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The Patience of a Dead Man

(The Patience of a Dead Man #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  153 reviews
He just spent everything on a house in disrepair, but he didn’t know someone was waiting inside.

Tim Russell just put his last dollar on a handyman’s dream; a quaint but dilapidated farmhouse in New Hampshire. Newly single after a messy divorce, his plan is to live in the house as he restores it for resale. To his horror, as soon as the papers are signed and his work start
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published August 2019 by Michael Clark Books (first published April 15th 2019)
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May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I write this, I live in fear of the woman that roams the property; I do not know her name yet, but be careful. She has not harmed me but my intuition . . . and experience . . . tells me to stay clear!

After an acrimonious divorce, Tim sinks everything he has left into a rundown New Hampshire horse farm. His plan is to refurbish the place, then flip it for a tidy profit. He didn't count on some former residents still lingering around the premises: a young boy, an invisible, guiding presenc
Sadie Hartmann
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: scream-mag
Review originally published in SCREAM Mag July/Aug 2020

These days, it’s increasingly difficult to make a big splash in the indie horror market. There is a lot of noise. Horror fiction is experiencing a Golden Age as more and more horror books and movies see big box office gains and award nominations.
Michael Clark believed in his book THE PATIENCE OF A DEAD MAN and marketed it to reviewers and influencers with panache. Reviewers received an impressive “review kit” complete with Books 1 and 2, a c
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
WHOA 😱...amazing! Loved every bit of it!

This book hit all the right notes of a superb and riddling ghost story. It is highly readable and hard to put down!

Over the years I have read a book or two and I am always looking out for hidden gems like this one. What intrigued me first about this novel was the cover and it’s a head-turner btw, so when this book came down the line for a blog tour and review, I knew immediately that I wanted to jump on it.

Here are a few key elements that did me in right
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much to the author for my free copy. And thank you Night Worms for another great #NightWormsBookParty

THE PATIENCE OF A DEAD MAN is a chilling, gothic suspense novel that I couldn’t put down. Clark is a talented storyteller with a proclivity for the supernatural.

Tim Russell is recently divorced and looking for a project to keep himself occupied. He is a contractor by trade so he purchases a quaint, old dilapidated farmhouse to renovate and flip in order to turn a decent profit. It’s
Cassie Daley
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 for Goodreads.

First, thank you so much to the Night Worms organizers, and to the author Michael Clark. This book was provided along with Book 2 in the series and a whole slew of little goodies in exchange for an honest review, and I'm so appreciative of the effort that's gone into crafting this story & Michael Clark's branding! I read this alongside the rest of the Night Worms review team for a #nightwormsbookparty, and as always, it was wonderful to see what everyone
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michael Clark is a new presence in the horror genre, and his marketing game is pitch perfect. I first noticed his books on Twitter when a friend of mine posted the books and coffee mug that Clark sent him in exchange for a review. When I remarked on them, Clark, who has a fantastic presence on social media, quickly offered to send them to me, and the books and mug showed up very soon after. Everything in the package is slick and stylish and makes you want to read his books, from his elegant busi ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-list-2020
Not your typical haunted house story. Part mystery, part haunted house tale. Clark is a fantastic writer. The main characters are The damaged, flawed kind of protagonists I love, the kind that don’t have all the answers and find themselves guessing and bungling their way through the mysteries presented and some truly creepy situations. Great supporting characters, and the jumps backward and forward in time, that take place throughout the story, never slow things down. This backstory that slowly ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tim Russell just went through a textbook messy divorce. After his now ex-wife takes a large portion of his successful contracting business in the settlement, Tim finds himself struggling to start over emotionally and financially as he tries to keep what is left of the business afloat. He finds the perfect investment property in Sanborn, New Hampshire, and dives headfirst into what he hopes will make him a large enough profit to provide for his financial future. Simple enough, right? No, there i ...more
Matt (TeamRedmon)
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tim Russell is divorced and struggling. In an attempt to turn it all around, he buys an old, run-down house that's sat vacant for years. Tim gets a good deal and plans on flipping the old farmhouse for a profit. As he settles in to begin his renovations, he quickly discovers that he's not alone. This house and land have a history of tragedy. As Tim, his realtor turned girlfriend Holly, and others attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the property, they discover that the sins of the past may ...more
Well Read Beard
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
4.5 Stars

