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3.7  ·  Rating details ·  252 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
The summer he turned seven, Dave Abbott survived a gruesome mountainside car accident that left the rest of his family mangled 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 st
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published November 6th 2010 by Blood Brothers Publishing (first published June 30th 2009)
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Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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