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Abyssal Sanctuary: Remnants of the Damned

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Witness the Birth of Fear.

There has always been something wrong with the sinister and secluded town of Lakefield View. For one, people get murdered on the streets and nobody does anything about it. Even if they hear their screams curse the night skies, the number of saints has diminished. But it isn't the sick and twisted residents of Lakefield View that are the ones who you should avoid... it's the killers, the psychopaths, the witches and ...

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Overview

Witness the Birth of Fear.

There has always been something wrong with the sinister and secluded town of Lakefield View. For one, people get murdered on the streets and nobody does anything about it. Even if they hear their screams curse the night skies, the number of saints has diminished. But it isn't the sick and twisted residents of Lakefield View that are the ones who you should avoid... it's the killers, the psychopaths, the witches and the monsters you should watch out for.

Five unsuspecting workers of a picturesque café get the shock of their lives when a family member is killed before their eyes. A chain of events ensue and they are all catapulted down a spiralling road of mystery and magic, each struggling to overcome constant obstacles that threaten their lives and the safety of their families. They must fight to keep breathing in a world where every dangerous being is out for their heads.

The only thing worse than being alone in the dark, is finding out you're not!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781493553563
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/9/2013
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Gavin Hetherington, born 7 May 1992, currently resides in the town of Gateshead in the United Kingdom. A literature fanatic of fantasy, Gavin began writing stories when he was young, mainly about witches and the supernatural. In 2006, Gavin's short story, titled "Vanquished" won a nationwide competition to be included in a children's anthology of short stories. The book, Telling T.A.L.E.S. Adventure into Fiction, Vol. 1, was published on 30 November 2006.
Gavin is gay and has never had a boyfriend, which he is grateful for as he wants his first boyfriend to be "the one". Call it fictional but it's true. Gavin loves film and scripted American television shows. His favourite films include the Harry Potter series, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Titanic and more. Almost every Disney animated classic and Pixar film, Gavin loves. His favourite television shows include Charmed, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, True Blood, The Walking Dead and many more.
While writing, Gavin also has a part-time job at Greggs the Bakers in Gateshead. Gavin attended Gateshead College from 2008 to 2009 before dropping out after feeling lost during a course change in the second year. Gavin returned to learning in September 2013 when he enrolled at Newcastle City Learning.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    This was a thrilling read, I could not put it down! The suspence

    This was a thrilling read, I could not put it down! The suspence was built up perfectly and the storylines were simply scandalous. I recommend this to all of the new adult readers out there, this was just simply wonderful. Looking forward to the second book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    One Scary Story Honestly, I can¿t remember the last time I was

    One Scary Story

    Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I was this scared while reading a book. Some of the scenes were so vivid that my heart was pounding. The pacing of the story and the suspense building was also spectacularly done. The story never once dragged and wasn’t predictable at all.

    That said, this is a pretty classic scary story with the situations, settings and scares that horror readers have come to expect. However, the way the story is told, as well as the twists and the stakes are very originally depicted. More focus is placed on the progression of the storyline than the characters, which, in my opinion, is fitting for this genre.

    The language of the book flows very nicely too, and I found myself picturing the scenes very clearly in my mind, almost like watching a movie. I also liked the basic premise, a cursed town you can never leave alive. I’ve always been fascinated with horror stories that involve everyday things, such as death in the case of this story, as opposed to a fabricated, made-up monster. I also like horror in a small town setting and the author painted the small town life very well.

    Overall, if you like really scary stories I suggest you pick up this book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Nice

    The story was giving me goosbumps at times. I enjoyed the chapter structure. The ending felt a little out of place with the rest of the story but I want to read the next book to see where it goes. There are plenty threats open to be answered! The 1 star review is made by a backwards homophobic person. The story is much more than about a gay guy and his relationship. (Even though I think that would have also been an enjoyable read with this author!)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    This book is one of the best I read in 2013. It was a non-stop r

    This book is one of the best I read in 2013. It was a non-stop rollercoaster ride that sets up an amazing series. Couldn't put it down. I read it in the space of a couple of days, and I had to stop reading so I could go to work and sleep. I loved it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

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    This book was recommended to me by my hair stylist. She deemed i

    This book was recommended to me by my hair stylist. She deemed it one of the scariest books that she had ever read and I more than agree. So with that being said- if you like scary suspense, make that super scary suspense, reads-this one should be on your reading list.

    On another note, I found the cover to be nicely done and represented nicely the type of story waiting inside. This book gave me chills from the first page. The author is quite gifted in painting the landscape with words and I could feel the dampness of the “sly fog”.

    The author cuts to the chase fast as we are thrown right into the mayhem and murder.
    I found the characters all very well crafted and the plot (which made me swallow hard a few times) was fast moving (and eerie) throughout.

    When I read about a huge bang in the hallway, I about jumped out of my chair. This book zones in – hard- on your emotions.
    To re-iterate -if you like true suspense – at the top of the scale suspense- this book is for you. I don’t think you’ll regret reading this one at all but you may find yourself looking over your shoulder especially at night for a few days afterwards.

