Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Tear Collector by Shawn Burgess
The misdeeds of our ancestors are debts passed from generation to generation. They lurk, hidden in the shadows, waiting for the right time to be collected. For the residents of Harper Pass—their debt is due.
When a young autistic girl goes missing from a small Appalachian community, the residents of Harper Pass descend into chaos. Brooks Raker and his friends stumble across the police investigation, and as they dig deeper into the mysterious events, the boys realize the fate of their missing classmate pales in comparison with the evil lurking in the shadows of the quiet little town.
With four boys who believe something sinister is at work, and an ambitious reporter breathing down his neck, Detective Holt of the Harper Pass Police Department must confront his doubts and follow the evidence. A chain of disappearances and suspicious deaths, leads Holt to the doorstep of the mysterious and reclusive Professor Wadlow who may know exactly what has come to collect in Harper Pass.
Can the detective and the boys work together to unravel the dark secrets of Harper Pass before those secrets devour them all?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
If you enjoy books by Stephen King then this book is probably up your street. Set in the small town of Harper Pass, deep in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America, everyone knows everyone else and their business as families have lived there for generations. So when a young autistic girl goes missing it affects the whole community but strange sightings of her are very disturbing.
This is a horror, thriller, mystery read that made my eyes read on when my brain was shouting look away! A search in the woods for the girl results in the horrific death of a local man, with the police desperately trying to fit a square peg in a round hole guessing at what could have caused such injuries so quickly. When the police step up investigations into the girl’s disappearance the local kids decide to do a little digging themselves and jump in with only bike power and a tsunami of adrenaline.
The mood is very eerie throughout the story with adults being unable to comprehend what they see and desperately trying to find a logical explanation of what is in front of their eyes. It may be a small community but quite a few appear in the story but the ones you need to keep your eye on stand out really well. The author made everyone feel real with their own complicated lives bubbling away be it bullying among the kids or adult relationships and gossip.
A brilliant storyline with everything well thought out. Love to read a book where the author isn’t afraid to shock his readers. Definitely, one to keep your eye on for future publications.
I wish to thank Book on the Bright Side for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shawn Burgess has a BA in English from the University of Florida, and he focused on literature for his postgraduate studies at the University of North Florida. His travels have taken him to most parts of the country, where he often drew inspiration for his stories through meeting interesting people and experiencing unique places. Beware! If you find yourself behaving curiously within the crosshairs of his vision you might end up on one of his pages. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys travelling, attending concerts, reading, and playing golf. He typically makes year-round preparations for Halloween by building props and elaborate sets. Shawn claims Jacksonville, Florida as his home, but he has lived all over the southeastern United States. Many of his stories are set in those towns he once called home, or in fictional places inspired by them. He says, “I enjoy building upon the natural mysteries surrounding those areas I’ve personally experienced.” The Tear Collector is Shawn’s debut novel, but he’s currently working on a YA Fantasy novel, as well as The Tear Collector’s sequel. He is active on social media, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Goodreads Author Page: Shawn Burgess