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Text Message [Kindle Edition]

William Malmborg
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"I have your sister. Do exactly as I say or I'll kill her!"

Mallory thought it would be a quick trip to the mall, one where she could get a last minute Christmas gift for her boyfriend. Little did she know a momentary slip in judgment would result in her little sister's abduction. Unable to call the police for fear her sister will be killed, Mallory has no choice but to play the awful game the sadistic kidnapper has designed for her, one that begins during the crowded midday hours, but won't end until long after the mall shuts down for the evening.

HIS MALL . . .

Mr. Campbell has been waiting a long time for the perfect game, one that is obviously stacked in his favor given that failure would result in his imprisonment. Such stacking doesn't really concern him, however, not when it is the fun of the hunt, and the ever-changing scenario, that gets his blood pumping. And Mallory seems to be the perfect girl for this, her sudden lack of compliance after the first few tasks he instructs her to perform in order to keep her sister alive quite different than what he is used to when dealing with his female victims. In fact, in all his years of playing such games, he has never before encountered a girl who will allow such horror to unfold upon the captured loved one simply so she can preserve her own dignity. It is quite refreshing.

HIS GAME . . .

Dan knew his security shift at the mall would be hectic, what with it being one of the last shopping days before Christmas and a blizzard predicted to hit the area during the afternoon hours. What he wasn't expecting was to be caught up in a horrific game of cat and mouse between a college girl named Mallory and an unknown serial killer that kidnapped and is torturing her little sister. Not that he actually realizes this is what is unfolding, his self-imposed quest to figure out what is causing the similarly aged college student to act so bizarre his only real concern. Well, that and staying under the radar of his boss Jerry who seems to have it out for him. Will he be able to help Mallory survive her ordeal once the reality of the situation becomes known to him, or will he fall victim to a serial killer that never intended for him to be a part of the game?


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"Busting at the seams with torture and debauchery, there's a chilling darkness here that will keep you turning the digital pages well into the night, because not only will you not want to put it down, but also because you know you won't be able to fall asleep." - Midnite Media

"Malmborg kept things going perfectly. The suspense began on page one and went on unerringly. I didn't get bored. I didn't have to put it down. Hell, I had trouble putting it down." - Literary Meanderings

About the Author

William Malmborg has been publishing short stories in horror magazines and dark fiction anthologies since 2002. Four of his novels, DARK HARVEST, JIMMY, NIKKI'S SECRET and TEXT MESSAGE, are available, as is a short story collection titled SCRAPING THE BONE that features five previously published and five original tales of horror. When not writing William caters to the whims of Toby and Truman, two cats who reside with him in Wheaton, IL.

Product Details

  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484042492
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darker Dreams Media (November 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069RZXEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing tale of horror and humiliation. December 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Picture this: It's the week before Christmas. You're a young woman doing some last-minute shopping. Your 13-year-old sister is with you, but off in another part of the mall. Suddenly, you get a text message from her phone...


Mallory (our protagonist) believes it's a sick joke courtesy of her sister, but soon learns this is not the case. The man on the other end of the text message forces Mallory to degrade herself publicly in order to keep her sister from being harmed. And if Mallory refuses? She'll receive a photo or video of her sister being tortured at the hands of her captor.

For Mr. Campbell--the individual committing these acts--it's all a game; a game that he's been itching to play for some time now. He wants to see how far he can push Mallory; wants to see what lengths a person will go to in order to keep a loved one from being harmed. Once the curiosity wears off? It'll then be time for the real fun to begin... time for him to make the mall his hunting ground--with Mallory as his prey.

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Text Message is the second novel by Malmborg that I've had the pleasure of reading. This book was, in some ways, similar to Jimmy... but also much, much different. It's similar in the way that they're both about individuals who are obviously mentally unstable. Individuals who have this insatiable need to put women in helpless, deadly positions in order to fulfill their own fantasies. The similarities pretty much end there.

