DETRITUS IN LOVE by Mercedes M Yardley & John Boden (Omnium Gatherum)
Detritus or Det to his friends, is an odd child. His best friend is a ghost, killed after a fancy dress party where he went as a Nazi officer. His girlfriend is also dead, but doesn’t know it, and his mother and her lowlife boyfriend are meth-heads. Like I said, life was odd for Det and it was going to get even weirder!
Mercedes Yardley and John Boden have put together a compelling novelette about a young man who can see dead people. Okay, you’re already thinking of THE SIXTH SENSE or ODD THOMAS, but DETRITUS IN LOVE is an original take on the supernatural phenomenon, about a child who has no other friends except for the dead boy and girl. He has no one else, even his mother doesn’t want him. Getting pregnant ruined her life and she longs for Det to be replaced by his unborn twin, an entity known as “The Opposite”.
DETRITUS IN LOVE is wonderfully written. The prose will suck you in. Mercedes and John bring Det’s sad existence to life, but he manages to find love and friendship in the most unlikely of places. It’s only a short book but you will soon feel for the character. It’s dark, but delightful! (Jack Bantry)