Road Trips Get Deadly in John Sandford’s ‘Gathering Prey’ [REVIEW]

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Always on the road, the Travelers have no idea they’ve become a moving target in John Sandford’s Gathering Prey.
(Photo by Minh-Kiet Callies, Flickr)

Remember the old days when the family happily loaded up the RV and hit the open road, determined to see everything the country had to offer, from gorgeous national parks to kitschy Americana? Travel used to be fun… at least until John Sandford sank his teeth into it. With the arrival of Gathering Prey, readers may never want to leave their homes ever again! Read more of this post

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Warning: ‘Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom’ May Captivate Young Readers [REVIEW]

Dr. Fell and Jerry

Although some of the neighborhood children might be fooled by creepy Dr. Fell, Jerry thinks the old man is up to something. (Illustration by Will Terry)

For years, the abandoned old house at the end of the block has been the neighborhood children’s playground. It has also provided fodder for plenty of speculation and more than a little gossip. When an elderly stranger moves in, his presence sends the whole community into a tizzy. Who is he? Why is he here? Where did he come from? And perhaps most important, what is he up to? Find out in David Neilsen’s debut novel, Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom. 
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Debra Webb’s ‘Dark Whispers’ Wreaks Havoc With Our Sanity [REVIEW]

Gun

Natalie Drummond is sure she shot the person who broke into her home. Or did she? Find out in Debra Webb’s Dark Whispers.
(Photo by Jo Christian Oterhals, Flickr)

Natalie Drummond needs help. Since suffering a brain injury, there are gaps in her short term memory. Still, she insists someone is watching her. She hears and sees things, sights and sounds which she can not explain. Her doctor says these apparitions may only be flashbacks, but she isn’t so sure. Thus begins Debra Webb’s thrilling new novel, Dark Whispers.  Read more of this post

Robert Masello’s ‘The Jekyll Revelation’ Puts A Modern Twist on a Gothic Classic [REVIEW]

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Is there a real connection between serial killer Jack the Ripper, author Robert Louis Stevenson, and the “fictional” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Find out in Robert Masello’s The Jekyll Revelation.
(Pictures courtesy Illustrated London News, Lloyd Osbourne, and Library of Congress)

Good stories linger with us as readers, burrowing under our skin, tickling our imaginations long after the last page is turned. Ever since Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published in 1886 and Jack the Ripper’s horrific Whitechapel Murders were publicized in the press in 1888, both tales have haunted us ever since. But what if the stories were linked somehow?  And if they were, where is the line between fact and fiction drawn? Author Robert Masello brilliantly blends the two tales to create the unforgettable, terrifying novel, The Jekyll Revelation.  Read more of this post

Iain Reid’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Is Seriously Creepy [REVIEW]

Farmhouse in winter

In Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a ramshackle farmhouse in the middle of nowhere may be the creepiest home since Norman Bates took up residence at the top of the hill in Psycho. (Photo by Teresa Alexander-Arab, Flickr)

Have you ever read a book that was brilliantly written, and yet so shocking in its denouement, it left you feeling so ponderous you simply had to talk about it with friends to make sense of it all? Iain Reid’s debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, is one such book. Read more of this post