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Suspense with a Capital S
on November 6, 2011
Can you imagine being miles away from home in a house in the middle of nowhere when the phone awakens you in the middle of the night? For Warren Hollis, this happens every night while staying outside a small community where a serial killer committed murders of several little girls years ago. What makes it even scarier is that the phone not only has not been used in years, but it's dead...no connection, and yet Warren gets these garbled messages from someone on the other end of the phone. As time goes on, it's clear the voices know who he is and why he is there. Warren Hollis is a true crime writer from Chicago who goes to a small town in Pennsylvania to write about the unsolved murders. With the help of the newspaper editor, Tabitha Reed, they work together to try to come up with some answers, especially when the killings begin again.
Author, Bryan Alaspa, does a wonderful job of creating his characters so the reader gets a real sense of who they are. Just the description of the house where Warren is staying makes me want to have my own house out in the woods...minus the scary black dead phone. Alaspa is masterful at building the suspense, especially when the phone rings. It makes me think of scary movies when the camera starts panning down the hall and the spooky music starts playing. You just know that each time the phone rings, that it's going to be more intense than it was the time before. Balancing out the suspense, Alaspa throws in enough lighter moments, particularly with the banter between Warren and Tabitha. I really like how their relationship developed without feeling forced. I hope these characters will show up another time. I want to see what happens next for them. If you like murder mysteries with plenty of suspense with some supernatural thrown in for good measure, I recommend THE DEAD PHONE BY Bryan Alaspa.