The Dead Game (Paranormal, Fantasy, Suspense, Thriller)

The Dead Game (Paranormal, Fantasy, Suspense, Thriller)

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by Susanne Leist
     
 

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Book 1 in Series
Linda moves to the seaside town of Oasis in Florida to escape a tragedy in her life. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple--that is until the dead body washes up on shore. She is horrified to find that the police and residents have been covering up evidence of dead bodies and disappearances for years.

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Book 1 in Series
Linda moves to the seaside town of Oasis in Florida to escape a tragedy in her life. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple--that is until the dead body washes up on shore. She is horrified to find that the police and residents have been covering up evidence of dead bodies and disappearances for years.

Dark shadows begin to stalk Linda and her friends. But this is only the beginning. They receive unsigned invitations to a party at End House, a mansion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Afraid to go but curiosity aroused, they attend the party. No one is there to greet them but revolving rooms and dangerous traps. Two of their friends remain trapped in the house. Or so they think.

Determined to find their friends and unmask the new owner of End House, they embark on a difficult journey, not knowing whom to trust, to uncover the one controlling the game and everyone in town. Who are The Dead? Are they humans or vampires, or a combination of both? Will there be an end to the evil game? Will Linda and Todd find love? Will a second book be needed?

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http://thetroubledoyster.blogspot.com - Elle Klass
I love supernatural reads and don't want to read something that's been done before. Susanne's take on vampires is fresh and new but you'll have to read to know. She takes the age old vampire legend and turns it into something I've never read before piquing my intrigue. I don't believe in giving away spoilers but I will say this novel is left with a cliffhanger that has me hungering for a sequel. Absolutely addicting!
Parenting & Education Examiner - Rhonda Cratty
The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a mysterious supernatural thriller with plenty of twists and turns that is well-written and keeps you turning the page. From the first page you start a wild ride and just when you think all is well, she throws in another twist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148410881
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
08/30/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
323
Sales rank:
263,655
File size:
502 KB

Meet the Author

I have been reading murder mysteries and thrillers since I was a teenager. I've read all types of mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes. In recent years, I've begun to read paranormal mysteries. These books bring fantasy and the surreal to the simple murder mystery. It is hard to find books that combine paranormal with mystery. That is why I decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own. It is the type of book that I search for and love to read.
My book, The Dead Game, has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. However, it also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. And don't forget the haunted house--we must have one of these.

