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Review: “Underneath,” Robbie Dorman

Pros: Fascinating premise Cons: A couple characters become one-dimensional bad guys Rating: 4 out of 5 Robbie Dorman’s Underneath is a wonderfully chilling tale of Antarctic horror. Medic and former marine Mary Jensen gets a call from an ex, Mike:

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Review: “Sleep Disorders,” Mark Lukens

Pros: Fascinating thriller Cons: Works in a few too many conspiracy theories; some details didn’t entirely make sense Rating: 3 out of 5 Mark Lukens brings us Sleep Disorders–an interesting thriller. Pest control and lawn tech worker Zach Hughes goes

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Review: “In My Father’s Basement,” T.J. Payne

Pros: Engaging serial killer story from an interesting perspective Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T.J. Payne’s In My Father’s Basement: A Serial Killer Novel is told largely from the point of view of one Isaac Luce, the son

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Review: “The Sleep Experiment,” Jeremy Bates

Pros: Fascinating experiment Cons: The first two-thirds of the book Rating: 3 out of 5 Jeremy Bates brings us a horror/psychological thriller novel, The Sleep Experiment. UC Berkeley Chair of Psychology Roy Wallis has a three-week sleep experiment planned. He’s

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Short Take: “My Sister, The Serial Killer,” Oyinkan Braithwaite

Pros: So totally engrossing! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Oyinkan Braithwaite’s short novel My Sister, the Serial Killer is such a fun read! Older sister Korede is a nurse at a hospital in Lagos. She’s in love with

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Review: “The Complex,” Brian Keene

Pros: Fascinating story of neighbors having to work together Cons: No resolution, no questions answered–unsatisfying ending Rating: 3 out of 5 Brian Keene’s The Complex is an intriguing tale. One day, a bunch of armed naked people who don’t seem

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Review: “The Dark Game,” Jonathan Janz

Pros: Love the concept; adored the ending! Cons: Couldn’t keep track of the characters! Rating: 4 out of 5 In Jonathan Janz’s The Dark Game (Fiction Without Frontiers), ten writers have been invited to a competition at a famous, and

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Short Take: “Sick, Part III,” Christa Wojciechowski

Pros: Morbidly fascinating Cons: Rather unlikable characters Rating: 4 out of 5 Christa Wojciechowski’s novella “Sick: Part III” is part of her SICK: Psychological Suspense Series Box Set. In volume I, Nurse Susan Branch tried to juggle a job with

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Short Take: “Sick, Part II,” Christa Wojciechowski

Pros: Morbidly fascinating Cons: The characters are over-the-top Rating: 4 out of 5 Christa Wojciechowski’s novella “Sick: Part II” is part of her SICK: Psychological Suspense Series Box Set, which includes three volumes. In volume I, Nurse Susan Branch tried

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Short Take: “Sick, Part I,” Christa Wojciechowski

Pros: Morbidly fascinating Cons: The characters are over-the-top Rating: 4 out of 5 Christa Wojciechowski’s novella “Sick: Part I” is part of her SICK: Psychological Suspense Series Box Set, which includes three volumes. In part I, we meet John Branch

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