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The summer he turned seven, Dave Abbott survived a gruesome mountainside car accident that left the rest of his family mangled and dead.

Now, after living twenty-three years with the twisted backwoodsman who pulled him from the wreckage, Dave is carrying out a plan to replace each of his lost loved ones with members of nearby, unsuspecting families. He has prepared, he’s st...more
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published November 6th 2010 by Blood Brothers Publishing (first published June 30th 2009)
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Chad Brown
First off, I want to say that I love the ending to this book, and the reason is because of Daniel Pyle's ability to make the reader sympathize with the character Dave. During the course of reading the book, I went back and forth on a roller coaster ride of sympathy between the victims of Dave and the former victim Dave. The strongly developed characters allowed me to feel like this until by the end of the book, I didn't know who I was cheering for more. And the ending (although I've seen some re...more
Robert Duperre
Rating: 5 out of 5

Last year, the offer was put out to me to review books for Shock Totem Magazine. Of course I gladly accepted, and immediately went out looking for material.

I didn’t have to look far. I’d reviewed Down the Drain, the fantastic novelette by Daniel Pyle, here in the Journal, and, knowing that he had a full-length novel out, I took a chance and requested a copy of Dismember from the author.

I am so glad I did.

Dismember is a special book, an oddity in the most wondrous of ways. It’s...more
I’ve been wracking my brain trying to remember if I’ve ever read something like this before. I think I must have, but nothing comes to mind. "Dismember" was presented as suspense, and it has all the elements of a suspense novel, yet it also has a horror element I wasn’t anticipating. This is similar to the way J.A. Konrath mixes a little horror into his police procedurals in the "Jack Daniels" series. I’d have guessed I wouldn’t like this combination. Not the first time I’ve been wrong.

Pyle also...more
I don't think I scare easily. I do, however, get creeped out easily. My nightmares have nothing to do with Freddy Kruguer and everything to do with some guy breaking into my house and killing my husband and stealing my child or some lady snatching my kid from the grocery store. I'm not all that anxious about it, but that's what wakes me up at 3am in a cold sweat. THOSE kind of nightmares.

... which would explain why, at 2am, I was sitting up in bed, reading this book, wide awake, listening to eve...more
Don't expect a happy ending. That said, it's a horror novel! Is there really supposed to be a happy ending?

Nearly from the very beginning, I was gasping. Pyle's description of the car accident painted a gory picture that I could clearly see in front of me. While I cringed, it definitely made the point, and I could immediately understand how a not-quite 7-year-old boy would be traumatized for life. It was... WOW. Really lets you get into the mind of the character to the point you can see the kill...more
Jul 15, 2011 Lora rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I really liked this book! I hadn't read a good thriller in a long time and a friend loaned this to me and from the first page it had me! The characters were well developed and the despite some of the gore, I felt at times I actually felt sorry for the murderer and how his twisted life started. The book kept me wanting to read more and more,even when I was ready to drop off to sleep at night. I liked how the story would build on suspense so that I was wanted so badly to find out what was going to...more
I was unable to put down "Dismember," by Daniel Pyle. I have always been frightened of the boogey man, expecially the one who steals my child and butchers myself with no hope insight and this is excatly what this book is about. Young Davey is involed in a car accident that kills his family and is rescued by Mr. Boots. On his thirtieth birthday Davey decides to find his family and the terror begins. I went along for the ride and got more then my share of chills, terror, and thrills in a very scar...more
INCREDIBLE. Up there with Bentley Little. Gritty, raw, powerful. I loved this book. I see some people didn't like the ending. Probably because it was too real, which is why I personally thought it was perfect!

EDIT: So I was going through my book list, weeding through some of them and I needed to add something, the more I think about this book the more stars I want to give this book. Just needed to add that.
Sheri White
A little boy's life becomes a complete nightmare one night when his family is killed in a car accident. He is rescued - but at the price of his mind and soul. Excellent story.
A page-turner for sure. Kinda gory in some parts, but I liked the suspense. Wasn't really happy with the ending though, never saw what happened coming...
Anzu Lahmu
This is becoming one of those books that keep you up all night because of the need to know what happens next. Very engaging and suspenseful.
Fast read and a good amount of suspense to keep the reader interested and on the edge of the seat. Ending leaves you wanting to know more.
June Woodhouse
A good thriller/horror but one in which you feel a sympathy for the bad guy here as you will find out when you read it, not bad at all.
Totally creeped me out, but I hate stories where kids are in danger! All in all it was a really good story, well told
Wow -- thought I knew how it was going to end. SURPRISE!!! Disturbing, yet great!
Gizmatic Cantor
This one starts out fast and doesn't let you catch a breath. Enjoyed this one alot!!!
Not as scary as I hoped it would be. I also didn't care for the ending.
A terrifying story. Well written and edited.
Pete Hannon
A twisted tale of a twisted man.
Everyone imagines themselves as the hero of their own life story and it's evident the nutjob who drives this thriller is no exception.

