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A Soul to Steal (The Sanheim Chronicles #1)

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A serial killer on the loose, two reporters in his sights, and a legendary ghost haunting the town...

How far would you go to catch a serial killer? For two local reporters, the cost may be their souls.

Lord Halloween, a vicious murderer who targeted Loudoun County, Va., twelve years ago, has returned. Quinn and Kate, two community journalists, race to uncover his identity b
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Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published August 29th 2011
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Alan
Once a long time ago a village, in what is now known as Ireland, came under attack by a neighboring village. They killed most of the young men, and kidnapping most of young women as slaves. So the village elders got together and made a deal with the Celtic god of the underworld, Sanheim. They agreed to sacrifice a young man and woman, they tied the couple to a tree and left them for Sanheim. The next day the couple came back to the village, while they looked the same, they had definitely been ch ...more
Cathy  Keaton
I'm not one to read much in the way of thriller-suspense novels, so I'm no expert in the genre. But, I do know a good story when I read it, and this is definitely great. Whether or not the 'whodunnit' aspect is all that clever—I don't know, because I have nothing to compare it to. But, I think it's awesome because I was wrong about who the killer is, and when you guess, then realize you're wrong by the end, you must have read an effective mystery.

We follow around quite a few different characters
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Vanessa theJeepDiva
This is a very creepy read. Blackwell has woven a Celtic myth, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and a serial killer’s rampage into a great novel. The who done it factor was great. I never guessed it. I had quite a few suspects in mind but never the one that was responsible for the murders. I liked that not only was my attention constantly on who is the serial killer and they why’s behind that aspect, I was constantly trying to figure out what role the Headless Horseman, the Prince of Sanheim, and Qu ...more
J.E. Rogers
Rob Blackwell has created a world, in A Soul To Steal, which contains characters, places and mythology that are as fascinating as they are unforgettable. The book is well written, and the plot well structured and perfectly paced. I read effortlessly and looked forward to each chapter.

Blackwell made good use of both settings, specifically, Virginia, and the world of journalism. These two aspects of the story were well woven into the plot, which was driven by two main characters, Quinn and Kate. R
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Rebecca
Don’t make my mistake and read this alone after night fall. I got freaked out at every little noise I heard. Not that that made me stop reading, I couldn’t stop reading even when I got scared; I had to find out what was going to happen next. Mr. Blackwell had me on the edge of my seat throughout all of A Soul to Steal.

A Soul to Steal is about two journalists trying their best to hunt down a serial killer. I quickly became invested in the characters Quinn and Kate. Alone Quinn and Kate both have
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Melissa

Looking for a little spookiness to spice up your night, just in time for Halloween? Well I've found it. This is a book that had me afraid to walk my dogs one night. I've read numerous murder mysteries in my 20+ years of reading, but for some reason this one spooked me. It could be the time of year, the fact that it's getting darker early, the wind in the trees or just the book. I was, and still kind of am, spooked!

A Soul to Steal starts off a little slow, and even slightly confusing. The autho
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Masquerade Crew
BEC'S REVIEW

Now bear in mind that while I like a good crime book, it is not one of my favourite genres. And yet I am always intrigued by supernatural elements in a story. So a crime book with supernatural elements, like this one, is one that I am more likely to pick up than an ordinary crime book. This synopsis of this book had me eager to read it and it did not let me down at all. In fact I find little to fault in this book in my struggle to put it down each night and not stay up in order to re
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Cyrano
Sleepy Hollow comes south to the Potomac Valley. I'm not usually a big reader of the crime thriller, although I did read Red Dragon and liked it. The suspense and mystery, barring a couple of points, were very credible and involving, and I chewed through this story needing to find out what happened next, constantly poking at what I knew and what I thought I knew in hopes that it would fall into some semblance of order. The characters were intriguing, which occasionally surprised me when I was re ...more
Kerry
With Halloween just around the corner, everyone needs a good scare and I have just the book for you. Rob Blackwell introduces us to Lord Halloween, a serial killer in A Soul to Steal, who terrifies a small Virginia town. So much so, that Halloween is cancelled for several years. Now, he plans his return and the entire town is his target.

