2017 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in a First Novel!
I KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT ME…
You say that I am a madman. You say that I am dangerous. You say that I am the one who has been abducting women, slaughtering them, and burying their corpses all around this city for years. You are wrong, because only part of that statement is true…
I AM NOT A KILLER…
I know that you probably won’t believe me. Not now. Not after all that has happened, but I need to tell my side of the story. You need to know how this all began. You need to hear about the birds, but most of all, you need to understand…
I AM NOT THE BOULEVARD MONSTER.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a fine mix of an intense thriller, horror and the supernatural read that makes for a book that is just impossible to put down. Seth saw something in the back of his friend’s truck, he knows what he should do but when Luther comes onto the scene he strikes up a deal that Seth can’t say no to. Seth’s money troubles are over and all he has to do is get rid of a tied up sack once in a while, an easy task when he has the ideal job in construction. But in his heart he knows what is in these sacks then one day he looks.
The story is told by Seth as he writes down everything that has happened over the last few years, as an explanation to his wife and daughter up to present day events. There are some real intense characters in the story, especially Luther who has a chill factor that made me curl up that bit more as I was reading. Prostitutes had been disappearing off the streets and the police are not really that hot on joining the dots, so when curiosity and a bit of conscience gets the better of Seth he takes on a new role.
Now I have never been a big lover of birds and well this story really put the hebejeebies in me even more. What made this story even more edgy was Seth himself. Seth comes across as a bloke that doesn’t get spoked that easy, a real tough guy but Luther is more than his match.
This is a fabulous debut and I can fully understand how it was nominated in the Bram Stoker awards for Superior Achievement in a first novel. It has an opening that gets you invested from the start with a superb story line. Seth wasn’t a bloke that I liked at all but bloody hell he made interesting reading, even if the story was only told from his view-point. Could I believe everything he said or was he the Boulevard Monster? I will let the next readers decide.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bram Stoker Award-nominated author Jeremy Hepler lives with his wife Tricia and son Noah in a small rural community in the heart of Texas. Other than writing suspense and horror novels, he loves reading, gardening, painting, cooking, and repurposing old furniture. For more information, hit him up on Facebook, Twitter (@JeremyHepler), or Instagram (JeremyHeplerauthor).