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The Disembodied

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Thirteen-year-old Griffin Rinaldi seems like a normal kid. He plays basketball at the Y and he’s just learning to talk to girls. But Griffin doesn’t feel normal. He’s been diagnosed with Depersonalization Disorder—he feels disconnected from his body, and at times, he doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. And it seems to be getting worse.

Following the brutal death of his abus
Kindle Edition, 317 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Kindle Press
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Montzalee Wittmann
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Disembodied by Anthony Hains is a strange and unsettling story about mental illness, love, hate, life, death, coming of age, and so much more. The book started slow, then got better. I was so confused about what the poor kid was seeing. Was it a real kid? A ghost, grief, med induced? So much was going on in the story also. The author took on many challenges and did it well.
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The Disembodied starts out like a coming-of-age story and then it turns into a psychological horror story of familial love and abuse that will keep you guessing to the very end!

Griffin is a boy on the verge of becoming a man, when he loses his father to a somewhat violent death. Luckily he has a sweet and caring grandfather that loves to spend time with
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been meaning to get to some Hains for a while and when an opportunity arose to snag an audio copy of this one I jumped on it. Therefore, my disclaimer: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review." Thank you, Mr. Hains.

Griffin is having a rough go of it. His dad is an abusive dick, he's seeing ghosts, he has bouts of a weird personality disorder and his Aunt is convinced he is suffering some kind of demon possession. No worries. Hi
Julie Powell
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea if this review will be seen due to the changes in Amazon review policies. I am a reviewer as well as an author and I know how important reviews are to independent authors who have no access to the hype machine.

So - I was sent this book for an honest review; I have not been paid for this review!


I loved this book! The story is extremely well written and is original and powerful.

The style of writing pulls you in at once and the subject matter is intriguing, mystifying and compe
Wesley Thomas
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Mr Hains serves us with a sinfully delicious read.

We have a young boy (Griffin) with a disorder known as the depersonalisation disorder. An unusual quirk to the character that makes us feel sympathy towards the young guy. Especially when we hear this disorder is not his only issue. He has a strained relationship with his father. And that is an understatement. Oh, and he keeps seeing a strange red-headed boy that usually makes an appearance around the time that trouble happens. Thus
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-thriller
Griffin Rinaldin is a thirteen year old boy that is dealing with a lot of crap. His abusive father recently died and now Griffin has been diagnosed with Depersonalization disorder, where Griffin feels like he is outside of his body and looking at himself from someone else's point of view. Griffin's sources of comfort in his life are his cousin Tanner, whose father is also abusive as well as his Grandfather Soren. Soren tells Griffin stories of a mysterious young man with red hair taking revenge ...more
David Watson
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Griffin Rinaldi is not your average teenage kid but he tries to be. He plays basketball, is starting to date and loves hanging out with his cousin Tanner. He also has depersonalization disorder, sometimes he feels disconnected from his body, and at times he doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. Griffin has had a rough childhood, his abusive father has recently died and he keeps seeing a red-haired kid who no one else can see. Griffin is struggling to keep his sanity and his soul.

Whether you like T
Angela Kalnins
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Disembodied
By: Anthony Hains

I was just recently contacted by Goodreads. They congratulated me for reading 50 books in 2016. To be honest, I was kind of disappointed in myself since I read sixty-two in 2015. But, I digress... The truth is, of those 50 books only a few could be called true five-star reads. This book, The Disembodied, by Anthony Haines…is a five-star read.

Griffin Rinaldi is a typical thirteen-year-old kid. He’s into sports, girls, music and technology. Yet, Griffin’s life is an
Angela Dossett
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful and Spookiness at it's best..

This review is from: The Disembodied (Kindle Edition)

If you're one of those readers who are looking for a new read, look no further. This story will boggle your mind and capture the senses.

Mr. Hains has a writing ability that draws the reader into his surreal world that is impossible to put down. Facets of mental illness is introduced that inspires the reader to dwell deep into the characters psyche...and to learn of Mr. Hains background, made this stor
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what I expected from this book but it was not really my type of book. There were moments when I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next but this did not happen throughout the book. ...more
Barbara L. Rose
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this book! The author did an amazing job with a very complex, difficult subject. This was confusing at times. Some of the subject matter was difficult to read. I am talking about the horrible abuse both boys endured. I could not put this book down! Frightening for reasons you won't understand until you come to the end. Mr Hains ties everything together at the end. My only complaint was with poor editing at times. Typos, wrong names etc. With better editing I would have gi
Sarah Monsma
What is going on with Griffin Rinaldi? He wishes he knew. Sometimes he feels like his body is dead and he's observing someone else going through the motions of his life. At other times he sees the red-haired kid from his dad's stories even though no one else can see him there.

