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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  254 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
The summer he turned seven, Dave Abbott survived a gruesome mountainside car accident that left the rest of his family savaged 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 s
Paperback, 306 pages
Published October 31st 2010 by Blood Brothers Publishing (first published June 30th 2009)
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Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The cover was probably the best part of the whole experience, and the blurb about Richard Laymon finding this to be something to grin from by Ketchum annoyed me more as I read on. No he wouldn’t, someone who reads a lot of horror is one thing, but writing a good book is a whole other ordeal. This reads as if it was written by a kid, there must have been about six or more pages describing in full detail how the six year old Trevor messes himself and the entire step by step bathroom ordeal with ba ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered Pyle's writing in an anthology and his short form proved good enough to try the long one. Dismember didn't disappoint. Brutal kidnapping thriller with enough gore to appeal to seasoned horror fans and enough scares to make the parents watch their children more intensely than ever. And yet Pyle smartly managed to come up with just the right amount of character development, sympathetic protagonists and awesomely nonannoying kids, to elevate the story from average. Enough so to ...more
Chad Brown
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay .. I loved how this book was written, I loved the characters, and before finishing I had read so many reviews that talked about hating the ending and I was so confident I wouldn't be one of them! I just knew I'd think, 'oh they just don't understand good writing!' But here I am ... just finished it, and even before I finished it, with about 9 pages left, I just knew ... I'm going to actually hate this ending if it ends how I fear it will.... and it did .... and yep, I hated it, I'm with you ...more
E. Mitchell
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, favorites
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.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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...
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Gizmatic Cantor
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This one starts out fast and doesn't let you catch a breath. Enjoyed this one alot!!!
Anzu Lahmu
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
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
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Prolly one of the most frustrating and disturbing reads I've had. That ending...
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, kindle
Totally creeped me out, but I hate stories where kids are in danger! All in all it was a really good story, well told
Oct 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Not as scary as I hoped it would be. I also didn't care for the ending.
June Woodhouse
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Pete Hannon
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A twisted tale of a twisted man.
Sheri White
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow -- thought I knew how it was going to end. SURPRISE!!! Disturbing, yet great!
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly not a bad book if you're looking for suspense Garry thing.
Not something I would brag about reading.
The bad guy is trying to build a new family. Kind of sums it all up.
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrifying story. Well written and edited.
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jady Arewar
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jarrod Scarbrough
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tobyann Aparisi
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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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 three children. Visit him online at, Twitter, or Facebook.
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