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Amber Hawthorne and Jolene Morris, business partners and roommates at the Hawthorne Funeral Home, are drowning in debt. People are complaining about the makeup jobs they're giving deceased loved ones--the word clownish has been used--and both young women have a little trouble keeping their partying habits in line. When they start selling body parts on the black market to k Amber Hawthorne and Jolene Morris, business partners and roommates at the Hawthorne Funeral Home, are drowning in debt. People are complaining about the makeup jobs they're giving deceased loved ones--the word clownish has been used--and both young women have a little trouble keeping their partying habits in line. When they start selling body parts on the black market to keep their business alive (Jolene much more reluctantly than Amber), their new buyers seem friendly and trustworthy enough at first. That is until the dead gangster they've recently parted up turns out to have been full of disease. Now Amber and Jolene's buyers want something else to make up for lost profits, leaving the two undertakers to learn sometimes running your own business can cost you an arm and a leg. Literally.


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Amber Hawthorne and Jolene Morris, business partners and roommates at the Hawthorne Funeral Home, are drowning in debt. People are complaining about the makeup jobs they're giving deceased loved ones--the word clownish has been used--and both young women have a little trouble keeping their partying habits in line. When they start selling body parts on the black market to k Amber Hawthorne and Jolene Morris, business partners and roommates at the Hawthorne Funeral Home, are drowning in debt. People are complaining about the makeup jobs they're giving deceased loved ones--the word clownish has been used--and both young women have a little trouble keeping their partying habits in line. When they start selling body parts on the black market to keep their business alive (Jolene much more reluctantly than Amber), their new buyers seem friendly and trustworthy enough at first. That is until the dead gangster they've recently parted up turns out to have been full of disease. Now Amber and Jolene's buyers want something else to make up for lost profits, leaving the two undertakers to learn sometimes running your own business can cost you an arm and a leg. Literally.

30 review for Chop Shop

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Robinson

    This was a lightning quick read for me. The action is paced well and I really dug the mafia vibe throughout. Characters are decently developed but I’ll get into that more shortly. There are three protagonists in this book; Frank is by far my favorite. A doctor gone bad just trying to make ends meet and perhaps reconnect with his daughter. I felt bad for the guy! The two girls at the funeral home - I think I needed more build up of their relationship in order to make what happens towards the end This was a lightning quick read for me. The action is paced well and I really dug the mafia vibe throughout. Characters are decently developed but I’ll get into that more shortly. There are three protagonists in this book; Frank is by far my favorite. A doctor gone bad just trying to make ends meet and perhaps reconnect with his daughter. I felt bad for the guy! The two girls at the funeral home - I think I needed more build up of their relationship in order to make what happens towards the end believable. It’s drastic and life-changing and I just didn’t have that emotional investment. It was chaotic and fun, though! This is my first time reading Post’s work and I’ll likely pick up another book by him. I like his writing style and his ability to keep the action rolling. Thanks to Flametree for the ARC, I had fun with it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Chop Shop is a dark and delicious slice of violence embedded with an equally dark sense of humor and complemented by a tantalizing cast of outcasts full of life in the face of death. This book is breakneck. The speed at which the macabre escalates is pure entertainment. Rarely does a book grab me in a choke-hold and make me want it to squeeze harder than this quirky story involving mobsters, an unlicensed 'mob' doc, two funeral owners and a whole lot of dismemberment. From the outset, Chop Shop Chop Shop is a dark and delicious slice of violence embedded with an equally dark sense of humor and complemented by a tantalizing cast of outcasts full of life in the face of death. This book is breakneck. The speed at which the macabre escalates is pure entertainment. Rarely does a book grab me in a choke-hold and make me want it to squeeze harder than this quirky story involving mobsters, an unlicensed 'mob' doc, two funeral owners and a whole lot of dismemberment. From the outset, Chop Shop promised something special and for me, it 100% delivered. I like dark and violent crime fiction, the sort of stuff you won't see on daytime or even prime time TV - and Chop Shop hit all the high notes; this an after-dark midnight special which will leave you blood splattered and smeared - and maybe a little queasy... My rating: 5/5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    And now I need some oxygen... ********************************** I don’t even know where to start with this one. You’ve got violence, general gruesomeness, the kind of funny-but-trashy people you see on a daytime talk show, mobsters, drug dealers, and some completely over-the-top situations that ramp up and up until you simply can’t see a way out for our characters – whew! And it’s fun. Even as I was stunned into a sort of disbelief, I was smiling. Every time you think the author isn’t going to tak And now I need some oxygen... ********************************** I don’t even know where to start with this one. You’ve got violence, general gruesomeness, the kind of funny-but-trashy people you see on a daytime talk show, mobsters, drug dealers, and some completely over-the-top situations that ramp up and up until you simply can’t see a way out for our characters – whew! And it’s fun. Even as I was stunned into a sort of disbelief, I was smiling. Every time you think the author isn’t going to take us there…he takes us there! Definitely not for everyone, but if you can deal with a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am crime novel where anything goes, this one is for you! *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  4. 5 out of 5