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The Dead Game 4.5 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dead Game was probably the best book I have read in a while. Most books nowadays lack a full plot and climax. However, this book really caught my attention right from the start and kept me captivated the whole time. I didn't feel the need to put it down after one or two chapters, but rather I felt myself dying to get back to it. It was easy to follow the story and the characters were easy to relate to. All the twists and turns really kept me on edge. For a small town, a lot of weird things kept happening. People were disappearing and I enjoyed the traps and revolving rooms. I would definitely recommend this book to any reader of any age as it fits into many different genres. Everything remained a mystery until the end! I can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next!
designergal390 More than 1 year ago
I sat down to read the book and did not get up again until I was finished. I just could not put it down. I got involved with the characters and had to see how the story ended. I like books with twists and turns in the plot, and this book did not disappoint me. I felt like I was with the characters, involved in all of their adventures. It was very fast paced with a lot of intrigue. I especially enjoyed the budding romance between Linda and Todd. I recommend this book for anyone who likes an action packed supernatural thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typically, a mystery story opens with a slow build up until someone finds a body or witnesses a murder. A supernatural thriller will begin with the protagonist discovering a strange darkness creeping into their quaint village. BORING! Done to death thank you. Dead Game is a mysterious supernatural thriller that blows the cover off with evil in full bloom right from the very first page. Life's to short to wade through chapters of suspense building weather changing mood swings. It's lovely to read a story that starts off with a rush to the top of the roller coaster. Followed by the stomach wrenching drop right before you swoop to the top of the loop and hang upside down screaming.
luxe_style900 More than 1 year ago
I don’t usually read books that often but I enjoyed this one.  It was fast paced enough to hold my attention. I also liked the many surprises along the way for the characters to overcome.  I couldn't figure out who was good or who was bad until almost the end. My favorite character was Mike because of all his sarcastic remarks. He brought out the humor in the scary scenes. I also enjoyed reading about Linda and Todd and their budding love affair.  The love triangle between them and Wolf becomes intense at some points.  My favorite parts of the book were the lavish parties held on the mountain. I recommend this book for anyone who likes mystery, romance, and suspense.
Pattimari More than 1 year ago
Suzanne's book is one that I thoroughly enjoyed. She is an writer who keeps you turning pages and not wanting the book to end. I sure hope she writes another book - I will be first in line to buy it. Pattimari
TheAuthorTCT More than 1 year ago
I loved the way this author starts of with a bang. Rather then drowning you with backstory and character building, Susanne Leist throws you right into the deep end--I love it. Once she gets you in the pool and gasping for air, she doesn't let you catch your breath in this fast-paced adventure. Great pace, suspense, and intrigue; Stephen King would be proud. This is a book I would recommend. -TyCobbsTeeth
Reading_Maven More than 1 year ago
 read Ms. Leist's novel recently and was very impressed with the pace and creativity demonstrated by the author in The Dead Game. It had me guessing and surprised throughout the story. The tale is set in a small town that appears to be just the right place to start a small business. Unfortunately, when the evening settles over its residents, strange and frightening events unfold. Tourists and other residents start showing up dead. People are afraid to venture out after dusk. Who is playing this game? The author builds the suspense in her story with skill and shows a real aptitude for keeping the reader hooked with just the right twists and turns. If you like mysteries and strange beings this book will please you. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely surprised by this book! I knew it had some enigmatic mystery and some dark action, but the author set up the story so well I was happily amazed. It starts with a very engaging character, a young woman who is very well portrayed in a community, Oasis, Florida. The town's mysteries are maze-like and become deeper and more sinister as the book progresses. This is a very original approach to the concept of vampires and their existence. It's a well-written mystery and horror story. Recommended. - Ray Miller
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great paranormal thriller!  This book started off with a bang and never slowed down. Linda and her friends live in the strange town of Oasis where shadows haunt the dark streets, people disappear, and the rich inhabitants only come out at night.  A mansion seems to be at the root of the eeriness, but as the story progresses we find out even some of her friends are part of the supernatural. I thought the book was simply about a dangerous game that takes place in a sinister house, but it was much more.  The characters are thrown into heart-pounding, perilous situations long after they escape End House and just when they think they’re safe another terrifying hurdle comes their way.   Every page was filled with action, drama, paranormal scares, and a little romance.  The writing was descriptive and catching, really taking you to the haunted town of Oasis.  I would highly recommend.  
WIllowLove More than 1 year ago
