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What Hides Within [Kindle Edition]

Jason Parent
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Book Description

An award-winning horror/mystery loaded with dark comedy!

Inside all of us, there is darkness. Inside Clive, it's tangible, and it's aching to get out.

What Hides Within tells the story of a man held captive by an unknown evil. Clive Menard is a spineless slacker leading an ordinary existence. But when Chester enters his life, it becomes far from ordinary.

A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive's head nags him to kill the doctor.

Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story's interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him.

With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them?

What Hides Within was an EPIC Finalist, was Runner-up for "Best Horror" in eFestival's Independent eBook Awards and has been named to Best of 2012 by A Thousand Lives book blog.


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"There is nothing better than a horror story that has you twitching long after you've finished. Definitely Recommended." - A Thousand Lives

"If I could sum up Jason's book in a few words it would be a cross between Arachnophobia - A Clockwork Orange - and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest." - The Book Boy

About the Author

Jason spends his days writing, but it's mostly drafting legal memoranda as a civil litigator in New Bedford, MA--not exactly a venue conducive to creativity. But during his lunch breaks and after hours, you can often find him at one of the area's charming coffee shops, huddled over an unadulterated iced coffee with a pen and paper in hand (somewhat old-school in his methods). Hopefully, when you see him, the pen's moving, and he hasn't dozed off.

Either way, be sure to say, "hello." If he's asleep just poke him with a stick. Jason always welcomes the chance to meet readers and to field their questions and comments, be it in person or through his website, authorjasonparent.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks (July 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OZ3X5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting tale into the depths of the human psyche. August 9, 2012
By Bill
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book as well as the authors dark sense of humor, reminding us all that we all have a dark side that can be brought out into the open when certain circumstances arise. We may not be in tune with our dark sides but they can certainly come out if provoked. The characters are believable and all feel like someone you could meet next door. The supernatural force is original in concept and is pretty frightening to imagine. The darkness and despair may not be for all readers and can be a bit depressing as there is a lack of a true hero or heroine to shine through the clouds. In the end a very well thought out book with a few good twists that make well worth a read.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Disturbingly wicked... July 26, 2012
By BJC
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished What Hides Within, and I recommend it as a "must read"! The novel's best features are in its originality, unconventional and brave concepts, suspense and, at times, its twisted humor. Although the storyline can be described as a creepy, dark, disturbing, and nightmarish thriller, the splashes of ironic humor provide adequate comic relief to offset the horror aspect just enough to keep you turning the pages! Its twists were well supported but still surprising and very artfully constructed (even realistic if you can accept Chester's premise). The author's tongue-in-cheek humor, sometimes mixing lowbrow with highbrow, may not be for everyone. But his story is fast-paced, a taut thriller throughout sure to satisfy fans of thrillers and horror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's In the Details May 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure what I thought of What Hides Within when I first started reading it. In the opening half of the novel there are so many surreal things going on that you sort of think you might be watching a late night B movie in your head. But then you start getting all the finer bits of the story and everything starts falling into place.I really enjoyed it.

What Hides Within is one of those unique books you have a hard time pinning down. While there are elements of horror there are also so many other things going on (bits and pieces that you might find at home in a thriller, suspense or action novel)that you get wrapped up in all the threads.

Clive Menard is classic every man, he's rude, repressed and takes most of the elements of his life for granted. He has a close female friend he sometimes has sex with, coworkers he barely tolerates and a roommate who never seems to stick around when he's there. Overall he's not a happy guy but he's also not willing to put forth the effort to change the things that leave him unhappy. Then comes the crazy accident which changes everything.

Clive soon finds himself with a troubling hearing condition that escalates into strange dreams and eventually neurosurgery. At first he thinks he's lost his mind but soon after it becomes clear that something has taken up residence in his head and that something has plans.

Surrounded by bombings, death and changing people Clive doesn't see any of the tragic events in his life coming until they've slapped him in the face. He's joined in this journey by a troubled brother, his equally troubled daughter, a voracious detective, his friends Morgan and Derek and that troubling roommate of his.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review for "What Hides Within" March 6, 2013
Format:Paperback
I received "What Hides Within" from the author, Jason Parent, with the expectation that I would provide an honest review. As I an avid reader of books that fall within the horror genre I feel like I have read it all. I was happy to have my faith in innovation restored by this story. With this book, Parent does a great job of taking reader expectations and turning them on their head. In the spirit of not spoiling the story I won't discuss much of the plot and actual story line. I will say that comparisons to "Charlotte's Web" that I had seen prior to reading the book were, to me, unfounded. The spider in this book does not have clear and magnanimous intentions for Clive, the protagonist. Where many of the characters do really bad things, you find yourself rooting for them, hoping that they will redeem themselves. There are multiple story lines that come together as the story builds, including some poignant and spot-on descriptions of office politics that actually made me cringe as I read about them. The character development and story pacing are effective and the book builds to a climax that I thought I had anticipated, only to be surprised a couple of times. In a world of cookie cutter vampires and zombies, it was refreshing to experience a fresh perspective on horror from a new writer. I for one am very anxious to see what the follow up to this book is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spiders!! January 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Spiders!!! I don't like them! But by opening this book, I asked for it, and I got exactly what I deserved.

This is the story of Clive and his deliberate trip, by boat, through the biggest spider web he had ever seen. Why he would destroy such a thing of beauty, I don't know, but he sure did pay for it. Shortly after the web-destroying boat ride, Clive feels something blocking up his ear. Yeah... you know what that was, don't you?

I liked the character of Clive with all of his juvenile humor and sarcasm. I also liked the character of Reilly, a police detective investigating Clive and his roommate for murder. This was quite a feat, because Reilly had been desensitized to violence and its results, and I didn't like her at all at first.

The pacing of this story was excellent, however I did correctly predict the outcome and for that I did deduct one star. The ending was fantastic, and I wouldn't mind seeing more about the character featured in the last chapter of What Hides Within.

Overall I enjoyed this debut effort from Mr. Parent and I look forward to reading whatever else he has to offer.

Recommended!
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More About the Author

In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it's harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he's back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that's another story.

When he's not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in on knot or takes somebody's head off - he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.

Please visit the author on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJasonParent?ref=hl, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AuthorJasParent, or at his website, http://authorjasonparent.com/, for information regarding upcoming events or releases, or if you have any questions or comments for him.

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