    Toni | Dark Reads

    4.5 Rounded up to 5 Stars You know when a book takes you completely by surprise? Well Chop Shop was one of those books for me. This is easily one of my favourite reads so far this year. It reminded me of those early Guy Ritchie Crime Comedies (Lock Stock and Snatch – two of my favorite movies) with an extra helping of gore, awesome! Full review here - http://darkreads.blog/2019/06/18/blog...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    When I first started reading "Chop Shop," I had no idea what was waiting for me. What I discovered was fast-paced thriller that leaves the reader little time to breath before the next big thing happens. Frank Goode runs an emergency room for questionable characters from his dining room after losing his medical license and going to prison for his illegal activities in a Minnesota clinic. One night Frank helps a young lady associated with a local crime organization, and has no idea how much he'll c When I first started reading "Chop Shop," I had no idea what was waiting for me. What I discovered was fast-paced thriller that leaves the reader little time to breath before the next big thing happens. Frank Goode runs an emergency room for questionable characters from his dining room after losing his medical license and going to prison for his illegal activities in a Minnesota clinic. One night Frank helps a young lady associated with a local crime organization, and has no idea how much he'll come to regret that decision. Along the way Frank receives help from Ted, a childhood friend who also may be in over his head and best friends, Amber and Jolene, who run the local funeral home. Before long, Amber and Jolene are mixed up in selling red-market body parts and Frank ends up being the one client they may wish had never knocked on their door. I actually found the characters in "Chop Shop" pretty likable despite their lack of morality. Post did a wonderful job making them highly flawed, but despite their flaws, I never felt the three of them were irredeemable. Jolene and Amber went to college together and I believe their friendship is one of the biggest strengths in the whole novel. Although down on their luck and cutting up a dead mobster in their basement, I was still cheering for them to come out on top. So while "Chop Shop" is full of action, I actually think I enjoyed getting to know the characters more. Now speaking of action, there is a ton of it within this novel's pages. Two Minnesota crime families are at war and the causalities are high. This book is not for the squeamish. But it is for people who enjoy mobster movies and classics such as "Scarface" and "Goodfellows." I have a soft spot for mobster movies which is perhaps one reason why this book was such a good fit for me. "Chop Shop" is classified as horror but there is nothing supernatural here. Post paints of vivid and mesmerizing picture of the most horrific thing out there - humans.

  6. 5 out of 5

    peggy

    OMG WHAT A READ !!!!!! This book had me hooked from the first to the last page. Horror, blood and gore, humour and such a brilliant storyline. Did I mention illegal body and organ harvesting. Be warned this book is not for the squeamish. I LOVED IT An easy five stars and so Highly Recommended. I would like to thank the author, Flame Tree Press and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    August Is Azathoth The Haunted Reading Room

    CHOP SHOP I term Minnesota noir crime/horror. In this novel the horror derives from man's inhumanity to man, neatly balanced by human goodness, as exemplified by several other characters. There's hardly a winner here, unless it's poetic justice, but there is substantial redemption, also demonstrated by several characters. Be prepared for gore, and to have your heartstrings wrenched.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzy Michael

    *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review* Chop Shop by Andrew Post is an over the top, violent, gory ride in the most fantastic way! This book is not for the squeamish, but even if you are, still try out this book! Mobsters, violence, gore, black market body harvesting, necrophilia, drug dealers! What more do you need for a bloody, fun adventure?! Chop Shop centers around three individuals- Frank, a disgraced surgeon who now is a back alley doctor *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review* Chop Shop by Andrew Post is an over the top, violent, gory ride in the most fantastic way! This book is not for the squeamish, but even if you are, still try out this book! Mobsters, violence, gore, black market body harvesting, necrophilia, drug dealers! What more do you need for a bloody, fun adventure?! Chop Shop centers around three individuals- Frank, a disgraced surgeon who now is a back alley doctor to all sorts of criminals. Then we have Amber and Jolene. Friends, roommates, and business partners at the the Hawthorne Funeral Home. But they are drowning in debt due to their crazy partying habits. When Frank ends up with a dead gang member on his hands, he ends up connecting with Amber and Jolene and they decide to start a lucrative side business of selling body parts on the black market. The business is doing well and all three are happy with their new business arrangement, until they realize that body parts they sold off a dead gang member were diseased, and their once friendly buyers turn to them to make up for their lost profits. The trio soon realizes running your own business can cost you an arm and a leg. Literally. This was a great read. It's really not a Horror novel, more crime/dark comedy. The plot is well crafted, and the great characterization creates an interesting atmosphere. All of the main characters are fleshed out quite well, as well as the secondary characters, which makes the story quite strong and well rounded. The secondary characters play enough of a role in the story to make them memorable and useful to keep the plot moving. This is a crazy world that the author creates, but also a very realistic one. This stuff actually goes on! And the author plays on that reality to draw you into his world of mafia, gang members, body harvesters, and corruption. As I mentioned before, this novel can be downright, laugh out loud funny! There are some hilarious moments between the bumbling trio that make up the main characters! The story at times almost becomes a comedy of errors! But just because it has it's fair share of humor, doesn't mean there's a lack of violence. This book is extremely violent and gory. There are dead bodies, necrophilia, blood squirting everywhere, dismemberment. Again, a warning for the faint of heart. But I think the violence is balanced out by the humor, which lightens some of the darkness of the plot. The story is well paced and the author wraps up everything well at the end. If you are looking for a deep read, skip this book. If you are looking for some hacked off limbs, blood spilling everywhere, and a cast of depraved yet likable characters, this one's for you. An entertaining read from beginning to end, I will recommend this book to anyone who can handle their gore.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Keith Chawgo