I read this book to give it an honest review. I'm a huge fan of horror and thrills. I love it when books are able to make me feel scared, you know, give me goosebumps. The Dead Game is a story that has one thing in abundance, and that's horror. The book opens with the prologue that takes place five years before the events of the 'current' story. As you keep reading you will follow a group of friends as they accept an invitation to a part at the End House. I know, even the name of the mansion sounds scary. But nevertheless, they go and that's the worst mistake of their lives.  The Dead Game is pure horror pleasure. The sea-side town they live in is called Oasis, but the actual happenings are far from the peaceful name. The town holds secrets and I didn't know who to trust as I continued reading. There are trills on every page and that's what keeps you hooked till the end. It's fast-paced and some of you might wish the characters were more fleshed out before everything goes wrong. However, to me, the characters felt 'human' along with their reactions, considering the mess they find themselves in. I'm a fan of complex, interesting female characters and that's why I got through Linda, a young woman who came to Oasis for a fresh start in life.  If you are a fan of horror stories that has the paranormal involved, then you should give The Dead Game a read. Author Susanne Leist did a good job with her take on vampires and ghostly in her book. The layers begin to unravel as the story progresses and you get to know more about the mysteries hidden in Oasis. The haunted house thing was also well done. Even though you find yourself yelling "Why would they do that?" to no one in particular as you tag along for the ride with the friends, you still won't be able to put the book down. Once you start reading The Dead Game you will stay with it until the end wondering who will stay alive and what Oasis and it's residents are really hiding and why.
Kelly_Pinella More than 1 year ago
Every small town has its secrets, but this small town in Florida tops it off with vampires. A bizarre party at a certain house has guests waltzing until a proverbial gong strikes midnight. After most of the guests leave, Linda and her friends explore this mysterious house. They are horrified to find dangerous creatures including Wolf the charming murderer and his evil followers. Without giving away what happens, the story kept me turning the pages. I wanted to learn more about who lives in the dark, dreary house, and what will happen in the basement. Will Linda be turned into an Ice Queen? Can Linda and her friends wipe out the Dead? Beneath it all, Linda is a romantic who longs for her knight in shining armor. Susanne Leist sets the scene very well and rolls out suspense in this supernatural dark thriller. 
JamesBondEN More than 1 year ago
Manchurian Candidate for the Vampires Shana, " This town is full of secrets, and you don't know which wall has ears...they're afraid that I will unearth all of their horrible secrets.  But I'm staying until the bitter end--" This is the quote that allows the whole story to unfold.  Linda and her friends are the driving force for the unraveling of these secrets.  The plots unravels at a fast pace and maintain the momentum until the very end. So the story goes. Linda arrives in a Town called ‘Oasis’ to open her book store.   Just as she thinks she has found her paradise and desired lifestyle, many unwarranted bad events happen to the town. Even though curiosity kills the cat, the group of friends led by Linda is determined to get to the bottom of a town's supernatural events that have caused unexplained deaths, and many many bizarre incidents.    As Manchurian Candidates for the Vampires, they are used as candidates and tools in a murderous, wicked exercise.   You cant tell the good guys from the bad guys. Reality, Illusions and nightmares entangled into a tightly woven suspenseful thriller that keeps you edgy, sweating and perhaps screaming. Its a good read for Vampire Lovers because the plots are not the usual stuff you find in the same genre.   Its a good read for non Vampire Lovers because she has a different take on Vampires and Ghosts and every time just when you think the story line becomes clear, you are hitched for another big ride again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Linda comes to Oasis, she believes she's fond the ideal town. It's quiet and charming - the perfect place to open a bookstore and make new friends. However, at night the residents are stalked by dark shadows, then dead bodies wash up on the shore and tourists disappear. Linda and her friends realize they must locate "The Dead" just about the time they are invited to End House. When they enter End House, Linda and her friends are trapped in a nightmare. This was one of the scariest books I ever read, and that includes Stephen King! If you're looking for a well-written book that will scare the hell out of you, try this one.
AlanBelth More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent story. In fact, it's so fascinating that should be made into a movie. The story is griping and makes you want read more and more. Sometimes you wish, you hadn't made that move. Good story. 
ErikaLK More than 1 year ago
Susanne Leist debut novel The Dead Game is a gripping, terror filled read from the opening! Linda moves to the small, quaint ocean front town  Oasis located along Northern Florida’s coastline. She paints a picturesque scene reminding me of Neptune Beach or any beach further North, I’m a North Florida resident, with the exception of the hill but it’s a book and anything can happen and in this fabulous read it does. As breathtaking as Oasis is the town is full of evil. Protagonist Linda opens a small bookstore and makes friends with all the other young adults in town. There is a distinct separation between the young and the older residents who live on the hill and have creepy green windows. All the young townsfolk are invited to a party at End House, the ultra creepy house at the end of the hill. The spooky fun and games begin here. The Dead Game is filled with nonstop surprises that kept my toes curled. When I thought they had solved and ended one dilemma another popped up. Deadly twists and turns wreak havoc on the residents of Oasis as supernatural creatures play horrifying games. Did I mention the vampires? I love supernatural reads and don’t want to read something that’s been done before. Susanne’s take on vampires is fresh and new but you’ll have to read to know. She takes the age old vampire legend and turns it into something I’ve never read before piquing my intrigue. I don’t believe in giving away spoilers but I will say this novel is left with a cliffhanger that has me hungering for a sequel.
