Bad Things

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The Piper clan emigrated from Scotland and founded the town of Santo Verde, California. The Gothic Victorian estate built there has housed the family for generations, and has also become home to an ancient evil forever linked to the Piper name. . .

As a boy, Rick Piper discovered he had "the sight." It was supposed to be a family myth, but Rick could see the greenjacks—the tiny mischievous demons who taunted him throughout his childhood—and who...

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The Piper clan emigrated from Scotland and founded the town of Santo Verde, California. The Gothic Victorian estate built there has housed the family for generations, and has also become home to an ancient evil forever linked to the Piper name. . .

As a boy, Rick Piper discovered he had "the sight." It was supposed to be a family myth, but Rick could see the greenjacks—the tiny mischievous demons who taunted him throughout his childhood—and who stole the soul of his twin brother Robin one Halloween night.

Now a widower with two children of his own, Rick has returned home to build a new life. He wants to believe the greenjacks don't exist, that they were a figment of his own childish fears and the vicious torment he suffered at the hands of his brother. But he can still see and hear them, and they haven't forgotten that Rick escaped them so long ago. And this time, they don't just want Rick. This time they want his children. . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420132564
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 468,853
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    I read what BN had, and I thought it was really good. x)) I'm go

    I read what BN had, and I thought it was really good. x)) I'm going to buy it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Tamara Thorne for all my readers

    Thanks for all the people that read my book. Theres 3 person that I will like to point out.
    Bella Thorne: She is my daughter she help me a lot in the characters.
    Dani Thorne: She is my older daughter she help me in the characters emotions.
    Remy Thorne: He is my son he helps me in the scary part.
    There are two more person that didnt help but I love them: my husband he die in a car accident and Kaili Thorne my step Daughter.

    Love,
    Tamara

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    so strange I could not put it down

    Really liked it. It had a very eclectic group of characters that all worked together. Just got the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    Amazing suspense

    This was just a very suspenseful book. I hadn't expected much, but once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It is great because if the author doesn't want you to figure something out, you won't, that is until she is ready for you to start thinking it. It is hard for me to find books that are actually suspensful and spooky. Very well written. I am going to go and read some of her other books now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2003

    Excellent!!!

    I bought this book and was thought, 'well, I will give it a go', after the first chapter, I was hooked! This was a great book and I could not put it down. The difference in this book, is that it was in such detail, that it was almost like I could visualize it. I really enjoyed the characters Dakota and Rick Piper. Robin, was extremely evil and gave me the chills!!! This is an excellent book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2002

    THIS AUTHOR KNOWS HOW TO DELIVER A GOOD SCARE!!!

    In BAD THINGS by Tamara Thorne, the author combines the elements of nature folklore, Halloween, dysfunctional families, and a good bit of perverted sex to weave a dark supernatural thriller that centers on two brothers, Rick and Robin Piper (descendants of the Scottish Piper clan that has for centuries been able to see the mythical and mischievous ¿greenjacks¿ of British folklore). The story starts out during the early seventies in the Southern California community of Santo Verde where the Pipers have lived for several generations. Though Ricky¿s just a boy, he¿s the only one in the family who now has the sight and is able to see the nature spirits known as greenjacks. Not even his deformed, legless twin brother, Robin, is able to see these small, ethereal beings. Each year on All Hallows Eve, the small jacks join together to create the giant, Big Jack, out of broken limps and leaves. This hideous creature attempts to help them take over the body of any Piper child caught defenseless, or near death. Because of a Halloween prank gone terribly wrong, Robin is almost killed by Big Jack as he saves Ricky¿s life. Instead of dying, however, Robin¿s body becomes inhabited by one of the greenjacks, and he turns into an evil, manipulative creature whose one desire is to kill his brother. Jump to the present as Rick¿who¿s now a widower with two children¿decides to finally leave Las Vegas and return to his old home in California, hoping to offer his kids a better living environment. Rick¿s parents (supposedly murdered by a burglar) and his brother, Robin, have long been dead. With the help of Carmen and Hector (the housekeeper and gardener for the estate), he will once again face the nightmares of his childhood and have to overcome the fears that have haunted his life for so long. Rick will eventually have to put everything on the line in a final confrontation with Big Jack and with a murderous relative who won¿t be satisfied until he¿s finally dead. The power of BAD THINGS lies in the author¿s ability to make the reader care for Ricky Piper as a young boy and the insurmountable obstacles that he has to face when Robin¿s body is taken over by a greenjack. Rick¿s fun-loving brother turns into the purest form of evil, delighting in the misery, misfortune, and death of others. When the children¿s parents are mysteriously murdered and Aunt Jade moves in with her mean, hard-drinking husband and her sleazy teenage daughter, things grow progressively worse for the young boy. It takes little time for his brother to sexually seduce the older niece, as well as the aunt, impregnating both of them with his sense of evil. To my surprise and pleasure, this is where the author delivers the goods with full force, allowing the darkness within each of us to come out in all of its wicked manifestations. Tamara Thorne never holds back in her description of how evil and perverseness can choose to express itself. The only problem I had with the book was with Rick¿s character and his inability to face the obvious. I wanted him to have more backbone in order to deal with the situations as they arose. Fortunately, the characters of Carmen and Hector, Rick¿s pre-opt transsexual friend, Dakota, and Dakota¿s sister, Audrey, helped to balance out the main character¿s ineptness at perceiving danger and how to deal with it. I even found myself buying the greenjacks, though I had a hard time picturing ¿Big Jack¿ in my mind. Still, some of the scenes at night with Big Jack and the little jacks were scary enough to give me goose bumps. The author has a great way of carrying you right to the edge with anxiety whenever she puts children in danger. BAD THINGS is definitely a novel I would recommend to anyone seeking something to read at night when the blinds are closed, everyone¿s asleep, and strange noises are emanating from the other side of the house. This is the kind of book that would add greatly to your unease. In fact, I liked this novel so much, that I¿ve already pu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    Heart Pounding!!

    This story had me hooked from beginning to end. I dove so deep into Bad Things, that I didn't want to come up for air. The Piper family unfolded a haunting and bizzare tale that captured me without warning. The house and all it secrets, it's own personality, the evil that surrounds it, and a family entangled in the mystery of it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2002

    The Best Horror!

    This is by far one of the best books I have read. For fans of Richard Laymon...this is similar work! Loved it from front to back and found it hard to put down. Excellent twists and huge suspense. Loved every minute of it!

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