Stained

A madman A secret, generations old Another missing boy They called the sadistic killer The River Rat, and he d struck again In a desperate search for his neighbour s son, Ted Lewis came face to face with the killer and survived, but his life was irrevocably altered The residents of Marchand, Louisiana believed they were safe The murderer had been captured and was behA madman A secret, generations old Another missing boy They called the sadistic killer The River Rat, and he d struck again In a desperate search for his neighbour s son, Ted Lewis came face to face with the killer and survived, but his life was irrevocably altered The residents of Marchand, Louisiana believed they were safe The murderer had been captured and was behind bars But the nightmare wasn t over yet Because on that summer night, something passed between the two men Memories of brutality and phantoms of countless victims torment Ted His normal life is shattered, and he struggles to fight a growing presence that threatens to leave his soul stained forever.
Stained A madman A secret generations old Another missing boy They called the sadistic killer The River Rat and he d struck again In a desperate search for his neighbour s son Ted Lewis came face to face w

  • Title: Stained
  • Author: Lee Thomas
  • ISBN: 9781930997530
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Stained”

    1. A stranger can lurk behind the eyes of someone you know. The mask of a friendly face can hide a serial killer. In a small Louisiana town, when the killer known as the River Rat is finally captured, that fact will rock a community. But what lurks behind the mask of a serial killer?For the terror has not ended. Something is loose out there. Something that can hide in plain sight. Something old. Something with a hunger for blood and screams.Thomas' debut novel, and Bram Stoker Award winner, is a ta [...]

    2. "Stained" is a book that dives into some pretty dark landscapes. The concept is quite entertaining - whether it be an infection or virus or actual entity possessing people, murderers have "caught" this disease. I really enjoyed the set-up and character development for the first part of the novel, but for me somewhere along the ride the train sort of derailed. The book loses its identity, trying to decide what it wants to be -- an outright horror show? A "who-dunnit" mystery (that's poorly tacked [...]

    3. At last the River Rat killer has been captured, and so a town can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Except, nothing is quite so straightforward. Contact with the Rat will leave you Stained!Something ancient lurks, but victims aren't so much possessed as they are 'stained', their souls darkened, tainted by evil. It is an excellent premise for a novel, although the pacing is a bit skewed; everything moves slowly for 200 pages and then a breakneck finale. The edition I had was also littered with [...]

    4. "The Jack didn't change a person: it stained them, darkening their desires, their vices and their souls."Bam! Intriguing, right? For sure. I don't know what I was expecting, but I knew it was going to be awesome!The River Rat, a serial killer, has been captured. But during the scuffle one of the officers, Ted, has been stained by his contact with the murderer.Hallucinations, doubts, and darkness are driving poor Ted down a dark road he doesn't think he can turn off of. Can he cleanse his body an [...]

    5. I loved this gory, suspenseful, intense, supernatural, chiller that’ll leave you with goose bumps and gasping in awe. Lee Thomas wrote such a mind-blowing fantastic novel that it is no wonder he won such a deserving award for it. The story is a combination of the serial killer mystery Silence of the Lambs, with the possession of The Exorcist or The Exorcism of Emily Rose, with the drastic bloodshed of the Saw and Hellraiser movies, with the creepy fright of [insert the scariest movie you’ve [...]

    6. Probably a notch above standard horror fare--the story was intriguing, especially for a debut novel, but suffered from stock characters and pacing. Almost nothing happens for the first 200 pages, and then too much happens in the last 100. Some of the prose is cringeworthy, but Thomas takes an original concept and pairs it with a high and bloody body count, which makes the bad writing palatable.I read the 10th anniversary print edition, which I do not recommend, because it is riddled with typos.T [...]

    7. Bram Stoker and Lambda award winning author. Pretty good novel. Very graphic but had a really interesting premise. It makes me want to search out more of his books.

    8. An excellent page turner! What's more, Thomas really understands the intricacies and peculiarities of Louisiana culture. Not just another police procedural, though--at the heart of this story is a chilling idea about where evil comes from, how it is passed on. One hell of a metaphor for the cycle of violence. I read the 10th anniversary edition, which includes an afterword by the publisher, and I agree with what he says there: in a sense, the book is The Jack, itself, and you can put the book do [...]

    9. There's a serial killer of young men loose in Marchand, Louisiana, and the town has been seized by fear and paranoia. Ted Lewis, recently returned to town, accidentally helps being the killer to justice but the deaths don't stop there. Has the evil spread to Ted and is it forcing him to commit atrocities against his friends and neighbors, and if so is there any way to stop it? Lee Thomas has created another well written mix of serial killer mystery and supernatural horror. Recommended

    10. This mystery grabs you right off. Then just as sudden, the bad guy is caught. Or is he? Can evil transfer from one person to another with each being more cruel and vicious? But who has it transferred to, and can it be stopped. As the first book in a series, you won't find all of the answers and take little pleasure in being right about the answers you do find.

    11. Have to shareThis book was wonderful except I didn't care for how it ended or I would have given it five stars. I'm sure many of you will love the ending as well so if you love sick, twisted stories, this one is for you.

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