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"If you're a Richard Laymon fan, check out Bad Games...a gritty and very dark read that's rough around the edges in a refreshing way." - John Dixon, 2x Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PHOENIX ISLAND
"I find the author to be ridiculously talented." - MichelleR, Red Adept Reviews "Jeff Menapace is one of the rising stars of the horror thriller genre...he can scare the daylights out of the best of them." - J. Chambers, Amazon Hall of Fame, Top 10 Reviewer "If you like Jonathan Kellerman, you'll love Bad Games. Read on if you dare!" -indiereader.com
"This trilogy will scare you to death...Menapace will become a household name along with King, Koontz, and Laymon." - Amazon Five-Star Review
"If you like Stephen King, Blake Crouch, or Dean Koontz, then you'll love Jeff Menapace. A MUST READ for anyone who likes dark psychological thrillers." - Amazon Five-Star Review
"I had to keep reading even though I knew it was going to get more twisted. To me Jeff Menapace is right up there with Stephen King." - Amazon Five-Star Review
"A horrifyingly outstanding read! If Jaws made you afraid to go in the water,this novel will make you think twice about that weekend getaway in the woods." -Amazon Five-Star Review
From the Author
The Bad Games books: -Book 1 - Bad Games -Book 2 - Vengeful Games -Book 3 - Bad Games: Hellbent
-Book 4 - Bad Games: Malevolent -Bad Games Two Book Set (Vengeful Games & Hellbent) -Bad Games Box Set: (Books 1-3)
My book ratings are as follows: 1 star - hated the book and cannot finish it. 2 stars - did not enjoy the book but sometimes I will push myself to finish the book. 3 stars - enjoyed the book ok and worth reading if you have the time. 4 stars - really liked the book and definitely recommend reading. 5 stars - LOVE THE BOOK. These are the books I usually finish in less than a day and try to get back to reading whenever I have even 5 minutes to spare. The characters stay with me for days after I finish reading it and I tell everyone to read it!
Bad Games deserves a solid 4 stars. I am not going to give a synopsis since that is included in the description and several other reviews. Instead I will say that Bad Games is a good thriller that, while somewhat predictable, was a good read. I was able to relate to the characters, the story kept me interested and the grammar was acceptable. There is, of course, some violence but that is to be expected in this genre. While graphic violence does not bother me I do get tired of the thrillers that have page after page of blood and gore. Instead, it was at an appropriate amount to give you an idea of what the victims suffered.
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I loved it! It was written in a way that you understood how it could really happen. I love scary stories and I was scared! Many times. I even wondered at times if there may be something wrong with the author since his mind was so devious. I was surprised by some of the other reviews. I can be quite critical at times and didn't have any of the complaints some others mentioned. I felt it was extremely important that the Lamberts be a loving and caring couple. The kids were so normal and Amy and Patrick so much fun. If I were to change anything at all it would have been the thumb tack scene. It almost seemed as though Mr. Menapace started something and then changed his mind. No matter ... I have read 4 of his now and will continue to buy and read until I have them all.
It's the stories that can actually happen that are the scariest, and the fact that this one is entirely possible makes it utterly terrifying. It was difficult to put this book down, and when I had to I couldn't wait to get back to it. The tension is breathtaking, the bad guys are brilliantly cunning, and the situation is an absolute nightmare. It was easy to give this book five stars.
It has a satisfying ending with a fantastic teaser for book two, which I cannot wait to get started. Jeff Menapace has made a new fan with this series and now I'm excited to read all of his books.
C.A.C. = contains animal cruelty, just a tiny bit and not very descriptive thankfully.
Bad Games isn't a bad read, but it's quite formulaic. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be paying homage to many city family/couple novels and movies where they are terrorised by sadistic locals when they take a trip to an isolated cabin in rural America to recharge from their hectic city lives, but by doing so it was very predictable. Saying that doesn't mean it's not an enjoyable and worthwhile read, and I'll definitely be checking out a movie if the story is ever turned into one, as well reading the sequels down the track. But for me it had that B grade terror movie feel, but that feel just made it less terrifying and real than other authors have achieved in this genre such as William Malmborg, Iain Rob Wright. With those authors when the family was facing torturous peril, I actually feared what was going to happen next, you could experience the terror through the victims' eyes, whereas these pages were just like a movie with a bowl of popcorn. But as I said that's not necessarily a bad thing, if that's what you're in the mood for.
I also thought this book went on for a bit after the main events, if this book was traditionally published I think a lot of the aftermath would have been edited out as it didn't really add much to the experience. But I'll definitely check out other books by this author.
OMG!!!!! I never thought I'd find another book that even comes close to scaring the be-jesus out of me like The Exorcist, but I'm happy to say, if that even makes sense, that I found the Exorcist's match. This novel scared me so bad--how bad? I had nightmares the first night I began reading and scared to death of any stranger I met in my parking garage that even remotely appeared to want to start a conversation with me. This is one of those stories that you do not want anyone to surprise you while reading. My heart was racing so terribly and I balled up my fist so tight, clutching at my T-shirt and I had the nerve to wonder why my hand was hurting and why my heart felt like it was about to bust out of my chest! HORRIFYINGLY OUTSTANDING GOOD READ!
The Lamberts were your typical family wanting to get away from the city life for a bit of the great outdoors in the cabins set out in the woods of Pennsylvania. Stopping for gas, a harmless looking gentleman, also pumping gas, strikes up a conversation with Patrick about being Penn State alums, and he enjoyed his conversation with Patrick so much, he offered to pay for his family's gas. Patrick refused, but the harmless stranger wouldn't take no for an answer.
If Jaws made you terrified to go in the water, well this novel will make you think twice about that weekend getaway in the woods. Needless to say, strange occurrences began to happen to the Lamberts, and what soon became evident was their family's worse nightmares. My body is so sore from being locked to the horrible, vicious things that take place in this book.
If you are the squeamish type of reader, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU! I guarantee you, this book will scare the mess out of you! I know it damn sure did that to me. Jeff, my hat goes off to you. You're an outstanding horror writer!