    Post’s novel Chop Shop is one of those stories where everything is thrown in and it will either work or be a disastrous concoction. We have a cast of highly unlikable characters bar one, people who are really quite shallow and self centred wrapped up in the world of organised crime or get rich schemes. You also have a plot that is dangerously spinning out of control and you are left with a fun page turning interesting and enjoyable gangster hard core thriller that hurls you towards it traumatic Post’s novel Chop Shop is one of those stories where everything is thrown in and it will either work or be a disastrous concoction. We have a cast of highly unlikable characters bar one, people who are really quite shallow and self centred wrapped up in the world of organised crime or get rich schemes. You also have a plot that is dangerously spinning out of control and you are left with a fun page turning interesting and enjoyable gangster hard core thriller that hurls you towards it traumatic ending. The characters are very well descripted and although there is some that fit quite comfortably in the stereotyped boxes, they are sassy and create a sense of atmosphere. Through their well described plot points, it is probably good that this book doesn’t come with smell o’rama as the desperation spores off the pages. Using basically three characters from Frank, mafia doctor and Amber and Jolene, funeral home owners and pointing the narrative across these three characters, the reader receives an interesting point of views. Black humour does run rife through the pages but these are keeping within the disguise of each character. The supporting characters are well drawn and they each hold their own surprise and twist and turns of the story to help keep them memorable. The plot does live very close to the edge and could have very easily spun out of control if it was not for the watchful eye of Post. He was able to spin it and push the limits but reel it back in at just the right moment. At times, things do pile on top of narrative but is handled with an expert hand and to be honest, made me enjoy the novel a lot more although some of the descriptive text is sometimes a bit long and could do with a slight editing to tighten it up. This is a fun page turning read that will keep the reader on their toes. Whilst the plot is outrageous and fun, it does settle within the confines of its own reality. The characters are well developed and have a dark edge to give it an extra punch. Overall, a fun edgy read that should reward its readers willingly.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Van Damme

