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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by the McMartin preschool trials and the Satanic Panic of the ’80s, the critically acclaimed author of The Remaking delivers another pulse-pounding, true-crime-based horror novel.

Richard doesn’t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage to Tamara, a first chance at fatherhood to her son, Elijah, and a quiet but pleasant life as an art teacher at Elijah’s elementary school in Danvers, Virginia. Then the body of a rabbit, ritualistically murdered, appears on the school grounds with a birthday card for Richard tucked beneath it. Richard doesn’t have a birthday - but Sean does....

Sean is a five-year-old boy who has just moved to Greenfield, Virginia, with his mother. Like most mothers of the 1980s, she’s worried about bills, childcare, putting food on the table...and an encroaching threat to American life that can take the face of anyone: a politician, a friendly neighbor, or even a teacher. When Sean’s school sends a letter to the parents revealing that Sean’s favorite teacher is under investigation, a white lie from Sean lights a fire that engulfs the entire nation - and Sean and his mother are left holding the match.

Now, 30 years later, someone is here to remind Richard that they remember what Sean did. And though Sean doesn’t exist anymore, someone needs to pay the price for his lies.

©2021 Clay McLeod Chapman (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Snor-ing

my mind was blown at how insightful a bunch of 5 yr old kids can be. I must be the shittiest parent ever. when my kids were 5 they were still picking noises and throwing tantrums. Do these writers pay any attention to the fact that these toddlers aren't in the 7th grade.
Boo man, 👎

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The Satanic Panic never had it so good!

Confession time. I have been waiting for this book for a very long time. The Remaking was excellent and when I heard Clay was doing his next novel on the Satanic Panic, I started a countdown to publication. I was not disappointed.

If you grew up during the Panic, everything in this book brings it back to life.
If you didn't grow up with it, know that the depictions are 100% accurate.

This book grabs you and does not let you go. I was on the edge of my seat and counting down to when I could listen to the rest.

Mr. Cronin does a fantastic job as the narrator. Some narrators can be a bit monot with their delivery but Mr. Cronin gives an award worthy performance in my opinion.

Highly, highly recommend

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Ending was a letdown

This books sent me through a lot of emotions: sadness, anger, disgust, repulsed, but ultimately disappointed. The first “twist” of the book I felt was pretty heavily telegraphed before it was revealed. I had already figured it out within a few chapters. The ending to me was just a letdown. I felt like it was leading to a really good ending but the story line he went with was just…meh.

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Monsters are not real

I felt like this book had a Scooby Doo ending. Where all monsters are actually just people.

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Intense Story with a Twist

This was an intense story. I had mixed emotions about Richard (Sean) because there were so many times in the story he could of just told his principal and his wife about what was going with Sandy and her mom before it went out of control. The twist at the end was crazy. After getting a peak of the 80's and the obsession many had about finding Satanist and evil, I noticed sadly not much has changed lol.

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I remember these days... tipper gore and the crusaders against everything

Bit confusing in the beginning but once you catch on you can’t stop listening. Though I’m surprised these 5 yr olds are this perceptive I completely remember the “ repressed memory” phenomenon that put many people on trial for molesting their children. The psychologists planted seeds and watched their gardens grow. Many still do it today.
Its a good book if you were an eighties kid and recall how every song was satanic and music was responsible for drug use, satanism, crime, and esp suicide.

The narrator took a bit of time to get used to. I’m used to booming strong male voices reading, but in the end he was perfect.

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Odd

I'm just going to say this...it was odd. Definitely something that I wasn't expecting but I'm not even sure what I was expecting. There was a powerful line in there that was really beautiful to me, "We keep asking for forgiveness from ghost." I probably wouldn't read this book again due to some graphic animal killing; however, it was an interesting story and it was free for me, so it was ok. I gave the story only 4 stars because sometimes it was really hard to follow and the ending- while it had an unexpected twist...it didn't give me what I really wanted; also, there were times when I would get really confused and would have to start a chapter over again.

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not really a horror book

somewhat of spoilers, but this book is actually quite misleading about what it is ACTUALLY about.

I was expecting this book to be about ritualistic killing but it was actually about a kid with a vivid imagination lying about child molestation and abuse, and the overall ripples and effects of that lie that rock the community.

HOWEVER it was a pretty good book. I listened to it and enjoyed the narrator... but it is at BEST a thriller, not at all a horror book. Solid... C-.

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A good ending.

I honestly didn’t think it would end the way that it did, but I was very pleased! The author sometimes it’s a little too descriptive in a situation but I urge you to keep going with the story because the ending leaves a lot of room for thought and contemplation.

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Whew!!!

I legit have absolute sincere one worded review but apparently I have to use at least 15! So:

Phenomenal.

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  • 05-02-21

another great piece from a great author

Once again, this has been another amazing slow burn roller coaster of emotion and feeling throughout. the book is amazing and that is only helped by the great performance of the narrater. Clay this is again awesome, thank you

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  • 06-09-21

Great performance and twisting story

I listened to this in four days, I just couldn't stop.
it helps the narration was so good!
I few twists I saw coming, so for a seasoned spooky reader this wasn't anything too surprising but oh boy, it hit me in the feels at the end and really got me thinking.
I love a story that makes you think!