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Haven

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Publisher's Summary

In 1961, the small town of Haven thought they'd gotten rid of their monster. After a series of child killings, Paul Greymore was caught carrying a wounded girl. His face, disfigured from a childhood accident, seemed to confirm he was the monster the community hoped to banish. With Paul in prison, the killings stopped.

For 17 years, Haven was peaceful again. But Paul served his time and has now returned to Haven - the town where he grew up, and the scene of his alleged crimes. Paul insists he didn't commit those crimes, and several townspeople believe him including the local priest, a young boy named Denny, and his best friend Billy.

Trouble is, now that Paul is back home, the bizarre killings have started again - and the patterns match the deaths from Haven's past. If Paul isn't the killer, who is?

Or what is? An unlikely band of adventurers attempts to uncover the truth, delving into long-hidden tunnels that might actually be inhabited by a strange, predatory creature.

Haven is a compelling horror epic in the spirit of It or Summer of Night, and a stunning debut novel from a gifted author who knows that the darkest horrors lurk inside human beings, even when there is a monster on the loose.

©2016 Cemetery Dance (Hardcover rights) Tom Deady (Paperback rights) (P)2017 Tom Deady

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    Char's Horror Corner 09-12-17
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    "Good "Evil in a Small Town"/ "Coming of Age" Story"
    What did you love best about Haven?

    The characters of Denny and Paul Greymore.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have tried to make it a little more imaginative because this story has been done before. I think the characters could have been a little more fleshed out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Mossy met Denny's mother.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's too long.


    Any additional comments?

    My opinion may have been affected by Stephen King's IT, which was released this past weekend at theaters and is in many ways a similar story to this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DK 10-17-17
    DK 10-17-17
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    "Enjoyed this"

    Parts of this book reminded me of "The Body" by Stephen King if all ages had been in that group.
    Great narration. I've found a new author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Florida 10-13-17
    Wanda Florida 10-13-17
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    "Things that go bump in the night"

    This was a long story had way to many characters for me to keep track of who's who. But it was a great story although I don't feel that it is over as there was no proof of the thing being killed. It did have a happy ending. What I don't understand is how a man con go to prison on the word of a corruption of a cop. No one would say anything.
    All in all I enjoyed the book.
    I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen M. 10-11-17
    Karen M. 10-11-17
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    "Great Monster Story!"

    I don't listen to a lot of horror stories but occasionally I venture into the genre. Haven was very entertaining and well worth my time. Part coming of age and part monster story, it was very reminiscent of the Stephen King novels that I read in my youth. At nearly 15 hours in length, the book never felt drawn out or boring because there was so much happening to keep my interest. The characters were well fleshed out and it was easy to understand their actions and motivations. I rooted for the good guys and hoped for an agonizing death for the bad guys. I really should listen to more horror stories! Matt Godfrey was terrific as the narrator, moving the story along and adding to my enjoyment. Haven was a very satisfying experience for me and I would highly recommend it.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Canaan Valley, WV, United States 10-09-17
    Sue Canaan Valley, WV, United States 10-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A good solid tale"

    I was given this audiobook by the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    It's a good, solid listen and I appreciated the opportunity to experience a new author and a new, to me, narrator. It's considered horror genre, but it felt more than that as the storyline builds upon itself and draws in the listener. As a Stephen King fan I enjoy coming of age stories where past and present are interwoven, so for me, Haven was an audiobook worthy of a listen.

    As a reader, I tend to ignore the reviews where the writer was gifted the book. Those can be suspect if enormously impossible praise and accolades appear from each reviewer of the novel. I did get this specifically so I could leave a review and I will be honest - was this the best book I've ever read? No. But I don't regret having spent the time absorbing the material.

    And in complete honesty, the one area I would suggest could use some improvement is to the narrator, Matt Godfrey, who has a lovely voice. There are some narrators I cannot abide and won't even attempt. Godfrey has a calming cadence to his voice but I did not think he varied the (many) characters enough. I prefer differences in each character's voice so that within a few words I understand which character is now speaking.

    Overall - good good performance and book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler U. 10-09-17
    Tyler U. 10-09-17
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    "A great new voice for the classic monster story!"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    A great monster story that is full of dynamic characters and vivid imagery. Yes, it does have a Stephen King feel to it, but that wasn't a negative to me. The narrator was great, as well. As this had a bit of an open ending, I'm hopeful more books might come from this duo. At 14 hours, it is well worth a credit if you like this type of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 10-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable."

    After 17 years, Paul Greymore is finally free. He didn't want to come back to Haven but had no choice. 17 years ago children went missing, Paul was found with a wounded girl and was blamed for the killings. People accepted his guilt, even though there was no real evidence and Paul had the same kind of weird marks as the girl had, because for 17 years Haven has been quiet. The butcher was put away! Now though, with Paul back in town, the killings have started back up. They are eerily similar to the ones before. Is Paul the killer?

