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When Carrie reclaims her body after being possessed by a hedonistic gang of dark spirits, life as she knew it is over. Before, she was a thirty-something data analyst who enjoyed preparing vegetarian meals, decorating her vintage home, and training for marathons. Now, she’s lost everything - her savings, friends, career, and reputation. The police want to question her for When Carrie reclaims her body after being possessed by a hedonistic gang of dark spirits, life as she knew it is over. Before, she was a thirty-something data analyst who enjoyed preparing vegetarian meals, decorating her vintage home, and training for marathons. Now, she’s lost everything - her savings, friends, career, and reputation. The police want to question her for an array of crimes. Homeless and diseased, she’s also the star of her own mortifying viral video. That’s not all that’s changed. She can now see ghosts, though not the traditional specters from books and films. These earthbound souls exist at the mercy of the physical world, where grass impales their feet and rain riddles their astral bodies like bullets. When she meets Daniel - who first encountered her body on a one night stand during the spirits’ debaucherous joy ride, they forge a friendship rooted in home-cooking and bondage. Just as Carrie finds a new normal, she discovers that sinister spirits have possessed another victim. Will she risk everything she’s rebuilt to save a stranger?


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When Carrie reclaims her body after being possessed by a hedonistic gang of dark spirits, life as she knew it is over. Before, she was a thirty-something data analyst who enjoyed preparing vegetarian meals, decorating her vintage home, and training for marathons. Now, she’s lost everything - her savings, friends, career, and reputation. The police want to question her for When Carrie reclaims her body after being possessed by a hedonistic gang of dark spirits, life as she knew it is over. Before, she was a thirty-something data analyst who enjoyed preparing vegetarian meals, decorating her vintage home, and training for marathons. Now, she’s lost everything - her savings, friends, career, and reputation. The police want to question her for an array of crimes. Homeless and diseased, she’s also the star of her own mortifying viral video. That’s not all that’s changed. She can now see ghosts, though not the traditional specters from books and films. These earthbound souls exist at the mercy of the physical world, where grass impales their feet and rain riddles their astral bodies like bullets. When she meets Daniel - who first encountered her body on a one night stand during the spirits’ debaucherous joy ride, they forge a friendship rooted in home-cooking and bondage. Just as Carrie finds a new normal, she discovers that sinister spirits have possessed another victim. Will she risk everything she’s rebuilt to save a stranger?

30 review for The Body Will Follow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Well Read Beard

