The Thirteenth Child

The Thirteenth Child

by David Dean


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ISBN-13: 9780692212387
Publisher: Genius Book Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 925,966
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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The Thirteenth Child 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this story very much. Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't often read horror so I was astounded at this well written story. I'm looking forward to his next book. I have a new favorite author.
FranRizer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good premise, quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters were week thought out, the pace was lags..and the 'monster' of the tale was not overdone. A good, fast read with plenty of mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ScifiandScary More than 1 year ago
The Thirteenth Child is a truly satisfying horror read. David Dean is talented with setting the scene, and right from the beginning the atmosphere of the novel is one that starts the back of your neck prickling. The evil attacking the town is interesting. Dean takes us back to a much scarier version of vampires, with one that is very animalistic yet undeniably evil. It is unrepentant, strong, fast, and hungry. It is also tricksy, manipulative, and fearful. An intriguing mix that combines to give you a ‘bad guy’ that scares you even more when you truly stop to consider him. The characters are typical small-town to-dos for the most part, but that is part of their charm. The town drunk, Preston, is an incorrigible alcoholic with a PhD in English. As a result, he tends to sneer and put down people with an amusing eloquence that makes you want to slap him even as you smirk. Overall, the pacing is great and the atmosphere is perfect. Dean’s writing sucks you in immediately, and even though romance is present, he doesn’t go overboard with it. Pretty much the only criticism I have is that I don’t feel the last chapter was really needed, but as that’s a common complaint of mine, it doesn’t mean much at all. I definitely recommend this book for horror fans looking for a quick but engrossing read. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Thirteenth Child by David Dean is a gripping horror story that will leave you alternately with a bad taste in your mouth or wanting more. It’s the story of children who go missing on dark nights and an alcoholic ex-professor who witnesses the snatchings and becomes a prime suspect. It becomes a race against time for him to prove his innocence and stop the snatchings or serve time for a crime he didn’t commit. When he comes face to face with the perpetrator, he gets a little more than he bargained for as he discovers that something isn’t quite right.  Things become even more difficult as the chief of police becomes involved with the professor's daughter and she finds herself dragged in with terrifying consequences. The Thirteenth Child has to be one of the best-written horror books in a long time. It is one of those books that I just couldn’t put down; it gripped me from the very first page and took me on its roller-coaster journey, not stopping until the final terrible scene was played out. It is a fast-paced book, but not so fast that you cannot keep up with what’s going on. It is also very well written, getting straight to the point with none of the extraneous waffle you see in so many books these days. David Dean has given us a book that is sharp, edgy, and thrilling; an award-winning book if ever I have read one.