Marcha_F More than 1 year ago
By the time you finish this suspenseful tale you feel as if you know the streets of the resort town called Oasis as well as all the people who live there. The one thing you don’t know, however, is who is what they claim to be and who’s not, whether they are good or bad, and what will happen next. There is an excellent mix of reality and paranormal which lends more credibility to the story. It gives you a lot to think about, particularly if you live by an old, seemingly abandoned house with a spooky reputation. If you enjoy moderately scary stories populated with a variety of characters you will enjoy this book. I particularly liked Mike’s sarcastic remarks which had me laughing out loud more than once.
ForeverRomantic More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by saying I read all genres, but my preferred genre is steamy romances, the steamier, the better. Ghostly mystery is not my thing, but The Dead Game has won me over. Could it be because it had a bit of romance thrown in? Hmmm. The book is full of suspense, lots of twists and turns that had me practically bouncing in my seat. Who is the controller already? Who’s peeking in the window? If you are looking for a great supernatural thriller, with some romance thrown in then The Dead Game is it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dead Game - An extra spooky read! Who would think that living in the quaint town of Oasis would be anything but sun-shining, flowers blooming, people smiling and warm hello's being shared on squeaky, clean streets. Author, Susanne Leist's amazing ability to create imagery that draws you in in a second, makes you feel like a member of this lovely town from page one. Unfortunately, that perfect, utopian image of Oasis begins to crumble when Linda, the main character, just new to Oasis, is told haunting stories about End House and is warned of the strange things that go on in the town. Receiving an invitation to an upcoming party at End House, Linda, though perplexed by the invitation, uses the party as a chance to discover for herself the truth about the town. Her curiosity leads her into a myriad of fearful, gut-wrenching, suspense-filled situations. The book takes you from pleasant and pretty, to gobs of mystery, sitting on the edge of your seat suspense, and creepy evil. And all that is topped with just the right smattering of romance ...to keep things extra interesting. If you love a book that can take you to elevated levels of fear in a hurry, and get you so entangled in haunting mystery and fantasy that you get lost in a whirlwind of entrancing wonder, then this is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dead Game by Susanne Liest Book Review by Stella Coulson A compelling spine chilling paranormal thriller in which Linda arrives in a Town called ‘Oasis’, a seemingly sleepy town where nothing is as it appears to be and may be the home of Vampires. Liest’s Vampires aren’t your conventional Vampire, for there are more then one type living in scenic Town. Some have no regard for human life and are dangerous monstrous psychopaths of the worst kind; While another of a more Noble nature can co- exist with humans, as well as human Vampire hybrid offspring. Oasis is charming, inviting, and Liest paints such a wonderful picture that you can almost catch the scent of the ocean and feel you are actually at ‘End House’. ‘End House’ itself is the beautiful unnerving decaying house that seems like a place that Dickens’s Miss Havisham would have lived. The picture Liest paints of her world is beautifully written and the experience is almost tactile. From her description of opulent homes to the quaint stores, she lulls you into a state of calm, and then pulls you deeper into darkness which lurks beneath. “Don’t you think that it’s strange that the older residents Don’t come out at all during the day?” asked Shana. (Page Sec1:43). This is among many questions the reader will ask and wonder, as they are drawn deeper within a Town with its own share of secrets. We discover that creatures of the night with beautiful faces, a sea of death lying upon the beautiful golden sands and are lead into a fantastic paranormal mystery. Mystery is just one of the genres the Author uses to blend into her gripping paranormal tale. She also uses horror, noir and many other elements and it works extremely well. ‘’Todd stepped back and looked into her eyes, “Why are you wandering around alone? There are evil things lurking in the dark…ready to pounce on unsuspecting mortals.” His eyes were open very wide, revealing a wild—maybe even deranged—look. For a fleeting second she felt afraid of him, until she realized that it was concern she was seeing reflected in his dark eyes.’’ We then are lead to question ‘who can she trust’. Are her friends, loved ones all that they appear? Is it a case of paranoia or are her instincts trying to tell us something. The air of intensity and wonder keeps the reader on edge. (Page Sec1:29). The characters; Let us star off with our protagonist Linda - She is independent, sweet and very easy to like. She’s someone who you’d like to have as a friend. She is a real girl who has her own hang ups and flaws - This makes her endearing. The End House you could almost call a character in itself, much like the chilling unnerving Hotel in the Shining. It seems alive, dark, evil and full of bad intentions. It is a jarring sight in comparison to its Town Oasis, a tranquil idyllic sleepy place that one would at first think live up to its name. Think of the End House as Oasis’ very own picture of Dorian Grey in the attic. You see the hidden darkness manifest corporeally as evil decaying twisted ruin. Todd our delicious arrogant eye candy, has an air of self importance about him. I imagine it may annoy some, but he his intellect and charm make up for it. He reads the Wall Street Journal and is described as Greek God like in appearance, is articulate, powerful and affluent. Confidence is attractive and he has a lot of it. Of course I’d gladly smack him in the jaw if I were Linda. It works for his character and is interesting for the story.  The Dead Game is a page turner, elegantly written, full of suspense and is a enjoyable novel and well worth a read. ~ By Stella Coulson,  Author of Whitby After Dark - Volume 1
