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A Death Displaced (Lansin Island #1)

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  559 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
A woman fated to die. A vision that could save her ...

Nicolas Crystan, struggling to cope with his traumatic past, shuffles through life keeping mostly to himself ... until he has a disturbing daydream of a woman's death. At first he tries to forget it, but when real life mimics the daydream, he realises it was no ordinary fantasy—it was a vision of the future. To save a l
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Andrew Butcher (first published June 21st 2012)
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Jul 12, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It had just the right amount of mystery and suspense to keep me hooked, and keep me guessing. The story is told from different Povs but it flows seamlessly, always giving just enough information to keep me engaged

I felt empathy toward the characters especially Juliet, a strong business minded woman who as always seen everything as black and white until her beliefs are shattered when she sees things that cant possibly be real and she comes to realise that there is more
Nov 30, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Have you ever picked up a book wanting to read a few pages before you started your day just to find that the day is now night and you finished the book? Be warned, "A Death Displaced: Lansin Island Series" by Andrew Butcher is one of those stories. Not only was the plot interesting, the mysteries crying out to be solved, the mystical and magical waiting to be discovered and the 'dark past' history behind it wanting attention. The author's ability to take you places and make you a part of the sur ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
This was a treat!

While I'm not at all into ghosts and spooks - this book hooked my attention so well that I read this book in nearly one sitting (had to take breaks for house, kids, hubby :)
The characters are believable - the world building is awesome. I could see the fantastical setting for the "portal" as vividly as I can see my own room.

While paranormal experiences were spooky (well written!) - the characters that experienced them behaved like I would, or possibly you.

And the freakiest thing
Oct 19, 2012 Mitchell rated it it was amazing
I can easily see” A Death Displaced” as a TV series. Can't wait for the next book. The characters have lots of depth and the story has well written mystery and suspense!

When I first started reading this I had no idea what to expect. But before I knew it, a couple hours passed and I was reading well into the night.

The story kept moving suspense that kept me turning the “virtual” pages in my kindle.

Great book and can’t wait for the next one.

Highly recommended!
Aug 02, 2012 Gemma rated it it was amazing
Great book. I just wanted to read more, more, more! Bring on the next in the series.
I loved the characters especially Nicolas who seemed like the nicest guy ever, looking out for other people, and the thoughts he has are funny. I felt sorry for Juliet too and hope that some good things come her way in the next book!
this isn't my usual type of book but it turned out to be pretty good. it's a great page-turner and it had a cool final chapter. it was dark and disturbing which i wasn't expecting. i hope the next in the series comes out soon!!!! i can't wait to find out more. recommend it to anyone.
Mar 02, 2014 Karen rated it did not like it
This book sounded interesting with all the history surrounding witches. I liked the mystery of the mansion and it felt like a pretty good paranormal story. But what put me off were the main characters. Julie and Nick have off putting qualities. Julie is the spoiled, selfish, rich kid who thinks she is better than anyone, while justifying that everything she has in life has been earned. Hard to believe that when her parents gave her, her business, house, and money. She also tries to make herself ...more
Sep 20, 2012 TONIA DELLINGER rated it really liked it
Nicholas Crystan (Nick) is just a regular guy doing his day to day routine. Nick has some growing up issues that he is dealing with using the aid of a therapist. One day he has a premonition, while daydreaming at work, about a woman falling to her death in front of his place of employment. It is very real to him and he cant stop thinking about it. Soon after the premonition he starts seeing the dream coming true. He realizes this is” the moment” and he rushes to save the woman from dying. Juliet ...more
Simon Okill
A Death Displaced (Lansin Island #1) by Andrew Butcher is a tremendous paranormal thriller full of mystery, witches and the supernatural. The author uses well-written narrative to force shivers down this reader's spine, believable dialogue that rang so true for the mid twenty set and described a setting so creepy and ghostly. Shudders!
20 something Nick works in a crystal shop, meanders through life in a dull manner until he foresees a terrible accident. Then his life is turned into one of comple
Aug 30, 2012 Hayley rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-e-book
I really loved this novel!! An excellent paranormal-suspense novel, with a healthy dollop of mystery and dab of romance, this book delivers. The story is narrated by the two main characters Nick and Juliet, who are both discovering their medium/psychic abilities. There are quite a few layers within the book - examining depression, death, loss and revenge. I can’t wait until the next novel is released.
Joel Adams
Oct 27, 2012 Joel Adams rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of paranormal fiction and this book was right up my alley! The writing is excellent and very believable as well. You'll definitely find yourself invested in the characters and unable to put the book down as you turn page after page to see what happens next! Can't wait for the next one!
Ted Guglielmo
Sep 10, 2012 Ted Guglielmo rated it really liked it
a fun read with an ending that was completely unexpected. i enjoyed every minute. the characters are built beautifully throughout and then the ending is sprung upon you. very well done
R. Scott VanKirk
Oct 15, 2012 R. Scott VanKirk rated it liked it
A Death Displaced
Andrew Butcher

