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I want to watch you burn.

Consumed by hate, I've done the unthinkable. And it's turned me into a hero. Now, I must decide how far I'll go to keep my secret safe.

I won't let you know the truth.

But the sounds that echo in my head...are only growing louder.

Attempted murder gives a man his family back. It's everything he's ever wanted, but he can't forget what he did. And the longer he holds the secret, the more control he loses to the darkness whispering in his ear. It craves violence and can't be silenced forever. The line between truth and lies is disappearing. And with it, the difference between right and wrong.

Warning: Strong adult language and graphic violence.

©2017 Michael J. Sanford (P)2018 Michael J. Sanford

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Wow!

That was one hell of a roller coaster ride that I found impossible to put down before the end! An unemployed father and husband falls deeper and deeper into a spiral of confusion and terror as the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred. This book features distinct and interesting characters that draw the listener into the story right away.

The narration by Michael Robbins was truly fantastic and this book includes some select sound effects that made the story come alive. The best part by far was the delicious mystery aspect to this tale. I find much of the content in this genre to be fairly cliched and predictable but this one kept surprising me up until the literal last second. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a thriller/mystery! 10/10!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Wow..quite good.

This is the first book by Michael Sanford I've experienced and I must say I am quite impressed. The book's tagline reads: "Betrayal. Redemption. And a decent into madness." Decent into madness indeed! Sanford does a terrific job of letting us experience the main character's slip into madness. In a way it reminded me of some of Edgar Allen Poe's work, those wonderful stories where you aren't at all sure you can trust the narrator. At first it's quite subtle but by the time you reach the end you really are knee deep in the main character's head, practically drowning in his insanity. It is dark and disturbing in all the right ways. I'll definitely be checking out more of his work in the future.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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What a mind twist!

What an outstanding book! There were several moments where I was so engulfed into the story I found myself cheering for the characters to finally make up with each other. Until I think everything is okay it pulls a 180. Then it was until the end, is what had me stunned.

The performance was fantastic. Really well done voices and I seriously loved the effects used occasionally. I highly recommend this audible.

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HOUSE OF SAND

A man decides to do the unthinkable,then changes his mind and becomes a hero.Can he live with his guilt?A very dark tale.A very good tale.Narrated nicely by Michael Robbins.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Amazing!

Wow! This was one hell of a story - I'm not sure I was prepared for this book. Fantastic writing and perfect narration. I highly recommend this audio to anyone who enjoys a good thriller!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Serious mind fuck

This book was a serious mind fuck and I loved everything about it. Couldn’t stop till it was over. I had to know how it ended. The narration really helped the story come alive. Loved it.

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Good!

A really good book. Chaotic but good! So interesting to dive into the mental mess and watch as things twist around the characters. Had me hooked from beginning to end.

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Strange but very GOOD!!

A very strange story but it had me from the beginning! What would you do to keep your family???? Michael Robbins did a great job with the narration. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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WEIRD-O-RAMA!

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

YES! This story definitely fits the "dark psychological thriller" category. Very strange story that keeps you interested, questioning and listening - and still VERY surprised at the end!! LOVED it!

What was one of the most memorable moments of House of Sand?

Literally the last 10 minutes...

What does Michael Robbins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Michael's inflection was PERFECT. And the "ticks" and other "instrumental" type sounds really made this narration memorable and more engaging. NICE!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the "tick, tick, ticks" and the "not much!"

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THIS WOULD BE A GREAT MOVIE! DOUBLE TWIST!

This story would make a great movie if done right. I won't give away spoilers, but I did not see the two plot twist coming.

I will admit that it took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did I was hooked. I really like the main characters, especially the daughter.

The narrator was good and the odd sound effects (weird at first) actually added to the insanity of the story.

Thumbs up!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-01-18

Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick...

A book in three parts, tracing a father's decent into madness. Powerfully written in the first person, the reader is inside the head of the main protagonist, who is already troubled, depressed and delusional. He is unemployed, having been fired from his previous job as a paramedic and is having little success in finding a new job: he always seems to mess up any application. His wife works full time but they are in financial difficulties with the house likely to be repossessed soon. She is getting both desperate and resentful that her husband isn't taking on more of the responsibilities. And they have an eight years old daughter.

Part one really introduces us to the family and to the strange sound repetition resounding around in the lead protagonist's head. He also has time drop outs, forgetting appointments and generally losing parts of his day; until his house burns down, he wakes in the hospital and is hailed an hero. Suddenly he has everything he had always wanted: admiration and the love of his family. But then everything starts to go wrong again.

This first section is totally compelling. But the following two parts, charting his further disintegration descends into a mixture of madness and horror where truth and reality meld together both for the man himself and the reader. Although still well written, it moves out of the realm of psychological and almost into the paranormal, jumping between places and ideas in an alarmingly disconcerting way to the final denouement at the end of the book. For this reader, it detracted from the original successes established earlier. Still a can't put down read but not fulfilling the excellence of the opening sections.

The soundtrack is cleverly done, with odd repetitive noises and phrases invading the background, mimicking those in the protagonist's head. But it is narrator, Michael Robbins, who truly makes the story come alive with his excellent interpretation of the husband struggling with his moods and confusions. His pace perfect, gentle, pleasing voice catches all the nuances of his situation as well as giving individual voice to all other characters. His was a really good and unsettling performance.

I am pleased to have listened to this book and have to thank the rights holder of House of Sand for freely gifting me a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. The work was vivid, imprinting heavily in my mind as well as being thought provoking, frightening in it's earlier implications and, as such, rather sad. How well do we ever know anyone, even ourselves? However, the latter part, for me, pushed just that little bit too far, became too confusing and thus lessened the overall impact. Removing the larger part of section two would have improved this. Would I recommend it as it stands? Possibly, but only to someone who likes violence and blood mixed with over the top unreality included with their psychological thrills.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 01-29-18

Controversial and compelling

This is a compelling listen. I felt at times that I was going as mad as our protagonist. It was genuinely heartbreaking to be there as he sank further and further into complete lunacy. Mr Sanford has composed Hamlet for the modern age. After all, there is much discussion as to whether Hamlet's madness is real or feigned, and at times, it seems as if our hero/villain is very much in control of his actions. Ultimately, what is real, what is imagined, who is real or imagined. A deeply disturbing tale that I can only hope will give those people who want sufferers of depression or mental illness to 'pull themselves together', pause for thought. A difficult, and I'm sure some would say controversial, book to hear but the message is well worth listening to.