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Publisher's Summary

You wake up in the morning to discover that you have been sealed into your home. The doors are locked, the windows are barred. There's no way out.
A madman is playing a deadly game with you and your family. A game with no rules, only consequences. So what do you do? Do you run? Do you hide?
Or do you die?
©2013 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2014 Michaelbrent Collings
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-27-14

Taut, quick, it carried me away.

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I follow and sometimes chat with Collings online, and I see him at conferences and conventions sometimes. When an author is this accessible, you sometimes forget that in addition to being an all-around nice guy, he is also a damn fine writer. I was reminded of that as I listened to "Strangers." Strangers has a literary--but not pretentious--writing style: visceral descriptions, deep character penetration, rich verbs that clench the scene. I loved how insightful the descriptions and narrative were--they added a whole other level of depth to the novel.

The characterization was fabulous. I felt like I really was inside the head of a tired, desperate, lonely, forty-something man. That sounds depressing, but it really wasn't. The character's voice is authentic and active, and even when he's exhausted and terrified, he's fighting, It was easy to follow along with the ride.

And the pacing was perfect. It grabbed me, it held me. The slow amping of tension as the family grows more desperate. The increased revelation of secrets. The twists on the classic horror tropes. lt was all great. Plus, it had the possibility of a sequel, which would be nice.

All in all, if you're looking for something to sweep you away while you put miles on the car or treadmill or load the dishwasher or fix the car or put on your makeup for the umpteenth time, this is a good pick! I'm thrilled that Collings has an Audible presence now and I and look forward to scooping up his other works.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 03-18-14

I love this book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great book! To be honest though, having both listened to the audiobook and read it in print, I would try to get a friend to read it in print first. But that is no fault of the narration of the audiobook. I just think this is one of those books that is great to read.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I thought the narrator did a worthy job and put a good voice to the book and characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book is pretty disturbing.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book for anyone that likes horror and thrillers.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By J A M on 03-24-16

Gory thriller!

Had to listen to the whole thing in one sitting as I couldn't find a lull in the story to stop. Fast-paced, good narration.

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