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Phantom Effect Paperback – February 2, 2016
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Thorne and Cross, authors of The Ghosts of Ravencrest and The Cliffhouse Haunting
"A philosophically rich fearfest that's recommended for readers who prefer their titillation to include some complexity ... a perverted parable that challenges traditional moral norms and reader expectations. A thriller designed to question as much as entertain."
"One of the most powerful and gripping horror novels I’ve read in years. Phantom Effect establishes Aronovitz as a prominent voice in contemporary weird fiction." S. T. Joshi
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The story is told alternately in the first person of Deseronto and in the third person of the narrator. The chapters in Jonathan's voice are spine chilling in their lack of any feelings of empathy. He's a sociopath who was pushed over the edge by a mother with very bizarre ideas of discipline. He feeds on the fear he inspires in his victims. Killing is just a game for him.
When Deseronto makes the mistake of adding Marissa to his string of murders he's in for a big surprise. Marissa's psychic ability enables her to get into the killer's head and force him to live out the days leading up to her death from her perspective. Deseronto learns what it is to be the prey rather than the predator.
Mr. Aronovitz keeps the pressure building as we listen to Deseronto's creepy musings. Marissa's gradual descent from privileged princess to rabbit on the run is both fascinating and repulsive at the same time. Switching back and forth between points of view kept me on edge throughout the book. The climax is completely unexpected and quite satisfying.
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway and am grateful for the chance to read an advance copy. I highly recommend it to fans of horror and psychological thrillers.
Very well written.
This is a review of an uncorrected proof.