I have said it time and time again, I am a setting guy. I love vivid sprawling settings in my books. The setting is often my favorite character - example: The Overlook, Hogwarts. This book checked that box for me in a major way. The 23 acre property and house that we are free to romp around and explore are extremely detailed which makes you feel like you ARE there. You find out later, this is in the author's bio so I don't think it can be considered a spoiler, that Michael grew up in th
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tim is recently divorced and close to bankrupt after his ex wife took most of their assets and tied up the sale of their home for 5 years. Losing the biggest part of his business but unable to fathom no longer being his own boss he takes what money he has left and sinks it into a dilapidated farmhouse hoping to fix it up and turn a big enough profit to get back on his feet. From the moment he takes possession of the house there are spooky happenings and strange sounds that simply should not be, ...more
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
Recently finished The Patience of a Dead Man for a #nightwormsbookparty where we all read and review the same book. It was fun to discuss this with the worms because this was a ghost story with a lot going on!

Thanks for setting the scene with the great package @michaelclarkbooks & for hosting the reading @night_worms

Tim is a recently divorced and down on his luck contractor who buys an old house with the intent to fix and flip it only to find out he bought a haunted house. He's got more pressing
Kim Napolitano
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good ghost story!

I love a ghost story I do! Knowing now there is a second book answers some questions. Tim, newly divorced, decides to start anew and renovate an old farm house for a flip except he isn’t alone. A 100 year old family tragedy comes back to life in front of his eyes and is even a threat to his own life. Terrified and determined, him and Holly need to solve the clues and rid the place of its ghosts before it’s to late. No spoilers, most of the action here is in journals they obta
Richelle SheReadsHorror
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve watched a few of those ghost hunting shows but I was never much of a fan. It just didn’t capture the creepy vibes enough for me. If you put a paranormal investigation into a book where you can jump into character thoughts and emotions, it definitely cranks it up to another level.

Tim recently losing almost everything through a nasty divorce has to find a way to still be his own boss in the construction world. He thinks of the great plan of flipping a cheap house in the country but he doesn’
Alex | | findingmontauk1
If you love creepy houses and ghost stories then this is the book for you! Author Michael Clark puts his spin on a Southern Gothic spooky thriller with The Patience of a Dead Man and really weaves together an intricate story spanning the past and, well, also the past (the "current" setting for the book is the '70s and the history/flashbacks occur before).

This book follows Tim Russell fresh off a divorce and looking for a new start. He decides to renovate and flip an old farmhouse in a quaint New
Bookmark Beth
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recently divorced, a man purchases an old farmhouse in New Hampshire that he intends to flip. The man (Tim) decides to live there during its restoration. He soon discovers the home is haunted as ghosts appear—a pale faced young boy and a woman who’s covered in flies, accompanied by a strong rotten stench.

Faced with a choice to make, Tim realizes he’s in too much of a financial bind to jump ship. (Or run like a bat out of hell.)

With the help of his real estate agent, they work together to find
Andrew Fowlow
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tim Russell is a man looking to start over. After going through a drawn-out and costly divorce, he decides to go all or nothing. Tim's career as a contractor is going to come in handy for this next venture. He's done his research and knows exactly what he wants to do. He's going to flip a property to give his finances the jump start it desperately needs. After viewing a few properties he decides on THE house. Only, this house already has residents, the permanent and dangerous kind. Now, Tim will ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is 1971 and Tim Russell has gone through a messy divorce. Anxious to make some money, he buys a run down property to renovate for profit. However, as soon as he moves in, he is confronted by a family of ghosts...
Tim calls on the estate agent to help him to investigate the history of the farmhouse and they discover that the previous owners had been haunted as well. They piece together the evidence of the past to understand why the ghosts cannot rest in peace. But Tim and Holly are in danger fr
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
This is a fantastic read.

Tim Russell has just gone through a divorce. He’s bought a run down farmhouse that he intends to restore. He doesn’t realise until the paperwork is signed that the farmhouse is haunted. This was a creepy disturbing kinda read and I couldn’t read it fast enough.

