Bad Things

Bad Things

by Michael Marshall
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Overview

Bad Things by Michael Marshall

“Marshall recalls Stephen King’s ability to set a story in the world of the commonplace, then suddenly jolt it into a more hellish realm.”

New York Times

 

Bad things have always happened in Black Ridge, Washington—and Michael Marshall, the acclaimed, bestselling, Phillip K. Dick Award-winning author of The Intruders (“Scary brilliance” —Baltimore Sun) and Straw Men (“Brilliantly written and scary as hell” —Stephen King), lets readers experience all the exceptional nastiness. Marshall’s Bad Things is an electrifying combination of psychological suspense, mystery, horror, and paranormal activity that no fan of ingenious, intelligent thrillers will want to miss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061875465
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 207,037
File size: 622 KB

About the Author

Michael Marshall is the author of the trilogy that includes The Straw Men, The Upright Man, and Blood of Angels, as well as the stand-alone novels The Servants, The Intruders, Bad Things, and Killer Move. He also works as a screenwriter for clients in London and Los Angeles, and is currently writing a television pilot set in New York City. He lives in London, England, with his wife and son.

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Bad Things 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Writingsmut More than 1 year ago
Fans of Marshall's STRAW MEN trilogy will not be disappointed in BAD THINGS. Much like those STRAW MEN books and his very, very disturbing THE INTRUDERS, BAD THINGS is crafted so well that the reader isn't quite aware what is happening to his own nerves as he reads until it is too late: his hands are sweaty, his pulse is frantic, and he can't read the pages fast enough. Marshall is a master at building dread, at instilling genuine unease in the reader. His perspectives on life and death may not be the most optimistic, but they are truthful, and that is more than can be said for many, many books.
GRW3 More than 1 year ago
The location and the character. The more you read about John Henderson it seems the less you know. Lawyer to drunk to waiter but not burnt out, just seeking some peace. What did he do in the Army? What made him a catch for the Secret Service even though he did not 'guard anybody'? What makes him so dangerous? This is how Mike Marshall writes and I like it. I read his 'bad people' trilogy (The Straw Men, The Upright Man and The Blood of Angels). Now he seems to be in the 'bad spirits' phase. The fact that you are as ignorant as the protagonist regarding what's happening makes a better book. I particularly like that he leaves important facts hidden even from the characters. No smarmy outcomes. No cliched happy ending. Good characters die just as dead as bad ones. A contextual morality driven by the situation. No uplift, just cathartic experience and in the end a hint of repetition.
terrylazar More than 1 year ago
When I read a novel, I like to understand the whys and wherefores of the characters in relation to the plot. This gave me nothing. Why did John give up his law practice and never return? Why was Carol hiding in a small apartment and working part time in a library? Was she as mentally unstable when they were married? And who were these people coming from the woods and why? The ending of this book was just as confusing as the beginning. Save your money on this one.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After falling into a lake in Black Ridge, Washington, four years old Scott Henderson dies though he was rescued in time; no cause for the child's death is found. His despondent parents John and Carol are unable to cope or help one another with their grief. They divorce and both leave the town with neither planning to ever return.----- Three years later, John receives a cryptic frightening note from someone claiming they know how Scott died. Though he thinks the woman who sent it is probably a nutcase, John goes back to Black Ridge hoping otherwise as he has not obtained closure. He is unaware that his return to the scene of his greatest personal tragedy will cause inexplicable deadly incidents to occur.----------- This is a thrilling horror tale that uses the setting of a seemingly placid rustic town to enhance the tension of what is going on. Readers will feel a sense of impending doom throughout the exciting story line. Although some plausibility is lacking, no one will care as Michael Marshall provides a strong scary tale with a psychological edge to make what is happening in Black Ridge even more frightening.------ Harriet Klausner
debra33lynn More than 1 year ago
im not sure i really understood what was living in the woods and the lake. it had suspense but the characters were weird. i wouldnt recommend reading it.
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