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The Loneliest [Kindle Edition]

Stacey Cochran
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One year after the heartbreaking loss of his wife, novelist Jason Roberts discovers a cabin hidden far away from the world in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains. Jackie, his wife, was far too young to die.

Now Jason must come to terms with grief and loneliness.

Under pressure to deliver a new novel, Jason’s mind begins to shatter. He hears voices in the woods, begins seeing children playing in the forest, and starts to lose his hold on reality… as the characters from his latest novel begin appearing in the real world around him.

Jason slips into the delusion that he can materialize the very things he’s writing in his book.

But the cruelest trick of all comes when he writes Jackie into his story… and is visited by her beautiful, ghostly presence in a cavernous underground lake.

For Jason, he must make a decision to join her in the afterlife by taking his own life, or by holding on to the tattered remains of life without his one true love.

Editorial Reviews


"Beautifully written." -R.J. Keller, author of Waiting for Spring

"A dark, intricately woven journey into the mind of a troubled writer." -Imogen Rose, author of the Portal Chronicles 

"A blisteringly fast read ... heart-wrenching." -Scott Sigler, author of Ancestor

"An evocative, haunting story about coming to terms with our ghosts, both real and imagined. Powerful." -Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church

"The Loneliest is, at heart, a haunting-the kind that keeps a writer up at night, sweating. Cochran nails that feeling in a chilling novel that dares us to separate fact from fiction and our dreams from reality. This is some smart pulp." -Anthony Neil Smith, author of All the Young Warriors

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"The Loneliest has a lot of heart and plenty of shivers. This is new ground for Stacey Cochran, but he knows the lay of the land. He'll lead you into some dark, secluded nooks if you're not careful." -Sean Doolittle, author of Safer

"The Loneliest is a harrowing mine-car ride down into a cavern of terror, obsession, and madness. Stacey Cochran knows just how to get under your skin, and he's not shy about pushing the 'scary' button." -J.D. Rhoades, author of Breaking Cover

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  • Print Length: 174 pages
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Loneliest January 20, 2012
By Will
Format:Kindle Edition
Jason Roberts, a writer, works on his newest novel after the death of his wife. With the pressure of the sales world compressing the suicidal whispers in his head, he retreats to a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. And as events in what he perceives to be his real life begin to collide and mesh with his writing, the already hazy line of sanity becomes that much harder to trace.
Names are jumbled, faces are blurred and even pathways and roads are prey to the mind of a long-term schizophrenic like Jason. And everyone's lives--including the reader!--is subject to fall under his spell.
But as the final pages are being written, and he believes he has the power to influence the world around him, Jason's story takes an abrupt and violent turn. And as he tries to write his wife back to the land of the living he, like any loyal husband, must ask himself, "What am I willing to do to get her back?"

Stacey Cochran's volatile blend of suspense and disorder suits this fast-paced story like a tightly-latched straightjacket. Every time you're allowed to creep further into Jason Roberts' mind--and permitted to walk back out--you find yourself having to ask the same questions over and over. Which part of this story is real, and which is from a sliding mind?
THE LONELIEST is a quick read and a powerful one, with an ending that doesn't shy away from the consequences of the decisions we make in life, nor the rewards we may reap for listening to that tiny (albeit sometimes crazy) little voice in our head.
And though it is felt that some scenes were lacking in the story, this is a must-read for any suspense or horror fan. It will have you jumping at that shadow in your periphery, even during the "safe" scenes. Well done, Cochran!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner December 4, 2011
By Jacks
I do not normally read this genre of fiction, but was pleasantly surprised by Stacey Cochran's writing. I literally read the book in one sitting and was not able to put the book down. The story reminded me of one of those terrifying campfire stories when I was a kid. I was freaked out that I was so easily pulled into this haunting story.