    This is a tough one to write. If you run in the same book circles that I do, you know this one got dealt a scathing review. A 1 star review that called the book misogynist rape fantasy. I jumped on this book immediately, because I wanted to see what the fuss was about. Side note: perfect example of 1 star reviews selling books. I think part of me wanted to be able to contradict that reviewer's opinion. I quickly slapped myself in the head, because these are book reviews. They are opinions and tal This is a tough one to write. If you run in the same book circles that I do, you know this one got dealt a scathing review. A 1 star review that called the book misogynist rape fantasy. I jumped on this book immediately, because I wanted to see what the fuss was about. Side note: perfect example of 1 star reviews selling books. I think part of me wanted to be able to contradict that reviewer's opinion. I quickly slapped myself in the head, because these are book reviews. They are opinions and talking about what a reviewer should not say in a review is a slippery slope. I call myself an ambassador for honest, no puff reviews. So here I am, I read it. I don't think it's rape fantasy. I do not call the author or the publisher's character into question. This is my first piece by this author, I know a bit about Rob and who had early eyes on this, but staying mum. So, can it be called "men writing women poorly", I don't really know. All of this. Everything I have said, here is the rub... I didn't really like the book. Before we go any futher... I would ask: Is Ketchum's The Girl Next Door - abduction/molestation/rape fantasy? Is the Excorcist - pedophilia fantasy? Read any Richard Laymon? All I am saying is that in horror, being horrified that someone is trying to horrify you as the reader is a tough row to hoe. I am a 44 year old man. I will admit to coming from an age of horror that pre-dates trigger warnings. I get what they are, I do, but there is a loud argument out there in the world about how to include these warnings and not spoil the book. Not gettting into semantics, I have been privy to some of those conversations. So, the cover. The cover is dynamic right? A bit shocking. There is a naked girl on the cover with the words "A Shocking Tale of Possesion and Perversion", Personally, personally, personally, just me, If sex-laden horror bothered me? The cover would have been a big bright red stop sign. Enough of that. The book is about Carrie. She is in her 30s, the girl on the cover looks a bit younger than that? She is possessed by "the wishes" a conglomerate of ghosts that appear to feed off of sex and food. Take someone home, pick some one up, call a prostitute. Have sex. Raid their fridge or in the case of the prostitute, call for takeout. Lots of takeout. Mmmm! Pizza! Quick break, IMO, there wasn't that much sex. I mean the opening scene has some ( I will get back to this ) but all in all it was the Top Gun conundrum. Do I actually know how to use the word conundrum? Maybe? When I was a kid, I wasn't allowed to watch the movie. So when I was old enough to pick my own entertainment, I couldn't wait. VHS (yup) ready, popcorn ready, wait, what? There isn't even any nudity?? Hopefully you can see where I am going with this, I am not even sure where I am going with this. Back to the plot. Yeah sex and food. There isn't that much sex, opening scene a bit of girl on top, and bit of bondage, a bit of oral. The ghosts are in control, so kinda? the girl is in control. Key point: the man involved definitely isn't in control. I get it, it's not about the girl being in control in the book, it's about the author writing it this way. I get all that, I just didn't see it as that extreme. Then Carrie meets with an excorcism specialist? excorcisor? personal trainer? The ghosts come out. That process is kinda cool. The excorcism scene, it's painful but kinda cool. Except. Except what the spirits manifest as, look like when they come out. Yeah, that was odd. Then, it's kinda the aftermath. The ghosts burnt up all her money, destroyed her apartment and relationships, STDed the absolute shit out of her. STD isn't a verb? Weird. So the aftermath. Trying to piece her life back together, track down who sicced the ghosts on her, maybe help some other unfortunate ghost ridden folks. All of that, well first penicillin, but yeah all of that. She does all this with the help of, get this, the dude from the initial sex scene. There is still some bondage stuff, but it's actually sex free. Again, it's her in control, it's the guy that wants to relinquish control. Believe it or not, this has remained relatively spoiler free. I may have given too many details about the sex, but outside of that. This is synopsis stuff. Look, I didn't hate the premise. The ghosty possession, the excorcism process, the story behind why Carrie refers to the ghosts as "the wishes". I liked that stuff. The story flowed ok, I never thought of stopping or putting it down, granted it's only 146 pages. But.. for me. I never got fully on board with Carrie, never really was able to get behind her. The reveal of the true bad guy or gal behind everything felt weak. The dialog and the attempts at dark humor fell flat for me. The weeping genitals, the post STDed(verb) lady parts frothing like a rabid dog, the excorcised ghosts looked like what?, yeah, that part. "My P was wrecked", you read that right. Look, even I have standards on what I will type here, let's keep this kid friendly. I thought I was in a Cardi B song. Ima close this thing on another positive. Carrie can see ghosts, there is a brief bit about her playing a bit of matchmaker for a couple of lost souls that was kinda pretty. These aren't the sex/pizza starved ghosts, just regular ghosts. But, my favorite part about the book was probably the title. What "The Body Will Follow" means. Where that phrase came from. I dug that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Char