Early on in Davy's young life, everything goes horribly wrong. As an adult, his sole agenda is simply to make everything right and whole again... which makes the title of this book so incredibly ironic. Overall, this perspective gives the tale an interesting twist. You feel for Davy, the boy, are repulsed by Dave, the man and yet, can't cast him as the end-all, b...more
Jady Arewar
This was not a book I enjoyed very much.

The characters were strong. The detail was fairly well done. Even each individual point of view was fairly well executed until the ending of the book.

What made me dislike this book was the method of the storytelling. It seemed incredibly awkward, unplanned, and unorganized. The reader is constantly (every couple pages, sometimes every page) jumping between a variety of different characters and their perspectives. Characters are renamed depending on current...more
When I first discovered this I saw the blurb about Richard Laymon and I was interested. It's got a Laymon feel but it doesn't have the violence or the sex but the vibe of Laymon is in the way the story is told. Dismember isn't a violent book by any means but what it lacks in violence it's made up for in the story.

You almost want to root for Davy because he's a villian yet one who is actually a victim himself. Twenty three years later we find that Davy is looking to rebuild the family he lost a...more
At the moment, I'm neglecting my pile of 'real' books in favour of quick read random Kindle freebies - these are generally books I'd never pick up in paper form as they're not in my comfort zone but because they're free I can't resist. Anyway one such is 'Dismember' which made for uncomfortable reading and left a nasty taste in my mouth AND I hated the ending but deserves 4 stars for sheer unputdownability!
Jarrod Scarbrough
I first came across this gem of a book while searching for Richard Laymon Kindle books. Normally, I find that a dirty trick, but, well, the cover art really grabbed me, not to mention the cool title. So, I purchased the book. What a great read it turned out to be! Some really bad decisions were made by the grown up characters, which can be really annoying, but honestly, that made me think perhaps that is why the book comes up on a Laymon search? Pyle's characters were entertaining, and he really...more
Lorraine Taylor
The main thing I enjoyed about this book was the less-gore-more-psychological writing. We're introduced to Davey as a child, just after a car wreck claims the life of his family. He's rescued—if you want to call it that—by a man we come to know as Mr Boots. 23 years later, Davey is now 30 years old and seeking the family he lost. Though there's violence in this book, the reader can't help but feel sympathy for what became of the innocent little boy we're introduced to in the beginning.
Daniel Pyl...more
Tobyann Aparisi
Absolutely horrifying! But then, that is what it was meant to be. A slasher film in a book form (or in my case e-book). Pretty gory and very chilling. This author keeps you on your seats edge! Character build....he has down pat. I have read other books of his and this one...was no disappointment. Even for this type of book, there was still plenty of actual character and plot build. You felt this was something out of today's headlines or a really scary movie. (It really should be one) The details...more
The summer he turned seven, Dave Abbott survived a gruesome mountainside car accident that left the rest of his family mangled and dead.

Now, after living twenty-three years with the twisted backwoodsman who pulled him from the wreckage, Dave is carrying out a plan to replace each of his lost loved ones with members of nearby, unsuspecting families. He has prepared, he’s stalked, and now his chance has come to get his family safely out of the mountains once and for all.

Whether they like it or no...more
This book started off like a tornado...terrifying you by surprise. But I think the terror would have continued had we been given more glimpses of Davy's childhood as he grows up under the regime of Mr. Boots. I think it would have been more terrifying to end similar to the way it began. I didn't hate it, but I definitely felt like the story was missing something. That being said it is by no means a bad read. It is well written and shows promise. Given time this author will be one to take notice...more
Here's a tip: don't read this at night when you are alone. I read this in the daylight and it still scared me! This is an action packed book that kept me on the edge of my seat. The only reason this book didn't get 5 stars was because I didn't really like the ending. But the rest of it was so good that I only deducted one star for that. This is a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.
Poor Dave's was the only one to survive the car wreck that killed his entire family. A man he named Mr. boots must have tortured in in many ways until he finally killed him. He is looking for people to replace his former family members. In the end he drives outta the mountains for the first time in over 20 years with his new family all tied up lol.
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Daniel Pyle is the author of Dismember, Freeze, Down the Drain, and many short stories. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his wife and two daughters. Visit him online at www.danielpyle.com, Twitter, or Facebook.
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