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Sharron

I LOVE haunting, atmospheric writing that plays in your head like a movie. I adore books of a mysterious, suspenseful and creepy nature. I am a big fan of Horror/Zombie/Apocalypse and other genres which center on Mystery and strong character development.

Hamilton, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Neverland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Clegg
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    For years, the Jackson family has vacationed at Rowena Wandigaux Lee's old Victorian house on Gull Island, a place of superstition and legend off the southern coast of the U.S. One particular summer, young Beau follows his cousin Sumter into a hidden shack in the woods - and christens this new clubhouse "Neverland." The rundown shack in the woods is the key to an age-old mystery, a place forbidden to all. But Neverland becomes the place where children begin to worship a creature of shadows, which Sumter calls "Lucy."

    Sharron says: "WOW! Creeped out for weeks!!!--New favourite!!!"
    "WOW! Creeped out for weeks!!!--New favourite!!!"
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    This book deserves as much praise as I can possibly give it! Clegg delivered everything I love in a good horror novel and remained entirely unique and creative, offering something refreshingly different for the genre. Clegg probably has one of the BEST dark imaginations I've ever had the pleasure of reading and I simply cannot get enough! (I bought his other book, "Hallowe'en Man" immediately after I finished this one!)

    This story is a coming of age tale about Beau, a twelve-year-old boy visiting his grandmother's summer retreat off the coast of Georgia. During his stay he spends time with his disturbed, maniacal cousin Sumter who invites him to join in a dark union of worship involving a derelict shack in the woods, a crate, and what lay inside the crate...something that calls itself "Lucy." (If you aren't already wondering how a concept as aberrant as this plays out I'd be surprised!) Well, lucky for you its as deliciously satisfying as it is perturbed.

    In terms of plot, this was most surely a RIVETING read and I couldn't put it down! The more I read the more engaged I became, needing to know what the #$%^@! is in that shack?! Is it real?! Is it going to hurt him?!...Oh God...its breathing on him in the dark...its not human...what IS it?!?!?! I'm telling you that the story and ideas behind this entire concept could only have been derived by the mind of a creative genius---its a gripping mystery that unfolds flawlessly into a full-fleged nightmare. The images and events that played out had me totally unnerved and trust me, I read so much horror that that excitement almost never happens anymore! Keep in mind however, that this no "popcorn horror" novel so if you're expecting a lot of action and enjoy a lot of violence/gore you probably won't find it here...this is a different kind of scary so its more like a psychological build-up of suspense & mystery of the unknown with explosive plot twists and a wicked finale.

    Aside from the tantalizing plot, I fell in love with Clegg's characters and writing style and credit his ability to bring this story to life. The believable characters made me entirely reminiscent of my own childhood days and reminded me of how blissful, pure and innocent youth is supposed to be. It is because of the purity and innocence of childhood that the stark contrast of evil seeping into their lives becomes truly horrific. There are things that children should just never do...but there are no limits in Neverland.

    In terms of content I will warn that events and images are sometimes of a disturbing and graphic nature so this book isn't for the faint of heart. Some of the subject matter also contains themes of animal cruelty and extreme gore/violence. Although I am an avid animal lover and I found those scenes very hard to read and disturbing, I simply skipped those brief sections in favour of the remaining storyline. This book is so good I got over it.

    Narration was INCREDIBLE, and David Stifel delivers flawless inflections and variations among characters. He also made me laugh with his superb ability to emphasize the child-like humour in the simplest of things such as "The Weenie's all-natural, silver-backed bristle brush" (grandma's all-feared hairbrush used to discipline and scold the children).

    Should you buy it??? UMM...HELL YES!!! If you're looking to experience a humorous yet, terrifying deep-South horror story then "Neverland" will surely be treasured among the best.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Go Ask Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anonymous
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    Life at 15 isn't easy for a girl if she's shy and hates the way she looks. Each day is heaven or hell, depending on who talks to her, or who doesn't. So when she's finally accepted by a group, she doesn't refuse their party games, even if it means taking LSD. Soon she's taking little pills to wake up and others to go to sleep, and the days begin to blur. Based on a 15-year-old's diary, Go Ask Alice is the intimate account of one girl's fatal journey into the world of drug addiction.