    Meet Frank. Frank used to be an upstanding citizen, a doctor, married with a daughter, life was good. And then things went to shit and now Frank is… well, Frank is lots of things but to be calling him an upstanding citizen at this point would be a stretch. Fresh out of prison, Frank is trying to make a living as a back-alley surgeon. Got an injury, like a bullet wound, that’s a bit dodgy so you don’t want anyone to find out about it, so you can’t go to the hospital? Frank’s your man! Things are Meet Frank. Frank used to be an upstanding citizen, a doctor, married with a daughter, life was good. And then things went to shit and now Frank is… well, Frank is lots of things but to be calling him an upstanding citizen at this point would be a stretch. Fresh out of prison, Frank is trying to make a living as a back-alley surgeon. Got an injury, like a bullet wound, that’s a bit dodgy so you don’t want anyone to find out about it, so you can’t go to the hospital? Frank’s your man! Things are not great, but so far Frank has managed to keep his head above water… Until he somehow gets caught in the middle of a gang war and ends up with a corpse on his hands. In case you hadn’t realised: when a gang member is shot in the head by a rival gang member in your home, you can’t just call the police or an ambulance or whatever, you have to rid of it yourself, and sooner rather later, before the deceased’s family come knocking. And that is how Frank meets Amber and Jolene. They took over Amber’s father’s funeral home a few years ago but they’re struggling to keep the business from going under, and so when the opportunity arises to start a little side business, they do. The plan is to harvest organs and whatever the hell else they can (which, from the look of things, is A LOT) from their “clients” and deliver those to be sold on. Frank turning up with a dead body constitutes their first time harvesting, and naturally, not everything goes to plan. Chop Shop is one of those books that had me looking things up. I mean, can one really sell limbs on the black market?! Body parts like eyes and kidneys, sure, but actual limbs?! So I did some research (if the authorities were to look into my Google search history, I’d have some explaining to do!) and to my surprise you can sell and buy pretty much every body part on the black market. Apparently, limbs can be used for things like bone marrow, ligaments, bones, and they go for heaps of money. Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for any business ideas that might have occurred to you just now 😳 You may have guessed it, it is a Flame Tree novel after all, but let’s be very clear: this is not a novel for the tender-hearted. From abortions to scrotums torn apart by bullets, from blood spattering on the walls – and pretty much everywhere else – to slippery, unrecognisable body parts gliding to the floor, I won’t say it’s all particularly detailed, but it’s not glossed over either. If you’re someone who has to look away during Grey’s Anatomy operations or you feel sick to your stomach watching the Saw movies, this one is not for you! However, if you like your books smothered in gruesomeness and the blackest of humour, this is totally one for you! Chop Shop is a mix of crime and horror, the latter not in a dangerous creature / haunted house / speculative fiction kind of way, but just as horrific, or perhaps even more so. Although a fictional story, organ harvesting is very real, and during my research, I even came across an abattoir kind of thing in India, where people are kept like cattle to bleed them out and use their body parts *shudders*. In a weird roundabout way, Chop Shop is also a story about relationships: family and friends who feel like family and the crazy shit you’re willing to do for them. In summary: I grimaced, I grinned, I had a jolly good blood-spattered time! Recommended!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    Frank works in an organic, health food grocery store….it’s the only work he could get after losing his medical license and spending two years in jail……he needs a job to keep the IRS happy…….but he has another job, he’s a backstreet doctor, from performing STD blood tests and terminations to removing bullets and stitching up knife wounds…until that is, Simone arrives and unleashes all sorts of trouble…..! Jolene and Amber, run a funeral home, but with mounting debts, a penchant for partying and co Frank works in an organic, health food grocery store….it’s the only work he could get after losing his medical license and spending two years in jail……he needs a job to keep the IRS happy…….but he has another job, he’s a backstreet doctor, from performing STD blood tests and terminations to removing bullets and stitching up knife wounds…until that is, Simone arrives and unleashes all sorts of trouble…..! Jolene and Amber, run a funeral home, but with mounting debts, a penchant for partying and complaints of ‘clownish’ makeup on the dead…..they are nearly bankrupt…….but then Amber’s drug dealer ‘Friend’, Shawn aka Slug…..suggests a way to help……the sums mentioned would clear all their money worries… but man it’s grim! When Frank is left with a body, he is put in touch with Jolene and Amber, he’s their first ‘client’……and all hell breaks out…. This is like a dark, gruesome, Carry On Gangster caper with some truly horrific moments, but also really funny……Frank punching a toaster still makes me laugh out loud every time I think of it…totally insane from start to the slightly poignant ending….. I loved the over the top characters from Missus Petrosky, Oscar and Vlad to Robbie Pescatelli and the really creepy Cornelius…..oh that’s just wrong!! Not for the faint hearted, but an absolute riot of a read, you’ll laugh, cringe, then laugh again…….Glorious! Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)

    Woah, this book had me squeaaaaaling. I was expecting some gore, but woweeee! A nicely paced read filled to the bones with gore, dark humour and a pretty strong underlying message. The book follows three central characters, Frank, Amber and Jolene, with plenty of background and supporting characters throughout. After Frank gets stuck in a pretty sticky situation (pun intended) he makes some pretty crazy decisions that did nothing to deter him from being my favourite character in this book! I wasn' Woah, this book had me squeaaaaaling. I was expecting some gore, but woweeee! A nicely paced read filled to the bones with gore, dark humour and a pretty strong underlying message. The book follows three central characters, Frank, Amber and Jolene, with plenty of background and supporting characters throughout. After Frank gets stuck in a pretty sticky situation (pun intended) he makes some pretty crazy decisions that did nothing to deter him from being my favourite character in this book! I wasn't quite so strongly bonded with the girls, I think there was something slightly missing there to make what happened believable towards the end, their relationship kind of felt to toxic and complicated for it, but what do I know. Despite that, and whilst squirming around reading this, I loved where Post took us at the end. 3.5*, rounded to 4. Triggers: Suicide, Violence, Abortion Thank you to NetGalley, Flame Tree Press and Andrew Post for a free ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MarylineD

    "Chop Shop" by Andrew Post. I loved it! I didn't expect it to be funny but it was really entertaining and I enjoyed it! I was into it from the start! A well written crime thriller full of suspense that is also funny! Well developed story and interesting characters. Warning : graphic at times. I must say the title is really well chosen as well! Thank you to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for the ARC of this book. This is my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I received this book as an ARC. THIS WAS A FUN BOOK. I love this book! It has everything a book-loving girl could ever want: gushing, squirting blood; dead bodies; dismemberment; necrophilia; and gobs of delicious dark humor. From the description above, you’d think this is a horror book. But for me it’s more; it’s a real genre-bender. • It’s crime (Russian and Italian Mafias, people doing bad things) • It’s mystery (who is Rhino, what is the Red Market?) • It’s humor (hyperbole, sarcasm, dark-dark I received this book as an ARC. THIS WAS A FUN BOOK. I love this book! It has everything a book-loving girl could ever want: gushing, squirting blood; dead bodies; dismemberment; necrophilia; and gobs of delicious dark humor. From the description above, you’d think this is a horror book. But for me it’s more; it’s a real genre-bender. • It’s crime (Russian and Italian Mafias, people doing bad things) • It’s mystery (who is Rhino, what is the Red Market?) • It’s humor (hyperbole, sarcasm, dark-dark humor) • It’s realistic (this all just may be true) • It’s a tall tale (he can just be pulling our leg—off; literally) • It’s a fable (there’s a message here, kids) This was a well written book. What that means to me is that there is continuity; there is a flow. The language fits the characters and the situations. And, I actually did not skim the last 20+ pages, which is a bad habit of mine. I read every, single word. I highly recommend this book, and hope you enjoy it, too.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amber DuBois

