Torn

Torn

by Lee Thomas
     
 
How do you go on when something like that happens to your child?

Bill Cranston is a family man, whose marriage is falling apart, eroding under his wife's constant bitterness and her retreat into alcohol and drugs. He is also the sheriff of Luther's Bend, a generally quiet town. When a little girl is abducted from a local park and carried into the woods, Bill

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How do you go on when something like that happens to your child?

Bill Cranston is a family man, whose marriage is falling apart, eroding under his wife's constant bitterness and her retreat into alcohol and drugs. He is also the sheriff of Luther's Bend, a generally quiet town. When a little girl is abducted from a local park and carried into the woods, Bill leads a desperate search to find the child. But the little girl is only bait, and something vicious waits in the woods for her rescuers.

I am me. Can't you see? I am me and he is he. When he is he, I can't be me.

Douglas Sykes is insane. He sits in Bill Cranston's cell, speaking in rhymes and riddles. Though a stranger to Luther's Bend, Sykes seems to know a lot about Sheriff Cranston. Through his ramblings he reveals secrets about Bill, and secrets about himself. Sykes claims to be a mythological creature – a monster – and a handful of his victims have finally tracked him down, victims who now share Sykes' affliction.

A pack is descending on Luther's Bend. They are hunting Sykes, and they will not stop until everyone near him is left broken, bleeding, and torn.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Struck from the template of the classic small-town horror story, this methodically plotted novella features a small band of neighbors wrestling with their personal demons as they fight off a more formidable supernatural menace. When a young girl goes missing in the town of Luther's Bend, investigating Sheriff Bill Cranston and a posse of locals stumble upon Douglas Sykes, a creepy drifter with a deadly feral side. In jail, awaiting extradition by state troopers, Sykes warns Cranston that a pack of others like him is descending upon the town. Putting aside their differences, the townspeople band together for the ensuing onslaught. Thomas's (The German) tale reads satisfactorily as a fast-paced supernatural thriller about a small town under bloody siege from uncanny horrors. But his efforts to draw parallels between Sykes' dual nature and the hidden sides of several main characters come across as afterthoughts intended to give events more gravity than they merit. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587672651
Publisher:
Cemetery Dance Publications
Publication date:
10/15/2011
Edition description:
Limited
Pages:
129
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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