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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Schreiber Narrator: Renée Raudma Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“You have a very lovely little girl,” breathed the voice on the phone. And just like that, Susan Young is drawn into a living nightmare.

A stranger has kidnapped Sue’s daughter, Veda. But he doesn’t want her money, only her suffering—and he will kill Veda if Sue doesn’t follow his every command. With detailed instructions, the faceless abductor leads Sue into a blinding snowstorm on the longest night of the year, to a place she has not traveled to since childhood. The voice on the other end of the line somehow knows Sue’s deepest, most chilling secret—an ominous incident from her past, buried long ago.

Across the loneliest back roads of Massachusetts, in the black expanse of a New England winter, Sue is forced to confront her most awful fears as she is met at each step by ever increasing horrors created by a monster who is surely something less than human. In the hope of saving her daughter from a kidnapper whose origin seems darker than anything she could ever have imagined, Sue will discover just how much trauma and fright the human body is capable of absorbing.

Set over the course of a single night, Chasing the Dead is a fast-paced, ferociously tense supernatural thriller. With the skill of masters like Dean Koontz and David Morrell, Joe Schreiber has created a tableau of shock and horror, death and destruction, that will draw you in and never let you go.

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  • “Taut, scary…With its rural New England setting, this horror-fest pays respectful, clever homage to Stephen King’s backyard. The author adds his own fresh supernatural twists to what starts out as a conventional suspense thriller. Readers will anxiously await his next outing.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristine | 2/14/2014

    " This is an excellent book set in massachusetts , a woma follows a trail of clues all throughout massachusetts to find her missing daughter--phenom!! the killer knows everything and sees everything she does so she can't go to anyone !!! this was a quick read i couldn't put it down !!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jack Rawles | 2/12/2014

    " Wow, great ride through a scary night, I'd say read this if you like Stephen King! The ending...hmmm...what just happened? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda Ishtayeh | 1/19/2014

    " I do not usually read horror but this was pretty good. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Waven | 1/8/2014

    " This read like a book based on a B-movie based on a screenplay written under duress. Not bad, necessarily, but not very good. I gave it three stars because I think I would really have enjoyed it when I was about 15. As a YA horror, it has a balance of blood and action, a couple nude scenes (but no sex), an easy-to-follow plot, and "summary" explanations toward the end. So for the 13 - 17 age crowd, it would probably be a fun read with the promise of fitful sleep to follow. But for adults, it's rather lackluster. Its potential - there are some interesting ideas - never fully develops and ends up lost among plot holes, inconsistencies, and the completely inexplicable. I think this would make a better Scream-style movie than book and can't recommend it for anyone looking for more than cursory horror/suspense. "

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About the Author

Joe Schreiber was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming, and Northern California. Until recently, he had never lived at the same address for longer than a year. Becoming a parent forced him to consider a career with more reliable income, and he got a job as an MRI tech in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and their two children.