Bad Things

Bad Things

by Tamara Thorne

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ISBN-13: 9781420132564
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Tamara Thorne has been a horror novelist for more than two decades, and has always loved a good ghost story. She is the author of Haunted, Moonfall, Candle Bay, The Sorority, Bad Things, The Forgotten, and Eternity, among others. She lives in California, where many of her horror stories take place. Visit her online at

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Bad Things 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Ohano More than 1 year ago
I read what BN had, and I thought it was really good. x)) I'm going to buy it
victorianrose869 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
June 14, 2003Bad ThingsTamara ThorneI just finished reading this last night. As is usually the case with Tamara Thorne books, I read it in a matter of days. I just get so sucked in! Besides the ingenious plots of her storylines, she fleshes out her characters well and sets a great mood. This story begins with a prologue (and I'm a sucker for a good prologue) centering around two young boys - twins - who are members of the Piper family, some members of which are reputed to have a kind of second sight with which they can see small, nasty little creatures they call "greenjacks". The jacks are like nasty little elves, really, and the legend is that under certain circumstances, a greenjack will force you out of your body and take your place. A changeling. The other part of the legend is based on the Green Man. "Big Jack" is a creature of the woods made of wood and leaves, who only comes out on Halloween night, looking for a Piper to take (supposedly, the legend goes that greenjacks, like banshees, are attached to a particular family). The prologue - and most of the book - is told from Rick Piper's point of view. As a young boy hearing what are supposedly just fairy tales of the jacks from his grandfather, he's horrified to find that he can see them. His twin brother Robin, who was born without legs, cannot see them, and neither can their grandfather or father. At this point, they think the stories are just legend. But Rick can see them, and the jacks know it. He watches them from the living room window at night, tumbling around outside like green phantoms as they taunt him with malicious rhymes and threats, whereas others only see and hear leaves rustling in the breeze. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just say that something totally life-changing and tragic happens in the prologue, and nobody really knows the truth except Rick, and in time he begins to think he's crazy and just imagined it. Fast forward to the present, and Rick is a grown man, widowed, with two children, and he's returning to the house he grew up in for the first time in many years, to exorcise some demons. He just doesn't realize - at first - that those demons are far more real than he's allowed himself to believe and remember. So, that's all I'll say. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for all the people that read my book. Theres 3 person that I will like to point out. Bella Thorne: She is my daughter she help me a lot in the characters. Dani Thorne: She is my older daughter she help me in the characters emotions. Remy Thorne: He is my son he helps me in the scary part. There are two more person that didnt help but I love them: my husband he die in a car accident and Kaili Thorne my step Daughter. Love, Tamara
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jsk115 More than 1 year ago
Really liked it. It had a very eclectic group of characters that all worked together. Just got the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was just a very suspenseful book. I hadn't expected much, but once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It is great because if the author doesn't want you to figure something out, you won't, that is until she is ready for you to start thinking it. It is hard for me to find books that are actually suspensful and spooky. Very well written. I am going to go and read some of her other books now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and was thought, 'well, I will give it a go', after the first chapter, I was hooked! This was a great book and I could not put it down. The difference in this book, is that it was in such detail, that it was almost like I could visualize it. I really enjoyed the characters Dakota and Rick Piper. Robin, was extremely evil and gave me the chills!!! This is an excellent book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In BAD THINGS by Tamara Thorne, the author combines the elements of nature folklore, Halloween, dysfunctional families, and a good bit of perverted sex to weave a dark supernatural thriller that centers on two brothers, Rick and Robin Piper (descendants of the Scottish Piper clan that has for centuries been able to see the mythical and mischievous ¿greenjacks¿ of British folklore). The story starts out during the early seventies in the Southern California community of Santo Verde where the Pipers have lived for several generations. Though Ricky¿s just a boy, he¿s the only one in the family who now has the sight and is able to see the nature spirits known as greenjacks. Not even his deformed, legless twin brother, Robin, is able to see these small, ethereal beings. Each year on All Hallows Eve, the small jacks join together to create the giant, Big Jack, out of broken limps and leaves. This hideous creature attempts to help them take over the body of any Piper child caught defenseless, or near death. Because of a Halloween prank gone terribly wrong, Robin is almost killed by Big Jack as he saves Ricky¿s life. Instead of dying, however, Robin¿s body becomes inhabited by one of the greenjacks, and he turns into an evil, manipulative creature whose one desire is to kill his brother. Jump to the present as Rick¿who¿s now a widower with two children¿decides to finally leave Las Vegas and return to his old home in California, hoping to offer his kids a better living environment. Rick¿s parents (supposedly murdered by a burglar) and his brother, Robin, have long been dead. With the help of Carmen and Hector (the housekeeper and gardener for the estate), he will once again face the nightmares of his childhood and have to overcome the fears that have haunted his life for so long. Rick will eventually have to put everything on the line in a final confrontation with Big Jack and with a murderous relative who won¿t be satisfied until he¿s finally dead. The power of BAD THINGS lies in the author¿s ability to make the reader care for Ricky Piper as a young boy and the insurmountable obstacles that he has to face when Robin¿s body is taken over by a greenjack. Rick¿s fun-loving brother turns into the purest form of evil, delighting in the misery, misfortune, and death of others. When the children¿s parents are mysteriously murdered and Aunt Jade moves in with her mean, hard-drinking husband and her sleazy teenage daughter, things grow progressively worse for the young boy. It takes little time for his brother to sexually seduce the older niece, as well as the aunt, impregnating both of them with his sense of evil. To my surprise and pleasure, this is where the author delivers the goods with full force, allowing the darkness within each of us to come out in all of its wicked manifestations. Tamara Thorne never holds back in her description of how evil and perverseness can choose to express itself. The only problem I had with the book was with Rick¿s character and his inability to face the obvious. I wanted him to have more backbone in order to deal with the situations as they arose. Fortunately, the characters of Carmen and Hector, Rick¿s pre-opt transsexual friend, Dakota, and Dakota¿s sister, Audrey, helped to balance out the main character¿s ineptness at perceiving danger and how to deal with it. I even found myself buying the greenjacks, though I had a hard time picturing ¿Big Jack¿ in my mind. Still, some of the scenes at night with Big Jack and the little jacks were scary enough to give me goose bumps. The author has a great way of carrying you right to the edge with anxiety whenever she puts children in danger. BAD THINGS is definitely a novel I would recommend to anyone seeking something to read at night when the blinds are closed, everyone¿s asleep, and strange noises are emanating from the other side of the house. This is the kind of book that would add greatly to your unease. In fact, I liked this novel so much, that I¿ve already pu
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best books I have read. For fans of Richard Laymon...this is similar work! Loved it from front to back and found it hard to put down. Excellent twists and huge suspense. Loved every minute of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story had me hooked from beginning to end. I dove so deep into Bad Things, that I didn't want to come up for air. The Piper family unfolded a haunting and bizzare tale that captured me without warning. The house and all it secrets, it's own personality, the evil that surrounds it, and a family entangled in the mystery of it all.