    I bought the eBook of this when it first came out because it sounded like something I'd love, so when the audio came out, I dived right in!! Plot wise, it was entertaining, fast paced and held my attention. I loved how they explained the monster and how it came to be. It was believable! I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive writing and the level of detail the author went into and I enjoyed the overall story. So why not 5 stars, well simply because it was so similar to It by Stephen King and didn't really add anything new. It followed the same format as It and I couldn't help but compare the two. In and of itself, the book was great, I just felt like it needed something new and fresh in order to stand out more.

    Character wise, I loved Billy and Denny. They were well written and developed and I loved seeing them grow throughout the book. They learn, they accept, they grow and they finally stand up for themselves. All the characters grew somewhat during the story, which was nice to see. We have the obligatory bad guys, the Sheriff and his son, Dale. Dale was horrible and I really disliked him!! My favourite was Paul though. He has gone through so much since he was a kid, and it broke my heart for him!

    In all, this was a good read. I enjoyed the story and am happy that it was sort of left open! If you enjoy the 80's horror feel, then you will enjoy this!

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Begly 10-04-17
    Jason Begly 10-04-17
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    "Thank you for writing this book"

    I loved this book. Forget the comparisons you can make within the genre. Haven was a rare horror story that delivered from the beginning to the end. I adore monster stories, they are my kryptonite and so many of them are just thrown together and fail. This book was extremely well executed and the narration was spot on. The characters were believable in the storyline. I felt for the "good guys" and wanted the "bad guys" to find an interesting end. I will be picking up more books by Tom Deady and hope that if he moves them to audio, Matt Godfrey will do the performance again.
    I wanted to get to the end without finishing the book. That may be the highest praise I can give.

    This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Newton 10-04-17
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    "Engaging and intense - two thumbs up!"

    The narration was excellent - Matt Godfrey did a great job in holding my interest and telling the author's story effectively. The audiobook clocked in at over 14.5 hours, and I'm glad and grateful that the narrator maintained a pace and tone that allowed me to stay engaged for the duration.

    Sometimes with audiobooks, we have a great story but a mediocre narration and it can be really challenging to get through to the end. It's like you're running a marathon but you're dragging your feet and can't get your breathing rhythm. But when the story and the narration click together well, like with this audiobook, it's easy to get into an emotional groove and find the endurance needed to see the story through to the end. I found myself getting quite caught up in the story. There were several places where I could feel dread building inside, especially as we approached scenes of violence or bullying. I liked the good guys and I was rooting for the downfall of the bad guys.

    I was a bit more ambivalent about the use of forgetfulness (more than one character in this story had memory/denial issues) and would have been interested in learning more about the history and behaviour of the intelligent evil creature that wreaked such havoc in the community. The 17 year cycle also confused me somewhat.... but I don't want to get into spoilers here. These things didn't really detract from my overall enjoyment of the story, though.

    The author left a few loose ties at the end of the story; if his intention is to write a sequel then I'm definitely looking forward to reading/listening to it (especially if a sequel has the same narrator).

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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    Timothy Erasmi 10-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining Listen"

    I enjoyed this book immensely! The narrator did a fantastic job! The story kept me engaged throughout. The author did a great job in both setting up the story and also in tying up the loose ends (questions I had) near the end of the book. I really cared about the characters (both good and bad). I look forward to listening to future books from Tom Deady, hopefully narrated by Matt Godfrey!

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  • Tony Bough
    9/30/17
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    "Evil in a small town story reminiscent of King"

    Matt Godfrey's narration of this book is outstanding. The way he voices characters, pacing of the narration, tone of voice draw you in instantly. Really good!

    In terms of the story the genre and feel is very close to Stephen King's works. I personally really like that. Characters range from those that you really like to those that you are supposed to hate and do in fact dislike. There's plenty going on and the general pace of the book is really great. The story draws you in and I found myself listening for longer than I intended as I was wanting to see what was happening. It's fun and fast paced with a good horror element that isn't just about gore.

    If you enjoy Stephen King's work or Dean Koontz then you will like this.

    A really great book that I enjoyed from Start to finish!

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freda
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    9/24/17
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    "Creature in the Lake"

    This book remind me of a Summer of Night and IT both are coming of age type books. A lot of children in Haven disappear and Paul Greymore tried to help one of the children when she is attached and accused of the murder. He spends 17 years in prison for all the child killings and Haven is peaceful again. Then Paul is released and the killings begin again matching the killings of 17 years earlier. An unlikely band of children and adults attempt to uncover the truth, going into long-hidden tunnels from an old experimental laboratory that might actually be inhabited by a predatory creature only one person knows is really there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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