    Sharron says: "WE WERE ALL LIED TO. THIS IS FICTION PEOPLE!!!"
    "WE WERE ALL LIED TO. THIS IS FICTION PEOPLE!!!"
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    Words cannot describe how angry and betrayed I felt after realizing I wasted a credit on a book that is a complete LIE. I was promised to be purchasing a 'TRUE' story from a 'REAL' 15-year-old girl's diary but this is nothing more than drug propaganda of the 70's and Beatrice Spark's Mormon agenda. THAT IS THE TRUTH PEOPLE. YOU WERE ALL FOOLED.

    I realized it was fake before I even did the research. No one (not even in the 70's) used language like "flabby-flab flab" "great great great!" not to mention the RIDICULOUS timeline events!!! She sticks a needle in her arm immediately after one accidental drug encounter? Oh, and of course she talks about being scared of pot AFTER using Heroin? I DON'T THINK SO. She magically goes from being scared of everyone in her school to having drug connections and a sex life? All in 18 MONTHS?!? WTF!!! How did anyone buy this as real?

    I can't believe this is legally sold as non-fiction in the year 2014 when back in the 70's the real author came forward admitting "some of it" to be her work. Beatrice Sparks was a Mormon youth counsellor who was mistaken labelled a "Dr."(although she earned no doctorate) and sold this story for a profit. She later wrote "Jay's Journal" which was based on yet another 'TRUE' story and what she did with that one is unforgivable. It was based on the journal of Alden Barret who was a 16-yr-old boy who committed suicide. Alden's parents gave Sparks the journal and trusted her to get it published but she butchered his character instead and twisted it into her own Mormon-taught propaganda about satanism. She ruined lives for money. If you read Jay's journal you would also notice that both 'Alice' and 'Jay' use the same messed up jargon such as "quick quick quick" because it's the voice of Sparks NOT any real teenager.

    This personally offends me because as someone who uses a diary and has experience with real addiction it is WRONG to call it real. Well intended or not, I want my credit back and for God's sake, change the book's description!!!!!



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Green Hell: Alex Hunter, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    Deep in the steaming jungles of Paraguay, Aimee Weir is in trouble. The petrobiologist has found what she was looking for - a unique microorganism in a natural gas deposit - but it proves to be more destructive than anyone could have imagined. A contagion is striking down all in its wake. The camp is quarantined, but workers start to vanish in the night. Is it fear of contamination - or has something far more lethal come to the surface? Something that has been trapped beneath the miles of stone, waiting... for us.

    angie says: "Love Love Love Alex Hunter!"
    "TOTALLY HOOKED!!! Action meets Horror done right!!"
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    This is my first Greig Beck novel and Alex Hunter book but it certainly will not be my last! I'm really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book because I usually can't stand action hero novels or their ridiculous plots but this story was really well done and the characters were awesome! Beck's writing offers excellent imagery as well as impressive amounts of research into his ideas. The research aspect alone lends his work a level of authenticity and believability quite foreign to many other fictional works of its kind. Narration was also expertly performed and really brought the entire experience to life.

    What I love most about this book is how it combines elements of my favourite genre
    (horror) and blends together elements of sci-fi & action to create a really exciting and unique experience. The horror part of the book relates to the biological threat to the human race as well as the inhuman creature who stalks them in the jungle. I found the ideas not only spooky but very imaginative and original.

    The other aspect I loved about this book was the story.The plot explodes into action right from the beginning of the novel and we are introduced to Alex Hunter, the elite American "Hawks" (soldiers), and the sexy scientist, Amy Weir who venture deep into the jungles of Paraguay. Several different events take place at once and Alex and the others face one threat after another from flesh-eating disease to demonic, skeletal creature and more... The suspense is totally addictive-I couldn't stop listening! The story also earned my admiration for not having sloppy plot devices or predictable outcomes (which I can't stand) and the suspense and danger actually felt real as a result. Even the ending was intense and unpredictable!!!

