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CUTTER'S GROVE [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Dakin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Stranded one night during a violent sandstorm in the California desert, Lucas Tunney sees something that scares him senseless. Was it really the ghost of a young child that appeared to him through the swirling mass of dust and debris, or was the vision simply a figment of his imagination, brought on by stress and exhaustion? Although almost sure the sighting was genuine, there remains a lingering doubt.
After he's rescued by an accommodating motorist, Lucas accepts an offer of employment in the nearby town of Cutter's Grove. A few weeks later he's told about the mysterious disappearance of an eleven-year-old girl that took place a year earlier. Shown a picture of the missing child Lucas suddenly realizes his experience in the desert was, indeed, real.
But now he's faced with the problem of what to do with this knowledge. Going to the authorities is out of the question. He'll be locked up for sure based on irrefutable evidence of insanity if he starts expounding on the existence of ghosts. It seems he has little choice in the matter - he has to try to determine the circumstances surrounding the girl's fate on his own and, in the process, learn who might have been responsible.
Lucas' search for answers will leave him questioning everything he thought he knew and will forever change his life.
Amazon Reader Reviews:
"I would definitely recommend this book, even to those who might normally shy away from ghost stories."
"Patrick Dakin takes the reader on a wild ride of paranormal, romance, crime, suspicion all in the backdrop of a seemingly sleepy little town. I loved it and was guessing to the end."
"Once again, Patrick Dakin delivers. Love this author and loved this book."
"Awesome book!! This is the best mystery I've read in a long, long time!!"
"I got this book by Patrick Dakin because I had just finished reading his brilliant 'Deathbed Confession.' This book is also excellent and so very different from the other, which shows just how talented the author is."
"Full of action, suspense, murder, love, jealousy, etc. A great joy reading and hard to put down. Great ending!"
"This book started out reminding me of Stephen King's style somewhat ... this guy can write."
"The mental imagery is amazing."

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

After I finished my first novel, CAME A SHADOW, I was floundering around a bit wondering what the subject of my next book might be. I wanted to do something a bit different but didn't know just what. I asked my wife if she had any ideas. 'You know me,' she said, 'I love a good ghost story.' I confess I was a little reluctant to delve into a topic that many readers would have difficulty taking seriously, but I promised her I'd give it some thought. The result was CUTTER'S GROVE - not a ghost story in the traditional sense, perhaps, but one I do think you'll enjoy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061RK2ZY
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Nina
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I do not normally read books in the genre of the supernatural. I chose Cutter's Grove while looking for inexpensive Kindle books. The book's description seemed to promise more than just a ghost story, and it delivered! I was very pleasantly surprised to discover a real storyline that didn't just hover on the eerie. Instead, I found the main character to be a man who was involuntarily chosen to reveal a killer living unsuspectingly in a small town, who demonstrates a great willingness to seek the truth and bring peace to the people of Cutter's Grove.

I would definitely recommend this book; even to those who might normally shy away from ghost stories.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery May 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really didn't know how I was going to rate this. It starts out like a promising ghost story after Lucas Tunney escapes his disastrous life in Seattle only to first end up desolate in the desert. There trouble starts when he is terrified after being visited by a young girl's ghost or did he?. Rescued and taken to the fairly nearby town of Cutter Grove, he finds an idyllic life to soak his wounded life. Patrick Dakin then weaves a long placid study developing the characters of this Southern California town. Almost too long but enjoyable. But the quiet life Lucas savors turns topsy turvey with disappearances of young girls, too many love interests, trust and distrust from the locals and the law. Quiet this town isn't. As the story developed into a whopper of a mystery or mysteries, I cursed Lucas who is the king of bad decisions. Pride, shame, guilt guide this anti-hero into one situation after another. I won't begin to describe the story, too long here. Patrick Dakin takes the reader on a wild ride of paranormal, romance, crime, suspicion all in the backdrop of a seemingly sleepy little town. I loved it and was guessing to the end.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Murder mystery September 19, 2013
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This book is about the murder of two little girls. There is a little paranormal thrown in. There was good character development. The story was a little slow moving. Everyone's instant like/love for a stranger in a small town was a implausible to me. But all in all it was a good read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ! September 23, 2012
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Haven't read a book in quite some time but I must say I really enjoyed this book! Once I got started with it I found it very hard to put down. Excellent character development and very well thought out story line had me hooked from the opening sentence. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Next up for me is going to be " Came A Shadow" which I have heard is even better!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Carter's Grove September 7, 2014
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Not my favorite book by a long shot. Enough romance, G-rated, but actually not much mystery or suspense. The book could have been shortened by at least one third and been a better read. It rambled and could have used some character development. They all came across as pretty flat. Not many typos, misused words or uses of poor grammar. There were also a few times when I laughed at some expression Lucas used. Shame there weren't more of those.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Small towns August 9, 2014
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If you get around the authors love of metaphors it is an interesting read. The 'who-done-it' part was a little transparent but how it went down was good. I did enjoy the story within the story aspects. It rounded out the characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Disillusioned with life and getting served up an ice cold dish of betrayal on plate, Lucas Tunney leaves everything. Driving deep in the night his vehicle breaks down and is there for what seems like eternity. Lucas see witnesses a ghost that makes him question his sanity. He is rescued and taken back to a sleepy town.

