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Six Days [Kindle Edition]

Kelli Owen
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Six Days would appeal to fans of GONE GIRL and BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP."
~ Brian Lindenmuth, Amazon Reviewer


Jenny Schultz wakes trapped in a pitch-black basement with no recollection of how she got there. With no outside stimuli, Jenny naturally turns inward, revisiting her life through guilt-ridden memories, desperate to figure out which wronged person would be angry enough, evil enough, to do this to her.

She must survive her own demons and time itself when she finds remnants of previous captives--a plate, a tooth, a bone--followed by their scratched hashmarks in the stone walls that trap her, leaving her to wonder what happens next.

What happens after six days?

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, quiet horror, or novels you just can't put down, you'll love SIX DAYS.

Editorial Reviews


Kelli Owen has pulled off a kind of dark magic with this book and done so with an assurance rarely seen in a first novel.  She's made us care deeply about a flawed character completely alone in the dark, a scary one-character play peopled with everyone she's close to...which is no mean feat for any magician.  And the ending packs a hell of a wallop.
~Jack Ketchum, author

This is one HELL of macabre, psychological mystery. Owen has a terrifying talent for pushing the reader's buttons, one right after another, until you're trapped in the same lightless, inescapable cloak of HORROR as the main character. One of the most suspenseful books I've read in long time, and a stellar debut.
~ Edward Lee, author

This is the best debut novel that I have read in years.  It truly is a brilliant work and I am proud that Thunderstorm gets to be a part of it.
~ Paul Goblirsch, Thunderstorm Books (from initial acceptance letter)

...serves to create a claustrophobic cocktail of unease and uncertainty.  In today's world of omnipotent narrators and worn out horror clichés, it's refreshing in a very Chianti and fava beans sort of way. Owen has set the bar very high with her debut novel, a bar I have no doubt she will be able to surpass.  Her blend of human observations, horror sensibilities, and gifted prose portend great things for her in the future.
~The Word Zombie

From the Author

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Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gypsy Press; Second Edition edition (May 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008600V5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Six Days is, in a word, riveting. It held my attention to the point of causing me to delay eating sushi, and that's pretty remarkable. But for those of you who don't know me, let me put it in a different context.

When I first picked up Six Days, it was nothing more than a book with a cool cover and a way to pass the time while waiting for a takeout order that was taking too long, but then I read the first page and was instantly sucked into writer Kelli Owen's world. The majority of the novel takes place in a fairly small physical space, but rather than taking away from it, it adds so much to the pervasive feeling of borderline claustrophobia, a feeling that grows more and more intense as the main character, Jenny, explores her surroudings. Jenny is incredibly well written as a character, deep and complete with a dark past and spectres that rise out of the darkness all around her. I felt for her, experienced each new emotion as she did, and the terror she felt became a reality due to the completely engrossing way Kelli has penned this twisted tale. The other characters in the book are just as deep, well written, and three dimensional. It's a nonstop thrillride that'll leave you breathless at its conclusion and, if you're like me, begging for more of this awesome author's work. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, something spine tingling, sharp, and original, look no further than Six Days.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Meticulous And Claustrophobic Story Of Survival January 30, 2013
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Kelli Owen's debut is certainly an impressive one. Some might feel details are overwritten here and there, but her consistency and restraint kept me hooked throughout. The narrative uses the Lost television show's technique of constantly flashing back to fill in the holes and build a fully formed main character. This was a smart choice and a much needed touch away from the oppressive darkness where most of the story takes place. This psychological tale is fairly unique due to its minimalistic approach. Without giving anything away, lets just say there are very few characters in the present day storyline, a refreshing change to what I've read before.