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book was a lot. There were a lot of different plot lines and characters that all converged nicely into one story. It was fast paced and you're tossed into the action immediately, which I always love. Some of the characters were quite likeable and you definitely ended up rooting for them, and some of the characters were NOT likeable--but fortunately they mostly end up dead. Except Cornelius. My dude, get a different hobby. The pla I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book was a lot. There were a lot of different plot lines and characters that all converged nicely into one story. It was fast paced and you're tossed into the action immediately, which I always love. Some of the characters were quite likeable and you definitely ended up rooting for them, and some of the characters were NOT likeable--but fortunately they mostly end up dead. Except Cornelius. My dude, get a different hobby. The places where this book suffers are the long, tedious constant rehashing of the undertakers and Dr. Goode's histories. I get it. They're not good decision makers. Understood. These monologues don't really give you a better feel of the character, they just seem to be saying the same thing over again, so not a lot of the characters feel very flushed out and well thought. Not a terribly unique or novel story, but the author's voice makes this one worth reading. There's a lot of gore, but there's also so downright comedic moments, and the characters act in ways that make sense. The story is easy to follow and you want to pick it up and read. And in the end, everything gets wrapped up in a tidy boy and there are some very satisfying moments there. Overall, I liked it. I'd recommend it to a friend.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I’m not sure what I just read but it was wild from start to finish, and highly enjoyable. I couldn’t put the book down. There are actually 3 different stories in this book, but they all connect after a while. I enjoyed this book immensely. Equal parts humorous and gross. Definitely recommend this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Thank you to Netgalley & Flame Tree Press for providing me with an e-ARC of Chop Shop by Andrew Post in exchange for an honest review. Content Warning: Abortion, Homophobic & Racist Slurs, Suicide. Not to be dramatic, but I never wanted Chop Shop by Andrew Post to end. I laughed & stayed on the edge of my seat throughout the 200 & so pages of this Mafia-goodness. Chop Shop was such a fun & fast-paced adventure & I officially want more of whatever Andrew Post has to offer. Ch Thank you to Netgalley & Flame Tree Press for providing me with an e-ARC of Chop Shop by Andrew Post in exchange for an honest review. Content Warning: Abortion, Homophobic & Racist Slurs, Suicide. Not to be dramatic, but I never wanted Chop Shop by Andrew Post to end. I laughed & stayed on the edge of my seat throughout the 200 & so pages of this Mafia-goodness. Chop Shop was such a fun & fast-paced adventure & I officially want more of whatever Andrew Post has to offer. Chop Shop tells two stories; both interlacing as the story develops. Frank Goode, ex-prisoner & ex-doctor, runs an illegal medical practice in his house. It doesn’t take long for him to get caught in the middle of a Mafia war. & then there’s two friends that work at a funeral home, Jolene & Amber. Their business is going under & they’d do just about anything for funds. I’m still shook by the savagery displayed by the colorful cast of characters in Chop Shop. Like, wow, note to self: never piss off a gangster. All jokes aside, Andrew Post perfectly created an array of characters; all of which adds more umph to Chop Shop. & there’s even fantastic character development! All three of the protagonists (Frank, Amber & Jolene) go through hell & their growth definitely shines through in the end. None of these characters are who they were when they started. I also found it as an interesting character-study, as Chop Shop shows what lengths people would go to in order to gain funds (or, in Frank’s case — not go back to prison & keep his family safe). As much as I loved this book, it’s not something I would recommend to just anybody. Personally, I’m a Mess. I like messed-up things & I find humor in the dumbest shit. Chop Shop really matched my sense of humor. I laughed a lot & even told my dad all about this book (which led to both of us laughing a lot). Plus, it had the perfect amount of blood, violence & what the hell is going on?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    This is the last Flame Tree Press ARC left on my pile, so I was really looking foward to checking it out. As soon as I started, I was dragged right into the insane activity. Frank used to be a doctor before he spent time in jail. Now he's still a doctor, but works out of his shabby home and patches up people skirting the more dangerous underbelly of society. Jolene and Amber run a funeral home, but between their partying and loose business practices, they're struggling to keep the business afloat. This is the last Flame Tree Press ARC left on my pile, so I was really looking foward to checking it out. As soon as I started, I was dragged right into the insane activity. Frank used to be a doctor before he spent time in jail. Now he's still a doctor, but works out of his shabby home and patches up people skirting the more dangerous underbelly of society. Jolene and Amber run a funeral home, but between their partying and loose business practices, they're struggling to keep the business afloat. So, as soon as a nefarious offer comes their way, they take a chance. After the doctor and the undertakers cross paths, their lives take an awful turn that can only lead to a whole bunch of bloody trouble... Oh my. This book! Where do I start? There's so much to unpack. So much to process. I know this is a story I will think about quite a bit in the future. It's got that sticky kind of effect that leaves residue behind that's impossible to wash away. Most of this felt like a twisted comedy of errors. It's like a cross between the Tarantino violence level and the hilarity of Stephanie Plum, with a good dose of Jerry Springer. On steroids. There's a LOT of violence, balanced out with plenty of dark humour and a bunch of screwed up over the top situations. So many insane things happen in this story and escalate so quickly, I almost got whiplash a few times. One of my favourite aspects was how many times this story full of criminals and worst kind of misfits--dealers, mobsters, traffickers--crossed into the black comedy of errors territory. Just when I thought things couldn't get worse or crazier, they totally did. Yet, no matter how bizarre or out of control everything got, it all worked. And I think that's because this story was so well written. I mean, the characters in this tale of depravity are all awful, but I was engrossed in their wretched lives, and wanted to follow them to the end. Chop Shop turned out to be an interesting, hilarious crime novel guaranteed to please anyone interested in a fast-paced story full of fumbling characters with a good dose of despicable. It's gory, focuses on heavy adult content, and is definitely not for the faint of heart. Not to mention that every chapter raises the stakes, and leads to a morbid, hopeless, yet strangely satisfying ending that fits perfectly. I seriously enjoyed the hell out of every moment I spent reading this crazy little violent book. You should check it out!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    Frank works in an organic, health food grocery store….it’s the only work he could get after losing his medical license and spending two years in jail……he needs a job to keep the IRS happy…….but he has another job, he’s a backstreet doctor, from performing STD blood tests and terminations to removing bullets and stitching up knife wounds…until that is, Simone arrives and unleashes all sorts of trouble…..! Jolene and Amber, run a funeral home, but with mounting debts, a penchant for partying and co Frank works in an organic, health food grocery store….it’s the only work he could get after losing his medical license and spending two years in jail……he needs a job to keep the IRS happy…….but he has another job, he’s a backstreet doctor, from performing STD blood tests and terminations to removing bullets and stitching up knife wounds…until that is, Simone arrives and unleashes all sorts of trouble…..! Jolene and Amber, run a funeral home, but with mounting debts, a penchant for partying and complaints of ‘clownish’ makeup on the dead…..they are nearly bankrupt…….but then Amber’s drug dealer ‘Friend’, Shawn aka Slug…..suggests a way to help……the sums mentioned would clear all their money worries… but man it’s grim! When Frank is left with a body, he is put in touch with Jolene and Amber, he’s their first ‘client’……and all hell breaks out…. This is like a dark, gruesome, Carry On Gangster caper with some truly horrific moments, but also really funny……Frank punching a toaster still makes me laugh out loud every time I think of it…totally insane from start to the slightly poignant ending….. I loved the over the top characters from Missus Petrosky, Oscar and Vlad to Robbie Pescatelli and the really creepy Cornelius…..oh that’s just wrong!! Not for the faint hearted, but an absolute riot of a read, you’ll laugh, cringe, then laugh again…….Glorious! Thank you to The publishers, the author and NetGalley for free copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Davies