    I've long thought that the novella is the perfect delivery device for a horror story. Short enough that every word has to count and long enough to fill out all the characters. Somewhere in the last third of this, I lost my way. It's difficult to say much because I don't want to spoil anything. We join Carrie in the middle of things and the story goes back at a certain point and fills us in. You and she both are in for a ride! Everything is moving quickly and the reader is almost dazed with Carrie I've long thought that the novella is the perfect delivery device for a horror story. Short enough that every word has to count and long enough to fill out all the characters. Somewhere in the last third of this, I lost my way. It's difficult to say much because I don't want to spoil anything. We join Carrie in the middle of things and the story goes back at a certain point and fills us in. You and she both are in for a ride! Everything is moving quickly and the reader is almost dazed with Carrie's frenetic schedule. Later on, when the reader is more well informed, we join up with Cassie again as she searches for answers. In between, we learn she had a small group of friends, which included a gay couple. She liked to run. She liked to cook. I learned these things...but it didn't make me care more for her. I was on board with this story all the way up to the last third or so and then things became a bit muddled for me. It was difficult to picture in my head what was being described and when that happens it interrupts and takes my mind out of the story. I also felt that the denouement was a bit disappointing...which I know is very general, but...spoilers. I'm aware of some buzzing going on regarding this book but I can only speak for myself. The Body Will Follow is full of promiscuity, violence, rape, S & M, STDs, and more. If you are triggered by these things, you should call a hard pass. I started reading horror in the late 70's or so, and at that time, a lot of horror books contained all those things plus some. That's not to say the attitudes toward woman, homosexuals etc... was right, but it's what it was and it's what I grew up with. The first 2/3 of this novel felt exactly like that to me, and that inspired a...longing for those times when I just discovered what horror could do. Bravo to Mr. Boley for bringing me back there. My rating here and now is how I felt about the book, which is what it's supposed to be. I enjoyed the prose and the pacing, for what it was and for how it swept me along, but I lost my way somewhere in that last third and it just didn't work. Your mileage may vary. I'm willing to check out Mr. Boley's other work in the future because for the most part, I did enjoy his style of writing. Get your copy here: https://amzn.to/37mMiBB * Source: I bought this ebook with my hard earned cash.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror

    I turned my review into SCREAM Magazine this morning! There is a fanbase for every kind of story and my goal (MY goal. I'm not speaking for any other reviewer's goals) as a reviewer is to articulate my personal reading experience while also preserving the integrity of the book so as not to shame any reader's preferences or enjoyment. I think SCREAM fans might dig this one and I'm excited to get it on their radar, but this book didn't do it for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aiden Merchant

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Believe it or not, I have read very, very few stories about possession. As such, I don’t know what parts of The Body Will Follow were influenced by possession tropes (or common knowledge on the matter) and which are fresh and unique to Boley’s ideas. I just thought I should preface that for those of you who may know a ton about possession and find me odd for comments I may make in this review. Now that we have that out of the way, I want to start this by saying I found this story very original an Believe it or not, I have read very, very few stories about possession. As such, I don’t know what parts of The Body Will Follow were influenced by possession tropes (or common knowledge on the matter) and which are fresh and unique to Boley’s ideas. I just thought I should preface that for those of you who may know a ton about possession and find me odd for comments I may make in this review. Now that we have that out of the way, I want to start this by saying I found this story very original and enticing. I normally don’t care for a lot of sexual content in my reading - of which there is a lot in this story, especially in the beginning - but I wasn’t put off by it really in The Body Will Follow. Though I couldn’t fathom taking in a homeless girl (wanted by the police) just because she introduced you to bondage, that aspect of the story didn’t make me uncomfortable or anything. The sex had its part and point to play and was important in many regards, so it mostly worked. I only found some of the details to be padding and unnecessary. But I digress. Back to how I found myself easily invested and interested in what was happening. Again, knowing little about possession, I found it rather engrossing seeing how Carrie’s possession not only wrecked her life in so many ways, but put her in so many uncomfortable situations. Generally, when I think about possession, I have that image of a person bound to a bed or room where they scream curses and climb walls. Here, Carrie is sort of leading a life, but not under her control. She is fooling people into thinking she is “normal,” in other words - she’s not being looked at it like, “Demon! The demon has her!” You know what I mean? No, instead she acts like a self-destructive teen. She’s out there having parties and orgies, destroying stuff, acting unruly, and eating like a pig. That was the other aspect I found amusing - the way her Whispers (as she called them) used her for earthly pleasures, things they miss from being alive (especially sex and food). Not only did it make perfect sense, it provided the avenue for destroying Carrie’s personal life with ease, ruining relationships left and right, and getting her beyond fired from work. So, the story opens up with her possession. You get the tail end of it, right before someone frees her of her ghosts (I’m going to keep light on the details to avoid spoilers). The rest of the story focuses on the aftermath of what her possession has done to her life. As previously noted, it’s practically gone. Ruined beyond repair. We then follow her recovery - through the help of one of her later lovers while under possession - and then get to the point where she is seeing ghosts. Boley’s take on this is also original to me, as the spirits that roam the world are affected by everything around them (despite their inability to act upon them on their own). For example, the rain cuts them apart. Doors swinging open can bash their faces. But can they open the door themselves? No. I liked this idea and wanted more inclusion of it. Now, let’s move into some of the flaws. I never actually liked Carrie’s character, but I didn’t dislike her either. I guess, more or less, I was indifferent to her. I enjoyed her journey, though. As for Daniel - her aforementioned lover that takes her in and helps heal her - he was a nice guy with a kind heart. However, his actions really didn’t make sense. Again, why would you take in a homeless, wanted-by-police stranger that has done a lot of crazy things as of late and given you STD’s along the way? I couldn’t get my head around that. There’s being a nice guy and then there’s being an idiot. I just didn’t find that aspect very plausible. I also mentioned before that I loved the way the ghosts are portrayed in this story, but wanted more of it. That plotline is used pretty briefly, whereas it could have carried the rest of the story. Instead, the third act involves Carrie and Daniel trying to save another possessed college student. That was all well and good, but I can’t help but feel that it would have worked better as a cliffhanger ending (rather than being told as a third act). I would have preferred to see Carrie interact more with the ghosts and learn what other new abilities she may have now. Also, how did she expect to fix her life in that town considering all that happened? In reality, she would really just need to leave and adopt a new identity, I think. I mean, the police should have at least picked her up at some point during this story. Lastly, her “confrontation” with the person who set her up was very weak and anticlimactic. I didn’t even rightfully understand the “why” of it all. Complaints aside, I was sucked into this story early on. It kept me hooked from beginning to end, and did enough to fuel my attention throughout. I never felt like I was hitting a low or petering out into boredom. The Body Will Follow is not only an amusing take on possession, but also a wonderful companion to what follows next. It definitely took me down new roads in my reading, and I expect to read more of Boley as a result. Review by Aiden Merchant www.aidenmerchant.com (Also on Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon) contact@aidenmerchant.com (Message for review consideration)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ellen | DHR Blog Avigliano

