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December 22, 2021

Our Trespasses by Michael Cordell ~ a Review

by MK French

Matthew has a strong connection with his twin brother Jake, causing him to collapse in agony. This tells him that Jake was violently murdered, but the psychic connection between them has now intensified. Determined to break it, Matthew returns to their hometown in Nebraska to investigate the murder and atone for Jake's sins. But when a demon invades the psychic bond, it might become the route to releasing hell on earth.

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Our Trespasses
October 2021; TCK Publishing; 978-1631611537
ebook, print (200 pages); thriller

Ten years can change people, and that's no different for twins with psychic bonds. Matthew works a series of dead-end jobs in New York City while Jake remained at home with his mother, making enemies in their small town. Matthew really doesn't know the man his brother became, and hearing the awful things Jake did doesn't actually help. They weren't the only ones with a gift of some kind, and visiting their old classmate begins to clue Matthew in on the demonic forces. Once he sees it for himself and understands that Jake is actively working with a demon to take over Matthew's body, the horror aspect starts kicking in. He isn't just working on figuring out who killed his brother and getting caught up in his small town's situation, but also trying to protect himself and his family from demonic influences.

Michael Cordell is a playwright and screenwriter, so the cinematic quality of the scenes and punchiness of the story beats make sense. You can't waste time in a two-hour movie or play, and he doesn't waste any time before getting into the action and releasing the horror. We go through the story with Matthew, trying to figure out what happened to Jake, and feel the horror as it begins to overtake everything that Matthew had left in Hatchett. His despair is a palpable thing as the story continues, and we're in the same place he is. As everything snaps into place, the tension rises until we reach the climax of the story. It's a relatively quick but emotional read at that point, which ends in a fitting manner. I liked this, and it would make for a great movie, too.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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