    As soon as I saw the cover of this book, it grabbed my attention, after reading the blurb, I was intrigued and knew that I must read it. The story follows three main characters. Frank a struck off doctor who makes his money patching people up and Amber and Jolene, friends from college who now spend their time running a soon to be a bankrupt funeral home. As you start this book you alternate between Frank, Amber and Jolene and the more you read, the more you learn about their former lives and the l As soon as I saw the cover of this book, it grabbed my attention, after reading the blurb, I was intrigued and knew that I must read it. The story follows three main characters. Frank a struck off doctor who makes his money patching people up and Amber and Jolene, friends from college who now spend their time running a soon to be a bankrupt funeral home. As you start this book you alternate between Frank, Amber and Jolene and the more you read, the more you learn about their former lives and the lengths they are going through to survive. Whilst Frank, Amber and Jolene were the stars of the show, each character you meet all have a story to tell. It did not matter which character you were reading about as they were all described in detail. There were some characters that were larger than life and if you watch gangster films you will recognise some of the same characteristics. Even though the subject matter was dark, the story was broken up with some funny moments and if you like dark humour than this is a book for you. One scene I found the funny side to involved Cornelius and Jolene in the funeral home. Just as I thought I knew where the story was going the author added a scene that completely threw me. As I wanted to find out what would happen to Frank I could not put this book down and as there was always something going on, it made this story a quick read. This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last. If you are looking for a unique horror story than give this book a read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I want to thank Flametree Press for sending me an arc of Chop Shop. I meant to get to it before the book was actually released but things happen. So after finishing the monster that is Moby Dick I was needing a fast-paced, light read and I thought a book about trafficking human body parts would be perfect. Chop Shop actually got off to a rocky start for me. I really was squirming at the opening scene. It was definitely not to my taste and I thought I might not continue but I was willing to give I want to thank Flametree Press for sending me an arc of Chop Shop. I meant to get to it before the book was actually released but things happen. So after finishing the monster that is Moby Dick I was needing a fast-paced, light read and I thought a book about trafficking human body parts would be perfect. Chop Shop actually got off to a rocky start for me. I really was squirming at the opening scene. It was definitely not to my taste and I thought I might not continue but I was willing to give it 50 pages before I set it aside and the next thing I knew, I was on page 80. It was definitely a quick read, I knocked 200 pages out in the first day. And for the most part, it was a quirky, fun story. The first half read like a comedy of errors horror edition. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong with a healthy dose of laughs and blood. But then it took a dark, somber turn and I felt like I was reading a different book; it felt disjointed. The beginning and the end were both decent stories unto themselves but it didn't feel like one cohesive story. So all in all Chop Shop was a quick, entertaining read exactly when I needed it. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had stayed humorous.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dorie