    Did not enjoy. This book made me incredibly uncomfortable to read as a victim of sexual violence and domestic abuse and other situations. It felt insensitive and very misogynistic. TLDR: this is a rape fantasy containing misogyny, rape, sex with minors, sexual assault, gross depictions of female anatomy, amongst other things. I’m allowed to not like books. Thank you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John

    3.5 out of 5 for this one. A take on the possession sub-genre that is scary, creepy, funny, charming and a dash perverted; usually all at the exact same moments.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    I preface almost all of my reviews with this, but I'm not great at writing reviews, so bare with me here. I'm part of author Rob E Boley's newsletter, and a few weeks ago he sent out an email asking anyone if they wanted to read this novella before official publication, with the intention of leaving an honest review. I jumped on that, since I really wanted to read this anyway. This is an extremely unique, interesting take on the possession sub-genre of horror. This story has some legitimate cree I preface almost all of my reviews with this, but I'm not great at writing reviews, so bare with me here. I'm part of author Rob E Boley's newsletter, and a few weeks ago he sent out an email asking anyone if they wanted to read this novella before official publication, with the intention of leaving an honest review. I jumped on that, since I really wanted to read this anyway. This is an extremely unique, interesting take on the possession sub-genre of horror. This story has some legitimate creepy moments, but it is also a fun romp. The main character, Carrie, is likeable, although some might be put off by her hipster/pretentiousness a bit. Besides the creepy moments, this book holds a number of disgusting moments too (the first "exorcism" scene is fairly memorable). We aren't talking Edward Lee here, but it would make most normal people squirm somewhat. The story is told in first person, and Carrie is a funny narrator. What I really appreciated about this story that maybe doesn't get touched upon in the few other possession stories I've read is just how incredibly being possessed could absolutely destroy your life, relationships, career, and mental-, physical-, and emotional-health. The possessors ravage everything in Carrie's life, and she's left with nothing but hurt, destruction, and bugs. My only real two complaints are the ending and character decisions. About halfway through, a new key character is introduced, and I feel like he made some incredibly questionable/casual (read: bad) decisions about things. I won't go deeper, because I don't want to spoil anything. On the heels of that, while the ending was good and unexpected, it also sort of left a lot of things hanging. Two minor nitpicks, because overall I absolutely loved this novella. Oh, and that cover! One of the most stunning, awesome book covers I've ever seen. But it's by Kealan Patrick Burke, so what would you expect? Anyway, I would suggest this to any horror fan, and especially if you're predisposed to possession tales. Thanks again to Rob for sending this over for review! Phew, that was short.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Justin Montgomery