*Possible spoilers ahead!*

Text Message is told in alternating 3rd person POVs. Mallory is the protagonist; our victim. Mr. Campbell is our antagonist.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is waiting around the corner? November 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was an excellent read. Never knowing what is waiting around the corner or what may happen next kept me on the edge of my seat. I found myself talking to the characters in the book, much like I would in a movie. Rooting them on or sharing my not so nice opinion of their actions. ;-) If it hadn't been for the need to "turn the page" I would have forgotten all about reality while reading, I almost did a few times anyway.. I suggest everyone who loves a good suspense thriller to check this one out!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Go To The Mall March 21, 2013
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This was a freebie I had gotten off of amazon and these are sometimes double edged swords. It's a win win for both author and reader because they broaden a writers fanbase and expose a reader to a new author they haven't heard of. There are good intentions here unless the book sucks.
Text Message's premise intrigued me. The set up is quite simple but how would this work over the course of three hundred pages? A lot could go wrong especially if the story quickly falls apart.I had to read this as soon as it hit my Kindle. As a fan of horror I wanted to see how this turned out. I wasn't dissapointed.
The story starts quickly and we're placed into the action as if we're Mallory. A simple text that states I have your sister and off we go. You don't get any warning, no backstory just bam! You get three vantage points and that provides the different angles to the story and just keeps it going full throttle. You have the terror and eventual anger from Mallory, you have Dan the wanna be hero who has the best of intentions but isn't all that smart and Mr Campbell the sick twisted freak that has kidnapped Jenna and is forcing Mallory to play a very sadistic game.
The book itself is a bit disturbing and I even winced a few times which quite frankly is a first for me. Given the subject matter of the book it certainly fits into the book's theme and isn't placed there just to shock people. While trying to humiliate Mallory we're right there with her experiencing it with her. We even learn why Me Campbell is the way that he is. That's what makes this book so good. The writing places you right into action so you don't feel as if you're simply reading a book but experiencing everything each character goes through.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I finished reading Text Message today. Wow, I did not want it to end. The race to the end made me isolate selfishly as i could not put it down till the last page. I really enjoyed this book, even more than the authors first book I read, called Jimmy. Its funny as I am not so into the gore or the mature subject matter but didn't find it to be as distracting as I thought it might be during my read. I anticipated the mature and gory after reading Jimmy. The author definitely has a style to his writing and uses it very cleverly. If this is truly his second book, I can only imagine what is in store for the reader when he gets to his twentieth. He has a very graphic and lively horror-riffic imagination, pardon the pun. And is very clever at that. While Text Message had its uncomfortable moments in the first third, it seemed to level off and like I said it did not distract me during the story. It does require a certain tolerance of what one could only imagine goes through a serial killers mind. I trust that the reader should expect this if they are reading a story about a psycopathic serial killer, right? While i mention that I am not so much into the mature matter, I am really into the thriller, action, edge-of-your-seat kind of suspense that this book delivers. This book was a real ride. A nail-biter that was well worth the small download fee. This book reads like a good screenplay and must be made into a hollywood movie. As a fan of suspense and action thrillers, I could picture a modern day action star taking us on a cinematic ride through this story as Bruce Willis did in Die Hard. I really connected with each of the characters in the story. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book but I hated the ending. So much detail through the whole book and the ending was just like an afterthought and seemed very unimportant. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Theresa Norman
2.0 out of 5 stars too real
I can't read novels like this without getting graphic pictures in my head. I think that if I had known the depravity of the leading character's mind, I wouldn't have read it... Read more
Published 19 days ago by M. Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars This was kind of fun!
This one starts right out of the gate. The constant guessing is a lot of fun for me in these books. There are some little things that bothered me slightly with the timeline of the... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Brenda Seaberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Text message
I loved this book! It is a fun little read, if you can handle this type of book. It isn't for the weak stomachs, that's for sure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Denise Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you hooked
This book keeps you hooked from the begining, even though most will figure out who the culprit is early on. However, it sheds just enough doubt to make you uncertain..... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Devonna L. Bess
4.0 out of 5 stars Rated X
The story line is scary, especially since the reader know it could really happen. It's possible! Let's just say I'm glad I don't work in a mall any more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Penny
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts With A Punch. Ends With A Meh.
What starts out as a routine Christmas shopping excursion to the local mall turns into a nightmare for Mallory when she opens her phone to check her text messages and finds the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nick N.
2.0 out of 5 stars More holes than Swiss cheese.
I don't even know where to begin with this cat and mouse thriller that has more holes than Swiss cheese. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J&B Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
Loved this book it kept you on the edge of your seat and even harder to put the book down
Published 3 months ago by jamie d mills
5.0 out of 5 stars With Fbook/E-Mail on Phones Text Messaging Might Be Dying Out, But...
A bit more cartoony at times than Malmborg's masterpiece, Jimmy, but Text Message was still a fun don't want to stop turning the pages read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James N Simpson
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William Malmborg has been publishing short stories in horror magazines and dark fiction anthologies since 2002. In addition, four of his novels, JIMMY, TEXT MESSAGE, NIKKI'S SECRET and DARK HARVEST, are all available, as is a short story collection titled SCRAPING THE BONE that features five previously published and five original tales of horror. When not writing William caters to the whims of Toby and Truman, two cats who reside with him in Wheaton, IL.

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