In a town where no one seems to have a history or a past he finds a place of solace. Lucas finds the town a nice place to disappear and be anonymous. Slowly he finds work, blends in and realized that the ghost he saw is that of a child who disappeared. This is a mind bending ride. I love the characters. They are so gritty real, flawed, and imperfect.

Sometimes to save yourself you have to save someone else. Lucas decided to answer this plea for help. Perhaps it is just a date with destiny. It is a great read and it keeps you guessing to the very end.
Tidal Miller
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read June 2, 2014
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This is an excellent book. The writing is excellent, the characterizations come about naturally and effortlessly in the course of the story, and the mystery itself is riveting. Only a few minor things account for the subtraction of one star. The main one is that, despite some great red herrings, I knew who the culprit was fairly early on. That said, the story is so well told that, in the end, just seeing how the author brought all the threads together & the villain to justice was worth it. The only other quibble was the on-again/off-again nature of Lucas & Beth's relationship - I found her a little annoying, but taken as a whole, the book might have been less thrilling without that additional by-play. I will definitely be seeking out more books by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much profanity,detracts from an otherwise excellent book!
Loved his writing skill,and his character's sense of humor.The story was creepy,with good suspense,but I did guess 'who dun it' about half way in. Read more
Published 5 days ago by C. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprises until the end
There is a love story here, a story of deceit (more than one, actually), and some real surprises. There is also crime and the supernatural (though this is brief). Read more
Published 1 month ago by ReaderChick
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Dakin is possibly my favorite writer
Witty, funny, and suspenseful this story has it all with a surprise ending! What else could a reader ask for - the author delivers all and more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anita
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book for couch detectives
Enjoyed this one. I am left with one nagging question though. Don't wanna spoil it for others who might wanna check this mystery out.
Published 4 months ago by Derrick
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Part ghost story, part romance, part who dun it. A great story with characters you can relate too - even the dog sounds real. An unputdownable.
Published 4 months ago by Judith
5.0 out of 5 stars A good quick read
A good quick read. I enjoyed it. The ending was a little surprising, but understandable. It was mostly a mystery, who dunnit, than a paranormal as I expected from the preview.
Published 5 months ago by oliveshoes&oyls
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I loved it!
Published 5 months ago by Nightowl52
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing!
This book kept me hooked throughout. The ending of each chapter drew me to the next one. Very well written, except for a few of the most common errors: misuse of pronouns as the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by muffiemae
4.0 out of 5 stars a love story, and adventure
A wrong turn changes the lives of many people in this book. It has mystery, a love story, and adventure. I enjoyed it a lot!
Published 7 months ago by Linda Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Author makes the story very human
Good read. Author makes the story very human. The small town slueths were actually comical while being very serious in their role to find a killer.
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More About the Author

Patrick Dakin is the author of seven highly praised Amazon ebooks. His first novel, CAME A SHADOW, released in 2011, was in the top half of one percent of Amazon ebook sales for over a year. The sequels, A SHADOW FELL and THE SHADOW'S EDGE, met with similar acclaim as did CUTTER'S GROVE and DEATHBED CONFESSION. His eagerly awaited sixth and seventh novels, A WORRIED MAN and THE FOURTH BULLET, were released in 2014.
Patrick was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia and following a three year stint in the Canadian Navy he spent many years employed as a financial analyst with a branch of the federal government. Early retirement provided the long sought opportunity to devote his time to authoring thrillers, suspense, and mystery novels.
He and his wife live in the Okanagan Valley in B.C.'s interior where he is at work on his eighth book.
The author very much enjoys corresponding with readers and can be reached at

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