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not going to bother with summarizing the plot, as many others have. I let this one gestate a bit after reading, despite knowing my thoughts on it from about the halfway point. The only word I can think of to describe my experience with this novella is "Frustrating". Much like Carrie and Binkertell (what an awful name) I am in two minds--er, perhaps, bodies--of thought. On the one hand, the story is an absolutely unique take on possession, turning the usual elements on their head with a perverse Not going to bother with summarizing the plot, as many others have. I let this one gestate a bit after reading, despite knowing my thoughts on it from about the halfway point. The only word I can think of to describe my experience with this novella is "Frustrating". Much like Carrie and Binkertell (what an awful name) I am in two minds--er, perhaps, bodies--of thought. On the one hand, the story is an absolutely unique take on possession, turning the usual elements on their head with a perverse bent. The way Boley writes possession is interesting and engaging, and, despite my dislike of the story, I was compelled to read--so much so that I devoured it in a single day. There's something to be said about an author who can keep a reader not only engaged, but grapple with the content throughout the day when reading and away. The story, much like the Wishes, burrowed into my mind and nagged me in a good way. For that, I give Boley praise. I appreciated the upbeat ending and Daniel was by far my favorite character. There were moments of great suspense and anxiety--those exorcisms, whew--but it was always undermined by a joke which fell flat. Nothing is more disorienting than someone fishing a scrotum out of your stomach moments after such well-written horror. It didn't work for even me, and that's my type of stupid humor. It's just not fun to read about sex the way Boley has presented it. The narrator's harsh language in regards to sex is distasteful--and I understand it was meant to be this way, I simply didn't care for it. I also didn't care for Carrie, she's shallow and annoying and it wasn't nice being inside of her head. Some scenes encroach on the 'men writing women' cliche, but not completely. There are moments where Boley renders Carrie quite well (as a man, I suppose I can't really say definitively), but it usually comes off as a false, hyper caricature of women and what the author thinks they'd be like during *certain* situations. Plainly, I think Boley was out of his depth with the subject matter of the Wishes and having a female protagonist. The humor didn't land well, either, which was a shame. Some sections were so mishandled that I could only shake my head. All of that said, there were moments which shined above the bad bits--Boley's imagining of ghosts and how they interact with the living world was fascinating. The clarity and conveying of a sensation of dual consciousness in both the possession of the Wishes and when Carrie pilots the Binkertell meat-mech was fantastic. Sensory description was apt (unfortunately, in some cases) and the dialogue read well. The language itself was a pleasure to read, when Boley cut loose of the sex and focuses on the prose--until it falls off track again, that is. There's a bit of depth here, too, with the story approaching allegorical discussion of addiction or complacency. It's easy to give in to carnal desires and waste away, and sometimes, it can feel as if you're not in control of your actions. But the allegory is half-baked, a jumble of thoughts and intention that never coalesces into something meaningful. If anything, it's an exercise in mindfulness, a warning that letting yourself fall into autopilot can bring ruination, but this is tenuous, at best. I wanted to give this 2 stars, but I feel it deserves 2.5, simply because of how the story turned itself around in the end. I'm not completely satisfied but I am content, and perhaps I'll just have to reconcile that literary Slack in myself eventually. In summary--Boley, if you're reading this review, you’ve tackled a very difficult subject matter and, while you missed the mark, you have crafted a story which burrows into the reader's skull, making them think about the story and its implications. No story is perfect, but you have a lot of good going for you. Keep writing, keep at your craft. This is one of those novellas where you can tell there was a flash of brilliance in the writer's mind, but it escaped them, in the end. I recommend this book simply because it's a thinker, one that will challenge you as a reader and make you think long after you've set it down. Whether this is a good thing, well, the jury is still out on that one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brennan LaFaro

