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The Kult (Prosper Snow #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  248 ratings  ·  107 reviews
People are predictable. That's what makes them easy to kill.

Out of misguided loyalty, police officer Prosper Snow is goaded into helping his friends perform a copycat killing, but when the real killer comes after him, it's not only his life on the line, but his family's too. Now if he goes to his colleagues for help, he risks being arrested for murder. If he doesn't, he ri...more
ebook, 274 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Shaun Jeffrey, via Smashwords (first published May 25th 2009)
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May 15, 2009 Shaun rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I had better like it - I wrote it!
Barks & Bites
The Kult is an action-packed serial killer novel with several twists and turns that were atypical of the genre.

When it begins “the Oracle” is planning his next murder and we get a little insight into his creepy head. He’s a guy bent on revenge, who meticulously plans his kills for the most impact, targeting the disfigured, the young, and the old. He turns his victims into pieces of art, dismembering them in various nasty and creative ways and leaves only pictures and clues behind for the police...more
Vicki Tyley
“The only things Prosper ever killed were insects with bug spray, and sometimes he felt guilty about that.”The Kult

Until I started reading The Kult, I assumed it was horror, but it’s not. Sure, it has some rather graphic scenes where if I were viewing it on film rather than reading words, I’d be closing my eyes. But it’s more dark thriller than horror, with plenty of action, intrigue and suspense. Not to mention the twist in the tail I didn’t see coming.

Shaun Jeffrey uses all the senses to fu...more
Daniel Russell
Harlan Corben, Simon Kernick and even Dean Koontz. What have they got in common? Gripping thriller writers? Yes. But also a little bit...pretentious in their writing. As in 'look how clever and twisty and turny this book is...'

The Kult is just as gripping, just as clever, but all smugness is thrown out the window. It reads like a novel version of films like Se7en, or even SAW. Nasty, vicious...and still intelligent.

I read this over a couple of days as the damn book refused to be put down. I suff...more
The Kult starts off from the eyes of a serial killer, fittingly given the name, The Oracle. He believes that all people are predictable, and that that's what makes them so easy to kill. After The Oracle kills a person, he sends in a picture to the police of the body with pictures of various other serial killers surrounding the body.

Detective Chief Inspector Prosper Snow is heading the case of The Oracle and is at a loss to what the significance of the surrounding pictures within these pictures c...more
Lee Thompson
I finished the Advanced Reading Copy of Shaun's book, The Kult, tonight. I have to say that the little teaser on the back of the book doesn't do the intensity of the story justice. It starts off grabbing your throat and doesn't let go. Shaun has a way of building the suspense and not letting up. The quality of the book, from
is wonderful. It has a tough binding and a nice cover. They're a newer press with a quality product.

The Kult's protagonist, Prosper Snow, is my type...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I liked the way this book makes you feel - it's gruesome, disturbing, shocking - it makes you question choices made. One character in the book used these words, which can also be used to describe The Kult: "It's damn freaky that's what it is."

Chapter 22, when The Kult meets "Hatchet Man", is particularly gruesome :-)

I felt I could have done without about 15 pages from between when we find out who The Oracle is to the 6 months later chapter, but that's just me :-) That part did have a cinematic f...more
The Kult has some pretty exciting moments and Shaun Jeffrey has a real gift for narrative. However, I found myself suspending disbelief a few times too often to really love this novel. It's an interesting idea regarding a serial killer who displays his victims as art with clues to his motives. Meanwhile, the detective who is investigating the murders becomes involved in a copy cat killing to help his friends. I think you can probably see the problem. It is too much of a leap of faith for me to b...more
First published in 2009, Shaun Jeffrey’s sadistically dark serial killer thriller entitled ‘The Kult’ is his second full length novel to be published.

The tale follows the lead character of Detective Chief Inspector Prosper Snow as a series of disturbing murders begin to take place. The first victim to the psychotic serial killer self-named ‘The Oracle’, is the young and facially disfigured girl Jane Numan. The first that Snow and the rest of the force hear about the murder is when a photograph o...more
I have to admit through different sets off circumstances I took a long while to really get into this book but once I got into it I managed to finish it in one night (waiting on Santa!)

I absolutely loved it! The whole last half of the book felt completely full of action and I physically couldn't put it down!

I was even more happy that I called it. I have no idea how because the twist was truly OUT OF THE BLUE but I definitely called it.