I found the main character Jason Robert's sorrow at the loss of his wife so vivid. My hat is off to Stacey Cochran for creating such a powerful story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars thoughts March 26, 2012
By sagk
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book started with promise, but soon was so confusing I lost interest and read three books before I returned to finish. Have always maintained that there will be some redeeming quality to a book that ensures it is worthy of reading. While there was tension and imagination through the main character, the plot was so disjointed that I lost my enthusiasm for the book.
Would not recommend and frankly wished I had not wasted my time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Loneliest February 1, 2012
The Loneliest is one of the best thriller/horror novels I've read in a long time. I was captivated and could not put this book down. The themes of mental anguish and blurred reality are intriguing, and they are skillfully explored through the protagonist's point of view. Despite his problems, the reader can identify with the character Jason Roberts, which makes his predicament all the more tragic. This book is deliciously disturbing and dark, yet at the same time fast paced and enjoyable to read, something very few writers in this genre can achieve. As a true horror fan and writer, I can't wait to read more of Stacey Cochran's work. Watch out Stephen King and Dean Koontz!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Even For Free March 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I make reat attempts to finish all the books I begin, this was tough. Started out okay but by half way in it became tedious. There were sentences I wiah I had not read, they were meaningless to the story. Maybe it should have been a short story. Perhaps the editor was not up to the task in areas where the author needed help. I think this author is a few books away from being good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of THE LONELIEST November 17, 2011
Move over, Stephen King, you have some competition. In his newest novel, THE LONELIEST, Stacey Cochran had me from the first mention of menacing dogs, signs that bleed, and a strange, disappearing man.

Jason Roberts is a writer of suspense novels. Following his wife's death from cancer (or so we are led to believe), Jason moves to the mountains of North Carolina to work on his newest novel. From his first meeting with his new landlord (the strange, disappearing man) to Jason's descent into madness, we are yanked into this mind-bending thriller.

Jason finds harrowing evidence of murders, as well as evidence that his dead wife is still alive and waiting for him to rescue her. Turns out, though, the murders and re-emergence of his wife are fabrications of his own troubled mind. But once Jason commits his madness to writing, his imagined mayhem becomes reality. But whose reality is it?

The setting, the isolated back woods of the Appalachian Mountains, creates the perfect metaphor for the lonely, isolated man that Jason Roberts has become. However, as frightening as Jason is, Stacey Cochran has created a sad, lonely, sympathetic character.

As an aside, I love that Stacey wrote himself and his novel's title, THE LONELIEST, into the book--sort of a story within a story. Very clever, indeed.

Stacey Cochran has written a vivid and frightening but touching tale, a page turner that I had to read in just one sitting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I did not enjoy this book at all. There wasn't much of a plot, took ages to get into the story and the ending was disappointing.
Published 20 months ago by bakingaddict
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird!
This book was very strange. It made me turn the pages to see what craziness would happen next, but it was very weird.
Published on May 2, 2013 by michelle shewchuk
4.0 out of 5 stars The Loneliest Brought Something New To The Mix
For Jason Roberts, a recently widowed author, taking some time in the Appalachian forests to rent a cabin is the perfect escape. Read more
Published on March 10, 2013 by Roberto Scarlato
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King Move Over
Amazing is all I can say. The book description that I found on Amazon did not prepare me for the step into the "Twilight Zone" that this book takes you through. Read more
Published on November 7, 2012 by Penny
3.0 out of 5 stars The Loneliest
This was an entertaining, easy read and I would read more by this author. It kept me engaged and I read it in several hours.
Published on April 7, 2012 by BB
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent Thriller
This is a good, one-time-read thriller. Tension and scariness indices are medium-high, with the bonus that the narrator is himself schizophrenic, and not always able to... Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by Leslie South
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you on the edge of your seat
What a great book to pick up at an airport, you will not care if your flight is delayed for hours. This book immediately pulls you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by E. Calwell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Loneliest is a well written, scary read
Anyone who's ever been alone in a secluded place knows the chill that runs down his or her spine when something goes bump in the night. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Sabah Malik
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Crafted, Sharp, Suspenseful
Interesting, well-plotted story. Jason has been secretly schizophrenic, hiding it since his diagnosis at twenty. Read more
Published on February 4, 2012 by Margaret A. Harrell
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced at 99c.
File under D for Drivel. This writer is laughing all the way to the Credit me for buying this story about a writer writing about a writer, writing about a . . . . . . .
Published on January 31, 2012 by Judith Duncan
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More About the Author

Stacey Cochran is the author of Eddie & Sunny, In Love with Eleanor Rigby, and The Loneliest. He was a finalist for the 1998 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Fiction and earned his Master's Degree in Creative Writing from East Carolina University in 2001. His first professionally published fiction "In Love with Eleanor Rigby" was the Rebel Literary Magazine First Prize Winner in 2000 and was published in CutBank (2001). It became a bestselling Kindle novella in 2011.

An as-yet-unpublished novel Culpepper was a finalist for the St. Martin's Press/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Contest in 2004. In 2011, an excerpt from his novel Eddie & Sunny was a finalist for the James Hurst Prize for Fiction.

Stacey lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Susan, son Sam, and daughter Harper Jane. He currently teaches in the English Department at NC State University, and is chair of the World Mystery Convention for 2015.

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