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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 is the author of five novels, Jimmy, Text Message, Nikki's Secret, Dark Harvest, Blind Eye, and Santa Took Them as well as the short story collection Scraping the Bone: Ten Dark Tales. Future works will include Crystal Creek and A Taste of Pain, as well as an episode in the Linger series published by Braun Haus Media under the pseudonym Edward Fallon. When not writing, William spends time reading, doing puzzles, planting peach trees and looking for ghosts in the 115-year-old farmhouse in Elgin, IL where he lives with his brother Tom and their two cats Toby and Truman.

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  • File Size: 882 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darker Dreams Media (November 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069RZXEQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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William Malmborg is the author of five novels, Jimmy, Text Message, Nikki's Secret, Dark Harvest and Blind Eye, as well as the short story collection Scraping the Bone: Ten Dark Tales. Future works will include Crystal Creek and A Taste of Pain, as well as an episode in the Linger series published by Braun Haus Media under the pseudonym Edward Fallon. When not writing, William spends time reading, doing puzzles, planting peach trees and looking for ghosts in the 115-year-old farmhouse in Elgin, IL where he lives with his brother Tom and their two cats Toby and Truman.

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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...

"I HAVE YOUR SISTER. DO EXACTLY AS I SAY OR I'LL KILL HER."

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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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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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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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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