Dead Woman Scorned is another unsettling tale from Michael Clark filled with cults, the living dead, and a bloody quest for revenge.
This tale is the follow-up to The Patience of a Dead Man. I had finished the first book yesterday and dove into the second book immediately. Finishing it in just a few sittings… Now, I will anxiously await book three!
If you haven’t yet read book one, I definitely recommend starting there. While the author did a brief recap to catch the readers back up to speed on where things left off, knowing the entire backstory is critical here.
Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on Dead Woman Scorned by Michael Clark
I was so thrilled to see that this story focused mainly on the backstory of our amazing, rage-filled, revenant queen, Mildred.
My heart absolutely broke for her time and time again during her upbringing. Her strength was awe-inspiring considering the torture she was going through… Of course, her upbringing doesn’t excuse the actions she took later in life, but it helped to paint a better picture of her mental state, that’s for sure!
Her revenge tour was filled with unabashed violence, lots of blood, and a bit of magick. Mildred certainly proved that she isn’t a force to reckon with.
When the story caught back up to current times, I was immediately nervous for Tim and Holly again. They were almost in the clear! Ugh!
But also in the current timeline, there were a number of new characters introduced that got my blood boiling. Man, if only people could mind their own business!
And remember my comment from my review of the first book, I found myself turning on an extra light in the house… just in case. Make that double this time around.
Yet again, another book I could go on and on about, but I’ll leave the grisly and exciting details for you to discover on your own!
My Favorite Passages from Dead Woman Scorned
It was still nearly impossible to think logically; there was too much emotion because everything was so fresh. The rug has been pulled out from under her feet, and chaos ruled her mind. The expression “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” was the closest phrase to the way she felt, but somehow it still didn’t seem strong enough.
“… I’m freakin’ whistling while I’m working. I’m half expecting Snow White to come out of the woods with birds on her shoulders.”
Despite their best hunter impersonations, the boys made sounds equivalent to a drunken moose walking through the woods, and all the squirrels knew it.
The woman’s hair, makeup, and manicure were perfect, yet overdone – she stood out like a plastic rose in a garden of weeds.
My Final Thoughts on Dead Woman Scorned
Coming in at 453 pages, this is a book that I was so invested in, I read it in just a few sittings! I absolutely loved learning the spooky details about the cult and the living dead crew before jumping back into the mess that poor Tim finds himself in currently. I’m so anxious for a happy ending, but will there be one?!
Of course, this story was as wonderfully written as the first. Amazing characters that are both good and bad, a wicked engaging plot, perfect pacing, and plenty of terror.
Bravo, Mr. Clark! I cannot wait to dive into book three when it’s ready for the public!
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Thanks for reading!
And thanks again to Michael Clark!