I really enjoyed Owen's decision to allow Jenny's character to make believable choices and not what you might expect from a horror movie bimbo or to serve a predetermined cliched plot point. The choices and thought process she makes are what I imagine a real survivor might go through. Totally believable and utterly convincing. 99% of this novel is quite excellent, but I did have an issue with the incredibly abrupt ending. I even went back three or four times to make sure I had not accidentally skipped a page or two. The way the ending was written was just not consistent with the pacing and tone of the rest of the book. But regardless, this strong debut will have me seeking out more of Owen's work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a thrilling ride July 1, 2012
By Azeryk
Format:Kindle Edition
Over the past twelve months I've started to read more books by Kelli Owen after finding her books easy to read but with plenty of originality in the stories. This is now the fifth book I've read of hers; although this is actually her debut novel now released to the masses in e-book form.

The story is about Jenny Shultz, the victim of a kidnapper, who wakes up surrounded by darkness in a small, unknown room. It's up to her to work out where she is, who took her, and look for a way of escaping. The darkness not only hinders her quest for answers forces but her to look inwards at herself and the people in her life. The feeling of claustrophobic has been written well into the book and it helps the reader to feel what it is like to be in such a frustrating and dangerous situation - whilst a series of flashbacks help flesh out Jenny's character as well as her family and friends.

I really enjoyed how the book took such a simple concept like a kidnapping and turned it into something much more psychological than most stories and has enough quality to pull you along for the ride that Jenny takes.

One of the best debut novels I've ever read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's in YOUR Darkness? May 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"What's in YOUR darkness?" The first time I met Kelli Owen at the Horrorfind convention a few years ago, this is how she inscribed my copy of SIX DAYS. These four words perfectly summarize the plight of Jenny Schultz, the protagonist and apparanent victim of a random kidnapping...or was this whole thing planned out and perpetrated by someone Jenny knows, someone she trusts? These are but a few of the questions Jenny faces as she finds herself trapped in a dark, dank basement where at least one other prisoner was kept for six days. But what happens on the seventh day?

The brilliance and suspense of this novel is derived not from the present situation, but from specters of Jenny's past: A bout of crippling depression. An unexpected pregnancy. A divorce. A horrific car accident. A mysterious new boyfriend with a clouded past. As Jenny confronts these demons in her memory, trying desperately to figure out who would want her to endure the suffering and torture in the basement, with seemingly no hope of escape, time is running out.

Call it psychological horror, call it a first-rate thriller. I'll just call it one of the best first novels I've ever read, and I think you will too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Trauma that begins with the complete absence of light...
3.5 stars.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the premise of this story. Jenny Shultz finds herself suddenly in a completely dark, underground room of some sort, with... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kimberly Y.
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not care for this book it did not let ...
Did not care for this book it did not let you know what happened or who kept her prisoner for the six days.
Published 2 months ago by Marion Lydick
3.0 out of 5 stars OK --- if this genre is your cup of tea
I went after a psychological thriller for a change. This one was "more noir" than I had expected and convinced me that the genre is not my cup of tea. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wadu Eyno
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
no good ending
Published 2 months ago by wanda holzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on my toes!
I kept holding on to hope for Jenny til the end. I enjoyed the glimpses of her life before waking up in the darkness. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pamela Blazi
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully crafted!
From the days our early ancestors dwelt in trees, we have had a hard-wired fear of the dark. Animals that are nocturnal frighten and intrigue us. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ravensgate
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time on this one.
A book has to be really really bad for me to start reading it and not finish it. I was tempted many times to just delete it but I didn't. It was so drawn out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ......
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time!
I can't believe I wasted my time reading this book. Free is free but I will never read another book by this author.
Published 3 months ago by PAMELA METTEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Couldn't put it down!
Published 3 months ago by Lisa Foster
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but gripping! The story is disturbing enough to haunt you...
A working single mother finally starts dating again but her best friend warns her that her friend has a questionable background. She investigates and decides he is believable. Read more
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More About the Author

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Kelli Owen now lives in Destination, Pennsylvania. She has attended countless writing conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and has spoken at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA regarding both her writing and the field in general. Her fiction leans toward thriller and quiet horror, with an occasional bloodbath and even rarer happy ending. For more information, please visit her website at

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