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Publisher's Summary

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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Are Basements Usually Scary?

Survey says: yes. Basements are usually scary.

Joe Hempel is a power house narrator, you really can't go wrong with him, especially with horror genre content! This story packs a punch, but Hempel is the reason why it really came alive for me. I can't recommend content narrated by Hempel enough!

T.J. Payne does an absolutely phenomenal job of interweaving the old and the new, the past and present, in this unsettling tale. "In My Father's Basement" really stands out for me amongst the hundreds of horror stories I've consumed. When it comes to serial killers, this is a unique one that lives outside of the box. The relationship between father and son is compelling, upsetting, confusing, exciting and heart breaking.

You know what, just stop reading reviews. You don't need to know anymore. Just go listen to this one!!

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

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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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Good story...

Recommended......Suspenseful and original...TJ Payne does not disappoint. Was it planned all along?.....
A good book leaves the reader options.


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Not bad!

Definitely made me cringe during this story something a book hasn't made me feel in a long time. The reader could have been a little less monotone but overall pretty good book.

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suprisingly good

I enjoyed this immediately. I love serial killer minds. just fascinating to me. I also like the good beating evil mantra. definitely a good read

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This was a lot of fun, lots of twists

A portrayal of a sad life, two sad lives that intertwine into a twisted story of sadism and misery. But it was fun. Made my ears hurt, when you listen you will understand, has nothing to do with sound. The story keeps you hooked from start to finish. The book had an interesting new perspective on how a serial killer might think. It also gives you a view into serial killer worship.

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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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Great!!!

This book kept my interest from beginning to end! There was never a dull moment!! It’s a great, nail biting story!!

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Captivating Story Line

This was well written and carried a decent pace. The narrator could use some improvement but it was a good listen.

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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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  • Tezza
  • 07-14-21

Interesting light on psychopathy

While the graphic violence was not my cup of tea, I could see how it defined the character by the end of the book. I will try another book by this author.

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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.