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Death Instinct

Narrated by: David Stifel
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Cathy was six when the man next door killed his wife and himself. It was early morning, and she was playing outside when she heard the first shot.

And then another shot. And another.

The sounds echoed around the neighborhood like thunder. People came out of their houses to see what was happening. Later, she saw the blood and the bodies....

Now, the house is no longer vacant. Someone new has moved in. Something terrible is happening to the neighbors. And Cathy has a secret of her own....

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'WHAT IF' is what this story asks.Spoilers Ahead!

what if a person who is an idiot savant, can murder instead of playing a piano masterfully or be a genius at math, what if instead he is a genius at killing is the basis of this story.Now i can see how people who have loved ones that are special needs can become offensive to this material but if that's the case why put yourself to read this novel, if you want some advice do what i do before purchasing a book check out reviews, gain a knowledge of the summarized plot.Iam a big bentley little fan and im pretty sure him using a special needs person as the vilian wasn't intended to be offensive im pretty sure he was looking to do something out of the ordinary, i mean i can think of a handful of vilians in stories who have some sort of disability wether they were abused or in a wheel chair or scarred im sure its not meant to be offensive but just to add to the uniqueness of the character. Now with that being said this wasn't as good as most of littles "THE" books but it's something different, and as always David Stifles narration is on point.

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Fear the other - HORRIFIC message.

I’m SO glad to learn this was written in 1992. As someone who has a loved one with Down Syndrome, the derogatory usage of the word “retard” pervasive throughout this book was so offensive, I nearly returned it several times. The horrific treatment of Randy throughout the book made me root for the poor kid most of the story which was definitely NOT the emotion the author was trying for!! I really don’t understand why he made the decision to write the character this way - it lacks creativity and perpetuates societies belief that we should “fear the other.” The story could have been fantastic if the author just used a nasty, bratty child - the decision to make the kid have a disability adds nothing to the story besides offensiveness. I’m just glad it was written in 1992 - I’m going to chalk it up to the author not knowing any better back then and assume he wouldn’t write something like this in 2019 - if he does write like this again, it will be the last time I purchase his work.

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I liked it. very enjoyable

I've read other reviews. In today's society I know the word retard is not ok. However, the context, reason behind and the people using the word is a hell of a lot more believable than everyone, no matter age or upbringing using politically correct phrases. It was a decent book and I love the narrator. He does everything so well

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my favorite of his novels<br />

I wasnt surprised to learn that this was written 25 yes ago. the absence of cellphones, etc was a giveaway. the story was fairly concise and marginally plausible. overall it was quite enjoyable
the plot wasn't so outlandish as his recent novels.
I like Bentley hill but have never considered his books in the horror genre due to the absurd plot lines. this is what makes his stories entertaining however. his recent novels fit more in the realm of dark comedy


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