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Chasing Azrael

(Deathly Insanity #1)

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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  22 reviews
'A dialogue driven narrative that will change the reader’s ideas about death and dying... a compelling read' - Readers' Favourite Book Reviews ****

When Andee Tilbrook's husband died, her preoccupation with death turned to obsession. Thanks to her unique ability to commune with the dead, her husband remains all too close, yet never close enough. Mired in grief, she clings
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Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published April 23rd 2014 by Aädenian Ink
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Cas
Wow. Besides the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, I have never read another book narrated by a character in her twenties or above. I definitely wasn't used to Andee's POV, but I grew to like it.

Chasing Azrael was an intriguing tale of death. I was hooked by the first chapter, especially the opening sentence. The flashbacks at the end of most chapters were fascinating and really provided a background to the story of Chasing Azrael.

Chasing Azrael was eternally twisted and full of plots.
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Angela Kirkland
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like Chasing Azrael very much - generally shying away from stories ghost-related, feeling that it's all been incredibly over-done, but I loved it!

The story is about a widow who is finding it difficult to move on with her life because she is visited by the ghost of her dead husband, among others. When her late-husband's best-friend - one of only a few people left that she cares for - begins a new relationship with a woman that Andee can't help but feel u
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Sammy Smith
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chasing Azrael

I read this book in one sitting. I’m lucky enough to have read a very early draft of the book, so I was aware of the character dynamics and relationships from the onset. I wish to add here that while I know the author, she is well aware that I wouldn’t write a favourable review if I didn’t enjoy the novel.
This book is definitely better than the draft I read.
Hazel has a unique authorial voice that reminded me (in places) of Joyce Carol Oates. There’s an ominous gothic tone that reso
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Mary Fan
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
Chasing Azrael tells the story of Andee, a young archaeologist who sees ghosts – including that of her husband, who killed himself two years before the start of the story. Haunted by his spirit and unable to move on, Andee becomes obsessed with death and barely able to cope with the real world. She turns to her two best friends for support, but when one of them, Josh, becomes the target of a strange and dangerous woman wanted for several murders, Andee is dragged into the investigation.



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Steve
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: This book is written by a friend of mine, and the review is based on an advance copy.

A young archaeologist can see the spirits of the dead - including her husband who killed himself two years ago. She is barely coping with the support of her two best friends, but when one of them falls under the spell of a strange new woman and people begin to die, Ande has to try to come to terms both with her loss and her powers.

Reading a friend's work is often difficult, but after finishing t
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Deb
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right... coherent thoughts. Um...

So, first up, probably the most defining feature of this book is the way it explores depression and bipolar disorder. The main character, Andee, deals with her own depression as well as her deceased husband's bipolar (although, he doesn't have that now he's a ghost... but he is still a bit of a douche - because that had nothing to do with the bipolar... that was just him).

But, it's OK... in sweeps the husband's best friend, Josh, who's had the decency to butt out
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Kay
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down. I stayed up past the witching hour reading this book on more than one occasion and was sorely tempted to just read the whole thing in one sitting, but my day job had other ideas (apparently they like their employees conscious).

At any rate, this was astoundingly well-written, one of the best written debut novels I’ve read in some time. The characters were engaging and realistic, nothing felt forced, the action was superb, and the pacing was just right. I loved the
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Joel Cornah
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an odd book!
There is a murder, a mystery, and a girl who can see ghosts. Also a detective who looks like Sean Bean. All excellent qualities in any story.
The prose style is exquisite, the pacing is fast, and everything draws you through the story without you even realising it. There are some very serious issues dealt with, wrestled with, and taken hold of throughout and the author doesn't shy away from any of them.
The fact that the protagonist can see ghosts is treated as a very by-the-by i
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Amy's Review Obsession
I kind of fell in love with Andee. Want to know why? She's weird and she isn't afraid to show it. She's damaged. She's smart. She's brave.
There are times that I wish that I could just insert myself in the story because the scary part about it is that this book is a sick mix of Edgar Allen Poe and some crazy mix of fantasy. I just can't get enough of this book.
Now personally, this whole book was a whole lot of crazy shite that I cannot even wrap my head around.
It's centered on European myths an
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Noree Cosper
Immediately when I began reading this book drew me in. I feel in love with eh writing style, which is a little strange because I usually don't like wordy novels. Maybe it was the main character Andee. She is trapped in a pit of depression, wishing for death, but never really getting the courage to kill herself. It doesn't help that she can see and communicate with ghosts, and her dead husband has lingered, preventing her from truly moving on. Andee really made me feel for her through the entire ...more
Sam
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a few twists and turns in this one, a few of which I really didn't see coming. I will be honest, this isn't a book that I would ordinarily have chosen, but I know the author so I wanted to read it. I was pleasantly surprised. The characters feel believable, even those who are ghosts, and for the majority of the book the plot flows smoothly. the is one part where Andee & Robert are in the car (towards the end) talking to Lily on the phone, which feels a little rushed, but you can fo ...more
Rochelle
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I received a copy from the author through Xpresso Book Tours for review as part of a Blog Tour.

Read my full review here:http://www.chocomeiske.com/2016/03/01...

