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Posted September 15, 2013
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!
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Posted September 11, 2013
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.
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Posted October 3, 2013
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.
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Posted September 16, 2013
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.
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Posted March 30, 2015
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!
Posted March 14, 2015
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
Posted March 7, 2015
If you love to read books that are based on a ‘house of horror’ then this book is for you. It instantly opens up with a scene of a house that is on a mission to destroy it occupants’ lives.
I do not usually read paranormal horror books but I am glad I read this one. Ms. Leist has shown that she has a very vivid imagination.
Well worth the read
Posted January 20, 2015
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.
Posted December 24, 2014
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.
Posted November 29, 2014
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.
Posted November 14, 2014
When I first picked up this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. I normally do not get into reading the supernatural types. Yeah, yeah, the whole scary thing has been beat to death. Boy was I ever surprised! Suzanne Leist grabbed my attention for page one and held onto me for the entire ride.
The suspense and the characters were developed nice and slow, letting you get to know them and the events that were happening around them. These characters weren't off the wall crazies, it is more like someone you would actually see living in a small town.
The twists and turns in this novel keep you from putting the book down. I was pleasantly surprised and will be on the look out for more novels by Suzanne Leist.
Posted November 9, 2014
In some ways, The Dead Game reminded me of the Vampire Diaries. Personally, I really enjoy Vampire Diaries so I enjoyed this book. There are evil vampires, good vampires, human vampires, and humans. This story takes place in a small town and the main character, Linda, becomes suspicious that something doesn't seem right. She and her friends end up in the End House, which is "haunted." They are barely able to get out of there that night. Things really get crazy when their friends are missing, and dead bodies are found.
This is a fast moving story, with every page full of surprises. There are a lot of characters, but I have to admit that my favorite was Todd. He was very intriguing and luckily, he was a fierce protector of the main girl, Linda.
Todd and Linda's relationship is a bit confusing, but the author has a nice epilogue at the end that gives the readers closure. The author also hints at a sequel, so I'm looking forward to see what happens next!
Posted September 12, 2014
Creative Blend of the Supernatural World!
From the opening I was hooked into the "haunted house" preface. A beautiful mansion with indoor & outdoor swimming pools and grand decor.... comes to life similar to Amityville Horror and The Shining. Then we fast forward 5 years to the sleepy town of Oasis. A mysterious party, a group of young adults and the house. Two friends go missing and a dead woman is found on the beach. Another mysterious party takes place, this time the guest list includes Barons, Dukes, and Counts. After that, the book takes on a life of a True Blood episode (without the gore, sex, or profanity) as vampires battle each other over good and evil.
This author has quite a way with description, as I was drawn in with the setting and especially the house in the beginning. Here's an example: "They entered a dark and musty-smelling living room. The room was softly lit by the orange glow radiating from the fire in the wide brick fireplace on the far wall." The imagery captures your attention and puts you right in the scene. The book is well formatted which assists in the easy reading. There were no grammatical or special errors and the story is fast paced and interesting.
With regard to some of the other reviewers' statements: Yes it is true this book could be written "tighter", however, that does not mean there is something wrong or incorrect with it. Could there be a little more dialogue and less passive writing? Yes. But that could be said for any author--including Stephen King. As Mr. Leist increases her title numbers, I am confident she will far exceed many in her genre. The author is very talented, both in her creativity and her delivery. I thank Ms. Leist for giving us such a unique read, and look forward to her future works.
Posted August 14, 2014
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.
Posted August 12, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2014
As a big fan of supernatural genre,I really enjoyed reading The Dead Game. The story starts at a fast pace and doesn't slow down until the very end. The characters are very believable and likeable, each in their own way. I'm really hoping there will be a sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There is something different about the town of Oasis, especially for newcomers.
When a group a newcomers who are store owners and friends are invited to End House (an evil looking mansion)
the mystery and horror begins. i really enjoyed this novel. I liked the writing style and the story kept my attention as I
was compelled to finish. Great job from an author I will be glad to see more of, and am sure I will.
If you like horror, mystery and maybe a hint of romance grab this book!