I was fortunate enough to be asked to read an advance copy of The Tear Collector and while it isn t my usual choice of genre, the story sounded interesting and I jumped at the opportunity.I m so glad I did I spent just about every page thinking, what the hell is going on Then I d turn to the next page Read Repeat I could not put it down without finding out what was going on in Harper Pass The end result I read the book in a single sitting.There was some jumping between 1st and 3rd person, which threw me the first time it happened, but I got used to it and it certainly didn t detract from the story for me I think Burgess has a winner here in what is a thoroughly compelling and suspense filled story If you re looking for an exciting read that will keep your heart pounding and your mind guessing, don t pass this one up.I look forward to reading from this author in the hopefully near future. The Tear Collector is a fast paced horror thriller that captured me in a number of ways, many of them unexpected.The book s opening sequence is not only heartbreaking, but also introduces the mystery surrounding Harper Pass The following chapters then introduce the reader to Brooks and the gang, who are the focus of the story.A group of boys drawn into the horrifying secrets of a town is nothing new to the horror genre, but Burgess handles the talewith skill Brooks and his friends are well drawn out characters, kids who are subject to the same emotions and flaws all kids are subject to, yet the narrative never feels childish or melodramatic in ways that would diminish the story.One of the story s biggest strengths is also it s biggest flaw The pace The book is fast paced and moves at one hundred miles per hour Burgess does slow down the narrative at times, mostly when the narrative shifts from Brooks point of view.Overall I found the pacing appropriate, but there were moments when I wanted the book to slow down and let the reader stew in the mysteries shrouding Harper Pass and its residents.Still I found the book entertaining in all the aspects that matter most character development, plot, story, and Because of time constraints, I was unsure of picking up this title, but in the end, I am very glad I did. When A Young Autistic Girl Goes Missing In The Small Appalachian Town Of Harper Pass, Brooks Raker And His Friends Are Inadvertently Drawn Into The Police Investigation As The Town Suffers A Mysterious Death, Kids Disappear And The Boys Experience A Series Of Unsettling Phenomena It Becomes Clear That The Fate Of Their Missing Classmate, Margo Combs, Pales In Comparison To What Lies In Wait In The Margins Of The TownBetween Avoiding The Bullies Who Are Stalking Them, And Running From The Encroaching Lethal Darkness, The Walls Are Closing In Around Brooks And His Friends They Soon Realize Their Fates Are Inextricably Bound, And If They Have Any Hope Of Surviving, They Must Unravel The Dark Secrets Of Harper Pass Before Those Secrets Can Devour Them Let s just say I pretty much neglected my family and work while reading this book as I could not put it down I don t typically read this genre as I m too much of a scaredy cat but I was hooked in the first few chapters After the first night I did have to stop reading it before falling asleep Grief Hollow had a way of creeping into my dreams.The well developed characters and intriguing plot kept me on the edge of my seat I couldn t wait to see how everything would turn out for Brooks and the crew but I also never wanted the story to end I m thrilled to hear there is a sequel. I had the privilege of reading an Advanced Reader Copy of Shawn Burgess debut novel, The Tear Collector This book had everything a reader could possibly want an intriguing well developed cast of characters, evocative prose, a suspenseful plot, so many twists turns, and loads of delightful creepiness The story centers around the town of Harper Pass and talks about the mysterious happenings in the area, specifically Grief Hollow Shawn s description is so on point that most of the time I felt like I was walking through the woods and witnessing unsettling sights along with the characters The Tear Collector is a page turner and hard to put down that appeals to audiences who enjoy shows like Stranger Things, Goonies, or Stand by Me I cannot wait to see how the journey continues and what spooky adventures lie in wait in the sequel The Tear Collector is the first of many greats from this promising author. The Tear Collector is the first debut novel of Shawn Burgess an upcoming speculative mystery author The plot of the book is really succesful It seems like a coherent mix of Stranger Things, mad scientist and other various mystery and science fiction stories and archetypes that we all know and love, with of course the author s original and distinctive narrative style So far, the plot is as coherent as it can be, no gaping holes or inconsistencies to draw the reader away from the story Rather the opposite, it keeps the reader on the edge of their seats with a healthy mixture of action and description The language that is used is often in the style of detailed description, without the overwhelming flood of unnecessary words for the most part The descriptive language in my opinion enforces the effect of the plot since it allows the reader to draw a perfectly precise image of each scene The characters seem consistent and well structured The Tear Collector all in love will draw you into the story in the first few chapters and you ll most likely be unable to put it down until you know what it is going to end like I m already looking forward to the sequel of the book Shawn Burgess kindly allowed me to read an Advanced Reader Copy of his debut The Tear Collector is fast paced and filled with tension The story reminded me of Stranger Things, in that it revolves around a group of young friends battling a messed up kind of evil in their town, but don t let that comparison steer you into thinking you ve heard this story before Burgess is a mastermind with his prose, character development, and dark creativity You ll become attached to the protagonist and his gang, get goosebumps throughout, and your heart will be racing until the very last page The Tear Collector is a must have for any Suspense Thriller Horror lover s bookshelf. Shawn Burgess debut novel The Tear Collector is a high stakes adventure about a band of friends thrown into the deep end of a supernatural conspiracy that challenges everything they thought they knew The story was fast paced, gripping, and at times horrifically chilling The characters are believable, likable, and Burgess deft use of description and dialogue draw you into the psychology of each and weaves an intricate web of their inner fears and hard fought courage Any fan of Stranger Things or Stephen King s It will find The Tear Collector expertly hits that sweet spot of friendship, horror, and intrigue. In a preface to Robert Burns poem, Tam O Shanter, Gawin Douglas wrote Of Brownyis and of Bogillis full is this Buke For his thrilling debut horror novel, The Tear Collector, Shawn Burgess brings forth a Bogeyman to end all Bogeymen and does so in as exciting and well crafted a manner as is possible At the same time as a local autistic girl, Margo Combs, is discovered to have gone missing in the woods around the small town of Harper s Pass, her classmate, Brooks Raker, stumbles on a mysterious, terrifying presence in Grief Hollow, just after encountering Mysterious Margo in her nightgown, unaware that she s vanished from her home Are the two things connected As one of the townspeople turns up dead, horribly mutilated, local police begin to take Brooks tale of an evil, shadowy Presence a bit seriously Burgess combines sharp, realistic dialogue with a finely honed gift for storytelling to create a chilling, fast paced thrill ride of a horror novel For fans of adventure horror, The Tear Collector is a definite Must Read Every line of dialogue rings true, while every scene serves to move the story along at a brisk, exhilarating tempo, from Brooks first encounter with Margo to the climactic, horrifying finish, a satisfying blend of resolution and just enough ambiguity to allow we hope for the possibility of a sequel To paraphrase Gawin Douglas, Of Bogeymen and brilliantly executed terrors full is this book Shawn Burgess is an author to watch If his next works are anything like his debut novel, The Tear Collector, he ll be on a big time roll I enjoyed the smart storytelling, and the ease at which Burgess was able to travel between narrator, adults, and the youth in the story It felt much like Stephen King s talent for voicing all ages.I appreciated the work Burgess put into defining characters Each had a uniqueness, adding strength to the cast, as a whole The story kept me from doing things I should have been doing, but I was glad I kept reading, all the way to the terrifying finish Want some horror Mystery The paranormal You can find it here The Tear Collector whipped it all into a tasty thriller souffl I ll be waiting for the sequel so I can take another bite
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