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"What follows is the transcript from a series of screenshots emailed to the Columbus City Police on June 7th, 2011, and subsequently distributed to the media."

Everyone has a page...

In the last few years, social networking has exploded as one of the best and easiest means of keeping in touch with people. It increases your visibility, allows the creation of a profile that sh
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Kindle Edition, 42 pages
Published August 24th 2011
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Gregor Xane
May 23, 2014 Gregor Xane rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
After seeing the first page of this one, I continued reading thinking that I likely wouldn't care for it much. The overall approach Burke takes is epistolary and kind of gimmicky, two things I'm not fond of. But I read on because it looked to be a quick read.

Well, I'm glad to report that I liked it quite a bit despite my biases. I think it was the very last line that made it all worth while for me.
Char
This story consists of a series of conversations on Facebook. It's creepy, it's fun and it's
a quick read. Even with such a tight place in which to work, Mr. Burke delivers the goods! Highly recommended!
Paul Nelson
Review to come
Kimberly
Jan 03, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
I found this novella to be a very unique concept--told through Face book conversations between two main characters. A very scary--yet realistically possible--scenario that will have you glued to every word. I did NOT see the end coming, and I think that it takes a truly great author to pull off something like that!
Kasia
Jan 05, 2014 Kasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-short
Every single time I read a Burke story I get jolted by the ending. By now I sort of know to expect it but it still sneaks up on me, that “whoooa, he did it again” feeling. This is pretty short but builds momentum nicely as you get sucked into the meat of the story; an innocent chat between two teens, it sounds normal but you know something eerie is right around the corner and then Baaaam! This was both entertaining and creepy, very well done Mr. Burke.
Jason Parent
Jan 16, 2014 Jason Parent rated it it was amazing
I liked this story. I keep thinking back to it. It played up on a very real fear all on this site and trolling the net should have: you never really can be certain if those you're talking to are who they say they are.

A quick read that mimics online chat perfectly, Offline is yet another hit from Mr. Burke. 4.5 stars
SUSAN
Oct 07, 2015 SUSAN rated it really liked it
Highly recommended this little gem. Innovative with many twists and turns.
A great read.
Reeda
Sep 02, 2013 Reeda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This type of story is the reason I do not accept friend requests from people I don't know :)
Super creepy!
K.N.
Jul 28, 2012 K.N. rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic short story. One hell of a twist at the end, I shall say no more. Excellent job as always Mr. Burke.
Bill
Aug 26, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it
A short tale of FaceBook terror. Excellent and entertaining as always from KPB!
Shadow Girl
Jul 16, 2016 Shadow Girl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this #ss by Kealan Patrick Burke!
It was a quick read, but there is a lot of suspense, and cat-fishing going on in the 42 pages of Offline. It's written in a style that resembles social media posts, and an online chat log. Offline might sound like an idea that's been done before, but I didn't see what was coming until it smacked me in the face!
Will I be reading more from this author?
Well... I searched my Kindle library for Kelan Patrick Burke and found that I already own Dead Le
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Pete
Dec 19, 2014 Pete rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short stories are hard to write. Not a lot of time to get to know the characters, develop the plot, string the cheese. This one does it all. The cheese is strung!! It's a series of Facebook instant messages giving a look into the minds of the cyber minded. I'm gonna go watch some porn to calm down.
Jta
Jan 03, 2014 Jta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jamie
A very short, yet intense read. This is fiction, but very much real in terms of being online in today's social networking world.

As much as this is fiction, I found this to be potentially very real. If you are facebook - give it a shot.
James Campbell
Jan 03, 2014 James Campbell rated it it was amazing
Kealan Patrick Burke comes through again! This time with a very short, but intense thriller. With today's "online" society, this little short was a quick, and thrilling ride on a very possible roller coaster.
Maria Duran
Jan 03, 2014 Maria Duran rated it liked it
Pretty good