Overall, an engrossing , suspenseful, atmospheric, somewhat dark and spooky tale, with quite a few unpredicitable often shocking twists and reveals, which translates into a highly entertaining and gripping read. I most definitely recommend this to those who like their tales suspenseful mixed with a a bit of spookiness, and thei
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Jules
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chasing Azrael by Hazel Butler is a paranormal thriller with a little bit of romance thrown into the mix. Intriguing, and distinctly gothic, Chasing Azrael is a dark and haunting story.

Chasing Azrael is told in a first-person narrative. It is set in the UK, and there is a fair bit of colloquialisms. There is a lot of violence, mild sexual content, and a modicum of bad language. The plot is action packed and steadily proceeds at Mach 1 from the first page to the last. There is a long list of char
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Barbara Desmond
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't help but think of The Smurfs when I saw the title since Azrael is the name of Gargamel's cat. I do warn readers that you might need to make the text a little bigger since some might find it a bit small. The wonder of Kindle books. I've never read this author before but I really enjoyed it. I do wish that certain words would have had a brief definition at the bottom of the page. I know the A&E is like the ER but I forget what it means. The book starts shortly after the death of And ...more
Alison Miller
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review.

To be fair, this book kept me reading until the end, after a string of books that I had to quit reading because the writing was just *that* bad or the story was just *that* boring. This book had a good concept, one that was genuinely interesting, but a lot of things also threw me off.

-It seemed like there was a major lack of editing in the beginning, and periodically throughout. The dialogue sometimes didn't follow naturally. There w
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Floryie
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing which caught my attention was the book cover followed by the blurb. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was intrigued enough to take part in the blog tour. This is the first book I have read by Hazel Butler and she has made a very positive impact on me

I confess when I started the book, I wasn't enamoured with the setting and Andee's attitude. The first couple of pages almost had me turning back from reading it. But I am glad
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Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Voici un roman qui m’intrigue. Non pas l’histoire mais le protagoniste.
Andee (aka Andrea) a perdu son mari lors d’un accident et depuis on a l’impression que la mort la poursuit.
Ouais, c’est un peu l’idée…

Andee me rappelle de loin Abby dans la série NCIS. Vous savez la scientifique qui est déjantée et gothique. Eh bien, c’est le même délire en moins délirant. En effet, Andee est une gothique lolita qui bosse dans la police en tant qu’archéologue, et surtout elle est… fermée sur elle-même.
Elle ne
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Melissa Burcham
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I was asked for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS

I had a very hard time with this book. I don't know if it was me, the book, or a combination of the two. It felt disjointed. I felt lost throughout the majority of the story because everything and everyone seemed disconnected. I couldn't relate or feel for the main character. I wasn't pulled into this book and was definitely able to put it down.

Andee is a college pro
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Ukgardenfiend
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books-read
Azrael is often associated with the Angel of Death – thus we find the angelnarrator chased Azrael after her husband died but was prevented from committing suicide like her husband by a police officer. And a Sean Bean look alike.

But, Andee is an unusual person in that she can see and talk with ghosts. In fact all of her life she is surrounded by these ghosts, who may need her to undertake tasks to free from their place in the world perhaps? Or maybe they are just lonely? It is unclear as the stor
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Sam Wilkinson
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a few twists and turns in this one, a few of which I really didn't see coming. I will be honest, this isn't a book that I would ordinarily have chosen, but I know the author so I wanted to read it. I was pleasantly surprised. The characters feel believable, even those who are ghosts, and for the majority of the book the plot flows smoothly. the is one part where Andee & Robert are in the car (towards the end) talking to Lily on the phone, which feels a little rushed, but you can fo ...more
Joanne Mary Crecco-Davis
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy Hogwarts! A cross betwixt Dexter and the Ghost Whisperer!

It took me a while to get to this book. When I did it took me a longer while to get into it: Psychological aberrations, traumas and toxic relationships are too close to home for comfort.It seemed like catharsis under the guise of horror fantasy. However, it was a good story and a good jump off point for a series. I'll see how the next offering goes...
Kris Richards
Was recommended this by a publisher whose books I enjoy. It is not a bad read, but I could not engage with the main character at all. She is whiny, self obsessed, arrogant and simply unlikeable. The writing is solid but in places goes too flowery and attempts to be clever.

The folklore is excellent and includes well detailed and researched myths and legends. That's what kept my attention.

Enjoyable, but did not wow me.
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“Was James bipolar?”
The tears returned, and I watched her battle them. “We don’t use that word in our family.”
I stared at her for a moment. “Why not?”
“Mum and Dad don’t believe in it.” She kept walking. “James was always … troubled. But there was nothing wrong with him, nothing more than anyone else anyway, everyone feels a bit down sometimes.”
“Olivia! It was more than feeling down.”
She laughed, bitterly. “I know, Dee, fuck, do I know that. I’m just telling you how it goes. The party line—what we told people when they asked.”
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“Death begins before birth. I have always found this an odd notion, but were it not for the death of certain cells during our initial development, humans would be born with webbed toes. Death moulds our physical being from the very start of our existence. It sculpts us, determines how we begin, and where we end. The events in life that define us, that break us and remake us, all stem from death—the death of a place, a time, a relationship, of those we hold most dear, and finally ourselves. Death is the one inescapable aspect of life, the only immutable force, the single thing in this world that cannot and should not be changed.
But death is never the end.
It is the beginning.”
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