I even said to my Mother before I went to bed that I had a tot...more
Guido Henkel
Feb 08, 2010 Guido Henkel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves raw urban thrillers
"The Kult" is a very dark and gritty thriller that caught me seriously by surprise. Neither did I expect the violent nature of the book, nor the excellence of execution I found here.

Shaun Jeffrey is a masterful storyteller who manages to create a plot that twists and turns and fills it with characters that are highly dimensional and breathing with life. I found myself very intrigued by a number of the plot devices he used to ratchet up the suspense from the very beginning. Starting around the la...more
This isn't a review so much as an explanation as to why I enjoyed this book so much. What I liked about "The Kult" was the sneaky way Jeffrey has in keeping the reader guessing as to what's going on. I also loved the characters, as each one of them had a life and personality of their own and never really deviate from that.

What I liked the most, however, is what I imagine it would feel like to the average Joe, like me, if one were to unwillingly commit murder. I think that Shaun Jeffrey captured...more
Jeffrey Kosh
I'm a fan of Micheal Michael Slade. I've always been.
However, I didn't fancy reading his last three novels because, after so many years, his Special X team became a sad bunch to my eyes, and wished some fresher blood, maybe by moving to a new team or just following a single investigator. Maybe, I wished him to go back to where he started (Headhunter, Ghoul, Ripper, Primal Scream). There were, as a critic defined them, 'a thinking man Texas chainsaw massacre'. Rich in details, holding no punches...more
The Kult focuses on a serial killer known as 'The Oracle', killing his victims in gruesome ways, and displaying his victims' bodies as works of art. Prosper Snow is a police detective working on the case, and eventually is goaded by a few old high school friends into doing a copycat killing. Now the real killer is after Snow and his friends. They risk being killed or being arrested for murder.

The second I started reading The Kult and read the first couple of chapters, I had a hard time putting d...more
Jenna ☁☁Dreams☁☁
Fantastic book!! Loved it. :) Highly recommend it to others who love crime/horror/thriller books.
Here's a book that really does live up to those often used phrases for book reviews 'a page tuner of the highest order'... 'a white hot read'... 'sizzling'.

When I first started reading The Kult I was expecting another novel from the school of kooky detective vs sadistic serial killer... thankfully Shaun's novel shattered these expectations and after the initial 70 odd pages I was well and truly hooked.

Two nights later and I'm racing towards the climax of the novel, eager to discover what was in...more
Caleb Blake
Cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Reviews (

How far would you go to be loyal to your childhood friends? How far would you go to protect them, avenge them? And how would you hide from the consequences when they come back to stalk you?

The Kult is a serial killer thriller which brings to my mind classics such as Seven. The cat and mouse investigation with a meticulously well-planned serial killer, the grittiness of the settings...more
May 28, 2011 Smash added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror/Thriller Enthusiasts
Read this review at Smash Attack Reads!

The Kult is my first taste of horror in a long while, and boy, have I missed it. This book was pretty awesome in all its gory, thrilling, sadistic glory. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and use of phrasing and foreshadowing. And, he’s a really good story teller! The story keeps you on your toes as you try and figure out who the serial killer is, and cunning misdirection by the author ensures you will be q...more
Nick Cato
When Prosper Snow and his friends were kids, they made a pact to stick up for each other should any one of them get bullied. It helped them get through school with little trouble.

Flash forward to today: Prosper is now a police officer whose town is being stalked by a vicious serial killer; this nutjob takes photos of his mutliated victims, sends them to the police, and along with his partner Jill, Prosper begins to find clues in the morbid pictures. Things get challenging when one of Prosper's o...more
Charlotte  Gledson
How hard is it to get away with murder? Shaun Jeffrey’s The Kult is a fast paced, thrilling story of one man’s past catching up with him, leaving him in the throes of mistrust and guilt. Highly charged with believable characters, Jeffrey garners empathy, dynamic description within an action packed storyline. Jeffrey’s has a gift of taking the reader inside the mind of the protagonist, compelling the reader to turn the next page to read more. With an explosive ending and unexpected twist, The Kul...more
Jason Slovak
Against Officer Prosper Snow's better judgement (and wishes) he agrees to help a friend out in need. Once the task is undertaken it seems that everything that can go wrong does go wrong. With everything spiraling out of control he has to fight to save not only his life but those of his friends and family as well. This book will keep you glued to your seat because you won't be able to wait to find out what happens next.
I liked this book, I was surprised by the ending, and loved the fast pacing. I enjoy books with short chapters, and high energy. While it was a bit to gory, I felt that it wasn't just gory to be gory, but that it was important to the story line. At first I felt that I had 'been had' with the ending, but of course in hindsight, the clues were all there. Would I recomend this book? yes, if you don't want to sleep!
Ginger Nuts
In The Kult, Shaun Jeffrey makes a move from horror fiction to the field of the the serial killer novel. Yet again, he manages to firmly plant his flag in an over crowded market. While this is a crime novel, there are scenes of extreme horror.

