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The Dead Phone
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2011
I have read several books by Bryan Alaspa all of which have been great. The dead phone has to be my new favorite. The book hooked me in right away and I ended reading it one sitting. The dead phone is a great mix of mystery and supernatural horror with great charaters you care for. Well done!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2012
This book has so much promise. The plot is good and it's even kind of eerie at times. I might have been sitting on the edge of my seat had the writing itself not kept pulling me out of the story. There are typos, poor sentence structure, incorrect word usage, etc. But, I think the most annoying thing of all was the word echoes. Well, that and sentences starting with "He saw...", "He heard..." or "He ... <did whatever>". If this novel were edited, tightened up and made to flow smoothly, it would be a good book. Because he knows how to create a story/plot, I'll probably give this author another try and see if the writing is better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
Just as I thought I was outgrowing my fear of the dark. A good old-fashioned spooky story that reminded me why I was drawn to this genre in the first place. Suspenseful, chilling, addictive and ultimately satisfying. I'll be looking for other titles by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
I downloaded this while it was free and, having never read anything by Bryan Alaspa before, I wasn't sure what to expect. You never know what to expect with free books but I was pleasantly to find that this was a cleverly written story with a flowing narrative, well defined characters and a brilliant plot. This writer really knows how to set the atmosphere for a creepy tale. I will certainly be looking out for more by this writer in future, if this freebie is indicative of what's to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2012
I absolutely loved this book! It kept you guessing the whole time. I am surprised this was a free download, it is that good
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on October 30, 2013
Although this is quite suspenseful, I think I've become immune to being frightened by so called horror novels. The story could have been more developed. The ending seemed too nicely wrapped in a package. With such suspense, I expected the ending to pack a bigger punch. I would be angry had I purchased this book at any price; fortunately it was free.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2012
How could this book have received so many good reviews? In addition to the MANY grammatical and contextual errors and typos, the story is dreadful. I plodded along, skimming often, hoping there would be some closure and resolution. Egad! Don't waste any hours of your life on this read!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The story line itself was quite good and has great potential. However, the writing was unpolished and contained many errors. This resulted in an inability to really get drawn into the story. Also, the author didn't seem to know how serial killers actually worked, nor did he seem to research other key aspects of the story thoroughly. Being an avid researcher, I was offended by the inccuracies. With work, this could really be a chiller. It also has great movie appeal.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
I read the reviews and I personally didn't notice that many mistakes in the story. At least none that distracted me. I really liked the story it kept me entertained and kept me guessing between the three main suspects. I would reccommend this to others. Luckily I got this while it was free I think asking 2.99 for this story is a bit much though.
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