This book kept me up at night. I had to stop reading before 8:00 so I wouldn't have nightmares. As the book progressed, Blackwell threw in a few twists and turns
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Anthony Papillion
To describe "A Soul to Steal" as a "page turner" would be an understatement and a serious injustice in describing Blackwell's work. A modern thriller for those of us who have grown tired of the 'same old same old' in today's fiction, Blackwell weaves a tale that will grab you on page one and not quite let you go even after you've put the book down and know the ending.

You'll find yourself rooting for the main characters, feeling your skin crawl as they weave through the maze of who the killer mig
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Kerrie
This was an excellent read, a bit of everything I like, there was the serial killer and a bit of supernatural and a lot of killings :)
It was really well written and I didn't guess who did it so that was a nice bonus :)
An original storyline and all round good read :)
Jenn
My first book for this year's R.I.P. challenge is one I've had sitting on my Kindle for a couple of weeks - I'm glad that it fit R.I.P., other wise I might not have read it. I tend to accumulate free Kindle books and then become convinced that they were probably free because they're awful and then I never give them a try. Anyway, A Soul to Steal by Rob Blackwell doesn't fit that view at all, so I'm glad that R.I.P. "forced" me to read it ;)

Description from amazon:
You Are What You Fear

A serial ki
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Al Gritten
Is fear the most powerful emotion we experience? And if so, do our fears shape us or is it the way we respond to fear that forms and molds our character? Blackwell explores the place of fear in our emotional and psychological arsenal via a supernatural thriller that doubles as a murder mystery. Quinn and Kate are searching for 'Lord Halloween' a serial killer who has long been believed captured and executed. But now 12 years later he is back and killing again. Kate and Quinn are investigative re ...more
Tammy
****I was given a copy of this book for my honest review****

If anyone has been following me and my reviews you would know that this book is up my ally! I can see why some people would have scary dreams while reading this book. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Celtic Legend all fit rather nicely together. I liked how Rob put the pieces together. I have to say I thought of the wrong person over and over again as I was reading the book. At one time I told my husband I knew who it was and then 5
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Kara-karina
4.5./5
At some point I was reading this book very late at night in my kitchen, and I got really spooked, started imagining noises and movements and decided I'd better call it a night... The moral of the story - don't read it late at night unless you want to get spooked.

It's such a great mix of thriller where two journalists Quinn and Kate investigate a serial killer in their small town and get targeted by him; and paranormal horror story where aforementioned journalists have to deal not only wi
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Mike
Excellent book. I have to say at first the stuff about the Headless Horseman threw me a bit but as the story unfolded it began making more sense.
In the beginning of the book I was wondering how the Horseman tied into the Lord Halloween mystery but I as kept reading the book I was able to see how it all tied together and with the entire Prince of Sanheim mythology in the book.
The characters were extremely well written; you could see each character that was used in your mind's eye and felt like
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Jon S.
This book is terrific; it takes some patience in the initial chapters as there is strong character development upfront, but this is worth your time as the book goes on. I became very engaged from the beginning, but by the mid-section, could not put the book down (albeit a Kindle).

Being that this is the first of a trilogy, I have great expectations for the balance of this series, and have already begun the second book, Band of Demons.