    I’ve opted not to rate this book. I pushed myself to finish, though I didn’t really care for it, and let it sit and gestate for a few days. Here we are and I’m not feeling all that much clearer regarding my opinions of The Body Will Follow. I’m mostly mixed because there’s an original idea and some powerful themes here. The story follows Carrie who has been possessed by a group of ghosts. The story essentially begins with her recovery, and the possibility of exploring the aftermath and the poten I’ve opted not to rate this book. I pushed myself to finish, though I didn’t really care for it, and let it sit and gestate for a few days. Here we are and I’m not feeling all that much clearer regarding my opinions of The Body Will Follow. I’m mostly mixed because there’s an original idea and some powerful themes here. The story follows Carrie who has been possessed by a group of ghosts. The story essentially begins with her recovery, and the possibility of exploring the aftermath and the potential effects of dealing with something this big and life changing were definitely there. The issues begin with the fact that none of the characters, from Carrie to the man that helps her through the transition back to some semblance of a normal life, are that likeable. Then there’s the fact that the ghosts thrive on overindulgence. In and of itself, that’s fine - there’s something that rings true about the dead wanting to indulge in earthly temptations, but it seems like it’s mainly sex. Like almost all sex. To the point that the ghosts seem to be contained within some kind of scrotum. This is one of the main reasons I opted not to leave a rating, it’s not because I didn’t expect it. After all, the cover does tell you this is a tale of perversion. It just felt forced, and wasn’t for me. This may work for some readers. I’m just not one of them. I mentioned earlier the book deals with some heavy themes, a fair few actually, but what makes it awkward, is the way it attempts to do so using humor. There’s a lot of humor here that seems misplaced, or simply doesn’t land. I found a fair few issues here that limited my enjoyment of the book, but I recognize that I am not every reader, and some people may enjoy this book. You may read this review and decide that ghosts who debase a young woman, resulting in graphically described STD’s is your cup of tea. If so, add sugar and enjoy. I received a copy from the publisher for review consideration.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charmaine Wilton

    The Body will follow...WOW! Rob Boley is a proficient storyteller!  He has characters that, though often strange or damaged, are terribly relatable! The Body will Follow is a weird and wonderful departure from the usual "possession " theme. The first I have read in a long time that has left me NEEDING MORE!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ben Long

    The premise of this book hooked me very early on. The main character Carrie's POV of being possessed, what the ghosts were using her for, her sense of helplessness and fear - all of it is frightening and interesting. I haven't read a lot of books where the perspective is that of the person being possessed, so I found it to be pretty engaging. There were other ideas/situations that I also liked: the ghosts completely wrecking Carrie's life so that even when she is free of them she still has very The premise of this book hooked me very early on. The main character Carrie's POV of being possessed, what the ghosts were using her for, her sense of helplessness and fear - all of it is frightening and interesting. I haven't read a lot of books where the perspective is that of the person being possessed, so I found it to be pretty engaging. There were other ideas/situations that I also liked: the ghosts completely wrecking Carrie's life so that even when she is free of them she still has very real problems to deal with; the presence of other friendlier spirits, and the ways in which they can and can't interact with the world; sometimes even Daniel, and the dark humor they share together. There's definitely a lot to like here and some neat ideas. I also thought the writing was very good for the most part. Unfortunately, the aspects I enjoyed were burdened by several things I didn't care for. I get the ghosts are using Carrie to fulfil their bodily desires, but the amount of sex and bodily fluids made me a little uncomfortable. Especially considering Carrie's helplessness in all of it, it just comes across as icky (and not in a good way). There's a lot of abuse, in many forms, to the female body and I wasn't crazy about it. And this may sound wrong after saying all that, but I didn't really connect at all with Carrie. I certainly sympathized with all the horrible things happening to her, but apart from that the other aspects of her life and personality felt flat. I certainly don't understand her relationship with Daniel, and the mystery element thrown in at the very end was a little strange.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim Napolitano