    Chop Shop by Andrew Post 2019 Flame Tree 4.0 / 5.0 Amber and Jolene, roommates and business partners of the Hawthorne Funeral Home need to find a way out of their debt at the funeral home or risk losing it. Former mob doctor, Frank Goode provides abortions and other medical procedures in the rear of his grocery store. When Frank needs to dispose of a body, he contacts Amber and Jolene who cant pass up the chance of making the huge sun offered. They deliver the parts to Rhino, a man connected to bod Chop Shop by Andrew Post 2019 Flame Tree 4.0 / 5.0 Amber and Jolene, roommates and business partners of the Hawthorne Funeral Home need to find a way out of their debt at the funeral home or risk losing it. Former mob doctor, Frank Goode provides abortions and other ¨medical procedures¨ in the rear of his grocery store. When Frank needs to dispose of a body, he contacts Amber and Jolene who can´t pass up the chance of making the huge sun offered. They deliver the parts to Rhino, a man connected to body harvesting. But when the parts arrive in ¨rotten¨ shape, Amber and Jolene must find a way to replace the missing parts.....even if it means losing an arm or a leg. With a cast of hard- to- like-but- you- can-not- ignore characters, this draws you into their word of corruption, crime families and racial/ethnic bigotry. This is an insane horror novel. I enjoyed its fast pace, its crazy premise and its black humor. If your like your horror story with terrifying grisly scenes, this might be just the one for you. Thanks to Flame Tree and the author for sending this e-book ARC fro review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Kemp

    This book was morbidly hilarious! The story is very well written, and very engaging. The main characters were very believable, and I found myself becoming invested in their story. I also found myself laughing hysterically at all the dark humour, which was a great contrast to the nail-biting suspense in the last half of the novel. This is definitely one of my favourite horror-thrillers of all time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Kemp

    This book was morbidly hilarious! The story is very well written, and very engaging. The main characters were very believable, and I found myself becoming invested in their story. I also found myself laughing hysterically at all the dark humour, which was a great contrast to the nail-biting suspense in the last half of the novel. This is definitely one of my favourite horror-thrillers of all time.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Josef Hernandez

    A violent, wicked, and entertaining novel For a full review, please go to https://areviewerdarkly.blogspot.com/... and follow me on Twitter @josenher