Overall ** Plot ** Interactions **1/2 Characters *** World **** Originality **** Grammar *** Style ****

Nick Crystan is a man without much of a purpose in life. He spends his time trying to find enlightenment in various ways and ekes by with part time work in a new-age shop on Lansin Island. “A Death Displaced” begins with Nick having a startling and realistic vision of a woman falling to her death. A few days later when Nick recognizes the early parts of his visio
Karen Bonilla
Jun 20, 2013 Karen Bonilla rated it it was ok
I didn't care for this book at all. The story started out great, the premise is very good and a change for the usual died a d brought back to life and now I see ghosts stories. At the beginning, Nick was super annoying. He seemed wimpy, washed out and lazy. Just as he started to improve, we got to know Juliet better. I found her character to be smug, selfish and spoiled. She worries over things like shopping online, wether or not Nick has his own place and her best friends boyfriends career choi ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
The plot and characters were very well-thought-out, with plenty of "side stories" for added entertainment. I loved the multiple facets of each characters lives that play out in the book. The two main characters with their family, work, and relationship issues in addition to the main story line playing out really give you the "full" picture and help to immerse you into the world, times, and lives of these characters as you read.

The only reason I couldn't give this book a perfect rating was the im
Joy Marino
Nov 02, 2012 Joy Marino rated it it was amazing
Great story with vivid imagery and a way of teasing all 5 senses. First book in what will surely be an amazing series.

With just the right balance, we go back and forth between more than one person's life. We see them intertwine and with the perfect amount of revelation, one sits on the edge of what is to happen next. I truly want to see Nick (Nicholas) and Juliet come together, as I am a romantic at heart, but with all that has happened, who is to say that will come about? Mr. Butch obviously ha
Sep 10, 2012 Charlene rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, review-request
This novel had an unexpected depth with the narrative especially in Nicolas as the perfect example of the every-man, with insecurities and family issues that ground him in reality even as he realizes the extent of his newfound abilities. Workaholic Juliet Maystone equally is sensible and grounded as she deals with her own family issues and a near-death experience. I felt like the beginning chapters sets up the intriguing premise well, and from the plot summary I was expecting a sort of straight- ...more
Dena Scroggins
Nov 01, 2012 Dena Scroggins rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading A Death Displaced by Andrew Butcher. This book is the first book in a new series called the Lansin Island Series. The story starts out telling the readers about the life of Nick Cyrtan, a 24 year old who is living a fairly boring life that is dealing with bouts of depression and anger and then goes on to tell how he saves the life a beautiful girl named Juliet. The story switches back and forth from Nick to Juliet for a couple of chapters and then finally they meet ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Georgeanna rated it really liked it
There were several different things going on in this story. It was easy to follow and hard to put down. Nick is a lonely guy working a part time job and Juliet is a lonely woman with wealthy, but absent (emotionally and physically) parents. Chance brings them together when Nick saves her life by heeding a vision he's just had. And things get wonky from there. Spirits, missing people, and thieving co-workers are just a few. All of thecharacters were well done, and I'd like to read more about Lans ...more
Jun 09, 2014 Lynnette rated it really liked it
What a treat! While this author relies on certain "tried and true" elements of the paranormal genre, he also presented a fresh take on the VERY intriguing concept of displaced souls. It was a captivating idea that displacing a death would trigger abilities dealing with the paranormal.

Like others, I found the first section to move a tad slower, but also felt the character development demanded it for the book (and series) to succeed. The more action centered second half was well drawn, yet I wish
Marvin Moore
Nov 28, 2014 Marvin Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A spiritual, murder mystery debut.

