It's Halloween, and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It's the one-year anniversary of his parents' deaths, he's stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries. But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri is assigned to cover a séance at the reputedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion. There, Dimitri meets Lisa, a punk-rock drummer he falls hard for. But just as he's about to ask her out, he unwittingly unleashes malevolent forces, throwing him into a deadly mystery. He wakes up in the morgue - icy cold and haunted by a cryptic warning given by a tantalizing female spirit. As town residents begin to turn up gruesomely murdered, Dimitri must unravel the connections among his family, the Aspinwall Mansion, and the secrets held in a pair of crumbling antiquarian books. If he doesn't, it's quite possible Lisa will be the next victim.
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I'm not even finished with this story, but need to write a review because it's so freaking awesome! The story is an edge-of-your-seat kind of thing. I love the twists and turns. However, the Luke Daniels is rockin' his role as reader! Not every book works to have a voice-driven and enthusiastic reader, but Poe is a perfect fit. At one moment, you are laughing, the next, consumed in an intimate moment - all enhanced by a perfect fit reader. What a rush!
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
The combination of Humor and Horror. It was like Stephen King and Robert Crias had a love child. Elvis Cole visits Derry Maine. I just loved it.
The séance at the haunted Aspinwall Mansion and the scene with Lisa playing the drums for Demitri.
I liked his Russian accent, so I'd have to say Poe or Rasputin.
Nothing is every normal
A spooky romance-mistery-horror (with a a dab of historical fiction) story. You have to listen to it! The narrator did an excellent performance (mastering accents, rithm, and gender of voices).
It took a while to build, but build it did!
Dimitri, of course!
If you are big fan of Joss Whedon's ouvre, this book is for you!
I'm a horror, sci-fi fan. My favourites are Lovecraft, Poe, Bierce, Jackson, Levin, and King.
I didn't read the print version, but I enjoyed the audio version, strictly due to the enthusiasm of a talented narrator. At times, the story was quite slow, but the narrator's inflection, tone, etc. brought to mind the quick wit and sly smile of B actor Bruce Campbell, who I adore. I pictured a young Bruce Campbell as Dimitri Petrov throughout the story.
Not really...I don't think I would have just enjoyed this story in written form.
Mr. Daniels' brought to mind the quick wit and sly smile of B actor Bruce Campbell, who I adore. I pictured a young Bruce Campbell as Dimitri Petrov throughout the story.
It made me laugh aloud several times because of the narration.
I would definitely listen to Luke Daniels on other works.
Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule
A fabulous read in all ways... The story engages from the jump and doesn't slack off... It's a creative and unique story line w/ wonderful characters and delightfully snappy humor... The pace of the story is excellent and the narration is superb and utterly character appropriate... If you enjoy Thrillers, humor, and/or horror you'll appreciate this offering... If you need a comparison think Stephen King meets Scott Meyer;) After a debut novel this imaginative I'm absolutely looking forward to the writer's next novel due in September... Got it on a 2 for 1 sale, but no doubt would have been happy to spend a credit on it alone!!! You're welcom and enjoy;)
The entire book just "misses". The first 75% of the book is building up to something that never really materializes. The backstory is never really fleshed out, leaving the main characters without depth or dimension.
No, I don't think so.
Luke Daniels is an excellent narrator but he was far to mature for the characters in this book..
This book is missing on several fronts. The book is slow and meandering and leaves several areas glaringly understated. At about the 75% mark, the book rushes to a conclusion that never materializes. The villain who has been unrelenting to that point, suddenly decides to run and hide. It just makes no real sense.
U.S. Army Veteran
This book wasn't for me at all, but children should like to tell this story around campfires in their backyards during the daytime while singing Barney songs.
A more thought out storyline would be nice...
Mr. Daniels was very good with what him had to work with.
The wanna be Stephen King undertone.
CUTE BUT NO CIGAR ... NOT EVEN CLOSE, but please try again.
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