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When the Powers of Darkness infest a small New England town...

As his eighteenth birthday approaches, Rick Williams experiences violent, unexplainable headaches. The tortured young man, a powerful psychic, a mysterious teacher, and a desperate mother with a hidden past must fight for their lives and their souls against the evil that binds them together and threatens to destroy them all.

Those who live to see the unholy ritual will discover that the Devil always collects his due.

©2012 Matthew W. Grant (P)2013 Matthew W. Grant

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 05-10-15

Good Story!!!

If you could sum up Dark Secrets in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, Spooky, Intriguing!

What did you like best about this story?

It flowed smoothly....never had me bored and was a good story with believable characters..

What about Luke Avery’s performance did you like?

He was good...his voice is pleasant to listen to...and was never over the top....I would listen to him again!

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

I wouldn't say moved me, but I was impressed at how Rick's friends were so dedicated to helping him....you are very lucky if you have friends like that....

Any additional comments?

***I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

I really like the authors style...he writes a good story and keeps you interested without a bunch of fluff...his stories flow...

In this story, Rick's mom makes a deal with the devil for her sons life...But Rick is not going to just give in...he is a good person and will go down fighting! I like the supernatural elements to this story and really would like to know what happens next...There is a bit of mystery, a love interest, and definitely some scary stuff going on.....LOVED IT!!!
2 thumbs up....would totally listen to the authors other work without hesitation....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good book

STORY REVIEW.......

Good story. Interesting, exciting, with a good pace. The story is well written and flows smoothly. The characters are fascinating, captivating, complex and well developed. I enjoyed listening to it. A perfect read for Halloween. I recommend this book.

AUDIO REVIEW......

I found the narrator to be rather good at reading the book as well as giving the characters life, voice and depth.

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com".
L.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Secrets!

I thought this story was written extremely well. The author, Matthew W. Grant kept me immersed in this story and he managed to keep the story flowing and that's always good. There's mystery, supernatural things, love, and much more throughout the entire story. You'll find yourself on the edge of your seat.

Luke Avery did an exceptional job bringing the story to life. I didn't have any trouble identifying the character who was speaking in the story. He brought this story to life and made it pretty scary. I absolutely loved this story and I highly recommend you give this one a listen. I've never heard of this author or narrator but they both did a great job. Overall, I give it 5 🌟!

I did receive this audio free from the author/narrator in exchange for an honest and unbiased review through Audiobook Blast.

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 07-07-15

Creepy and I couldn't put it down!

Matthew W. Grant did it again! This guy's imagination is scary in this book! The characters were well developed and believable. Luke Avery did an excellent job of narrating this to the point where I felt I was right there in the story. I'm wondering if there will be a sequel!??!!

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Dark Secrets

Luke Avery does a good job narrating this predictable young adult 'horror' story.It seemed a LOT longer that 4 hours.The devil comes to town as a school teacher.It turns out this isn't his first visit.Teenagers are forced to fight evil.Some win,some lose.i don't want to give it away.This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review

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  • Mary
  • Centerville, OH, United States
  • 08-18-15

Cheesy Teen Age Rosemary's Baby Tale

What did you like best about Dark Secrets? What did you like least?

I liked how the narrator preformed Terrance's voice.

The predictability of the ending was what I least liked.

Would you be willing to try another book from Matthew W. Grant? Why or why not?

Yes. It was a fun listen although it was was cheesy.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ricks rebellion against his father,

Do you think Dark Secrets needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No it is fine as a stand alone.

Any additional comments?

This is basically a teen age version of Rosemary's Baby, The grown baby though rebels against evil with great personal loss and tragedy.

“I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot come”

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Being a Teenager is Hell

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

I would depending on my perception of their interests. I have a good deal of friends not interested in horror and I'm sure the same would be true of the young adult aspect.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Tiger, not because the other characters were bad but because the author used him and his playful ferociousness well to get across some of the side-effects of the supernatural events.

What three words best describe Luke Avery’s voice?

I'm always bad with these ones, I think I'd just go with 'Doesn't really fit' because I found his voice while good kind of taking me out of the story perhaps because of the YA nature.

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

Being a teenager can be hell, but sometimes can bring it.

Any additional comments?

I received this for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Young Adult Horror

What made the experience of listening to Dark Secrets the most enjoyable?

This audiobook gave me the impression of a YA take on horror. It is most definitely a horror / supernatural thriller story, but it's not as graphic as many other books I've read or listened to in those same genres.The two main characters are high school students, and their efforts to derail a Satanic plot reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There isn't the same humor here that you'll find in that series, but having a resourceful pair of teenagers at center stage would make this story relatable and enjoyable to older teens and up.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Secrets?

It's difficult to say without giving away spoilers, but I liked the way the little old lady shopkeep in town turns out to be much more than she seems.

Which scene was your favorite?

The showdown between Terrence and Madame Lawrence.

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

If Rick makes it to his eighteenth birthday, there'll be Hell to pay!

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reminiscent of the old-fashioned horror stories

Dark Secrets is a young adult horror story that is reminiscent of the old-fashioned horror stories. Old-fashioned is not meant to be a criticism. In fact, it is meant as a compliment.

The story follows 17-year-old Rick and his friends as they literally go into battle with the Devil. Nicole is Rick’s long-time friend and potential love interest. Their relationship is really sweet and their dialogues are fun. Most teenagers should be able to relate to these two.

Rick lives with his Mum who told him his Dad was killed in an accident. But his Mum has secrets. And with Rick’s eighteenth birthday looming, her secrets may get them all killed.

There are some great scenes at the local high school, a very likable cat, and lots and lots of classic horror and occult elements.

At just under four hours, it was a very quick listen. But there is a lot of action packed into that time. The plot flows nicely and I really enjoyed Matthew W. Grant’s style of writing. His characters are well developed and the story should appeal to younger as well as older fans of classic paranormal horror.

The narration provided by Luke Avery was very good. He managed to pull off the teenage characters as well as the female characters in a believable manner and had a good satanic voice for the devil. Pacing and intonation were fine, and there were no issues with the quality of the production.

Audiobook provided for review by the author.

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8 of 17 people found this review helpful

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great book

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enjoyed listening

0 of 6 people found this review helpful