This is a tale of childhood pacts, and the ramification they bring in later life. The brilliantly named Detective Prosper Snow, is faced with a choice: does he help his childhood friends, whilst trying to solve the case of the brutal serial killer, The Orac...more
Martyn Smithson
Having read the book I can honestly say that the story was interesting, well thought out, imaginative and crafted so that the reader followed it eagerly to the ending.

I am an avid reader of many books of varying genres and my tastes run from horror, crime fiction to comedy.

I have read one of Shaun Jeffrey's previous books "Evilution" and enjoyed that immensely so I eagerly awaited his latest novel.

I would describe The Kult as a crime thriller which, on occassion, put me in mind of the Alex Cr...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Jo for Book Chick City. 9/10 on the blog.

I have read a lot of horror novels, especially ones involving a Detective vs. Serial Killer, with slightly pretentious ‘Look how clever I am!’ twisty plots. I really thought I was going to be reading another one. I was SO wrong. I was pulled into this novel, and I could not escape until I had finished the last page.

The Kult starts out through the eyes of the novel’s serial killer, self-named The Oracle. He believes, in one of the best opening...more
Victor Beas
If you seek cheap thrills, then please, keep on searching. The Kult is a book that will draw your time away from until you realize you're up in the wee hours of the morning (after all, time flies when you're having fun)! I can definitely attest to that previous claim. I only started reading the book a day and a half ago, and finished it earlier today! Not many books can capture my attention like The Kult did, so Shaun Jeffrey, major kudos to you!

The book delivers an enthralling adventure followi...more
Rosen Trevithick
"The Kult" is an exceptional mystery thriller that keeps you guessing right until the end. Packed with action and excitement, you'll find yourself unable to put it down.

It follows the character Prosper Snow, who is thoroughly relatable police detective, but like all good sleuths, somewhat flawed. A little misguided loyalty towards his friends spirals out of control and he finds himself caught up in the middle of a very dark deed indeed.

In a twist on the regular whodunit theme, Snow gets involved...more
May 14, 2009 Leana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends or fans of Stephen King
Recommended to Leana by: first reads win
If you are looking for a quick read with plenty of twists and turns, this is your book. It is a good mystery from beginning to ending.

As much as I liked the book, it was not a masterpiece. I felt the characterization was a little weak; I didn't end up getting invovled with the characters as much as I usually would like.

I thought that some of the descriptions were a little overdone and cheesy. A thesaurus is a great tool. But who uses the word "funereal" twice in one book.

Reading this book remi...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
May 14, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Kindle Horror Book Club
Shelves: may-2012-reads
“The Kult,” first of the Detective Chief Inspector Prosper Snow novels, is an incredible, complexly-plotted, mystery/thriller/suspense/horror. Not for the faint of heart due to its graphic violence, it is nevertheless well worth the reading-and the violence is never gratuitous, but rather an integral part of the plot line and characterization. Well-written, fascinating, and riveting, “The Kult” serves as a fine introduction to author Shaun Jeffrey, and convinced me to read his entire oeuvre.

Barely having finished another book by Shaun Jeffrey, "Deadfall" to be exact, I simply had to grab another one by him as my next read. And this one drew me in even more than the first one, mainly because I love good suspenseful books a wee bit more than horror.
The story of childhood friends helping each other out in every possible (and murderous) way and the hunt for a serial killer culminate in a shocking connection in the person of Prosper Snow. The amazing cast of characters and the captivati...more
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Shaun Jeffrey was brought up in a house in a cemetery, so it was only natural for his prose to stray towards the dark side when he started writing. He has had five novels published, The Kult, Killers, Evilution, Fangtooth and Deadfall, and one collection of short stories, Voyeurs of Death. He has also had over 40 short stories published in places such as Dark Discoveries and Cemetery Dance. His no...more
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