obsession with her was weird and made little sense. She was nothing but rude to him just like everyone else. Not sure why she was so special...I honestly wished we had zero to little background info on him. I didn’t want to get to know him.
Were we supposed to understand him cos he had been dealt a bad card in life? Euwww, he murdered women and cut them up. Who gives an f. Just kill him now. I expected horror, not some gross guy and yes a badly written book.
Oh and I thought it was YA first, before the raping and torture.
RIGHT? Like a little bit of info would be okay, but we are supposed to hate him. He is a murderer and psycho who turns an innocent into a monster. Which...wth was she supposed to be? Like a vampire...zombie thing? She wanted to eat people...so I was so confused by all that.
That was really bad. She ate people but she went all oh I wanna do you! Ehhh, no, you should eat him, and then I mean eat his flesh and kill him. It made no sense at all.
It didn’t at all. I was okay with the fact she was eating people but then when he got her she was all okay with not eating him. She could control herself? No sense at all.
And one would think she would go for someone else then. I guess the author wanted smex, but it was all srsly? Why...Why?!
Out of anything...I didn’t expect that. It was weird and out of place.
I only read it so that I could laugh at it, like my fav scene, Victoria goes happy with joy that her daughter will marry a doc. Oh good times! Good times. Cos I truly wanted to dnf this since it was utter rubbish. But I also wanted to see how many weird things I could spot.
I would’ve DNFed it as well, but it did have me curious how all of this was going to end. I wanted the ending to be good, but it was eh. It was supposed to make you feel a touch bad, but I didn’t. No sympathy, no caring. Does that make me a monster?????!!!!
Ha, oh right the ending, I was all who gives a fig. I am glad it is over. Maybe she is writing a sequel
Oh no. I hope not. LOL.
Anything more to add
Mhmmmmmm….nothing else. All I know is that I am bummed. This sounded SOOOOOOOOOOO good, but it ended up being….not good. The idea was fun and original, but the story itself and the writing was left to be desired.
My thoughts would be: Do not read this book, not even for a good laugh. Also I came to think of those words that guy says at the end, The auto bride. It still makes me groan, it was so bad.
Indeed, indeed. Well...you’re turn. Good luck!!