April Yule (The Fast and The Furies: Suspense Book 3) Kindle Edition
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What's it like? Well, maybe if Stephen King for some reason collaborated with P.J. O'Rourke, and if the resulting story were then revised by Joseph Heller, maybe that would come close.
The murderous jokes are on a couple, R.J. and Penny White, who no longer know what they believe in, but only what they want. And they want it all. R.J. is a spectacularly successful ad-man huckster, Penny an entrepreneur who has her own line of self-help DVDs, books, and a life-coaching franchise. Having relocated from New York to Seattle, they're just hitting their stride and anyone could tell they're bound to make it big. Great couple.
Except . . . somewhere along the way . . .they've lost pieces of themselves. R.J. can't accept victory if he can't also deal out a mocking, humiliating defeat to any perceived rival. Penny, looking for something she cannot quite name, has become a kleptomaniac. Together they're drunk on status, power, and control. They're determined to have them all. And to prove it, they've commissioned a brilliant but despairing architect and a contractor who is by all accounts, including his own, psychotic. The two men are building a dream house, the White house, a symbol of the couple's triumph, and on verge of the 21st Century they plan a glorious Christmas party to warm the house, to celebrate, and to grind their success into the faces of family and friends.
It doesn't quite work out. Someone outmaneuvers them, alienates all those invited to the party, wrecks their cars, and traps them inside the new house. And the house itself turns out to be a maze of deadly puzzles and tricks and dangers. And someone is playing April Fool jokes in December, and each and every practical joke is a real killer. And there's a ticking clock . . . .
As they desperately struggle not to win but simply to survive, R.J. and Penny are compelled to face their decisions and their choices, the ones that led them to this sorry plight. R.J. was once a singer of songs and rider of rails (MacRath's love of trains is much in evidence); Penny a talented and hopeful artist. When they met and married, together they proved to be incredibly good for each other and incredibly toxic for everyone around them. Now, fighting for their lives, somehow they have to muster their former selves, their betrayed potential, if they hope to see another day.
This little hummer races along, and it carries you with it. If the events, upon sober reconsideration, are outrageous, that doesn't matter at all. You're swept into the game and the danger, and it's the ride of a lifetime.
Tragic endings are inevitable, or perhaps not. Even if one loses everything, including one's best beloved, there just might be one more train ride waiting, one that rolls toward redemption. Or--
Penny and R.J. White have clawed their way to the top of their fields without a care to who they’ve stepped on. With Christmas fast approaching, they find that someone has turned their dream house into a nightmare. Trapped, they must play a high stakes game with their very lives as collateral. Racing against the clock to solve the riddle of the house, will either of them survive?
I appreciated the references to success literature, and the tongue-in-cheek nod to his previous Kelley Wilde pseudonym.
We’ve come to expect a fun, fast paced, and stylish thriller from Reb MacRath, and he doesn’t disappoint. Highly recommended!
When R.J. and Penny White "stiff" their builder they light the fuse to a ticking time bomb, and receive retaliation they never expected. They find themselves trapped in a high-tech house and must win a bizarre game to escape with their lives. During the night they suffer the vengeance of an unhappy builder and hopefully learn a valuable lesson. Contractors would love to provide this kind of lesson to their most insufferable clients.
The author, Reb McRath breathes life into vivid characters, crafting unique stories with the skill of a talented wordsmith. In this short novel one of the best characters is the "White House." No, it's not the famous house in Washington D.C. This house was commissioned by R.J. and Penny White and it's the beautiful multi-storied house of their dreams. On Christmas Eve it becomes a gigantic house of nightmares. When they step through the door ready for a special Christmas Eve party, they have no idea they'd be the only guests, trapped inside with a ticking bomb in the basement and a demonic voice taunting them to play a game of survival. They have three hours to win the game or die. All the clues are spread throughout the house but they must destroy everything they love to find them.
During the ordeal the Whites learn about themselves and what's really important in their life. Will they emerge from the house as better people? Can they survive the experience or will they die trying? This is a macabre Christmas story worthy of Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling, or Edgar Allan Poe. I pondered over the title "April Yule," tried to understand the meaning, and decided it was a Christmas "April Fools Day" yarn. The end of the story is surprising, but is the surprise on the Whites or on us? Buy this book and discover the answer for yourselves.
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me nearly right out of my wits. This is indeed, `A White-Hot Little Thriller.Read more