A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.
"A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I'm pretty hard to scare," raved Stephen King about Paul Tremblay's previous novel. Now Tremblay returns with another disturbing tale sure to unsettle listeners.
Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: Her 13-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park.
The search isn't yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy's disappearance. They feel helpless and alone, and their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: The local and state police have uncovered no leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out at a landmark the local teens have renamed Devil's Rock.
Living in an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommy's journal begin to mysteriously appear - entries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connects them.
As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy's disappearance at Devil's Rock.
©2016 Paul Tremblay (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
After reading A Head Full Of Ghosts I wanted some more, so I picked this one. Not at all disappointed either. It's not in your face scary, but it does linger in your head. Subtle creepiness
I loved this story. I read so many reviews expecting this to be the next "Head Full of Ghosts" and how disappointed they were that it was not. It was it's own story and held it's own. A great, suspenseful story from beginning to end with some key horror elements for optimal enjoyment. It was great.
There was an element of supernatural which was left in a bit of a mist, it added to the mystery and discomfort level of the story. I like a story that makes me feel uncomfortable. I seek out stories like this one!
Wonderful performance by the narrator.
YES. It was so good. I tried so hard to listen to it all day and evening but fell asleep and lost my place!
Awesome story. Great elements of horror, supernatural, suspense, and surprise. I loved it.
I thoroughly enjoyed Tremblays Headful of Ghosts. This book strikes some of the same chords: well drawn characters that never descend into cliche, events that touch on but never quite land in the supernatural, and some truly chilling passages. Tremblay is not King or Koontz--he's merciless in taking his characters into unpleasant places and showing the logical consequences of their being there. He also doesn't feel the need to "Scooby Doo" his stories--sometimes there is no explanation for what's happening in the world! Really creepy.
Miniatures are my Hobby
Enjoyed this book! Lots of suspense. Characters were genuine and believable. Not sure if the supernatural aspect was necessary. Seemed like a red herring.
There are parts of this story which seem excruciatingly tedious and drawn out. I almost stopped listening to it and gave up. But it had just enough of a hold on me that I had to keep listening and find out what happened. Overall, I liked it. Just enough mystery, dread, character development, folklore, and ties to the supernatural to keep you guessing and intrigued.
As a parent, I found it deeply troubling and sad. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a child. That would be anyone's worst nightmare. I think the author did a good job of encompassing all the range of emotions a mother would go through and how she had to pull herself together for her daughter, and it was kinda sweet and touching to witness the interactions between the grandmother, mom, and daughter.
Say something about yourself!
the narration is very strong and the story is one that will keep you listening and trying to figure out what's going on. I'd recommend this for fans of psychological suspense.
I loved Headful of Ghosts and was hoping for more in a similar vein. This seemed to me to be like so many other "suspense" novels featuring a missing kid.
I am a long haul owner operator truck driver, listening to audio books has been a salvation for me.
I am so tired of books that have rotten endings! I like a good mystery that ultimately gets solved and gives you a sense of finishing for lack of a better word. This book left me with more questions than it did answers. Narrator is good, and the story is good except for when you think it's gonna all come together at the end. it gets half way, then dies! as if the author couldn't think of a way to tie it together and answer questions you have accumulated through out the book. I gave the story 3 stars because I liked it, but felt cheated at the end.
I couldn't make it through the narration, but because I loved reading Head Full of Ghosts, I gave reading the book a shot, instead. Much, much better than listening to this one.
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