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John Rector's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards including the Porterhouse prize. His first novel, The Grove, was a bestselling e-book and will be soon be published for the first time in print form. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska and is currently working on his next novel. Read John Rector's blog at https://johnrector.blogspot.com.
Strictly speaking a debut crime novel, this however qualifies as a horror story if only because of the sheer visceral intensity of the action and situations. Nate and Sara are broke and on the run when they come across a hitchhiker and begin a journey to damnation and beyond. This is a throat-grabbing, sweat-inducing stuff and the pace is absolutely relentless. If the fates of the downcast protagonists doesn't involve you, you have no heart. Horrific but believable.
A creeping, pitch-black window into a suburban America like nothing youve ever read....You know something is deeply wrong with this neighborhood, and yet nothing will prepare you for the mind-melting final pages. Blake Crouch, international bestselling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines SeriesWith its manicured lawns, pastel houses, and quiet, tree-lined streets, Willow Ridge seems to be the perfect place for Megan and Tyler Stokes to start a new chapter in their lives together. But soon after settling in, Megan begins to notice cracks in the neighborhoods bright suburban facadecracks that reveal a darker secret hidden just beneath the surface.After an angry encounter with a neighbor takes a horrifying turn, Megans waking nightmare truly beginsgrowing ever more chilling and bizarre with each shocking twist. Suddenly forced to question everything around her, Megan finds herself trapped between the specter of madness and the shadow of something far worse. Her only hope is to expose the communitys pretty lies and discover the truth about what is really going on in Willow Ridgea truth so devastating that her life will never be the same.
Nick White is the only person who can save Abigail Pierce. After uncovering a plot to have her killed, he attempts to warn her but instead puts himself squarely in the crosshairs. They know who he is, they know where he lives, they know how to get at his family.Drawn into the conspiracy surrounding Abigail, Nick soon discovers the danger is bigger than he ever believed. Now he must uncover the truth to save her and himself. Gripping and intense, this novel is a twisted thrill ride from bestselling author John Rector.
Dexter McCray is a farmer with a dark past that continues to haunt him. As a man struggling with alcoholism, he's used to being looked at with pity and suspicion in his community. So, after waking from a blackout to discover the body of a teenage girl in the nearby cottonwood grove, he can't be entirely sure he's innocent. With no memory of the previous night, he sees no choice but to investigate the crime himself. Fortunately he's not alone. He has some helpin the shape of the dead girl herself. In The Grove, readers are treated to more than a warped and imaginative mystery. With plot twists on every page, Rector breathes life into a story that pits reality against hallucination, truth against improbability. Is Dexter motivated by guilt or insanity, reason or folly? And how will the young victim provide the help he desperately needs? This is a novel about one man haunted by the reality of his failed life.
In John Rectors dark and fascinating psychological thriller, The Grove, farmer Dexter McCray becomes both detective and suspect. He is a man fighting to escape a troubled past, but after waking from an alcoholic blackout to discover his tractor stuck in a ditch and the body of a teenage girl in the cottonwood grove bordering his cornfield, he wonders if its a fight he cannot win. In the hopes of proving his innocence, he sets out to find the truth. Now, isolated from friends and family and devoid of an alibi, he turns to the only person left who can help pick up the pieces of his shattered lifethe dead girl herself. Rector understands the complexities of a haunting tale and a compelling who-done-it, and he takes listeners on a ride that is both memorable and unsettling. Tough, dark, and beautifully told. Great storytelling. David Peoples, screenwriter of Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys, and Blade RunnerSpare and evocative as a cornfield in autumn, The Grove marks the arrival of a haunting, powerful new voice in contemporary fiction. John Rector writes with deceptive grace, spinning out irresistible prose with a dark pulse between every line. This is psychological suspense at its most seductive. I loved it. Sean Doolittle, award-winning author of Dirt, Burn, Rain Dogs, The Cleanup, and Safer
2012 International Thriller Award NomineeJake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet ordinary even. And he likes it that way. But it wasnt always quiet. Jakes distant past was a life on the streets, inflicting damage and suffering on more people than he can count. And now someone from his past, it seems, has come looking for him.A raw, gripping thriller about the price paid for past sins, John Rectors third novel is a live wire that crackles with the intensity of a man with nothing left to lose. When two men attack Jake in a parking lot and cut off his finger, he tries to dismiss it as an unlucky case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But when events take a more sinister turn and Diane goes missing, Jake knows he can no longer hide from the truth. As he embarks on a mission to find his wife, he realizes his dark past is refusing to stay buried and that his future is about to unfold in ways he could never have imagined.With a taut and brooding style, Rector paints a formidable portrait of a reformed mans slow descent into a life he thought he had walked away from forever. As the intensity becomes almost unbearable, the pace quickens and the suspense applies an unrelenting, vice-like grip, as Already Gone hurtles toward its ultimate, explosive climax.
Ein junges Paar fahrt mitten im Winter mit all seiner Habe Richtung Suden. Sara ist schwanger, Nate wird von der Polizei gesucht. In einem Diner an der Tankstelle bittet ein erbarmlich hustender Mann sie, ihn gegen Bezahlung mitzunehmen. Die drei fahren los, hinein in einen Blizzard. Bald ist die Strae nicht mehr passierbar, und der Fremde beginnt zu delirieren. Als sie sich in ein abgelegenes Motel gerettet haben, atmet der Mann nicht mehr. Sarah und Nate offnen sein Hemd und finden eine Schusswunde. Sie offnen seinen Koffer und finden Geld. Viel Geld. Herrenloses Geld? Mit Sicherheit nicht. "e;Man wei dass etwas Schreckliches passieren wird, und man kann nicht aufhren zu lesen."e; (Simon Kernick)"e;Dicht und beklemmend. John Rector schreibt so souvern, wie man es angesichts seines Alters nicht erwarten wrde. Bis zum letzten Blutstropfen furchterregend."e; (Eric van Lustbader)"e;Ein phantastischer Erzhler und ein betrender Stilist."e; (Ken Bruen)"e;Ein cleveres und sehr souvern geschriebenes Thrillerdebt."e; (Booklist)
All Nate and Sara want is a new life in a new town, away from the crime and poverty of their past. So when they are approached at a roadside diner by a shady hitchhiker offering $500 for a ride to Omaha, they wonder if their luck might be changing. At first it seems like so much easy money-but within a few hours the man is dead. Now, forced off the road by a blizzard and trapped in a run-down motel on the side of a deserted highway, Nate and Sara begin to uncover the man's secrets: who he was, how he died, and most importantly, why he was carrying two million dollars in his suitcase. Before they know it, Nate and Sara are fighting for their lives. In the end, each has to decide just how far they are willing to go to survive. The Cold Kiss is an everyman psychological thriller that pits a young couple against moral corruption, greed, betrayal, and love. For two characters who may have used up all their chances, it's the classic final trip down the dark tunnel that might lead to heaven but drags them through hell.
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