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The Manitou is one of my all-time favorite reads. I recently reread it and it was just as fresh and funny – and terrifying – as it was the first time I read it well over two decades ago. Written from the point of view of protagonist Harry Erskine, a man who makes his money as a sham tarot reader telling little old ladies what they want to hear, the novel works especially well because Harry knows he’s a fraud and because he holds a healthy skepticism for all things supernatural. When he is confronted by the real thing, the action – and the wit – is unrelenting. All of Masterton’s Harry Erskine books work- Harry is the perfect imperfect hero.

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Mother
“A great combination of strong characters that remind me of my V.C. Andrews characters, wonderful creepy twists, and a plot that will recall Mommie Dearest in an original take that shocks and delights at the same time. This is a full blown psychological thriller worth the investment of time and money.”
Andrew Neiderman, author of The Devil’s Advocate and the V.C. Andrews novels
A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother …
Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.
Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever …
No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.
The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember. Sometimes it’s Worse …
Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger – and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of “Mother.”

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I won’t lie. I was a little intimidated by the size of this book and put off reading it for many years … but after finally working up my nerve, I took it off the shelf and got down to business. And as soon as I began, an amazing thing happened: I whizzed through the entire book in a matter of days. Not only that, I wanted more.

THE WITCHING HOUR kept me reading till all hours and reignited my interest in the work of Anne Rice – after finishing this one, I promptly moved onto another of her books and am looking forward to the next.

Highly recommended for lovers of historicals, ghosts, horror, Southern gothics, and good old-fashioned well-spun tales!

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Gone Girl isn’t like anything I’ve ever read before – and that alone is almost worth the five-star rating I give it – but I loved this book for more than its originality. Most of the characters are despicable, it’s true, but they’re also believable and endlessly fascinating. This story doesn’t exactly have a happy ending, but that, too, is fine by me (I don’t particularly care for happily-ever-afters).

Gone Girl is gritty, uncomfortable, and violent, but it’s also smart, intriguing, and excellently written – and for me, this unlikely combination of beauty and brutality made it 100% unputdownable. Highly recommended to lovers of mystery and psychological thrillers.

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Says NYT bestseller, Andrew Neiderman, author of the V.C. ANDREWS series:
 
“A great combination of strong characters that remind me of my V.C. Andrews characters, wonderful creepy twists, and a plot that will recall Mommie Dearest in an original take that shocks and delights at the same time. This is a full blown psychological thriller worth the investment of time and money.”
 

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After reading Audrey Rose, I decided I was probably going to be a pretty big fan of anything by Frank De Felitta – so I got a copy of THE ENTITY and promptly proved myself right. THE ENTITY is fascinating, chilling, and surprisingly unpredictable. I recommend it to lovers of classic horror and anyone looking for something familiar – but just a little bit different. An outstanding read.

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This is one of the first Dean Koontz novels I ever read and went a long way in getting me hooked on his work. FALSE MEMORY is twisty and turny with good scares and plenty of unforgettable characters, but most of all, it’s got one of the most compelling and original plots I’ve come across. Highly recommended for its originality, atmosphere, and spook factor.

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