    This book was AMAZING and I can't recommend it enough! I'm downloading the other Alex Hunter books as we speak! ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3661)
    Performance
    (2949)
    Story
    (2973)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "DARK is right. Well written but just too macabre."
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    Although I liked elements of this book and I often enjoy fiction of a melancholy nature, this one felt just a tad "icky" for my taste. The subject matter of this book contains themes of sex, murder, violence, isolation, depression, anger and justice but is heavily focused on negativity in general (in my opinion). The book centres on a crime of a young woman's past---the brutal slaughter of her entire family and her brother sentenced to life in prison for it. As she wrestles with her personal demons of anger, hate and general misery she is confronted with learning the truth about what really happened to her family.

    While I found the mystery of the story quite good, the writing solid and the character development impressive, I couldn't enjoy the miserable protagonist or the side-story of her brother. The protagonist was stubborn, hateful, rude and foolish and I personally couldn't relate to her nor did I find satisfaction in her "development." The Narrative also centres on her incarcerated brother's past which was painfully slow, drawn-out, and disturbing. Again, my personal taste didn't derive satisfaction from scenes involving awkward sexual situations and teenage sociopaths doing drugs and killing cows. Although descriptive and visceral, not my cup of tea!

    Overall, this book was expertly written and subject matter aside, it was fantastic. This book would be a great option for those looking for non-traditional characters, dark subject matter and suspenseful murder mystery drama. I rated it based on my personal taste, not quality. Please keep that in mind and no offence to the author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lighthouse Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alan K. Baker
    • Narrated By Steven Cree
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    A terrifying mystery of the sea. In December 1900, three lighthouse keepers vanished without trace from the remote Scottish island of Eilean Mòr. An emergency relief crew was sent to man the lighthouse. At the end of their month-long duty, they resigned from their posts, and never spoke of what they had experienced on the island. The mystery of Eilean Mòr has never been solved. Until now. In the present, a group of environmental researchers arrives on the island to observe the wildlife.

    Kimberly says: "Wonderful & Spooky"
    "I ADORE this book! Totally creeped out!"
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    This book was my first introduction to Alan K. Baker and I can honestly say this book blew me away and I'll explain why. This book captures all the elements I love in a good scare---a dark, brooding mystery, mounting suspense, realistic characters, superb writing and most importantly, ORIGINALITY.

    Baker illustrates the spooky atmosphere of Eilean Mor (a Scottish Isle) using fantastically descriptive Scottish diction and powerful imagery. The story itself features two interwoven narrative threads which depict current events and reveal the supernatural mystery of a missing lighthouse keeper. The story centres on a team of Scientists all working for the Joint Nature Conservation Comittee (JNCC) who set up a camp on the island to research marine life. The crew discover the testament of Alec Dalemore, (the missing lighthouse keeper from 1901) and read of his frightening paranormal encounters as they too, encounter something inexplicable and horrific. The testament lends to the story at the same time a revelation of the past, an anchor in the here and now, and a confession of fear and terror. The pacing between these two threads was done perfectly and I really felt it added to the overall experience.

    To offer just a small taste of what to expect in terms of paranormal happenings, I want to make clear that this is NOT a ghost story nor is it anything predictable. Between a ruined chapel, strange weather and a white fox with...."something wrong with its face," you will not be disappointed. This book was really spooky and that fox...what the.....#%@^&?!

    Narration was excellent and the Scottish accent really authenticated the story for me.

    If you are looking for a spooky mystery with supernatural elements and a Scottish flavour, pick up The Lighthouse Keeper!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Meikle
    • Narrated By James Conlan
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    On a small, sparsely populated island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, a group of archeology students are opening what seems to be an early Neolithic burial mound. Marine biologist Duncan McKenzie is also working on the island, staying with the lighthouse caretakers, Dick and Tom, while he completes his studies of the local water supply. One afternoon the three men are disturbed in their work by the appearance of a dazed female student from the excavation, who is badly traumatized.

    Sharron says: "Action, suspense, folklore & plenty of SCARES!!!"
    "Action, suspense, folklore & plenty of SCARES!!!"
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    I really enjoyed this book! It entertained me immensely and I will definitely look for William Meikle's other works. Since there are so many different types of "horror" novels out there and not everyone's definition of "scary" will be the same, I'll do my best to help you decide if this book is right for you without giving anything away.

