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Posted October 15, 2012
As author of the Callie Parrish Mysteries, I write books about murder, but I LOVE reading horror as well, and THE THIRTEENTH CHILD is my kind of read! THE THIRTEENTH CHILD is a terrifying journey that will make the reader crazy with intrigue that turns to fear and then crashes into sheer horror. It’s not the usual roller coaster ride mentioned in many reviews. Instead, it’s a straight uphill trip in a police cruiser. David Dean doesn’t bog the reader down with info dumps of excessive backstory, and the characters come alive through their actions, thoughts, and feelings. Preston Howard, former college professor, current town drunk, befriends a feral boy named Gabriel who’s about fourteen years old. Gabriel may or may not be the seven-year-old boy who disappeared seven years ago, but one thing is sure—he’s dangerous as well as spooky. Preston becomes a person of interest and then a suspect in the recent abduction of a seven-year-old girl and two teenaged boys. Fanny, Preston’s daughter, fears for her father’s safety and for the future of her blossoming romance with Police Chief Nick Catesby who’s dealing with deceit and betrayal by a rogue cop who might cost Nick his job, the most important cases of his career, and his relationship with Fanny. The title, THE THIRTEENTH CHILD, doesn’t refer to the number of children who disappeared, were kidnapped, or murdered, but I won’t clue you in on its meaning. Read the book and find out. You’ll be glad you did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.