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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  28 reviews
When his watch resets to zero, his morning starts again. A handsome, young urban professional awakens inside his cavernous high-rise apartment. He is an emotionless drone of a man content with his self-structured regiment and amazing wealth, and he is totally oblivious to his abnormal lifestyle. Every day lasts an hour with the time always ending right at 60 minutes, ...more
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Published December 2018 (first published June 8th 2017)
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Ivana - Diary of Difference
Imagine waking up without knowing where you are, not remembering who you are or why you are here - only to realise that you are in coma, and you only have a few days to live.

In order to get out of this ‘’in-between’’ place, you have to beat your demons… Would you be able to do that? Would you be able to realise what you were doing wrong, and become a better person?

See the full review on my website -

Purgatorium is a wonderfully thought story.

The main character is very
Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
Do you believe there is a heaven and hell? What about purgatory; an intermediate state after death in which the soul is cleansed or temporarily punished before final judgement? In this novel, the main character is stuck in such a prison. His body is in a coma and his soul is in Purgatorium, reliving parts of his life story over and over in an endless loop. But not everything is as it appears.

“Most people would say it is a battle between heaven and hell, but I believe it is much more human than
Are you a fan of those crazy puzzles with a thousand pieces, perhaps of some abstract picture where the colors all swirl together? From the beginning, piecing each part together is a complete challenge and finishing it is almost sad, because it was that engaging.

PURGATORIUM by J.H. Carnathan is like “that” puzzle. From the beginning, we are thrust into the world of the unknown, the world of “what if,” and by the end, we are thinking, “why not?” There is no predicting what will happen, it is
Heena Rathore P.

Purgatoriumby J.H. Carnathan is a unique book with a story so intricate you wouldn't mind being lost in it for hours.

When I first read the summary of the book, I was very intrigued and that was the main reason I picked it to read. Initially, it took me some time to get a hold of the theme of the story (obviously I knew it, but it took some getting used to) and once I got into the rhythm of the story flow, it only got more and more interesting.

Without giving away much, I'd just say that this
Review of Purgatorium by @jhcarnathan
Rating:4/5 stars.
Well well well.
Here we are with another review! First of all, the synopsis:
When his watch resets to zero, his morning starts again. Everyday his time always ends right at 60 Minutes, giving him only 5 minutes to stay at one particular place in his normal routine. The empty streets and familiar places are strange facsimiles of his previous life. He keeps reliving these same events over and over, barely able to remember anything and unable to
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really interesting to read. When I first read the synopsis, I thought it sounded intriguing yet simple, but this book delved so much deeper than you actually would think. This book really surprised me in a good way. When I started reading it, it was confusing to me, but I kept reading and everything started making a lot more sense. I love the interesting story line. This book is Science Fiction and I think some parts of it can be seen as Fantasy. This book is told in a realm ...more
Claire Davis
I received Purgatorium by J. H. Carnathan in exchange for an honest review. I have given this book three out of five stars When I first read the synopsis of Purgatorium I thought it sounded very interesting and I can tell you I was right! This book was filled with lots of twists and turns! I loved Carnathan's descriptive writing throughout this novel, the words he uses really helps to set the scenes and the characters.Personally, I found it very difficult to connect with this story and the main ...more
Normalee Mitchell
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unpredictable, mind boggling read

After reading the summary of this book the first thing I did (after downloading it of course) was to look up the meaning of Purgatorium. What I found was that it basically describes where most of the plot for this story unfolds – a place between death and heaven/hell where you're not quite alive but you aren’t dead either...'the in-between'.
In this intricately woven Science Fiction, somewhat religious, tale Carnathan seeks to address that eternally lingering
Fernanda F.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, what to say about Purgatorium. I’ll say it’s definitely not the kind of book I’m used to reading, but it had a very original premise that got my interest from the beginning—which it definitely delivers. The book is very long, with nearly 700 pages, and in the beginning so many characters are introduced that a reader gets confused, but instead of anything negative this just adds to the feeling of the protagonist’s world. Especially in the beginning, it feels like reading someone’s dream; it’ ...more
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I was contacted by the author and given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’m not sure what I expected from this book reading the synopsis, but Purgatorium wasn’t it. It’s an insanely complex piece of work and hats off to J.H. Carnathan for coming up with this completely original story. The descriptions of places and characters are incredibly vivid and it makes it so easy for the reader to visualise the setting, and it’s a pretty bleak one. The main character is
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[This review contains SPOILER]

This book is definitely a page-turner. I read it in one-sitting. The novel makes you feel like you are reading the Metamorphosis brought to you by the people behind the Matrix. Probably due to the author’s screenplay background, the book is packed with graphic action sequences and nuanced depictions of characters and surroundings, making it easy to visualize the story.

Just like Metamorphosis, the hero of the book wakes up one morning with everything in his life
Gordon Long
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to the information we are given in the blurb, the main character in this book is in a coma, and in eight hours (or maybe days; time is flexible) the doctors are going to pull the plug. This information is in the book somewhere, but everything else is up for grabs.

As this unnamed hero fights his way through the ever-decreasing hours to his possible death, he undergoes a surrealistic search for a way to save his soul, and thus his life. Recurring themes, objects and characters push their
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't explain why but I shied away from this read at the start. However, the fact that Carnathan is writing a story so full of life while the protagonist lies in a coma, where his soul is trapped in Purgatorium, living the same day over, does seem fitting, as does the fact that Barachiel leads the other angels we are introduced to.