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Tripp

    Thanks to Flame Tree Press I was able to read this ARC. First book by Andrew and I loved it from page one. Dialogue is amazing and the story wasn't what I expected at all. I absolutely loved it. It's bloody fun and a hell of a good time. It's fanfuckingtastic actually. 5 star review, Tripp says check it out!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    Reading Stuff 'n' Things I admit that I actually quite enjoyed this book in a strange kind of way. It was well written, had a unique story-line, surprising ending and great characters although some of them are not particularly likeable. There is ample dark humour which offsets the tension perfectly and although it does seem to be a bit OTT in parts, it does work well in this book however, I have to say that, in my opinion, the wrong person died at the end!! Please be aware that this is not a polit Reading Stuff 'n' Things I admit that I actually quite enjoyed this book in a strange kind of way. It was well written, had a unique story-line, surprising ending and great characters although some of them are not particularly likeable. There is ample dark humour which offsets the tension perfectly and although it does seem to be a bit OTT in parts, it does work well in this book however, I have to say that, in my opinion, the wrong person died at the end!! Please be aware that this is not a politically correct book and there is a lot of violence and blood however, the title and description should have given this away so this shouldn't come as too much of a shock. I haven't read anything by this author before but I am likely to pick up another of his works in the future. Thanks to Flame Tree Press and NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest and unbiased review and for, once again, introducing me to another new author to look out for.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Firstly, thanks to Netgalley, the author and publishers for a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. Wow, what a great concept. This book is full of drama and bloody scenes, but also has a liberal sprinkling of humour, quirky characters and almost slapstick situations. There are 2 main angles happening here. One one side, we have a disgraced surgeon who has had to resort to back alley surgery patching up criminals and prostitutes who can't go to a hospital. On the other, we Firstly, thanks to Netgalley, the author and publishers for a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. Wow, what a great concept. This book is full of drama and bloody scenes, but also has a liberal sprinkling of humour, quirky characters and almost slapstick situations. There are 2 main angles happening here. One one side, we have a disgraced surgeon who has had to resort to back alley surgery patching up criminals and prostitutes who can't go to a hospital. On the other, we have 2 hapless girls trying to run an inherited funeral home business. Their paths cross when a mutual friend involved in the underworld ropes them both into trading in human body parts. What follows is a mixture of gangland betrayals and murders and just pure ineptitude, to give us a sometimes hilarious, often shocking rollercoaster of a ride. I absolutely loved this book. The characters are all likeable in their own way, the plot is well thought out, and the ending wraps up quite nicely. Definitely needs some serious editing but this is an uncorrected proof copy, so I've ignored that.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Firstly, thanks to Netgalley, the author and publishers for a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. Wow, what a great concept. This book is full of drama and bloody scenes, but also has a liberal sprinkling of humour, quirky characters and almost slapstick situations. There are 2 main angles happening here. One one side, we have a disgraced surgeon who has had to resort to back alley surgery patching up criminals and prostitutes who can't go to a hospital. On the other, we Firstly, thanks to Netgalley, the author and publishers for a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. Wow, what a great concept. This book is full of drama and bloody scenes, but also has a liberal sprinkling of humour, quirky characters and almost slapstick situations. There are 2 main angles happening here. One one side, we have a disgraced surgeon who has had to resort to back alley surgery patching up criminals and prostitutes who can't go to a hospital. On the other, we have 2 hapless girls trying to run an inherited funeral home business. Their paths cross when a mutual friend involved in the underworld ropes them both into trading in human body parts. What follows is a mixture of gangland betrayals and murders and just pure ineptitude, to give us a sometimes hilarious, often shocking rollercoaster of a ride. I absolutely loved this book. The characters are all likeable in their own way, the plot is well thought out, and the ending wraps up quite nicely. Definitely needs some serious editing but this is an uncorrected proof copy, so I've ignored that.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lou Jacobs

    Pulp fiction meets Sam Peckinpah .... 3 worlds collide into a giant fireball! Andrew Post crafts a tour de force of black humor .. laced with wonderful gratuitous violence and gore. The main protagonist is Frank Goode ... disgraced surgeon back from prison but yet continuing to ply his trade in his make-shift dining room operating room. After all he still follows the Hippocratic oath and wants to save and fix all comers. To satisfy the taxman he maintains a legitimate job at Jerry's Organic Gro Pulp fiction meets Sam Peckinpah .... 3 worlds collide into a giant fireball! Andrew Post crafts a tour de force of black humor .. laced with wonderful gratuitous violence and gore. The main protagonist is Frank Goode ... disgraced surgeon back from prison but yet continuing to ply his trade in his make-shift dining room operating room. After all he still follows the Hippocratic oath and wants to save and fix all comers. To satisfy the taxman he maintains a legitimate job at Jerry's Organic Grocery ... once he dons his apron he taxes his skill set by forming pyramids of pears, apples and oranges. Next up, is Simone Pescatelli, niece of a Mafia boss and is inconvenienced by her pregnancy. Simone wants Frank to terminate her pregnancy so she can fit into a dress to attend a wedding as the maid of honor. How ironic is that? After the dirty deed is done he allows her to rest a few hours before clearing out. Frank's phone vibrates on his way back home ... it's Bryce Petrosky, a previous bunkmate in the pen (and now part of the competing Russian Mafia) ... he wants to bring over his cousin, Vasily, whose been shot ... it's worth $10,000 for his troubles. Frank arrives home and finds Simone still there and insists she hide in his bedroom. He spends the next 3 hours saving the life of Vasily. After Bryce leaves his house he goes up to check on Simone. Unfortunately while his back is turned she sneaks downstairs and puts a bullet in Vasily's brain. Which naturally sets into motion a series of serious convoluted problems ... getting rid of the body ... the Russian Mafia's displeasure next morning. Enter the third confounding element ... Amber Hawthorne and Joline Morris, co-owners of Hawthorne Funeral Home ... a decidingly failing business venture. To rescue their fortunes they decide to enter the black market business of selling body parts ... it seems like a natural progression of their business plan. Post creates a masterpiece of violence and gore with an exceptionally adept cinematic narrative. The denouement, when all three worlds collide is straight out of a Sam Pekinpah movie. Thanks to Netgalley and Flame Tree Press for this fun filled Uncorrected Proof in exchange for an honest review.

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