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The Tower by Anne-Marie Ormsby - Book Tour & Review




The Tower by Anne-Marie Ormsby
Potential Trigger Warning: self harm, domestic violence


Sometimes the dead come back. And sometimes all they want is to hurt you.

When residents on an east London housing estate start dying in gruesome ways,
housing manager Ada begins to worry that her past is coming back to haunt her.

Once a powerful medium, able to talk to the dead with amazing ease,
she became more comfortable with the afterlife than real life,
and with that openness she attracted something dark from the other side.
Terrified by the experience she swore she would never communicate with the dead again.

Ten years later at the scene of an apparent suicide,
her long closed-down connection to the dead is reopened,
and she begins to receive information she shouldn’t know about the victims’ final moments.

Stalked in her dreams and in waking life by an angry male presence,
Ada begins to relive the dark days when something from the other side wanted her to end her life.

But as the bodies stack up and the visions intensify,
Ada realises that in order to stop more people from dying she has to let the dead back in
to find out the truth of what is driving her residents to violent acts – and face up to her own ghosts.

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My Review
 The Tower is a strange story that's so much more than just a haunting, if you will. It's creepy. It's sad. It's dark. And I honestly don't know how I feel about any of it. 
Ada is a housing manager for a housing estate known as The Tower. Everything seems relatively normal, until one day a resident winds up dead. Supposedly a suicide, it's the event that triggers the rest of the story. Suddenly, Ada's life is flipped on its head. Her past has come back to haunt her, literally. How far will Michael, her ghost, go to get to Ada?
I thought Ada was a decent character. She had a past that she was trying to forget and move on from, but that was easier said than done. And her reactions to everything going on around her were realistic and believable. 
I also quite liked Daniel. In fact, he was my favorite character in the book. I felt bad for him, though, and I just wanted him and Ada to have more of a relationship than what they did have. 
Michael, of course, is just awful. And when the truth about why he's come back to haunt Ada ten years after the first time (after she was able to block him), it's a bit of a twist that readers might not see coming. Didn't change anything, though. He's still an awful character.
If you're into supernatural horror with a twist, give The Tower a shot. I'm glad I did.
4 stars from me!


Author Bio:

On a warm day in July 1978, a mother was admitted to hospital,
awaiting the arrival of her new baby.
She was reading Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
and the midwives thought it a gruesome choice
for an expectant mother. A story of a long forgotten murder and repressed memories.
As it turned out her new baby, Anne-Marie would grow up and find herself drawn
to all things macabre, and would one day herself turn out a story of murder and memories lost.

Anne Marie grew up on the Essex coast with her parents and six siblings in a house
that was full of books and movies and set the scene for her lifelong love of both.

She began writing short stories when she was still at primary school after reading the book
The October Country by Ray Bradbury. He was and still is her favourite author
and the reason she decided at age 9 that she too would be a writer someday.

In her teens she continued to write short stories and branched out into poetry,
publishing a few in her late teens.
In her early twenties she began committing herself to writing a novel
and wrote one by the age of 20 that she then put away, fearing it was too weird for publication.

She wrote Purgatory Hotel over several years,
but again kept it aside after several rejections from publishers.
Luckily for her, she found a home for her twisted tale with Crooked Cat Books.

Her favourite authors include Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac, Stephen King,
Denis Lehane and Douglas Coupland. She also takes great inspiration from music and movies,
her favourite artists being Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, Interpol,
David Lynch and David Fincher.

After ten years living in London, Anne-Marie moved to Margate
where she lives with her husband and their daughter
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