How should an aspiring author write a wrong?
A maniacal killer is preying upon a firefighter's family, stripping them from his life: one by one; piece by piece.
It took every ounce of energy Lieutenant Gabe McLaughlin possessed in resisting the undertow of a mental breakdown as his best friend, Detective Jeff Spencer, told him the horrific news. And Jeff was fighting the same fight, against the same psychological beast, as he uttered the grisly details: Gabe's mother, Ira McLaughlin, had been butchered to death: Dissected... slowly.
Apparently, the killer took pleasure in cutting off appendages- one section at a time- at each of the major joints in the extremities. A tourniquet had been applied preventing massive blood loss... the victim eventually succumbed to shock.
As insult to injury, the killer had also etched a note into the victim's torso: "will U-turn and look the other way, or watch while I kill?" -KiLLuR
A high-octane storyline, fueled with a cutthroat hell-bent on preying for a slice of heaven, U-TURN KiLLuR is the thriller that's bound to burn as the pages turn!
Lil' devils sport such a wicked grin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Blending psychological horror with spiritual parable, Teric Darken pierces a convincingly scary darkness with police investigation, family breakdown, and finally light, in his novel U-Turn Killur. The haunting lure of fire for a firefighter is convincingly drawn, with nightmare reality, authentic details, and a persuasively scary attraction. Smoldering flames vie with the smoldering eyes of a temptress. Home-fires burn low as foreign incense burns. And “[h]ell boasts such a sweet aroma.” Firefighter Gabe is distracted by dreams of more and longs to be a writer. Meanwhile his home life falls into disarray. When the gruesome murders start, Gabe find himself the target of a vicious campaign. But motive is as obscure as his novel’s conclusion. Nero fiddled; Gabe types while his home burns. The writing’s rife with cool metaphors, quick comebacks and clever phrases. A few missteps might distract, but the eye moves quickly over them. And the story rushes forward at an exciting pace, at least until vital revelations reveal a stopping point. From then on the tale’s somewhat slower, more spiritual, carefully wise, well-argued and urgently sincere. It’s an intriguing blend, and Teric Darken does it well. I’ve read several of his books now, and this one’s probably my favorite. Scary. Enthralling. And vitally true… If you’re not looking for the truth, just read this tale for the glimpses you’ll see before the final chapters, and who knows, it might indeed set you free. Disclosure: I was lucky enough to buy this when it was free.
This tale is darker and more twisted than Darkens last book but is still an enjoyable read. The main character Gabe is thrust into a nightmare as a killer is stalking and killing his family. A suspense thriller that will keeping you guessing until the end of the story.
In U-TURN KiLLur, author Teric Darken has written another fantastically suspenseful thriller that delves into the dark realm of human pain and weakness, yet which, at the same time, offers the hope of a light which can not only pierce, but can overcome, this darkness. Firefighter and aspiring author, Lieutenant Gabe McLaughlin, is struggling to balance his job, his dream of finishing his novel and the quality time necessary to nurture his relationship with his family, when his world is turned upside down in a most terrifying way. His best friend, Detective Jeff Spencer, is shocked and devastated to have to give Gabe the ghastly news that his mother, and the caring woman who has also been like a mother to Jeff, has been horrifically murdered by a deranged killer who mutilated his victim, cutting off her limbs and carving a sinister message into her flesh. This gruesome crime is not to be the only, however, and the tormented Gabe is abruptly thrust into a nightmarish world where his family is stalked by a malefic killer and Gabe himself is pursued by frightful demons both from without and from within. A story of non-stop action and mind-bending twists, U-TURN KiLLur is also a fascinating examination of the human mind and spirit as it battles incomprehensible darkness and seeks the only light that can save us in the war between good and evil and in the battles we fight within ourselves. This is an insightful novel about temptation and the insidious way evil can twist our best intentions to serve its purposes wrapped inside a hellishly unnerving thriller, and is another haunting and thought-provoking work by an extremely talented author. A story I highly recommend to every reader who loves suspense, especially the kind in which the underlying spiritual message is one of hope in the very depths of darkness.