Out of Body by Christopher John Chater
Books in Series: N/A
Published: August 15, 2015 / Chater Publishing
Genres: Paranormal / Thriller / Conspiracy
Source: Free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 5/5 stars ★★★★★
Harley Baker's obsession with the afterlife leads him to experiment with astral projection, but when he doesn't take the necessary precautions before an OBE, he comes back to find that a demon has taken over his body. While in spirit form, Harley watches the impostor romance the girl he's crushing on, ace his college exams, and impress his best friend with opportunities for wealth beyond his wildest dreams. Not only does Harley have to figure out how to get his body back before he's trapped in the astral plane forever, but he has to stop the demon from a plan that will veil the world in darkness and enslave the human race.
Phenomenal, thought-provoking book!
When Harley was 12, he was in a terrible car crash. His parents died instantly, and he also died while on scene. At one point, he was pulled toward "the light," which was a comforting place for him -- he found happiness there. To his dismay, someone in the light told him it wasn't his time and sent back to his body to live.
Because of reaching that light, Harley grew up fascinated by the afterlife. He didn't want to kill himself and end up going to hell, but he searched for ten years for alternative means of getting back to the light.
Harley finds a book at the library on astral projection, where the spirit can leave the body to explore the world without being attached -- an out of body experience or "OBE."
Harley wants to try astral projection, but is skeptical that it will work. Despite the book's warnings about protecting the body before projecting, he leaps into it and finds that he can successfully do it!
He leaves his body in his apartment and his spirit begins exploring around the world. He's having a wonderful time!
However, once he returns for his body, he finds that it's not where he left it... It's up and moving around, and someone else's spirit is in it.
He soon finds that his body is possessed by a demon called Horace.
Horace sets motions in place that threaten Harley's best friend , Darren, and the girl he's had a crush on for six months, Stephanie.
Harley has to figure out how to get Horace out of his body and take it back for himself, before his spirit fully detaches from it and leaves Harley stranded in the spirit world.
- "I died that day. Twice."
- “A spell?” I said, laughing. “You can’t be serious. You’re telling me spells are real?”“You realize you’re a spirit, currently residing in the astral plane, and talking with another spirit whose earthly vessel died decades ago. You jive with that, right? You might want to suspend your skepticism, man.”
- "...it’s more of a tearing...a shiiish, then a schaaawk, and then a crich cha! Then, po-pow! A razzle, a shimmy, then po-pow again!"
I feel like I need to give an obligatory warning -- this book has darkness to it that could be a trigger for some people.
WARNING: There is a dark theme, with demons and cult worship. There are mentions of rituals, violence, and rape.
I don't mind a good dark theme, and really enjoyed this book. That said, I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, hence the above warning. If the warning doesn't give you pause, great! This book could be for you.
There is excellent world building, fantastic characters, and a great story. The plot is unique, the characters are likable (I adored Stephanie), and there is great voice.
It's a fascinating, creative story, and I was so interested that I read it in one sitting.
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