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Publisher's Summary

"Marvelously creepy...the horror in this tale of twisted friendship is relentless." (Publishers Weekly)
Alex stared at the red pocketknife shown to him by his daughter. A pocketknife owned by somebody he hadn't seen in years.
Children
They met first in boarding school at age 12. Alex Fletcher, shy and scared. Darren Rust, always furiously scribbling away in a private journal. It was not an immediate friendship, but then one night Darren convinced his roommate to sneak off school grounds to see something glorious. There was a sleazy strip club, you see, and every once in a while the back door opened just long enough to maybe catch a quick glimpse.
Though a bond was formed from their prepubescent interest in naked women, Darren had another interest. A morbid curiosity about death. A curiosity that turned into something much more sinister.
Friends
They crossed paths again in college and became the best of friends. But Darren wasn't just looking for a friend. He had dark, ghastly urges squirming around in his head, and he believed he saw the same things - the urge to hurt, the urge to kill - in Alex. He was looking for somebody who understood. A partner.
But Alex could never become a monster. Not even when Darren tried to bring out his friend's most deeply buried feelings of rage. Not even when Darren tried to show him the euphoria of having that much power over another human being. It just couldn't happen...right?
Enemies
Now Alex has a wife and a daughter. And Darren is back. He's hiding. He's patient. His mind is twisted in the worst possible way.
And he's seeking a soul mate.
©2005 Jeff Strand (P)2016 Scott Thomas
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By Terminator Fan on 09-11-16

It flew by

Note: In exchange for an unbiased review, the author, publisher, and/or narrator were kind enough to provide an audio version of this book at no charge via AudiobookBlast.

I went into this with a sense of dread after hearing the first few moments. Not because I felt it would be a bad book or because there was a problem with the narrator. But because I knew this was going to take a very dark turn. And it did. The protagonist was quite annoying at times because his wimpiness/weakness/the ease with which he was pushed around was the primary cause of his problems with regard to the antagonist. Of course, if he had been any other way, the story wouldn't have happened, so there's that.

The narrator was great; he really brought the insanity to life. No complaints there.

Recommended if you like dark, relentless psychological thrillers.

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By Christina on 09-09-16

Loved It!!

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This is one of the best books I've listened to this year! From the beginning I was hooked. Finished it in one day!! The story was very gripping and every character was thought out and was given just enough of a backstory to draw you in. <br/>This will be the best credit you will use all year!!<br/>This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

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