    First, Silver Shamrock Publishing is releasing some absolutely amazing books and I’m always excited to get a new book from them to review. This is another one! Written by new to me author Rob E. Boley and the story is fascinating! Carrie has lost herself, her life, friends and any total control of her actions. She calls these voices that are compelling her do unspeakable acts as The Wishes. Almost on the edge of total ruin and sure death until something happens and she is freed of her possession First, Silver Shamrock Publishing is releasing some absolutely amazing books and I’m always excited to get a new book from them to review. This is another one! Written by new to me author Rob E. Boley and the story is fascinating! Carrie has lost herself, her life, friends and any total control of her actions. She calls these voices that are compelling her do unspeakable acts as The Wishes. Almost on the edge of total ruin and sure death until something happens and she is freed of her possession by a mysterious savior but at what cost? She finds support from one of her victims, Daniel, as she tries to piece her life back together. But sometimes when you are saved you are also changed. No spoilers and I may have already said to much but this redemption journey from evil possession is anything but easy and you will enjoy this ride. Plenty of humor, uncomfortable situations, ghosts and minimal gore and a perfect if not leading ending sets the perfect read for this Halloween season. I’m hoping for a book 2 as there is plenty of things going on so that this adventure can continue. Grab a copy and let me know!

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Lynch

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5 rounded to 5 for good reads. My most recent silver shamrock fix, the body will follow by Rob Boley is a book that I’m glad I went into without reading the back cover copy. I had zero expectations and was able to take this book for exactly what it was. This is going to be a book that I feel you’re either going to love or hate. I love the way that Boley Mixed horror with black humor. It’s a twist on a possession tale, told from the first person. There is a lot of sexual content in here that may 4.5 rounded to 5 for good reads. My most recent silver shamrock fix, the body will follow by Rob Boley is a book that I’m glad I went into without reading the back cover copy. I had zero expectations and was able to take this book for exactly what it was. This is going to be a book that I feel you’re either going to love or hate. I love the way that Boley Mixed horror with black humor. It’s a twist on a possession tale, told from the first person. There is a lot of sexual content in here that may put some people off. A lot of talk of consensual sex and rape, a lot of talk of STD’s. So if that is going to be an issue for you to read, than this likely isn’t for you. This book deals a lot with what may happen AFTER a possession, rather than the lead up to it, and the duration of it followed by the conclusion. We start off possessed and what follows is everything after. I don’t want to say anymore because I think Boley did a lot here to differentiate his work from other possession tales. My only complaint here is the ending. What the author was selling, I wasn’t buying. It wrapped up too neatly for me, and the “mystery” portion of this book felt like too much of a stretch for me to believe once it had been revealed at the end. That was the sole reason for me taking a half star from this. If you’re looking for a possession story that is shocking, gross, horrific, and don’t mind the explicit and disturbing nature of the sexual stuff within. This is for you. I’ll be on the lookout for more by the author. Props to Silver shamrock for once again finding something that stands out and putting together an excellent package.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shamina

    This was a quirky little story. It reminded me a bit of Mira Grant’s “Closer”, which I really liked. “The Body Will Follow” was definitely more graphic, but also fell into the category of comedic horror, which made it more of a fun read towards the end. If you like Boley’s other books (I do), then you’ll like this one as well! Fair warning though: If you’re a snowflake this story will most likely offend you in some way or another and you should probably avoid it. It’s a story about ghostly/demoni This was a quirky little story. It reminded me a bit of Mira Grant’s “Closer”, which I really liked. “The Body Will Follow” was definitely more graphic, but also fell into the category of comedic horror, which made it more of a fun read towards the end. If you like Boley’s other books (I do), then you’ll like this one as well! Fair warning though: If you’re a snowflake this story will most likely offend you in some way or another and you should probably avoid it. It’s a story about ghostly/demonic POSSESSION, wth do you expect?!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Menzies

    Oh My! Rob has definitely gone into the dark with this one! There were times I felt like I WAS the main character, going through her trials and tribulations. Not often that happens for me. And the trip down memory lane with the landmarks of Dayton, and the pizza (OH!! THE PIZZA!!) that I miss from home. Rob injects some humor towards the end, which lightens up your journey a bit and makes you feel like you've survived. Trigger warning: violence and dubcon/noncon (what can you expect from demon/g Oh My! Rob has definitely gone into the dark with this one! There were times I felt like I WAS the main character, going through her trials and tribulations. Not often that happens for me. And the trip down memory lane with the landmarks of Dayton, and the pizza (OH!! THE PIZZA!!) that I miss from home. Rob injects some humor towards the end, which lightens up your journey a bit and makes you feel like you've survived. Trigger warning: violence and dubcon/noncon (what can you expect from demon/ghost possession???). If these things bother you greatly, please don't read. If they just make you mildly uncomfortable, give it a try. The overall story is fantastic. 10 Zombie thumbs up!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Richard Martin

