- File Size: 4360 KB
- Print Length: 488 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1688421440
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Rude Human Press (September 25, 2019)
- Publication Date: September 25, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07XQPP491
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Big Bad: A Novel Kindle Edition
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"Christian Galacar WILL make you afraid of small towns..." - Charla White, WordsAPlenty
"Galacar has a wonderful grasp of both character development and pace of action." - Amazon Top Contributor
"Storytelling that reminds me of King and Krueger, intense and real." - Merilyn MacKay
"Don't compare him to King, Galacar is a treasure in his own right." - Amazon Reviewer
"My biggest complaint is that Mr. Galacar hasn't written forty-elevenmore books for me to read. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors,and I feel the same way about him if that tells you anything." - Erik Henry Vick, Author of Demon King
"[Galacar] has such a way with words - painting vivid images with the turn of a phrase. In many ways he reminds me of a very early Stephen King (back in the grand days of 'Salem's Lot), and he has quickly become one of my favorite authors." - Tina Liouzis
"Looking for the next great book and great new writer? Big Bad and Christian Galacar are it. Mr. Galacar's third book takes to his wonderful, creative writing to even greater depths. A fascinating combination of mystery, murder, psychology and family histories." - Anthony Arnold
- Winner Best Mystery-Thriller [Gilchrist] - Writer's Digest 6th Annual Self-Published Ebook Awards
- Winner Best Horror Novel [Gilchrist] - Digital Book World Awards
- B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree [Gilchrist, Cicada Spring]
- Honorable Mention [Cicada Spring] - Reader's Favorite Book Awards
From the Author
- Cicada Spring - How far would you go to protect your own?
- Gilchrist - Discover the origin of evil.
- Big Bad - An FBI agent's horrific past is interwoven with a present-day investigation.
- Whiskey Devil - A dark coming-of-age story.
- Blackwater - Two dark tales of horror and science fiction.
- Finding Nebraska - A mother and son take a final road trip.
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While all of Galacar's novels have been immensely enjoyable reads (with the added bonus of being available for Kindle Unlimited), Big Bad takes the crown.
The author excels at writing deeply unsettling stories, framed in ficticious New England locales that feel eerily familiar. Without wanting to draw the prized/dreaded/a-dead-horse-flogged-thrice comparison to Stephen King, Christian Galazar offers a similarly crisp way of story-telling. All excess fat trimmed, his stories flow seamlessly and never leave you eyeballing the remaining page count.
Big Bad is a perfect entry in the absurdly niche, yet oft-attempted, setting of dark things going down in isolated North Eastern villages. The closest comparison I could make would be to Connolly's Parker series. People can be bad, very bad - and Galacar knows how to rattle even constant readers with harrowing yet oddly poetic turns [the flashbacks!].
As hyperbolic as it sounds, each page, character and plot development hits the mark. When there is violence, it is infinitely unsettling without ever veering into gratuitous grindhouse-gorey territory. The characters strike a fine balance between comforting familiarity to constant readers, yet remain devoid of hard-boiled stereotypes.
If you're uncertain whether this book delivers beyond the basic premise of Law Enforcement Lady With Strange Past Encounters A Bad Thing - it does and it goes so far past tropes without resorting to wacky deus ex machinae. Please do yourself a favor and grab this novel - or virtually any other Galacar release.
"Big Bad" is a classic example of two major plots forging ahead at top speed, running parallel to each other with the same importance to the overall story, and yet interwoven with several subplots that don't lend any significance until it becomes critical to have that information. This novel starts out slowly, like someone trying to build a campfire during a rainstorm, sputtering and catching in fits and starts, until a major log catches fire and causes the rest of the fuel to ignite. And ignite it does, bursting into flames that devour anyone even close to the fire, changing them into sparks and smoke that rise into the sky and then float back down decades later.
How can anyone come up with such an intelligent plot, much less two at one time, and walk a tightrope of logic and reasoning that extends over a long time period -- without tripping themselves up in the story telling? I don't know how he did it, but I do know that any thriller reader who picks up this novel will wonder the same thing. This is definitely a "horse of a different color". This story is fascinating.
I’ve already recommended this novel.
What I didn't like so much was the main character Emma. The silent, brooding, no-one-can-get-close-to-me-because-I-was-traumatized-as-a-kid persona has been done too many times, and only results in a very hackneyed character.
I also don't appreciate the female character who is such a bad-ass that she can just go around punching any guy she finds displeasure with, as if that even remotely resembles reality.
The book is an overall good read, and feminazis everywhere will surely cheer for the lead character, but she's the reason i didn't give this five stars.
Top international reviews
Molly’s sister Emma has an FBI background and an addiction to painkillers. She sets out to find the truth about her sisters death and uncovers a network of lies and deceit. She finds an unusual ally in Guppy the local taxi driver who helps her discover the truth.
The two sisters shared a bizarre and traumatic childhood and a horrifying secret. I felt compelled to read of their experiences and how they became the people they were. At the same time I felt compassion for their father driven insane by loss and his war related experiences. Sadly even in real life people like this slip though the loop.
There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked to the last page.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free digital copy of this book in return for an honest review.