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Years later, as the four survivors - all unhappy, unsuccessful and marking time - approach their 40th birthdays, Bernard suddenly commits suicide.
Within weeks of Bernard's death, one by one the mutilated bodies of murder victims are found in town, and as the three remaining friends attempt to solve the riddle of Bernard's suicide, they come to realize that he may not have been who or what they thought he was. His entire life may have been a lie, and rather than the sad, lonely and harmless person they believed him to be, he very well may have been a savage ritual killer, a bleeder of young women who conjured evil to fulfill his own demented dreams. To find the truth not only about Bernard, but themselves, they must delve into the darkness and those who inhabit it, a darkness that cradles an unspeakable evil so terrifying it could forever trap them in the shadows of the damned and shatter the very concept of their existence.
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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-17-15
Dark and tense read.
This takes place in a small town. Alan and his friends get a message that their old friend, Bernard committed suicide, and it leaves them reeling and pondering what happened? When they find a weird note left by Bernard, Alan is left with a mystery to unravel after a body is uncovered. Did they really know Bernard??
Well, this was a dark and twisted tale! It begs the question, do you really know your friends? Alan thinks back on his childhood with the gang and soon realised that maybe Bernard isn't who they thought, maybe the glow of innocence blocked a lot of what Bernard was doing. I really liked the back story because we get a great incite into the boys and Bernard especially. He was evil but did the evil die with him?
The characters were all well developed and written. They grow throughout the story, which is always a plus. The plot was fast paced and gripping! It's a dark and deadly look into the mind of a disturbed child. We see how he progresses from child to child killer from Alans POV.
It's a gripping and darkly delicious read and one I can recommend! I loved pretty much everything about it and will definitely be checking out more from this author.
This is the first book I've listened to by David Stifel, but it won't be my last. He had such an easy voice but one suited to this dark atmosphere. He really brought across the dangerous feel of the book! I really enjoyed his narration.
*I received a copy of this for review. This is no way affected my thoughts.*
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By Bill on 11-27-15
Gifune is a master of the genre
I wasn't sure how the audio was going to stand up with this one, as I read it several years back and absolutely loved it. Fortunately, I was not disappointed. The narration was spot on and the cadence and pacing were perfect for the story. If you have read this one before or not, it is highly recommended.
The Bleeding Season is the story of Alan, Tommy, Rick, Donald and Bernard – Best buds since grade school. 20 years later they experience a horrible tragedy when Bernard takes his own life. Crushed by his death, the friends find out he has left a recorded message for them with clues to terrible things that he may have done and his dark and disturbed nature. The three friends quickly find out everything they thought they knew about Bernard was a lie. Nobody can believe it. Then, the bodies start to pile up.
Greg takes his time developing his characters and getting down the poignant aspects of the back-story, which only slightly distracted me from the pace. Greg is undisputedly a master of dark fiction and this one is surely a classic. Greg F Gifune is one of the best in the biz. Required reading for horror aficionados. Solid 4.5 Stars. Highly Recommended.
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