    First of all, this is definitely what I would consider a monster/supernatural horror novel but it certainly is one of the best I've read since so many are often comical rather than scary. One of my favourite types of suspense when it comes to supernatural horror is the author's ability to create fear with atmosphere, isolation, darkness and most importantly-with the character' s actions and senses. Meikle delivers a fantastic read by taking us to a small island on the Scottish countryside where we learn of ancient myths, folklore and we are introduced to ALL its inhabitants with great detail. Meikle also offers a generous amount of backstory on our supernatural villain which I thought was a BIG PLUS. I also felt he did a great job overlapping several different sub-plots through various characters/chapters and created a story that flowed seamlessly from start to finish. My favourite parts were with Duncan wandering through the fog and all of the many noises, smells and EXTREMELY SCARY descriptions of what he saw---so well done! This book was also well-paced so I finished it in just a few reads and didn't want to put it down.

    My only critique so to speak (and the reason I only gave it 3 stars) is due to the same thing I come across in almost all modern horror: unnecessary/unrealistic SEX scenes! Ugh! I could not help but roll my eyes when the lead lady in the story rips the clothing off of our protagonist Duncan and has sex with him during the most ridiculous circumstances...definitely written by a man! No women behave like that!!! Aside from that, I felt the ending was very lazy and unsatisfactory...it just didn't seem to fit considering all of the work the author put into the rest of the book.

    Overall, this book was worth the credit and one of the best "creature features" I've read in a while! The narrator also did a great job and added authenticity to the characters. If you like the supernatural and the idea of being creeped out by evil, malevolent creatures beneath a Scottish burial mound, give this a go!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Halloween Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Clegg
    • Narrated By William Michael Redman
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
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    The Halloween Man walks when the screaming begins, and only Stony Crawford holds the key to the power of the chilling mystery of Stonehaven - and to the power of the unspeakable creature trapped within a summer mansion...

    Sharron says: "Loved It!-Unique, twisted and really CREEPY!"
    "Loved It!-Unique, twisted and really CREEPY!"
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    This book was an instant grab immediately upon completion of Douglas Clegg's "Neverland." I was so impressed, inspired and (most importantly)-SPOOKED by his dark writing, unforgettable characters and powerful, twisted imagination that I was sure to enjoy more of his work. This lead me to "The Hallowe'en Man" a tale told in several layers through excellent narration.

    The story is told through the eyes of Stony Crawford, a man in his late 20's who, in spite of kidnapping a child at the beginning of the story, takes us into the past to re-live his teenage years. For many chapters of this thick, twisted plot I was unsure where the horror would be, how it related to the title of "Hallowe'en Man" and whether or not I would enjoy it but I was not disappointed! It is within Stony's memories that the nightmares are revealed; we learn of his first love, the blind woman in the forest, a summer mansion, hidden secrets of the town, ancient legends and eventually, of a creature...The plot also shifted many times to reveal several layers of sub-plot and different characters took turns providing a glimpse into the horror and suspense that make up this book.

    This book earns its right as a horror novel not for the typical cliches, violence or cheap thrills as other books of its genre, but Clegg delivers horror in an entirely different way. Clegg's writing offers a very GRAPHIC and often times, disturbing portrayal of evil with powerful imagery and sadistic motives. Clegg's ability to create fear by exploring the depths of evil and combine it with the unknown make him one of my most cherished authors.

    As an Audiobook, William does an impeccable job!!! He used different tones, accents and inflections for each character and brought them to life beautifully!

    I will admit however, that due to the constant 'jumping' around in the plot from one story to the next, I was confused at times and sometimes had to back-track. Aside from that, I enjoyed this book very much and I thought it was well-written, creepy and entirely unique. Douglas Clegg has impressed me so much with his capacity to scare and vivid imagination. I recommend this book and especially his book, "Neverland" if you are looking for something new and REALLY creepy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Feaster From the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alan K. Baker
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Something strange is happening on the London Underground. The ghosts which haunt the platforms and tunnels are being seen much more frequently than usual, and it seems that they are both angry and frightened. Something has appeared on the subterranean railway network of which even the dead are afraid, and the train drivers and other staff are becoming increasingly reluctant to work there.

