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Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there.

©2017 Bentley Little (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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strange narration

Creepy story, but it was hard to be scared because the narrator sounded like he was reading a children's book. Like a super disturbing Hardy Boys. I finished it, but never got into it.

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A young adult horror book at best.

The story is one only someone new to horror would find entertaining. Sex and unbelievable, simplistic details placed in unnecessary places.

Skip the first five hours of the audio book, and maybe a good story is in there. A nice ending, but the beginning sucked, the middle was almost unbearable.

The voice actor was all wrong for a horror story, bad casting. Maybe for a love story or educational book, but not a voice for horror.

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Grabs you and doesn't let you go!

This one grabbed my interest from the start and I found myself hurrying to get back to it. Old school creepy is the best description I can think of. I would have given it 5 stars all round, but for the ending. It may just be me, but many of the horror/suspense novels I have read recently have left me unsatisfied in that department ~~ not with the actual conclusion, but sometimes the manner of getting there feels somewhat contrived. Regardless - if this is your genre - don't miss this one! Caution: You may start seeing Franks around your neighborhood.

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Little is back!

The newest from Bentley Little doesn’t disappoint. The pace builds until the end. Well-written. Well-read.

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Disappointed

Story was bland... very blah atmosphere. Like another review said the narrator seemed like he was reading a children’s book which detracted from the story for me. Maybe had I read the actual book the story would have been better. There are a lot of positive reviews so I am glad some enjoyed this, but I can not recommend it.

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Good Story

This was a very original story that stole my attention immediately. However, I don't see any reason for it to be split up into sections like it is. I love that the author gives some backstory, but the book isn't long enough and doesn't go deep enough to warrant 3 sections.
The character development was great, and I found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn't listening to the story. However, the second part of the story caused a disconnect when it came to my empathy for the main characters.
The ending left quite a bit to be desired. Though it was a well-written ending, it didn't match the rest of the story. The entire 3rd part of the novel felt like a different book. It went from a creepy, somewhat possible scenario to something far too existential and paranormal.
All in all, I give this book 4/5 stars, and the narrator 5/5.

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2500+ books & this was the ONLY one gave me creeps

Seriously. I have 2500+ audible books in my library (just ask my husband LOL). My genre is horror, suspense, paranormal etc. I have never, not once, had to turn a book off at night. Until the handyman. I don't know why but I passed on the title a few times. It just seemed like a stalkerish book. I'm glad I was wrong! Sam, his brother & parents buy a "kit" for an Aframe as a vacation home. The man they purchased the lot from, Frank, they also hire to build it. Frank creeps the boys out and is a peculiar man. He skips town, steals their things and due to his shoddy workmanship cause a horrible accident. Sam grows up but blames his families misfortunes on Frank. He begins an investigation and finds some disturbing things about "Frank". He travels back to his old Aframe vacation home where it all began. and actually runs into a ghost hunting reality show filming an episode. He gives them information about the his house, the house across the street, and the man who lived there. He discovers that everyone who has ever hired Frank ends up dead, injured or missing! He and two of the writers of the show try to track down frank. He learns about a mysterious religion in Vietnam where apparently Frank started his downward spiral into the occult and insanity! I'm hoping there's a part 2. I had to turn the book off last night. My whole family was asleep while I stayed up to clean. The creepy ghosts and characters and the situations in the book made my imagination run wild. I just finished it.......In broad daylight......as should you! Don't hesitate unless you don't want to be scared! First book ever. Not even It scared me. This one did!!!

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Scary

I literally had to stop reading this book at night because it frightened me so much. I don't usually scare so easily, but all the death from seemingly unexplained accidents scared the heck out of me. At some point, you say to yourself, no way would this happen, but when you're alone listening to the story and all the lights are out in your house and you start hearing noises, well judge for yourself. But, I couldn't get enough of the storyline so I bit the bullet and listened the last 4 hours in the middle of the night. I admit I did stio the audio several times to listen for unexplained noises in the house, but it was worth it. There are a few items that remain unresolved for me. But, I'll just make assumptions rather than list them here and ruin the storyline for anyone.

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Not expected but very good

*SPOILER ALERT* Very gripping and interesting throughout the entirety of the book. I enjoyed the character development and the sequencing of time (skipped back and forth quite a bit) my number one complaint would have to be about the copious references to animal cruelty (I skipped a few parts) but besides that factor I would recommend the book to anyone that is looking for a creepy/bizarre read.