grabbed my attention. confirmed that we are so gullible to believe what read in a text and so eager for acceptance that all cues that we should run away from obvious weirdos is of no consequence.
Tom
Jan 03, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! Great little story. If you have read Kealan Patrick Burke before you will really like this story. If you have not read his stuff this is a great place to start. Awesome story.
Chris
Sep 09, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2012-reads
Fun and creepy story told via email. Did not see the ending coming at all. Very surprising yet believable.
Marilou Johnson
Sep 17, 2013 Marilou Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-books
Great short story that did not end up how I expected. Cool concept and creepy . . . just what I like.
Mandie
Mar 30, 2012 Mandie rated it did not like it
Stupid. Don't waste your time. Burke's stories seem to be hit or miss. There is no in between. This one is a miss.
Addy
Oct 28, 2013 Addy rated it really liked it
Nice creepy short. It had me going. Nothing is more twisted than a catfish story. Loved it!
Cristian Marrero
Nov 03, 2011 Cristian Marrero rated it really liked it
Interesting short story. Whether a true account or not, it's freaky.
David Walters
Jul 23, 2016 David Walters rated it really liked it
Oh man... WHAT A TWIST.
Richard Vialet
Dec 08, 2016 Richard Vialet rated it really liked it
The concept here is perfect for a short format, as it's a standalone tale that can't really be expanded on, but feels like it's tailor-made for a short form like this quick story. Yes, it's a gimmick, but who cares, it's a great one. The whole thing is told in a series of a Facebook conversation between a high school girl and her admirer that's been transcribed into official evidence by the police. It's an enjoyable read, the same way I felt about the unexpectedly entertaining Skype horror movie ...more
M
Jul 04, 2016 M rated it it was amazing
What I love about “modern” horror is probably because I read so little of it and it’s still fresh for me. That’s why I really enjoyed “Offline” even it was super short read.

I really loved the movie “Unfriended” and I hoped this story will be somehow similar to that. It’s a yes and a no. It’s similar because it happens on social medial, Facebook (which I haven’t used in five years or so), but it doesn’t have any supernatural elements to it. While “Unfriended” talks about a dead girl “Offline” tal
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Brian Mcclain
Jul 15, 2014 Brian Mcclain rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I'm writing this review in regards to what this is, not a traditional story by any means but chat transcripts from Facebook.
Essentially the author introduces the reader to two people who are talking over the internet, one a girl in high school and one a boy who used to go to middle school with her. Over time their friendship ebbs and floes with regard to how they feel about each other. The boy, Josh, says some very odd things during the early correspondence that throw Mandy off as to whether
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Sandi Morris
Oct 26, 2014 Sandi Morris rated it really liked it
As y'all know I love to read. When I upgraded my software on my iPhone awhile back I got an iPhone book app that has a lot free books on it. Being a crime freak I've been exploring free true crime novels. In doing so I've gotten some (pretend) True Crime. Some are not worth my time but this one is freaky. Y'all know I can sound a bit paranoid about the info people release online and I'm one of the first to jump on people who make their phone numbers and addresses public. This is a prime example ...more
Elusive
Dec 18, 2015 Elusive rated it liked it
Shelves: review
‘Offline’ is a short story which is told through online conversations between two people on Facebook. Mandy and Josh gradually get to know each other better but soon it becomes apparent that something isn’t quite right.

It’s hard to talk about this book without giving too much away considering its length. Basically the conversations were simple yet engaging. I liked how the author wrote them in the way that most people would usually type, such as using short forms, short sentences and emoticons.
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William M.
Aug 20, 2013 William M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, thriller, suspense
Author Kealan Patrick Burke has a lot of fun with Offline, using the concept of anonymity to play with the characters as well as the reader. Offline is a very entertaining and addictive read. However, in the end, the story is exactly what you expect. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. Burke strings along subtle clues and has you reflect back on the details once revelations are exposed. For what it is, this is extremely well done and has an authentic quality. You really feel like a voyeur ...more
Dawna
Apr 25, 2013 Dawna rated it it was amazing
This is the second book i have read from this author and i am again fascinated at his writings. He pulls you in from the start and simply does not let you go! This is a short story told through online chat messages and it all seems innocent enough but definitely leads you to a place you had no idea you were headed. do yourself a fave and grab any of the books the Mr Burke has written. you will not be disappointed!
Cathy
Aug 27, 2013 Cathy rated it really liked it
In contrast to the last story I read by this writer, I really liked the premise of this story. It was written in a series of Facebook messages. Very original! I thought I had the ending sussed but it took my very much by surprise. I think this would be a great story to perhaps market to a young adult audience. An excellent way t stop your teenagers adding people they don't actually know!
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Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer. The combination of an ancient locale, a horror-loving mother, and a family full of storytellers, made it inevitable that he would end up telling stories for a living. Since those formative years, he has written five novels, over a hundred short ...more
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