Done in a Science Fiction genre, there are many things I like about this look at human exploration.
Firstly, the writing is truly remarkable and intriguing and I had
Sara Taylor
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Purgatorium by J.H. Carnathan
In this book, the main character is trapped in a cerebral purgatory of his own making, while his body lies in a coma. He is followed around by perhaps helpful archangels that are trying to help him realize his situation so that he can escape, as well as terrifying monsters determined to keep him trapped.
This book is a very interesting concept, but rather confusing. I think that this would be a very interesting book if you were REALLY into science fiction, as this
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading the blurb of this book immediately intrigued me. This is the story of a man who while in a coma has his soul trapped in purgatorium. It is a strange, dreamlike state where the protagonist is living the same hour over and over again, barely able to remember anything about who he is. When he discovers that he is on life support and has very little time before the plug is pulled he enters a race against time and odds to save himself and get a second chance. Going in, I was interested in the ...more
Melinda  Taylor
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I began the book, I was not sure what to think because I did not really understand it at first. Over time, I found the story to be fascinating and ended up throughly enjoying it and making sense of it. There were so many twists, turns, and surprises and it definitely kept me on my toes and made me think. It was a complex world of purgatory in between hell, heaven, and life on earth. It makes you wonder about demons, angels, God, evil, and good. You cannot help but root for the main ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read the synopsis of Purgatorium it intrigued me immensely. It fell slightly outside the scope of what I usually read but I decided to drift into the unknown. I am pleased that I decided to read this book; I was uncertain of what to expect but each time I thought I knew what would happen next, the story-line would hit me with a left hook. This book contains many unexpected surprises.

The characters are well thought-out and I think every person can identify with them to an extent. The
Ria the Reader
This was a strange and fascinating book. Imagine you are in a coma, and you have to fight your demons to get free. It’s a bit of a mystery, suspense, paranormal type book that I thoroughly enjoyed, and though it’s long, the book is worth it.

I really liked the characters and the idea itself. While I’ve read a lot of books with characters trapped in another world while they are in another world, this is still a different take on the cliched theme.

I’d like to thank the author for providing me a
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one really knows what happens when someone is in a coma. It is believed that they are in a dream like state and they can still hear things going on in the outside world. Using this, the author created a realm of existence that is frightening and intense. Sadly the main characters demons are him at his worst. The book has a lot going on, attention to detail is needed but it is a very interesting thriller book.

Two quotes stood out the most in this book. The first quote is a realization by the
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I personaly really love the concept of this book as it reminds me of one of my favourite movies Memento by Cristopher Nolan. I feel like this is the kind of reading that will make you feel like you are actually participating in the story. And I find myself really absorbed in the storyline that I couldn’t stop reading it! Also, I like how this book is more than just an entertaining read that I read once and forget after a while. But the concept of time, and how precious it is, as well as ...more
Amy Vincent
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was an intensely exciting and suspenseful book. It tells the story of an unknown soul lost in the world of neither the living nor the dead, but in a Purgatory-like realm. It soon becomes apparent that nothing is as it really seems and this soul’s ‘ordinary’ and mundane day to day life is merely a façade, this realm is intricately built around the deepest and darkest memories of a man who is comatosed and living on life support, one who must overcome his demons and fight for his second
Andrea Banjeglav
I was surprised, and frankly, amazed, by how many times I'd taken things for granted in this book. The author is adept at painting each scene vividly for you to visualize in your mind but leaves tiny clues and hints you'll pick up if you're truly paying attention. Details really matter in this story!

All of us can relate to battling with our inner demons, it's part of being human. The author manages to describe this in a fun and enticing way as he takes the reader through the narrative. I
Max Kaczor
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Purgatorium by J. H. Carnathan is an unexpected book in my library. When I first opened it I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The imagery used throughout the novel creates a scene by scene story of the authors interpretation of the life beyond. Every time the clock resets during the book you are taken on a whirlwind adventure of different personal scenarios that happened to the main character. I recommend this book to anyone who is seeking an adventure into the world after ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Purgatorium is one of those novels that you can’t put it down and every page brings something new. It’s a challenging premise: what really happens when you’re in a coma? How do you come back from that? J. H. Carnathan challenges you and drives the readers into an emotional rollercoaster to find out how can someone that made so many mistakes find his way back to life and how someone deals with the angst and loneliness. The story offers a strong pace with plenty of twists to keep you interested. ...more
Julia Goldhirsh
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The pacing for the book was a little slow at the beginning, but the characters were intriguing. At first you think it might be a rehash of Groundhog Day, but instead it has its own unique twists and turns. Like a cross between Groundhog Day with a dash of Dante’s Inferno. It really picks up pace at the end making it hard to put down. Though it does have some confusing moments at the end, I would recommend this to anyone who loved Groundhog Day or that is a fan of suspense in novels.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Purgatorium is an engaging thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. The premise or what happens to your mind when you’re in a coma is a really intriguing one. Do you realise you’re dreaming? What is your concept of time? Can you choose to return? What if you can’t find a way out? The author’s imagination for the life beyond is spell binding. You’ll need to focus on this one as there are many twists to catch you out but, if you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to put it down.
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely a page turner and like nothing I have ever read before! It's not just about some guy in a coma or him meeting Angels or Demons...there is so much more to it that leaves you questioning some of the characters motives when interacting with the main character. You think you've figured it out and then BOOM the author takes you on a different path.
The book is about second chances and are you willing to give it your all and fight for it or just give it all up and become a
Jul 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave up on this one. The story was about a guy in a coma meeting angels and demons. Not to my taste, and there were a lot of spelling errors.
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J. H. Carnathan is from Tennessee and lives in Birmingham, Alabama for the time being. He is a fervent fan of honor, loyalty and chivalry. He loves to create worlds where men and women are emotionally broken and how they must find their way out of that darkness. Carnathan is the author of the novel PURGATORIUM. Originally, this book was written as a screenplay, but as the story unfolded and ...more
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