One of the strengths of this book is that although this is a s
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Rosie Amber
A romantic thriller set in USA but with links to Celtic ancient myths. I'm drawn to stories that touch on Ireland although I live in England I've not yet got to Ireland. This thriller is wrapped up with a small town newspaper and a killer who calls himself "Lord Halloween" who demands the attention of the county especially in October. A man who can't stop himself from killing spreads fear before him, can two young reporters discover who he is before it's too late? Not always a good book for me t ...more
Stacy {Texas Reader}
I genuinely liked this story. I love Fall and all things Halloween, so this was the perfect story to start the season. Blackwell does Halloween legends justice in his debut novel. The story is multi-layered, using Halloween legends mixed with a good old twisted psychopathic thriller. The clues were there along the way, but I wasn't even close to guessing who the real psychopath was. I love that in a book, I want to keep guessing and turning the pages rushing to the end. I don't scare easily, but ...more
Stephanie Wideman
I really liked this book. As someone who has lived in Northern Virginia for years, I couldn't help but grin each time someplace I knew about was mentioned. The new myth around the Headless Horsemen, the thrill of the serial killer Lord Halloween, and the story around Quinn and Kate really drew me in. There were parts that I felt moved to slow, but I think every book has that. I didn't find it scary because books don't scare me. However, I did find it interesting. There were some twists I didn't ...more
Andrea Mcbride
Happy Halloween :/
This is going to be a quick review ! Only because I'm dying to get to the seconded book! This story is a page turner ! I simply could not get enough! Rob Blackwell writes amazingly! I read this at night and I kept looking out the window and had all my lights on ! It just freaked me out! It had So much action and mystery, paranormal and romance with some serious killing going on ! Lol You think you know something then BAM the author takes you in a different direction ! You can k
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Brittany
I received this book from the author, whom I met through Bee's Knees Reviews (http://beeskneesreviews.blogspot.com/). First off I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a great rendition of the traditional "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and was a great book to read around the Halloween time. I was completely hooked on the book and was able to read it very easily. I'm super impressed with the writing style of the author and can't wait for him to publish more stories :) This is ...more
Maureen Hoar
I have to admitt, it took me forever to get into this book. The beginning bounced around so much. I wasn't sure who or what the story was about. Once the setting was established the story took off. I couldn't put it down. I am not very familiar with Samheim or the any of the pagan/celtic halloween mythos. It was fun to combine the Legend of Sleepy Hollow with modern day seriel killings. I even shed a tear near the end. If you like suspense with a bit of paranormal mixed in there, you will enjoy ...more
Tanya
Amazing! Such a wow book to me. A unique twist at the end, which to be honest I did not see coming.Loved it ! A perfect book to read in October.

12 years ago , a serial killer who uses the name of Lord Halloween , stalked a small sleepy town. He was brutal , and only killed during the month Of October. Residents believed he has been caught....

Until similar deaths start appearing once more. This book has a supernatural element as well and a hidden story that will leave you loving it !
Christian and Amy
Oct 01, 2011 Christian and Amy marked it as to-read
Amy - If you like detective novels, please consider buying and reading my college friend Rob Blackwell's first published novel - A Soul to Steal. It's available in electronic form (Kindle/e-book) but will be in hard copy soon. Let me know if you like it - better still, write a short review on Amazon.com!
Check out some awesome reviews here: http://www.amazon.com/A-Soul-To-Steal...
Eve Peets
What an awesome book. Mystery,horror,love....wow. I don't think I will look at Halloween the same way ever Gain. I will probably see the headless horseman in my dreams........well written and would suggest adults only read this as young people are very impressionable and easily scared. I would rate this book a 10 if I could. A Soul to Steal is the best horror story next to any novel written by Steven King, at least that is my thoughts.
Jenny
I loved this completely new incarnation of the Headless Horseman. This book is not just another re-working of The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow. Blackwell creates a completely new mythology - one so compelling that I thought it was real and actually Googled it. And that doesn't even include Lord Halloween, who is mentioned in the teaser. He's a completely different, equally chilling, character. You'll have to read the book to find out!
Shelley Deuso
An awesome mystery! I recommend for everyone who loves reading first about the awesome headless horseman and scary mystery stories. I believe the author wrote a great book with plenty of action. I never guessed who it was until the end!

I hate story spoilers so I won't describe the things that happen but a very interesting paranormal spin was added into the storyline and I loved it! I can't wait to read more from this author.
Mary
Apr 08, 2012 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Great Falls Bookclub
Recommended to Mary by: Donna Meek
Loved this debut novel by Rob Blackwell. As a local to the Washington, DC suburbs it's always nice to read about local locations and places that you know well. A great story that kept me reading long into the night when I should have been asleep. I am definitely going to make this one of my upcoming bookclub selections. Maybe we will be lucky enough to have the author attend our gathering of appreciative readers.
Susan
There's only one Stephen King but I've got to say this author is right up there. This is Rob Blackwell's first novel and it was a good mixture of creepy, scary with a little bit of paranormal myth-type stuff just like some of Stephen King's older novels. I was happy to read that this is the first of a trilogy the author is planning. I look forward to the other two novels.
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Rob Blackwell is a journalist who currently serves as Washington Bureau Chief for American Banker newspaper.
A native of Great Falls, Va., he has previously worked as a reporter for the Loudoun Times-Mirror, Eastern Loudoun Times and a columnist for the South County Chronicle.
He recently published his first novel, "A Soul to Steal," set in Loudoun County, Va. He has won several Virginia Press Asso
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