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  • 01-23-19

Just too convoluted.

Narrator’s tone was not right for this book.

The storyline was too convoluted. Too many characters- none of which I cared about.

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  • Smartie
  • 10-02-21

Un necessary use of subject matter

There is a reason why a gave it 1 star, let me explain.
The story actually is really good and it would have been a 5 star had it not been for the totally unnecessary rape scene in this book. If rape isn't bad enough to use in entertainment it went one step farther and was even worse (is there such a thing) It wasn't helpful to the story at all in my opinion and should be either re written or taken out altogether.

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  • Laura seddon
  • 09-05-21

Great listen

I discovered Bentley little’s books on audible, so glad I did!! This is the second book I’ve listened to, the first being The Haunted. It will most certainly not be the last. I really enjoy the ease of the stories, not too complex but still a very enjoyable listen. I’m a horror fan and although they’re no Stephen king they are none the less worth a go :-) Narrator was very easy to listen to, thoroughly enjoyed

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  • Mr & Mrs Welch
  • 09-19-21

A wicked one

Stephen King wasn't kidding when he called Bentley Little the Poet Laureate of horror. This novel is terrifying, moving, and unrelenting. Little's writing feels like a special treat for those of us who rarely find horror novels which are as inspiring as classic King novels. This work is amazing and the menace of an antagonist Little has crafted is a wicked one.

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  • miss d hitt
  • 09-19-21

brilliant

really well read story...very Stephen King..I really enjoyed it..just a couple of places that wavered

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  • Mark o.
  • 08-20-21

Don’t bother.

Save yourself, avoid. Even the narrator seems to have a total lack of interest in this banal ‘story’. Absolute utter nonsense.

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  • Mr. A. J. Bond
  • 11-22-21

Bentley Little Should Not Write Sex Scenes

Ever.

They are, by far, the most horrifying to things about his books. I hope the narrators get paid extra every time they have to read one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-10-17

Another Scary Bentley Little story

Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins when his younger brother was killed as the floor collapsed. And as an adult, Daniel discovers Frank is out there again and he wants revenge for his brother’s death. Finding Frank becomes an obsession, BUT Frank is also after him and things begin to happen to people around him who get involved in Frank’s search. Who will find who first and just what will Daniel find when they finally meet? Another brilliant scary Bentley Little book.

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  • Cross.Smith
  • 06-15-22

Silly book.

I found the story quite engaging at first but soon became tedious and then just stupid and pointless. Keeping the motivation to write this must have been difficult.

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  • Mollynewns
  • 05-23-22

Trigger warning!!!

Personally I think the book was neither here nor there. Some parts were very good and then it would back track and I’d have to concentrate very hard to get through it.

The rape scene was very unnecessary and made me feel very uncomfortable whilst listening to it. It seemed to just come out of nowhere and that let the book down quite a lot!

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  • Ian Robertson
  • 05-22-22

Good story made even better by the narrator.

Good story with believable characters. The narrator was outstanding, worth looking for in other books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-21

Convoluted and poor choice of narrator

A rambling, mildly suspenseful story that is severely detracted from by the narrator, who sounds like he is reading to 5-year-olds. Convoluted and pointless in some areas.

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  • Adilah Y.
  • 06-24-22

excellent

gave this one a go because it's a freebie. at the start i was like, "ok... here we go, another predictable story..." but then it got really interesting! the story is not always linear, which is refreshing! very well written and excellently narrated, definitely give this one a go!

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  • Greed
  • 03-18-22

Don't hire Frank

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I wanted to keep on listening. The back story of Daniel and Frank were always intriguing , Frank was a great villain. The ending was good enough. Graphic, sinister, sad,scary and enjoyable at the same time

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  • Tezza
  • 12-26-21

Started well but too long

I was enjoying the story until about the last two chapters. I felt that the happenings within the final house were too stretched and repetitive which unfortunately switched me off from active listening. This caused me to have to replay the final five minutes twice to check how it ended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-21

Creepy story, well told

I enjoyed this book but I think it could have been about 4 hours shorter...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-21

Thriller

Loved it! Reminiscent of Stephen King, in the way the story has layers and gets into your head.