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Publisher's Summary

In 1961, the small town of Haven thought they'd gotten rid of their monster. After a series of child killings, Paul Greymore was caught carrying a wounded girl. His face, disfigured from a childhood accident, seemed to confirm he was the monster the community hoped to banish. With Paul in prison, the killings stopped.
For 17 years, Haven was peaceful again. But Paul served his time and has now returned to Haven - the town where he grew up, and the scene of his alleged crimes. Paul insists he didn't commit those crimes, and several townspeople believe him including the local priest, a young boy named Denny, and his best friend Billy.
Trouble is, now that Paul is back home, the bizarre killings have started again - and the patterns match the deaths from Haven's past. If Paul isn't the killer, who is?
Or what is? An unlikely band of adventurers attempts to uncover the truth, delving into long-hidden tunnels that might actually be inhabited by a strange, predatory creature.
Haven is a compelling horror epic in the spirit of It or Summer of Night, and a stunning debut novel from a gifted author who knows that the darkest horrors lurk inside human beings, even when there is a monster on the loose.
©2016 Cemetery Dance (Hardcover rights) Tom Deady (Paperback rights) (P)2017 Tom Deady
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4 out of 5 stars
By Char's Horror Corner on 09-12-17

Good "Evil in a Small Town"/ "Coming of Age" Story

What did you love best about Haven?

The characters of Denny and Paul Greymore.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have tried to make it a little more imaginative because this story has been done before. I think the characters could have been a little more fleshed out.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Mossy met Denny's mother.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it's too long.

Any additional comments?

My opinion may have been affected by Stephen King's IT, which was released this past weekend at theaters and is in many ways a similar story to this one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-06-17


After 17 years, Paul Greymore is finally free. He didn't want to come back to Haven but had no choice. 17 years ago children went missing, Paul was found with a wounded girl and was blamed for the killings. People accepted his guilt, even though there was no real evidence and Paul had the same kind of weird marks as the girl had, because for 17 years Haven has been quiet. The butcher was put away! Now though, with Paul back in town, the killings have started back up. They are eerily similar to the ones before. Is Paul the killer?

I bought the eBook of this when it first came out because it sounded like something I'd love, so when the audio came out, I dived right in!! Plot wise, it was entertaining, fast paced and held my attention. I loved how they explained the monster and how it came to be. It was believable! I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive writing and the level of detail the author went into and I enjoyed the overall story. So why not 5 stars, well simply because it was so similar to It by Stephen King and didn't really add anything new. It followed the same format as It and I couldn't help but compare the two. In and of itself, the book was great, I just felt like it needed something new and fresh in order to stand out more.

Character wise, I loved Billy and Denny. They were well written and developed and I loved seeing them grow throughout the book. They learn, they accept, they grow and they finally stand up for themselves. All the characters grew somewhat during the story, which was nice to see. We have the obligatory bad guys, the Sheriff and his son, Dale. Dale was horrible and I really disliked him!! My favourite was Paul though. He has gone through so much since he was a kid, and it broke my heart for him!

In all, this was a good read. I enjoyed the story and am happy that it was sort of left open! If you enjoy the 80's horror feel, then you will enjoy this!

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tony Bough on 09-30-17

Evil in a small town story reminiscent of King

Matt Godfrey's narration of this book is outstanding. The way he voices characters, pacing of the narration, tone of voice draw you in instantly. Really good!

In terms of the story the genre and feel is very close to Stephen King's works. I personally really like that. Characters range from those that you really like to those that you are supposed to hate and do in fact dislike. There's plenty going on and the general pace of the book is really great. The story draws you in and I found myself listening for longer than I intended as I was wanting to see what was happening. It's fun and fast paced with a good horror element that isn't just about gore.

If you enjoy Stephen King's work or Dean Koontz then you will like this.

A really great book that I enjoyed from Start to finish!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Freda on 09-24-17

Creature in the Lake

This book remind me of a Summer of Night and IT both are coming of age type books. A lot of children in Haven disappear and Paul Greymore tried to help one of the children when she is attached and accused of the murder. He spends 17 years in prison for all the child killings and Haven is peaceful again. Then Paul is released and the killings begin again matching the killings of 17 years earlier. An unlikely band of children and adults attempt to uncover the truth, going into long-hidden tunnels from an old experimental laboratory that might actually be inhabited by a predatory creature only one person knows is really there.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 03-25-18

Excellent read.

Reminders of Stephen King It and stand by me/the body. Lovecraft and stranger things if you like those you'll love this.

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