Beth17 27 days ago
A group of friends find out that their Florida town isn’t a perfect paradise. They receive an invitation for a party at deserted, End House. It’s hidden in the forest behind town like all the other strange houses of their creepy neighbors. A few are afraid to go but the majority rules. End House is almost alive with its traps and moving rooms. They realize their mistake soon enough. The story builds upon the plans of the evil leader for End House and the town. He moves the residents around like chess pieces on a board. Some are too silly to notice, like David and Mike. But after a few bloody battles, they get the picture. The book is fun to read. I especially like the sarcasm and wit at play throughout. It reads to me like a parody of the classic haunted house story.
Anonymous 6 months ago
"The Dead Game" by Susanne Leist is an exceptional read. I'm not a huge fan of vampire books, but the author managed to take a seemingly harmonious small town and turn into a deadly game of cat and mouse. This novel is suspenseful, thoughtful, and hard to put down. I was amazed at the interwoven darkness and hopefulness within the story. Thank you for a great read and I look forward to another chilling novel by this author!
TMBorgwardt More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book introduces you to the small town of Oasis where there are missing people and unexplained murders. Why anyone would want to move there to begin with, or why anyone stays once they discover the creepy happenings that go on. I would freak out and move out of there so fast! Linda and her group of friends get invited to this party at End house which most of them are not thrilled about. Linda flat out doesn't want to go and neither does David. The one thing I will say about this is I am not sure why they did end up going. I was mildly perplexed for a second when Linda doesn't have any desire to go and then she is talking about going. Since this is a supernatural book, I am willing to give credit to the supernatural forces that made her go. After the tragedy that is this party, Linda finds herself getting closer and closer to Todd...the town hottie. He is also a very suspicious man who is always willing to inform the sheriff for people and then tell them not to say anything to anybody. Linda is not satisfied and begins her own investigation with the help of one of her friends to get to the bottom of what is going on in town. During this investigation, they will face dangerous situations and dangerous beings. The story line was fast paced and well written. My only comment is towards the end, there seemed to be quite a bit crammed in. It was all good twists and events but it was one of those where you think the big conflict has ended but then something else comes up and that took place a couple of times. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the twists that were thrown in there because of this and thought the addition was creative and intriguing. The characters are well designed and I am rooting for Linda and Todd. There is just way too much tension there! This book is full of surprises and the author's creativity is quite unique. It is creepy and will definitely get you thinking about disturbing shadows while you read it in the dark. I much enjoyed reading this story and am looking forward to checking out the second one!
AngelJK More than 1 year ago
If you like action-packed, heart-stopping thrillers blended with supernatural elements, then, this is the book for you. The author’s vivid imagination and her captivating way of narrating this unique story kept me reading way into the night—of course, with the lights on and ready to flee in case someone or…something jumped out of the pages like those creatures in the book, jumping out of the walls at End House. I liked Linda Bennett, the heroine, and I’m in love with Todd, the hero. He has almost replaced Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries in my heart. And what can I say about the ending? Wow! I think this book would make a great movie.
William_O_Brien More than 1 year ago
The Dead Game Susanne Leist A superb page-turning supernatural mystery. Fans of the supernatural thriller genre will be encapsulated by this fantastic read by Leist. Vampires, romance and hauntings are a few of the puzzling maze entities and the various realities the reader will encounter along the way. A superb page-turning supernatural mystery.
Diamante_Lavendar More than 1 year ago
The Dead Game is a horror/paranormal story about a sleepy Florida town named Oasis. In Oasis, a deadly force of vampire activity overwhelms the tourists and younger inhabitants of the town. Linda is one of the newer inhabitants….along with a handful of her friends. They soon learn there are treacherous secrets in Oasis….secrets that threaten their lives. After attending a party at End House, the scariest house in town, the secrets begin to unravel piece by piece. Linda and her friends find themselves in the midst of a dangerous plot; a plot schemed by wayward vampires. The Dead Game started out very strong. There were many captivating scenes and quite a bit of interesting imagery. However, from the middle of the book onward, character development was somewhat lacking, which left the book a bit short on reader interest. The plot needed a touch more explanation and organization to add depth to the story as well. Overall, it was intriguing as the book had some new, interesting twists on the “vampire scene”, but because of the concerns stated above, I had to rate this book a bit lower than I normally would have. If you enjoy vampires and new twists on vampirism, you would probably enjoy reading this book. -Diamante Lavendar, author of Breaking The Silence and The Secrets Of Yashire