Dane Peters is a serial killer that is being executed by the state of Arkansas for his crimes. He was dubbed The Rest Stop Dentist due to the fact that all of his victims had their teeth removed before their death. Dane through all his trials and interviews almost bragged of what he’d done and said it made him happy.
Ella is Dane’s mother, she blames herself for Dane’s crimes since she stood by while Dane was growing up as his father beat and punished him being scared for her own well being. She’s spent her life savings and mortgaged her home to attend Dane’s trials and execution but after Dane’s funeral she starts seeing him turn up again in various places and thinks she’s going crazy.
Life After Dane alternates between a view of Ella in the present just after Dane’s execution and a look back over the years of Dane’s childhood. It’s really a toss up as to what is more gruesome in this stories, Dane’s murderous side or the child abuse while he was growing up. Definitely not a book for those that can’t stomach graphic violence.
A great horror read with a supernatural twist. Plenty of chilling, cringe worthy moments all throughout the story and an ending that I certainly didn’t expect. One I’d recommend for the horror fans.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.