Anger is an Acid by Michael Clark is the thrilling conclusion to The Patience of a Dead Man trilogy.
Anger is an Acid is the final conclusion in The Patience of a Dead Man trilogy. What a ride it’s been! I read the first two quite recently so I didn’t have too long to wait to find out what happens next to Tim, Holly and Mildred. Read my reviews of The Patience of a Dead Man (book 1) and Dead Woman Scorned (book 2), if you’ve not read the previous books yet!
Anger is an Acid starts exactly where Dead Woman Scorned left off. In Dead Woman Scorned, we meet Andrew Vaughn, and it seemed like an odd tangent. In this book, we learn that he has been volunteered to help Thomas Pike by the ghost of his mother. He later arrives at the farmhouse to assist Tim and Holly. Meanwhile, Tim has found out that his ex-wife Sheila has been murdered and that his two daughters are missing. He is certain Mildred is behind it – but where has she taken them? And how can he convince the police that they need to search for a woman who died a hundred years earlier?
What a whirlwind this book is! Michael is a fantastic writer and pulled me straight back in! There are so many points in this book where I held my breath and was terrified about what would happen next. (It was also not a good time for a fly to start tapping against the window behind me!)
I love that Michael is able to draw us into the world of a new character in a few paragraphs. Ed Bodwell isn’t in this book for long, but I feel like we know him by the end of the story. I also liked the introduction of Andrew, and felt quite sorry for him! (His mother is terrifying.)
Tim and Holly make much smarter decisions in this book! They are much more focused on finding Mildred and working out how to get rid of her. Their relationship is lovely and feels very authentic.
Mildred is a fantastic villain in the story. Michael has done a great job of making us relate to her and understand why she is doing this – while also being terrified of her. I had a few sleepness nights, wondering if I’d wake up to find her staring down at me! Once again we are reminded of how powerful she is, that she is able to sneak around, listen in to conversations and read private files. But I also sympathise with her. Plus, she has done some good by killing the revenants in the previous book – and she DOES like Neptune, Tim and Holly’s new dog. So she can’t be all bad… 🙂 I loved seeing Mildred’s character grow and change throughout this book.
I thought the ending was perfect. I’m not sure if everyone will feel the same, but it felt fitting. I don’t know how else the trilogy could have finished. It has been a wild ride and I’m a little sad to finish this trilogy as they were so good! They are the perfect mix of terror, suspense and character development. However, I do feel like this may not be the last time that we see poor Andrew!
The blurb for Anger is an Acid
Mildred has control… Tim and Holly, realizing they are helpless, are grateful when a stranger knocks on their door—but can he help? Andrew Vaughn, a haunted man, is on-scene, hoping to lend a hand — against his will. Meanwhile, the “ghost story” is becoming national news and attracting attention that Tim can’t afford. Holly can’t stay in the house anymore and draws a line. Confidence is low, and pressure builds. Meanwhile, Mildred listens to almost everything they say. Is there any way around her anger? Or will they die in vain, as they desperately search for Tim’s daughters?
About the author, Michael Clark
Michael Clark was raised in New Hampshire and lived in the house The Patience of a Dead Man is based on. The bats of the barn really circled the rafters all day and there actually was a man-made grove hidden in the forest. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife Josi and his dog Bubba.
The Patience of a Dead Man is his first novel. Dead Woman Scorned is his second. More to come.