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Publisher's Summary

A stranger has kidnapped her daughter, Veda. But he doesn't want Sue's money, only her suffering -- and he will kill Veda if Sue doesn't follow his every command. With detailed instructions, the faceless abductor leads Sue into a blinding snowstorm on the longest night of the year, to a place she has not traveled to since childhood. The voice on the other end of the line somehow knows Sue's deepest, most chilling secret, an ominous incident from her past, buried long ago.

Across the loneliest back roads of Massachusetts, in the black expanse of a New England winter, Sue is forced to confront her most awful fears. She is met at each step by ever-increasing horrors created by a monster who is surely something less than human. In the hope of saving her daughter from a kidnapper whose origin seems darker than anything she could ever have imagined, Sue will discover just how much trauma and fright the human body is capable of absorbing.

Set over the course of a single night, Chasing the Dead is a fast-paced, ferociously tense supernatural thriller. With skill reminiscent of masters like Dean Koontz and David Morrell, Joe Schreiber has created a tableau of shock and horror, death and destruction, that will draw you in and never let you go.

©2006 Joe Schreiber; (P)2006 Tantor Media

Critic Reviews

"With its rural New England setting, this horror-fest pays respectful, clever homage to Stephen King's backyard." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Kim
  • Plano, TX, USA
  • 06-05-07

Good, Fast-Paced Story

After reading classics and non-fiction for a few months, I was dying for a good horror story and this did not disappoint. The plot line develops very quickly, has many twists and turns along the way, and the ending is a satisfying one. My only complaint is with the reader, her voice just seemed to weak for the strong female lead character and was distracting at times.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • White Bear Lake, MN, USA
  • 05-15-07

Great Book

I loved this. I bought this on a whim and do not regret it. It is fast paced and keeps you guessing. The anticipation of finding out who and why and what is almost too much. It is a great book. Do get it!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula
  • Laurel, MS, USA
  • 08-06-07

couldn't finish it

I had to stop listening when I just didn't care if the main character made it or not. The gory details kept repeating themselves and the general content could not hold my attention. If you like the style of Stephen King you will probably not like this listen.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Unfortunate choice of narrator

The narrator apparently thought she was reading Mother Goose to children. Her soft, childlike voice never conveyed fear or drama. The novel would have been better served by another narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Johnna
  • Elmwood Park, IL, USA
  • 10-15-07

Not worth the time

Maybe a different reader would have made a difference. Her tone made it much less a horror story than, as another reviewer said, like she was reading a bed time story. I was very disappointed. I wish I had read it rather than listened to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Candace
  • Tracy, CA, United States
  • 08-31-07

Chasing the Dead (Unabridged)

The story is good and fast paced, however the narrator was so horrible I could not finish it. Her reading style was that of someone reading a bed-time story to a child. She sounded as if she were whispering loudly and it was so irritating - like nails on a chalk board. I had to give up the audio and went out and bought the paperback.

Narrators do not usually bother me unless one is switched in the middle of a series. But this one... well... I'll avoid any audio books in the future that list her.

Sorry ;o(

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Chasing the Dead

If you could sum up Chasing the Dead in three words, what would they be?

I CAN'T!<br/>*MOTHER'S LOVE<br/>*RACE AGAINST TIME<br/>*GHOULS

What was one of the most memorable moments of Chasing the Dead?

JEFF FINALLY SPEAKING WITH HER

What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

EVERYTHING SHE WAS WONDERFUL! I LOVED THE WAY SHE SWITCHED HER VOICES SO EASILY THAT YOU FORGOT THAT IT WAS ONLY ONE PERSON NARRATING.

If you could rename Chasing the Dead, what would you call it?

RACE AGAINST TIME!

Any additional comments?

EXCELLENT READ. EDGE OF YOUR SEAT THRILLER FROM START TO FINISH!

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Not what I thought

I didn't like the ending at all and am more of a thriller and crime mystery reader. This got a little too zombie and crazy storyline for me.

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  • Michael
  • FPO, AP, United States
  • 02-12-13

Great twists and turns!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story has a bit of horror, action, and suspense blended in a unique line. Keeps your attention throughout the read, from start to the end.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, the plot gave enough information for you to get involved with the character and watched as it all came together for the finale.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the heroine finds out whose in the back!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Immortal zombies, a unique twist!

  • Overall

Ridiculous

When I start a book, I commit to finish it. I rarely give up, hoping to find some redeeming quality. I found none in this ridiculous story. Don't waste your time or credit.