Death Perception tells the story of a young man named Kennet with supernatural powers that has to find his own way in a world of foul play. He operates the crematory at the local funeral home, and discovers that he can identify the cause of death of those he cremates. What happens when the cause of death on paper doesn’t match what Kennet actually sees?
The story is told from multiple points of view, has different subplots and conspiracies mixed with obviously religious supernatural phenomena. I didn’t think this book would have a religious influence when I read the description, so it caught me a little by surprise.
Although a lot of events were happening, they were told in a very straightforward fashion. Even with the author’s artful description of places and people and talent with words, I sadly felt little to no suspense as I read the pages. I must say the idea was original and exciting, but the way of telling simply did not do it for me as much as I had hoped.
Personally, I also struggled with the main character. Until the end, there was no clear definition of his personality. He seemed like the conflict-dodging outsider type of guy in the beginning and ended up being a badass. His decisions throughout the story did not seem to stem from the same belief base. The storytelling was not sufficient to support the character development, neither by enough time passed nor by working through emotions. The main character had a lot of hard blows that did not lead to an emotional reaction. He just carried on, seemingly unaffected.
I give death perception a 3 out of 5 stars. It’s an interesting read for people who are interested in interpersonal conspiracy plots and religious phenomena but might lack suspense for thriller / murder mystery fans.
About the author
Lee Allen Howard’s fiction explores the genres of horror, supernatural crime, and psychological thrillers. Although born and raised the son of a preacher, Lee Allen Howard knew since second grade he wanted to be a horror writer. Having a love for all things creepy and a recurring nightmare in which Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Mummy chased him all around the house led to his telling stories on the dark side of reality.