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Cathy was six when the man next door killed his wife and himself. It was early morning, and she was playing outside when she heard the first shot.

And then another shot. And another.

The sounds echoed around the neighborhood like thunder. People came out of their houses to see what was happening. Later, she saw the blood and the bodies....

Now, the house is no longer vacant. Someone new has moved in. Something terrible is happening to the neighbors. And Cathy has a secret of her own....

©2018 Cemetery Dance Publications (P)2019 Journalstone

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Classic Bentley Little

Great entertaining serial killer horror story by one of the most easy to read horror writers of our time.

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  • Cinnamonlyn
  • 03-07-2019

Oh, the narrator...

Loved the story but the narrator ‘s Ssssssss’s drove me nuts! Thank heavens I’m a die hard Bentley Little fan!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-2019

'WHAT IF' is what this story asks.Spoilers Ahead!

what if a person who is an idiot savant, can murder instead of playing a piano masterfully or be a genius at math, what if instead he is a genius at killing is the basis of this story.Now i can see how people who have loved ones that are special needs can become offensive to this material but if that's the case why put yourself to read this novel, if you want some advice do what i do before purchasing a book check out reviews, gain a knowledge of the summarized plot.Iam a big bentley little fan and im pretty sure him using a special needs person as the vilian wasn't intended to be offensive im pretty sure he was looking to do something out of the ordinary, i mean i can think of a handful of vilians in stories who have some sort of disability wether they were abused or in a wheel chair or scarred im sure its not meant to be offensive but just to add to the uniqueness of the character. Now with that being said this wasn't as good as most of littles "THE" books but it's something different, and as always David Stifles narration is on point.

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  • NinjaKnuckles
  • 26-04-2021

Little and Stifel are a fantastic combo!

I am on a Bentley Little binge lately and I am a huge fan of Stifel’s performance of his work. The story was super weird and unexpected at every turn. The characters are enthralling and have genuine depth, even the ones that I didn’t like.

If Bentley little had a range of intensity then his books like The Store and The Handyman would be on the more chill end of the spectrum while this one is decidedly more gripping. There are a few parts that are beyond belief or impossible and I feel like the ending left me wanting more.

Overall this is a solid 4.5/5 for me and I would recommend it to anyone who likes horror/thrillers.

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  • Shopper23
  • 05-09-2019

Good book, great story.

I knew nothing about this book but it was on sale so I purchased it. I'm glad I did. A good murder story. Alittle surprise and well written.

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  • Craig specht
  • 24-07-2019

Disturbing

wow! this psychopath made the mailman look like a Boy Scout. very graphic but a great story, the narrator did a great job.

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  • Betan
  • 01-04-2021

Idk why but I can’t with this narrator

The story is good. I like Bentley little. I found one of the scenes in the book a bit over done. I was glad when it was over. I’ve learned his books can have some odd sex stuff in it but this scene seemed to go on and on. There were no monsters or ghost in this which was cool. This narrator is not my favorite but I think he narrates a few of Bentley little’s books and I like his books so I deal with it.

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  • Jerusha
  • 18-03-2021

stick with it...one of his best works

it started off slow but once it got going it was really great. some surprising twist and nail biting moments. this is one of his best works TRULY.

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  • Jazzanderson174
  • 16-03-2021

AMAZING!

I read about 60 horror books since the start of the pandemic and this book is EASILY in my top 3 of all time!

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  • ubergoober
  • 31-08-2019

Excellent horror novel

Really good story with a satisfying ending. Very warped. One of his best. Highly recommend.

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  • Sindee0816
  • 29-03-2019

I liked it. very enjoyable

I've read other reviews. In today's society I know the word retard is not ok. However, the context, reason behind and the people using the word is a hell of a lot more believable than everyone, no matter age or upbringing using politically correct phrases. It was a decent book and I love the narrator. He does everything so well

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  • Vicky the Lioness
  • 18-01-2020

Gruesome horror novel just up my street.

As a Stephen King fan I love a classic horror story and having read everything he has done i have been looking for a new horror author to get my teeth into. I came across Bentley Little whilst browsing and read The Mailman in less than a week.

Death Instinct is gory yes, but it should be its a story of murder and terror. But there is also a good story behind the horror and Bentley Little is great at building up the characters, which you really get to love in the story and hate as there are one or two characters that are pure evil.

There were a few times I was listening to this in bed at night and had to pop the bedside lamp on as I was creeped out by the lurking shape of the psychotic killer on the loose.

I've heard bad reviews about the narrator, I admit it took a couple of chapters to get used to his voice, but I did and actually felt his voice really could have been the macho police officer Alan.

Give it a try i enjoyed it and was able to escape into a nightmare of a murderer on the loose. We're a few scary chapters and yes very bloody thirsty by why not. If you are a true horror fan then this is for you !

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  • Shirley
  • 27-10-2019

Too gory.

I found it to be unnecessarily graphic..... I would not have chosen this book , I feel the introduction was misleading. I will be returning it.

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