When Harden Campbell wakes cold and beaten in a dirt-floor cell, he finds only three other things in the room with him: the mutilated body of his good friend, an ancient typewriter, and a stack of blank paper, the top sheet of which has a single typed sentence: "Tell me a story." He knows the message is from Coyote, his brilliant, megalomaniacal roommate whose lust for power and reverence has recently revealed him for the true sociopath he is. Now, as the founder of a new religion with disturbing roots - Revelation - Coyote's most evil side has emerged.
From the moment Harden sees that stack of paper, he knows his one chance of escape is through his own words, and only his ability to successfully recount the dark story of what happened over the past year at Wyland University will determine whether he lives to see the woman he loves once again - or is silenced forever. This will be the most difficult story Harden has ever written, and each word must be chosen with the utmost care. Because Coyote will be reading each and every one of them.
"An enthralling thriller...Wilson infuses his terrifying plot with intricate twists and turns, all totally credible." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a sledgehammer of a novel, slamming away at the foundations of modern cult religions until nothing is left but rubble to be carted away...a powerful story...an intense experience for those who can take it." (Booklist)
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Sick and Twisted
- Eddie Mittelstedt
Edge of your seat suspense
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started this book. I was pleasantly surprised. This was a great listen. It was one of those books I couldn't wait to get back to. It is definitely worth your time and credit.
It's well written, creative, entertaining and very enjoyable. While the story is somewhat predictable in many ways and you know what is going to happen, the way in which the story was unfolded between the past and present was perfect. It pulls you in and never lets go, is full of on the edge of your seat suspense and keeps your heart racing throughout the story waiting for the next twist. You think you know what is going to happen, sometimes your right then boom….another twist comes out of nowhere.
There were a few times I wished they would just leave the past altogether and stay in the present. The past was a little dull at times, the present was much more heart pounding and thrilling.
If you've ever wondered how people can be brainwashed, this story gives you a glimpse into how some people can be convinced/manipulated into just about anything. It's also a very scary thought.
Timothy McKean did a great job with the narration. Nice voice that was easy to listen to for long periods of times. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Good character voices. Even though there is only a slight difference between male and female character voices, it works. I'm so glad he didn't try to do a high pitched female voice. He was able to bring the characters, their emotions and the story to life. Very enjoyable.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.