"The paramedics shared a look: This one was serious."
To most of the Facebook 15, bullying Audrey Bales was just a game - until two deep cuts with a Swiss army knife changed everything forever. Audrey didn't want attention anymore. After five weeks at Fairview High School, Audrey wanted to die.
The doctors did the only thing they could with her: they put her away.
But in Fairview, Virginia, the nightmare is only beginning. The chat session had not gone unobserved. The Facebook 15 have drawn the attention of an ancient evil that lives only to punish those who would prey upon the weak.
They are the ghosts of 1,000 dead children - 1,000 suicides - and their master....
Their master likes Audrey Bales.
And as Audrey attempts to heal her mind and body, far from home, their master prepares for the justice he will unleash upon her return.
©2014 Marcus Damanda (P)2015 Marcus Damanda
Tell us about yourself! : I am an author who loves to read, more like loves to listen, since I spend so much time writing.
Love this story. Filled with suspense, I found myself hating the Facebook Five. This storyline is not just about the devil, although he's a huge part of it. It's about the dangers of cyber bullies, which is a huge interest of mine. The isn't over yet, though. On to book two.
The writing in this story, mixed with the wonderful narration by Jessica McEvoy, evokes some pretty powerful emotions. Very few books have driven me to the point of commenting out loud from indignation while listening. Bullying is something most people go through growing up, and I think that's why the main character is so easy to relate too. Great story and great narration!
As I said in the title this book was very impressive. The story, pacing, prose, and acting were all on point. I don't like spoiler-y reviews so to keep it concise I listened to the whole thing in one sitting and couldn't have been more entertained. Jessica McEvoy did a fantastic job portraying the characters and Damanda crafted a well-paced and subtle story that focused more on a mysterious and creepy atmosphere which worked amazingly. I'd definitely recommend this book.
I acquired this book with previous exposure to Marcus and Jessica's work and once again they didn't disappoint.
The very start of the book is constructed in a way that pulls you into the storyline and grants an experience that anyone can relate to in one form or another. The theme of self-acceptance is a powerful one, the book shows this from several different perspectives, and does it incredibly well.
In many ways the book drives the power behind personality and individualism. While taking this powerful logic the tie of a sinister being, something that has been hinted toward and given some exposure, remains a force that keeps you guessing.
While the book is crafted around a supernatural theme, it drives very powerful messages that any reader/listener can connect with.
This was a great story that was complimented with great narration. It's a book that anyone can enjoy and I heavily suggest checking it out.
As a mother of 3 teenagers, this book took me to an emotional state of fear. Marcus Damanda grabs our attention right from the beginning and doesn’t let go. Feeling that will arise: FEAR, ANGER, SADNESS, FRUSTRATION, AND SHOCKED
Damanda starts the story with with us watching this nasty correspondence between Audrey Bales and her class mates…one of them being her ex-best friend. This was probably the most difficult part of the book to get through. After that the story follows 1) Audrey in the hospital, 2) her classmates and their consequences, and 3) the ancient evil.
It allowed us to see the turmoil that Audrey was going through during the event and after, plus the thoughts and feelings of her classmates. These kids….what can I say about these kids? So many times I just wanted to scream at them, shake them until common sense was recovered…And most of all, I just wanted to give some of them a good hardy slap. They still piss me off just thinking about it.
TRIGGER WARNING: You might have already been able to tell, but if attempted suicide and bullying is a trigger for you then you might want to enter this book with caution.
You’re probably wandering about this ancient evil? Well I am too.
I still haven’t figured out how the ancient evil fits in. I keep thinking that I missed something. I just might end up taking another listen to this book to figure it out. The audiobook was just under 4 hours long, which made it a quick read. But the most I can tell is goes after those that are not really that nice to others. I am hoping that Book 2 clears it all up for me. I WANT THAT ONE NOW!!
Other then my ancient evil confusion, I thought this was a fantastic story about bullying and the consequences. However, I did have one problem, which may not be an issue for everyone. When I listen to an audiobook, I normally have to turn the speed up because the narrator is to slow for my listening speed. Where this was an ARC I left the speed at 1x. Jessica McEvoy was an amazing narrator for most of this book.
What do I mean by most? Let me break it down into two parts…the narrator and the characters. The characters were wonderful, easy to listen to, and distinguishable. The narrator’s voice wanted to put you to sleep. I felt like I was in a meditation workshop and definitely could not lay down to listen to this book. Other then that…it was great. Can you speed it up without losing anything? Yes, McEvoy voice was slow enough that all you had to do was speed it up by .25x and it would be easier to listen to. Like I said, this issue is a small issue and was quickly overlooked by the rest of the narration and story.
Would rather read under a tree on a summer day, than work.
Wow, I loved it. Can't wait to hear the rest of the story.
Great subject matter,
I can't really say much because of spoilers but, believe me it is a good book
I was given this book in exchanged for my honest review.
This book is amazingly refreshing! I found myself trying to find things to do that would allow me to keep listening. Yes, it is that good.
This book begins with tension and suspense--will the girl kill herself or not? Will the "Facebook 15" be punished for bullying or merely get a slap on the wrist? What happens to the souls of those that have committed suicide? I am having a difficult time writing a review without giving anything away. So let's stick to this:
This is one of the best books I have listened to all year. I love the suspense throughout without a single moment of "down time"; every single part is riveting!
Here is my only complaint. 3 hours!? This is book 1 in only 3 hours? Now I need to get the next book. Perhaps that is the point--to get people to buy more books. But this is such a short book that I feel like all the other ones should be added to this one to make a decent sized novel. Yes, this book is way too short! If that is my only complaint, then, you know this is a good book.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
Bullying these days especially that of cyber bullying is a huge hot topic and o feel that this story captured the essence of that issue. And like any good horror style novel mixed it in with the supernatural. The 1000 ghosts reminds me of the haunted mansion "999 and room for one more". Interesting concept. I look forward to the other stories to see where the author takes it. Well narrated. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review
I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!
You never know who's watching.
This is a gripping tale about a girl who was bullied and eventually decides to commit suicide but fails. - thankfully.
It's about her struggles.
It's not your typical poor me book it also has had a scare to it as something is watching her keeping track of her every move and her bullies moves as well. I don't want to say to much here to give it away but it is worth the read. It is not what I would call a teenage drama. It's more about what's haunting her and watching her, waiting for her. The writer does an excellent job describing her well-being and the other characters as well in the book. I'm waiting for book 2 in the series!
The narrator is great definitely makes you feel what's going on. And remember you never know who's watching...
This book was given to me by Audiobook Boom! for my honest unbiased review
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