    Excellent read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    In Remnants of the Damned Gavin Hetherington blends horror and u

    In Remnants of the Damned Gavin Hetherington blends horror and urban fantasy, repeatedly unwinding the events of two days from five viewpoints, all as dramatic as the other. 
    This is a fast-paced story which is horrific and alarming, but still we are obliged to continue reading. The fact that Lakefield View is an imaginary town in no specified country gives Gavin Hetherington's plot more impact. Although the Lakefield Ripper is just urban legend we are constantly aware that bloody murders, like those in the story happen all over the world and whether the reader is from the UK or US there is a level that these events resonate. 
    Each character in Remnants of the Damned is completely individual but all are connected by their workplace and the terrifying situations they are placed in. Although there are points in which their stories overlap this did not make me frustrated, only anxious for the mysteries to be solved and the perpetrator(s) found. 
    Gavin Hetherington is able to hook his reader into The Abyssal Sanctuary series by ending the novel with a shocking and unanticipated cliffhanger. I hope the sequel is released soon but for the time being I urge you to go and grab Remnants of the Damned while it is still FREE!!
    I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

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    4.5 out of 5 stars Right from the get-go, the author had me tun

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Right from the get-go, the author had me tuned in. Some Prologues hint at what is to come, this one sets up the book masterfully, while giving the reader a few chills. Right away, the author talks about urban legends, and he doesn't stop with the Prologue, but feeds them to you bit by bit throughout the entire book. In some ways, it brought me back to my childhood, when my friends and I would see who had the scarier story. This in no way is making me say this book is juvenile, because it is sooo not that at all. I've always loved a bit of creepiness and this book filled what I've been lacking lately.

    As the story progresses, you get to know the individuals that are being targeted. The storytelling is fantastic, the intricate layers being weaved to and fro, resulting in the ends reaching together at the end but not giving you the answers you wanted, which leads you to wanting the next book now. Too many times creepy, suspenseful stories lose their way with storylines that are repetitive of other books, give too much away to keep you interested or just lose their momentum. This book is not one of those. When you think that you're starting to figure something out, there's a shift in the story that totally makes you rethink things.

    The author is superb in handling multiple POV's. I've read my fair share of books, as I'm sure you have, and sometimes seeing the same scene from another person's POV seem almost a carbon copy and starts to feel boring and overused. Not in this book. Each POV is as unique as each character is. The way the author brings each character into the fold keeps the reader attached to the story and keeps the flow of the action, keying in on the readers senses.

    I recommend this book to all lovers of horror, but I do think that I would recommend it to those 16 and above and who can handle the bumps in the night without losing large amounts of sleep. I look forward to reading more in this series and whatever else author Gavin Hetherington writes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Edit

    This just circles around all horror story themes but never gets anywhere. It is one of those books that could be great if edited and honed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite Remnants of th

    Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

    Remnants of the Damned, the first book in the Abyssal Sanctuary series by Gavin Hetherington, takes place in a little eerie town called Lakefield View. Five friends and co-workers from Pandora Café are about to experience the worst 24 hours of their lives. It all starts when Tiffany’s sister is murdered right before their very eyes. Thinking that was the worst of it, Justin, Christina, Eric, Carmen, and Tiffany all go home and try to move on from the tragedy they just witnessed. Unfortunately, they each go through their own living nightmare. As they each struggle to survive and protect their loved ones, horrible secrets are revealed and puzzling mysteries get closer to being solved. 

    I will start by saying that Remnants of the Damned does not end with a nicely wrapped bow. There is pretty much no closure and readers are left with even more questions than answers. That being said, the huge cliffhanger had absolutely no negative effect on my feelings for this book; if anything, it made me even more intrigued and desperate to continue reading the series. New author Gavin Hetherington is such a fantastic storyteller. Throughout the book, we see things happen from different points of view. In each part of the book, more details emerge and readers get to see how these five friends are ultimately connected. Also, the plot was awesomely horrifying. There are some disgusting and disturbing scenes that will be ingrained in my brain for a very long time. It was unpredictable, completely memorable, and terrifying to the point where I had trouble sleeping, and I enjoyed it beyond words could describe. I will most definitely be keeping my eye on this author and the rest of this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Great

    This book is one of the best books i've read since Stephen King's IT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Prologue has got me hooked

    Sounds great read the prologue

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Must Read

    The book is non stop thrills, action, and pure fear. Can't put it down and this is like no story line you have ever read before. I just wish it was longer and I can't wait for book 2

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

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    Very well written and look forward to the next book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    scary is right!!! Jmm44

    Filled with dead creatures (people??) who are killing the towns people one by one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    A good, scary read

    This was a good, scary read. It was interesting to read the same events from each character's perspective and get a glimpse of what connects them all to each other. There were several gruesome deaths of people I wasn't expecting to die and also, so people were still missing by the end of the story. I was a little disappointed that the entire story of what happened in the past and what is currently going on in the town were not revealed. I guess I'm going to have to read the next book to find out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    No good

    Did not like this! I got to the gay kissing part at the front of the book and stopped reading, disgusting. Not to mention the enabling gay who lets his boyfriend physically abuse him. This is not an enjoyable read.

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 19, 2014

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    Posted February 5, 2014

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