The Tear Collector

Narrated by: Lou Petrella
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The misdeeds of our ancestors can be like shadows, lurking and waiting to reveal the sins of the past. For the residents of Harper Pass, that time is now.

After an autistic classmate goes missing in the small Appalachian community, young Brooks Raker and his friends stumble into the middle of the police investigation. As the dark secrets of the town’s past start to unravel, the list of unusual suspects climbs, and people continue to disappear.

When Brooks and his friends dig deeper into the unexpected events, they begin to suspect a sinister force is at work in Harper Pass. Can they work together to survive?

Detective Holt is thrust into a leadership role in the wake of Chief Barton’s absence, and having lost his first child to miscarriage, he is left feeling as if his entire world has been shattered. On top of all this, he must confront the mysteries surrounding Harper Pass, when the typically quiet town suddenly devolves into chaos.

Without any real answers, and with Kasey Norton, an ambitious local reporter, closing in on him, Detective Holt struggles to maintain his facade of control. The string of disappearances and suspicious deaths lead him to the doorstep of the mysterious and reclusive Professor Wadlow.

When the detective realizes what he is truly up against, a tectonic shift in his thinking - the fault lines of which can never be mended - leave him feeling more lost than ever. Can he save the citizens of Harper Pass, or has their fate already been determined?

©2019 Shawn Burgess (P)2020 Rhetoric Askew, LLC

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Fast paced suspenseful thriller/ horror story

A great story (fans of Stephen King’s suspenseful horror will not be disappointed) and the reading adds another’s dimension to the characters and building the suspense. Well done!👏🏽 if you are looking for a Halloween story, this is it!

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Enthralling to say the least

What a great audio book. I have to admit when I saw how long it was, I was hesitant as I didn’t think it would keep me interested, however I am glad to say I was very wrong. The storyline itself kept me intrigued and makes me want to search out more of Shawn Burgess’s audio books. The best part of it was the narration though as I have listened to other books that seemed rather mundane and was bored by the narrator. I have to give high compliments to Lou Petrella as he really did a fantastic job of making each character come to life. I felt as though I was watching the movie in my mind with his personalization of each character and at times thought it was more than one person narrating. What a fantastic duo between the great writing and narration, this was one of the best I have listened to in a while. I look forward to finding the sequel to see what Margo does next.

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This is a must listen, I can’t stress that enough!

It’s been close to 15 years since I’ve read and completed a book. Mostly finding time is the main reason. Tried audio books, but found myself falling asleep or losing interest because of the mundane history teacher-like voice of the narrator. The combination of Shawn Burgess’ writing and Lou Petrella’s narration has brought me back to what I once so enjoyed. The writing is so amazing, kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The narration, the best I’ve ever encountered. Petrella (the man of many voices) made me feel as if I personally knew these characters. Like watching a movie with my ears. I listened in my car, in the shower, even while I exercised. Could not get enough! So sad when it was over, so look forward to what comes next from both of these individuals. This is a must listen, I can’t stress that enough! Thank you guys for bringing me back. Love, Love, Love

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The perfect pairing of author and narrator...

The perfect pairing of author and narrator makes this novel a brilliant success. I can’t recommend this book enough and a mystery thriller isn’t even the genre that I typically read/listen to. But I have to say, I’m hooked. I enjoyed it so much because of Shawn Burgess’ exceptional writing skills and Lou Petrella’s astounding, outstanding performance. Shawn uses the perfect amount of creative description to keep you engaged and bring you on this spellbinding journey as though you were right there in the town of Harper Pass. And Lou’s narrative couldn’t be more spot on, using numerous voice inflections to reel you into each individual characters’s persona. Let Shawn and Lou take you on this roller coaster ride of emotional twists and turns, it’ll have you gripping the edge of your seat.

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Absolutely Chilling!

The Tear Collector sent me back into the days of my childhood with the suspense, the excitement, and the thrill of the chill. Sauteed with a blend of Fear Street and Goosebumps from R.L. Stein, I would swear the author here was a protege of the iconic children's book author. The narration was superb! In the very few moments that the story seemed to drag out a little too much in the sidelines, Lou Petrella kept me there. When a masterful storyteller pairs with a masterful narrator, you get books like this one. I will definitely be following this author. The narrator is already on my list of favs!

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Awesome Supernatural Mystery Murder

From the beginning the story draws you in and hints at something not quite natural about the incident at Grief Hollow. The combination of great character development and the evolving mystery always kept me wanting to listen to just one more chapter. Mr. Burgess' writing was awesome and anyone who is a Stephen King fan will thoroughly enjoy the juxtaposition of relatable real life characters with the supernatural mystery that continues to evolve throughout the book. Add to that the injection of humorous moments that only a group of teenage boys can provide and you have an awesome story! Frightened, when the they are frightened and laughing when they laugh the narrator, Mr. Petrella does an outstanding job of bringing the characters to life. His pacing, inflections, and characterizations make this a phenomenal listen.

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Great Book

The story kept me captivated from start to finish. A must read for anyone that likes thrillers.

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IT meets Stranger Things

The story quickly takes off and keeps you engaged. You'll find yourself needing to know what is causing all this suffering to the small town and why and how can it be stopped. I enjoyed the story. If you liked 'It' or 'Stranger Things' you'll like this story. Personally, I felt like some of the voices or accents the narrator attempted were a distraction at first, but I got over it quickly. It seemed that in the later chapters one characters manner of speaking/voice changed which took me out of the moment. Those are minor critiques in my opinion. For those who love the thriller/supernatural horror genre, I recommend picking up this book.