To say I loved it is an understatement.. it’s a brilliant read and I need to read book two ASAP.

I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to read this. It was so so good.
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had a hard time putting this down, it was creepy and fascinating. I loved the atmosphere, characters and pacing! I am really looking forward to the rest of the series and delving further into the story.
S.L. Graf
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's captivating and suspenseful. The descriptive passages hit the mark giving me the creeps! Everything you want in one of those spooky books you read during a thunder storm! ...more
Ross Jeffery
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Updated - Review now on STORGY

There are some books that come across your path as a writer that you’ll keep returning to time-and-time again, these books are your inspiration, your teaching texts, books that you feel are written in such a way that to emulate how they are written to learn from them in some way will aid your own creativity and writing, making you better for spending more time in their presence. That can be said for Michael Clark’s The Patience of a Dead Man.

This will be a book that
Amie's Book Reviews
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly I want to mention the exquisitely terror inducing cover of this book. The color scheme along with the inclusion of buzzing flies instantly tells the potential reader this is a horror story. The shadowy figures that are slightly blurred adds to the sense of impending doom. Even the choice of font is perfect. The cover of THE PATIENCE OF A DEAD MAN is exactly the type of cover that would catch my eye and would prompt me to pick this book up in a bookstore and/or library.

When our protagoni
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
To say that this book met my expectations is an understatement.

I reserve 5 star reviews for what I consider books to be not only entertaining but stories that I'm invested in for a re-read someday. Michael Clark's first installment The Patience Of A Dead Man offered more than most horror books do. For one, it's part of a trilogy. I'm a big fan of trilogies but the vast majority of horror books are stand alones. I think that trilogies allow the author time to really develop the characters and te
Karla Kay
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Every house had its problems. Every house had its problems. Every house had its problems."

" He waited with the patience of a dead man."

This starts out with the author building the setting, characters, and plot. So, as it may seem a bit slow at first, it was super important. The setting was so detailed, it made the story so engaging, and created a feeling of actually walking on the property along side the characters. It became more exciting, suspenseful, and chilling as the story unfolds.

I lov
Sharon Dwyer
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 5-star, horror, thriller
What an EPIC DEBUT novel by Michael Clark

Poor Tim, recently divorced, relatively broke and down on his luck buys an old farmhouse with the intent to restore it and sell it. It sounds ideal, on acres and acres of land with a forest and a pond. BUT... this house has some dark history. He and the realtor, Holly start to investigate and very quickly many dark things start to happen.

I am not really sure how to label this... it's a mystery, it's a thriller, it's a horror...there is a little romance..
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This is a fantastic read.

Tim Russell has just gone through a divorce. He’s bought a run down farmhouse that he intends to restore. He doesn’t realise until the paperwork is signed that the farmhouse is haunted. This was a creepy disturbing kinda read and I couldn’t read it fast enough.

To say I loved it is an understatement.. it’s a brilliant read and I need to read book two ASAP.

I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to read this. It was so so good.
Robin Hebert
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creepy!! Good read

Easy read, captured my interest from the beginning and never really slowed down. Characters are likeable, well, except for one of them....😆
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I wanted to speak on the actual physical book itself. The production quality is one of the best that I have seen for a self published book. The cover art is great drawing you in and making you want to read the book, and yes I do judge a book by its cover. The back cover design looks very professional in line with something you would see on a book put out by a big publisher. The inside of the book has maps of the house and property where the story takes place as well as other artwork throug ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
7.6/10 (CAWPILE)

This was amazingly creepy and the story was very different and interesting from anything I’ve read. Surprisingly, I really liked the characters and was rooting for their safety because normally in horror and thriller books I’m ambivalent towards the characters. I did however wanted a little bit more terrifying scenes and less investigating. Just personal preference and I understand the investigating is needed to understand what’s going on but I just think it was a tad too much.
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Michael Clark was raised in New Hampshire and lived in the house The Patience of a Dead Man trilogy is based on.

"The Patience of a Dead Man - Book One" is his first novel.
"Dead Woman Scorned - The Patience of a Dead Man - Book Two" and
"Anger is an Acid - The Patience of a Dead Man - Book Three" are also available.

What's next? A story that takes place in a very cold place.

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