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The Silent Hills [Kindle Edition]

Derek Thompson
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Book Description

When Peter Marlow decides to stop running, it's time to make a stand.

Peter Mayhew has spent his life living a lie. And when he finds himself in Harlsden, after accidentally looting a safe, all he wants to do is lay low and disappear. But a chance encounter, out by the lake, changes everything.

Product Details

  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Musa Publishing (October 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VQ0ZG2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Read January 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
He's always on the move. He settles in one place for a bit, pulls his con, and moves on. He never expected to find himself trapped in one town...

This story has the flavor of a Shirley Jackson story. Mr. Thompson's short story is just as captivating and horrifying as Ms. Jackson's work. She wrote "The Lottery" which was about a small town, and so i Mr. Thompson's setting.

When the main character moved to Harlton, he used the name Peter Marlow. He'd left his past behind again, had enough money to survive for a while, and he liked the quiet little town that hid in the hills. He was sure he was safe there; he was wrong.

I really enjoyed the "old days" flavor of this story; the author depicted it perfectly. Mr. Thompson also did an excellent job of taking a man who thought he was fooling all the locals and turning the tables on him. Without the main character even realizing, he was slowly being manipulated into a murder. Since this is an eighteen page story, that makes Mr. Thompson's writing very effective. He spares no detail or description that is unnecessary, but he sends shivers up and down your spine as you and Peter Marlow both realize that the local citizens had planned even further ahead than he had.

This is the story of a bad marriage, a bad man, abuse and rape, and the poor woman who married him. Mr. Marlow's safe little town has teeth.

I had no idea exactly where this story was going as I read along. The author had hold of my mind and enjoyed messing with it. I thought "they couldn't be."; "he wouldn't!"; "why did that do that to him?" and I was still surprised by the ending. This may be a short writing piece but it's an excellent story. Get yourself a copy and see if you can anticipate the ending. I bet not.

Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!! May 17, 2012
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I really enjoyed this short story. The author skillfully weaves a tale that, while leaving you wondering what is really happening, captures your attention to such a point that you're at the end before you even realize you turned page two. I loved the old-timey feel that the author paints the story into. The details were so vivid that I actually felt like I was there, right alongside the characters. I absolutely loved the ending...if you want to know what I'm talking about, you'll have to read it for yourself ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, quick read April 27, 2012
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Great, quick read. After reading the dedication, you could almost hear the man telling the story. There are some great lines. Derek certainly has a way with words.
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More About the Author

Hi there,

I write fiction, non-fiction and comedy.

My short fiction has appeared in several anthologies - Beyond the Horizon (Rogue), Coffee Shop Chronicles Vol 1 (Diner), Kissing Frankenstein (Various), and will appear next year in The Miracle of Kindness (The Street Angel).

Published works:
Covenant - self-published as Sixpence Publishing
Superhero Club - Musa Publishing
The Silent Hills - Musa Publishing
The Wanderer - A Word with You Press

My non-fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Discovery, Education Executive, Dollar Stretcher, Thrive in Life, and Country Smallholding.

I've had comedy material performed on Channel 4 Radio, BBC Radio Scotland, The Treason Show, The News Revue and by a few stand-ups.

I'm also available for hire as a freelancer. Feel free to check out my work and let me know what you think.

All the best,


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