    Sharron says: "Beautiful writing and performance....strange story"
    "Beautiful writing and performance....strange story"
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    I was completely captivated by the "The lighthouse Keeper" and picked this up because I wanted more of this author, Alan K. Baker. I was not disappointed. However, this story isn't for everyone. This story has all elements of creepy and scary but lost me at the conception of species from other planets. Baker delves quite deeply into "clandestine affairs" and I could not help but roll my eyes in disbelief. I adore his writing style and horror imagery but I cannot comprehend some of his notions regarding "other worlds."

    ….I never finished this book because the story lost me but what I did read was worth its weight in Gold. If you are into a suspenseful sci-fi tale that goes beyond earth and far into outer space then grab this one! Either way, this book has haunting imagery, well-developed characters, entirely original concepts and a VERY eerie villain...I recommend this author alone just to experience something incredible and spooky!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1413)
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    (1406)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "WOW!!! Incredible, original, & SCARY!!!"
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    This book has been one of my all-time favourites to date and to think I almost gave up on it! Pines is the kind of novel that will keep you up at night and into the next morning. When you are no longer able to keep your eyes open, it will fill your sleep with nightmares. Crouch describes Wayward Pines so eloquently that you become completely entranced with the setting. Seemingly perfect, the town of Pines is the ideal place to live yet it becomes evident that something is not quite right in this utopian society.

    Rarely are books filled with so many unexpected plot twists, that you are unable to definitively understand what is at the core of the conflict until the very last pages of a novel. Crouch maintains suspense from the first page all the way to the end, and truly, the reason behind the horror that Ethan must withstand is completely unforeseen. Hardly ever is there a book that weaves its way into the reader's mind like Pines in such a way that the shock never leaves — even after the last page. I was under the impression while reading the first half of the book that I was just reading about one man's hell on earth and there was only that.. However, as I read on I learned this book delivered in so many ways. I like to think of it as an X-Files meets Outer Limits, meets Twilight zone…What an AMAZING twist!!!

    I literally could not stop reading by the second half. This book has several overlapping themes and "enemies." The author knows how to create fear and do it well!! I could not stop reading and I still can't get this book out of my head weeks later! If I were to ever recommend a fantastic book, this would be it! DEFINITELY worth the credit!!! One of my favourites! If you are looking for creepy, strange, unique and believable all-in one, pick up PINES!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Situation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eloise J. Knapp
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (358)

    When the end finally occurred, everything about it was cinematic. The dead came back and ate people, civilization collapsed, and no one could do a thing. But Cyrus V. Sinclair couldn’t care less; he’s a sociopath. Amidst the chaos, Cyrus sits back and contemplates the gore stained streets and screams of his fellow man with little more emotion than one of the walking corpses. With his cache of guns and MREs, he rather likes the idea of hunkering down in his Seattle apartment while the world ends outside.

    Robert says: "Unique Zombie Tale"
    "Pleasantly different but a bit of a snore....."
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    While this book introduced a new and fairly original take on our lead character, it lacked excitement, suspense and action for me. I was right into the idea of a sociopath becoming our ant-hero protagonist but his actions and thoughts were pretty disturbing.

    I felt this book was far less a zombie-apocalyse than it was about human nature and the sheer ugliness of people. It came across to me that the author wanted to shed light on the faults in diagnosing oneself and characterizing our own behaviour in broad, general terms. When our anti-hero decides he is evil, he acts out in evil, sick ways.

    I can give credit however, to the complexity of his character and his development throughout the book. A transformation of sorts takes place within him and he eventually acts human. Maybe this book was never meant to be about zombies, but the living deadness and anti-social behaviours of people with these types of personality disorders. In this case, the purpose of the un-dead apocalypse was to turn a "dead man" into a living one.

    With that being said, the plot itself was STRONGLY centred on this man's thoughts and not much actually happens in this book in terms of action and survival. The zombies feel as more of a back-drop for the characters.

    I rated this 3*** stars overall because I did enjoy most of it and it kept me going in order to finish the book. Narration was excellent and writing was superb.

    ---If the darkness of the human mind interests you, it is likely you will find this worth the credit. If you're looking for a solid zombie tale....not here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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