A Death Displaced starts with a high impact daydream, both in subject matter and in terms of the consequences for the main character, Nick and those around him. The setting is idyllic, people and events ghastly and then poetic - all well described.
Nick and Juliet are already struggling with their personal lives, in wholly different ways and things now unravel even more for them, however we sometimes have to feel worse before we can feel better. No, Mulder and Sc
Jan 27, 2015 Jenn rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
A young man who works part-time in an occult shop suddenly has a vision of a woman falling to her death. When he saves her life, she gains the ability to see ghosts. Throw in a family mystery (mother disappeared decades ago) and an island with a history of burning witches, and I was looking forward to a wonderful book. It feel a little flat. I enjoyed the way the author introduced the two main characters, and how they approached their new-found talents, but the primary story line of the vanished ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story; it had the right mix of mystery, murder, magick and a little romance thrown in to keep you reading and wanting to learn more about each character.
In the first chapter I had a negative view of Nick, with how he dealt with store customers; I thought of how I'd feel if a store employee spoke to me as he did and it kind of ticked me off but then the more I learned about him, my view of him softened. I liked Juliet's character for the most part; the way she handles life is quit
Aug 31, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it
This book is so much more than a paranormal suspense. It touches on depression, abandonment, relationships, life choices and more. Scenes are described vividly and the words flow easily. Being the first book in a series, there is some resolution but keep in mind there are books to follow. Would I recommend? Yes....if you like a series.
Oct 03, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Not for me.

Unfortunately I didn't take to this book but others may enjoy it (and I can see some have)

The premise was very interesting and it all started off very well but the characters had some annoying features. I actually quite liked Nick but Juliette was a bit too perfect, she had all the money she needed a successful business and yet still found time to study and do a whole host of other things which made me think she must be some kind of wonderwoman. I also didn't really like the predictab
Nicolas Crystan lives a somewhat ordinary life. He works. He eats. He sleeps. He survives. One day, he has a dream about a car accident. Soon after, he recognizes the signs unfolding in real life, and rushes to prevent the death of the red-haired woman he saw in his premonition. He manages to save her physical body, but not her soul.

Juliet Maystone runs a cafe. After having her life saved by one Nicolas Crystan, she begins to see spirits. Overwhelmed, she joins forces with Nick at his mother's s
Am Brumpton
Mar 11, 2015 Am Brumpton rated it it was amazing
What a weirdly great book. The story line is really good and laid out really well, I did feel it went off on a different tangent about 60/70% in but soon came back to the main story and did not detract from how good the book is. Characters are very well written and believable and scenes described nicely.
The end of the book finishes well and each character story is half wrapped up/half open and leaves potential for more books (as explained by the author at the end), however, the plot is not left
Dec 24, 2014 Archer rated it really liked it
Book had been sitting on my To Be Read shelf for about five months, and after exhausting all of my normal have to read books I looked up others reviews of the book and it was mostly good so I gave it a shot. There was alot of world building in the begining and being that it was told in two POV's it was a little hard to stay focused on like the Author and I both had ADHD. But just as I was about to say the heck with the series it finally pulled itself together and I was hooked. And with it ending ...more
DNF @ 6%

I try to give books a fighting chance. Maybe the first chapter isn't working, but I'll try to press on to the 10% mark in Kindle or 50 pages in physical books. But sometimes the first chapter is so badly written that I can't even push on. This is one such book.

How badly written are you, let me count the ways...
1) False start. It begins with "It felt so real" and proceeds with a boring description of Nick walking to work all happy, no sense of "wait, there's something not right here" w
Aug 03, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like mysteries with a historical element and fans of the paranormal.
Recommended to Amy by:
This is a strong initial effort by an indie author. It seems that I, unfortunately, read the unrevised edition, and that the updated one was released the day after I finished it. I wish I'd been able to read the newest edition since it addresses some of the things I didn't prefer in the book (e.g., repetitive writing). With that said...

This is the type of book I typically enjoy. Some aspects of it remind me of a bit of A Discovery of Witches. I liked the quirky and historical feel and personalit
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Andrew Butcher wrote and released his first novel, "A Death Displaced", at the age of twenty-one. Since then, he has written more books in the same series and has branched out into writing nonfiction and teaching creative writing online.

He has over 2,500 students from over 100 countries enrolled in his highly rated course "Write a Novel Outline from Scratch", and his books have often hit the #1 sp
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Other Books in the Series

Lansin Island (3 books)
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  • A Spirit Displaced (Lansin Island, #3)

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