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In My Father's Basement

A Serial Killer Novel
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Just your average father-son story. But with abduction, torture, and murder.
 

Out of nowhere, a retired 60-year old handyman goes on a murder-spree, abducting healthy young people and torturing them with hand-tools.
 

After he's caught, a media fascination in The Handyman swells. People want to know why he snapped. They want to hear all the grisly details.
 

But he'll only tell his gruesome story to one person - his estranged son.
 

Full of dark twists and turns, In My Father's Basement will have you on the edge of your seat. It is a must-listen psychological thriller for anyone who is fascinated by serial killers.

©2018 TJ Payne (P)2019 TJ Payne

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Always Respect Your Father

I listen to horror stories primarily and was a little apprehensive about listening to this one. Didn’t read the publisher’s summary well enough and thought I was getting something different than what is delivered, I really loved what I got and after listening to the story I will say go right in without any knowledge of what the story is about. This was so different from what I have heard in the serial killer genre and was done so well I was literally on the edge of my seat not wanting to stop listening. I haven’t been glued to my headphones that much in a really long time. Even if you don’t like horror, I think this is a great suspenseful thriller.

I really liked how the story was laid out. Typically, I am not a huge fan of past and present telling, but since the past was told first hand it worked really well. I think T.J. Payne did a great job developing the story the way he did and didn’t want it to end. Never said this before but I would really like to see this as a movie. This exceeded all my expectations and left me thinking, wow that was really good. Will say that I wasn’t super excited about the ending, didn’t ruin anything, but fell flat.

I really thought this was a love story between a father and son. I think that it took a lot for Walter to finally connect with his son and it took some horrific events for that to occur. The connection that they made throughout the story was actually quite touching, despite it being for the wrong reasons. While he is a sociopath, I really liked Walter. I resonated with him much more than I did with anyone else and appreciated his old-timey work ethic and that while not being the best father, he tried hard to raise his son right. Issac,although likeable, was the POS his dad made him to be. I liked him but agreed with his dad. Not sure if that was the direction I should have gone, but the author wrote it that way and I liked it.

Joe Hempel did a fantastic job. His ability to bring the words to life and really make you feel them is second to none. The tension he brings to this story was perfect and definitely increased my blood pressure while listening.

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

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 09-29-19

Highly recommended

A must read for serial killer horror fans
After the handyman killer is captured his son looks to cash in on the fame
Excellent narration from joe hempel but I wouldn’t expect anything less
If you enjoyed this check out his other equally fantastic novel intercepts
A talented author with a bright future I can’t wait to see what’s next
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Loved it!

Take a journey into the mind of a demented killer who looks like a lovable grandfather. This book will stick in your mind for weeks after listening to it.

Joe Hempel brings this audible too life. As always his narration is excellent.

I received this audible free at my request. This is my honest review.

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Disturbing Tale with Lots of Twists!

This is my second T.J. Payne audio book and I really enjoyed this one! The story is one of a handy man turned serial killer and his son. The interactions between the father and son are engaging and the story telling is on par with any other enjoyable crime/horror books I've read in the past except that there were some twists and turns that I didn't see coming during the final chapters of the book. These twists make this book stand out in my mind and definitely make it more memorable than it would have been without them.

The narrator did a very good job at conveying the emotions of the characters in the book, but I don't feel his voice did Walter (the father) justice and just wasn't as haunting or gruff as I would have liked. Overall Joe Hempel does a good job at narrating this disturbing book and leaving it engrained in my mind for some time to come.

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Gruesome

The only reason I enjoyed this book is because it’s not based on a true story. If it was, I don’t think I could stomach it. The description of the torture and killings is brutal. You never know what people are truly thinking. Made me think how I would react if I found out a family member was a serial killer. Especially at the same time as the rest of the world without time to privately process it. There will always be people out there trying to make a profit on other people’s pain and misery. This is the second book I’ve listened to from this author. He knows how to tell an engrossing story. The narrator did a fabulous job.
I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I would not regret using a credit.

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not scary but good psychological tension

you spend the story going is he? did he? Is he crazy, is he stupid, did he just go nuts?? by the end you want to know more about what happened before and after with these characters.

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A dark story woven so well, its disturbingly good!

*This book was given to me by the author at my request, and I provided this voluntary, unbiased review.*

4/5

Having read another one of Payne's stories, I was very eager to get my hands on this. I was not disappointed. The story starts out interesting, then it gets juicy as we go through the memories of the MC's father, while at the same time building out the flawed character of the MC himself. The stories entwine with other characters in close proximity to the MC, which make for interesting reading. By the end, I was both horrified and satisfied with how it went. The actions in this story are truly horrifying; and once again, Payne rides the line between brutality and excellent story telling to seamlessly wrap up a dark tale into a nice bow. I did have a question about the actual end (last 2 chapters), but I still found the story powerful. Highly recommend for the dark story lover!

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 10-26-19

Serial Killer Thriller

This story is a story of looking back on a life with a man whose father ends up a serial killer in one of the more bizarre and brutal mass killings you'll ever hear about.

Since it's mostly looking back there's not a ton of horror in the moment, but a palpable sense of tension and dread as the son, Issac, follows through with trying to profit off his father which puts him in direct contact with him.

Things are really great to begin with, but near the end it falls off a little bit.

Narration is fantastic, Joe Hempel does a great job with horror narration.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 10-21-19

Loved it!

I love Joe Hempel's narration!! He is extremely next level. His vocals on this story were chilling.

This story itself has no real redeeming characters. Dad is a serial killer. The son is an ungrateful millennial. The prison guards are corrupt. The love interest has questionable morals. Through it all, this was an incredible story. The serial killer perspective is...disturbing. The sequence of events and the why is written with such clarity that, well, it made sense,

I loved every minute of this listen! And that ending!!

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A serial killer's tale

In my Father's Basement. .
The rather strange tale of the Handyman serial killer.
Superbly narrated.
A really good and entertaining story gripping and tense.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Elizabeth Frounks
  • 10-28-19

Only issue with the ending

This was a really interesting ride, the ending was a little lacking but only because of how intense the rest of the story was, and in reality, endings are often lacking, so I don't think that is a reason to skip this one. There is everything a fan of crime and murder enjoys and so much more.

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  • Hebby~Bookworm
  • 08-29-19

Amazing first part, weak ending...

This was very enjoyable for the first 3/4 of the book. I found the characters interesting and I was looking forward to seeing how it all turned out.

I thought there was an interesting backstory with Isaac’s mother that was going to turn into an awesome twist. I thought I could see several cool twists coming, but the author didn’t take the story in the direction I expected, which was disappointing. I feel like they played it safe, and the story suffered for it.

The ending was wishy-washy, without a satisfying resolution. I felt like I had such high expectations for the ending because most of the book was so good, but the conclusion just didn’t deliver the goods.

Overall it was a bit of a letdown. So good to start, so much potential, but the ending was meh, and I wish the author would’ve had the balls to take it to its logical conclusion. There was tons of foreshadowing with some aspects Isaacs character and then it really lead nowhere which was a missed opportunity in my opinion.