Griffin's got a tough life; it would be hard to deny that. His dad died less than a year ago, and his grandfather, whose heath has been better, is trying to help him through the worst of it, but Griffin's mom doesn't know q
Brian Moloney
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading Anthony Hanes new suspense/thriller/horror novel, “The Disembodied” I was struck by several things. One, Mr. Hanes continues to grow exponentially as a story teller and producer of goosebumps with each successive story...along with my enjoyment of his work. I was impressed by his first, “Birth Offering”, floored by his second, “Dead Works” and literally charged and sleep deprived by “The Disembodied”. I spent whatever time I managed to tear myself away from the story, lying in bed wonder ...more
Denise Lucas
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Disembodied written by Anthony Hains was a wonderfully thought out novel with a bit of mystery, horror, drama and suspense thrown in! Overall this novel was well written and had a story line that was new to me, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The story revolves around a boy, aged 13, named Griffin, who lost his abusive father and has been diagnosed with a disorder known as depersonalization disorder. The novel begins with the introduction of Griffin’s grandfather, Soren, who is a writer. Further ...more
Laura Furuta
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Griffin Rinaldi. He is a boy that has been abused by his father. Then his father dies while Griffin is at his home and everything starts to happen. He doesn't feel like he is alive and sometimes he watches himself from outside his body. Does Griffin have Depersonalization Disorder as his therapist says or is there a more sinister mind at work? This is an awesome story! You start out on one journey only to feel like you took a wrong turn somewhere. The characters are wonderfu ...more
Amber Rose
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

This book was not what I was expecting at all. I loved the mix of psychological and supernatural elements; it was unlike other books I've read in the past. That combined with the mystery and suspense made this book unforgettable. Anthony Hains is a brilliant writer and his knowledge of psychology shows. I can't recommend this book enough!
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You just got pass this book up! No matter how old you think this book may or may not be for! It's remarkable and an attention grabber! This book had me turning the pages just to see what was coming next! Great read! ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobookboom
I had requested and received audible version of this book for free from the author, in exchange for an unbiased review.

What I liked about the book -
This is a very well written psychological horror story, with perfect amount of creepiness and thrill. The central character is so well written that at times you feel bad for him and the same character makes you sweat with fear at other times. There are twists n turns in the story that I didn't see coming and took me by surprise. At the end
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
The first few chapters go a little slow so I debated reading this. It is a decent read and I struggled through it because at times it seems to be going nowhere, but then you get to something interesting and I just wanted to know where it was going. The ending was pretty good and it tied up decently. It's worth reading if you just stick with it. ...more
Brandi waterhouse
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The character change and mix of emotional needs and coping skills, in a childs mind breaking into different versions of them selves in order to find balance and protect them.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read

This wasn't "horror" as I had thought. More of a mystery/drama. Still a pretty good read. A couple of twists I didn't expect.
Cher riley
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

I really enjoyed this book. Very hard to put down and very interesting. Recommend this book to everyone who likes an engrossing story.Thank you.
Wonderfully disturbing original story! I loved it!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-scout
This was an excellent read. It reminded me of a book I loved when I was a kid: The Other by Thomas Tyron. There is plenty of creepiness to scare the pants off you, and much too realistic. I thought I had some things figured out, then the author hit me with lots of great twists. Childhood is not all innocence, and this book proves it.

I received a copy of this book through the Kindle Scout program.
Cindy Hennessy
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting book!

Really liked the story even though a bit confusing at times. A disassociation disorder must be difficult to live with and to understand as well.
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Anthony Hains is a professor emeritus of counseling psychology with a specialization in pediatric psychology. He retired in May 2018 after thirty-one years at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is the author of a number of horror novels including Nightshade’s Requiem, Sleep in the Dust of the Earth, and The Disembodied. Anthony lives with his wife in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. They have one d ...more

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