    The ‘Body Will Follow’ opens with Carrie, a fairly normal thirtysomething with a nice house, good friends and a boring job. Oh yes, and Carrie is possessed. She has lost all control of her body to malevolent spirits (who Carrie refer to as ‘the Wishes), who use her for their own debauched purposes. When Carrie finally escapes their clutches, she finds her life in tatters. She’s lost her job, her friends, her house is a wreck, and she has police banging on her door to answer for crimes she has no r The ‘Body Will Follow’ opens with Carrie, a fairly normal thirtysomething with a nice house, good friends and a boring job. Oh yes, and Carrie is possessed. She has lost all control of her body to malevolent spirits (who Carrie refer to as ‘the Wishes), who use her for their own debauched purposes. When Carrie finally escapes their clutches, she finds her life in tatters. She’s lost her job, her friends, her house is a wreck, and she has police banging on her door to answer for crimes she has no recollection of. She soon finds herself on the streets with nobody to turn to for help, except for Daniel, a one-night stand of the Wishes. Their friendship will take them on a journey with ghosts, zombies, bondage and rituals, while Carrie tries to rebuild the life that she once had. When I review a new book, I usually like to leave a day between finishing the book and writing a review, so I have a chance to reflect on what I want to say. It has been a week since I read ‘The Body Will Follow’ and I find I’m still conflicted by what I’ve read. On the one hand, Rob E. Boley is a hell of a writer. His prose is strong, and you quickly get swept up in the story on the strength of the writing alone. There are also a lot of ideas here and there were some I really enjoyed and would like to see more of. I particularly liked the way ghosts were portrayed. Here, the ghosts can interact with the physical world around them, but it is inherently dangerous for them. A blade of grass can cut them, and a bout of rain is like a hail of bullets. They can still suffer and feel pain but can’t die (again). It’s an intriguing premise and one that I wished was explored further. My main issue with the book is its tone. There are a lot of intense themes and some will likely put a lot of potential readers off, but there is also an undercurrent of humour and the two don’t always mesh well, either leaving the humour to fall flat, or to make light of the more serious subjects. I also didn’t find any of the characters especially likeable. Carrie in particular comes across as emotionally detached and indifferent. This may be a stylistic choice, given the theme of possession and loss of self, but, if so, it didn’t work for me. She never seems affected by the terrible things that happen to her and while there is a lot of time spent on the consequences of the things she experiences, we are told about them so matter of factly, it never really connects in the way it should. There was a lot about this book I loved, and a lot I had issues with. If nothing else, it’s a very ambitious and unique book and, love it or hate it, I’m still thinking about it long after I read it, which feels like a recommendation in and of itself. You can read more reviews of new and upcoming horror releases at https://www.myindiemuse.com/category/...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Richard Cabe

    An interesting take on the possession subgenre. Good setup by the author to get things rolling. The cover art of the paperback doesn't hurt either. (Although the description of the main protagonist is different than the model on the cover). I didn't expect to see that there is some good humor sprinkled through the story that literally made me laugh out loud. On the other hand some characters are left without much of a backstory or motivation that I thought could have been fleshed out more to giv An interesting take on the possession subgenre. Good setup by the author to get things rolling. The cover art of the paperback doesn't hurt either. (Although the description of the main protagonist is different than the model on the cover). I didn't expect to see that there is some good humor sprinkled through the story that literally made me laugh out loud. On the other hand some characters are left without much of a backstory or motivation that I thought could have been fleshed out more to give the story more substance. The motivation behind a certain character in the 2nd half I found almost incomprehensible which brings the book down a notch. I hope a sequel or prequel is published. There's room to make this into a series potentially which could elevate this one in the long run.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    Review to come

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Rose

    A bit herky jerky in terms of pace but certainly delivers on the disturbance.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chelly

    I absolutely loved this book. 4.5 stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Scott

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justin Holley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Naedrax

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Duncan Ralston

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tali Reads

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aric Sundquist

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ray Palen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chandler

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Dawn Drenning

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