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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  242 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Something is happening to Bonnie Winter.

She's a working wife and mother, and her job is cleaning up crime scenes. Considering what she sees everyday, it must take a lot to disturb a woman like Bonnie Winter.

You can't imagine.

In this brilliantly unnerving novella, Graham Masterton speaks the unspeakable with terrifying precision and elegance, and finds menace in the m
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Signet (first published 2001)
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Apr 21, 2014 Sandie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sandie by: Stephanie Doherty
Shelves: horror-murder
I loved this book as much the second time around as I did the first. I think this is considered a horror story, but its not like a hack em horror book. I don't think you ever suspect the true intent of this book until the very end and then you sit back and are like whoa, never saw that coming.

The book is about Bonnie Winter and her business of cleaning up after death. Of course you meet her family and all their problems. There is also Dan Munoz on the police force and Ralph, the cheating husban
Janie Johnson
This book was nothing like I thought it would be and that was a little disappointing. I was expecting a good, chilling, paranormal horror story as he usually writes, but it was more a mystery with a small paranormal element. The book was still pretty good and still engaging. I also found that it was very fluid and easy to read.

In this story we have Bonnie Winter who cleans up the crime scenes once they have been searched and evidence has been collected. She has all the best cleaning agents to ma
Bonnie cleans up crime scenes. Bonnie cleans up some really nasty crime scenes. Bonnie Winters is the heroine of this novella by Graham Masteron, and Bonnie Winters is not doing so well.

This isn't what I would call a horror book, or even a thriller. It is more of a psychological drama. Masterton has expertly, in the space of 200 pages (if you buy paperback), woven a tight, brilliantly paced story about Bonnie, her life's work, and her life's ruin. Although what details Masterton chooses to inclu
I am a gigantic Masterton fan of only about a year--I have only read one or two of his novels that I did not absolutely love so I am a bit biased. I have managed to run through 17 of his books in the last year or so. I thought this was a great read. Disturbing and melancholy and peppered with the mythological background that makes me love his novels and short stories so much. He researches his ideas so well, that you find yourself thinking about the mythological context much later after the book ...more
Becky Ippolito
This was a unique story about a hard-working married woman who starts her own business cleaning up crime scenes. Her husband and son are not so great shakes and she had a bunch of other men she works with lusting after her, but she goes on with her day to day taking care of her home and working two jobs(sounds like my life- very tedious!). The story was short and sweet (or maybe not so sweet- this being a horror story after all). The characters were ok, some character development and all, just t ...more
Bob Kavanagh
I enjoyed this short book. The Characters were very well drawn, and the back stories were well researched. Bonnie who is a working mom who happens to also clean the detritus of crime scenes for a living also sells glamorous products for a company run by a man who fancies her. She has a husband and son who do not appreciate her, or her efforts to improve their lives.
However as she cleans crime scenes she begins to notice a pattern that she brings to the attention of her Police force , in relatio
Αυτό είναι μόλις το δεύτερο βιβλίο του Μάστερτον που διαβάζω, πρώτο ήταν το Αθώο αίμα, που μου είχε φανεί λίγο καλύτερο. Πως έχει η ιστορία: Η Μπόνι Γουίντερ, 34 ετών, είναι μια σκληρά εργαζόμενη γυναίκα, που δουλεύει παράλληλα σε δυο δουλειές. Από την μια καθαρίζει και απολυμαίνει σπίτια στα οποία έχουν διαπραχθεί φόνοι και αυτοκτονίες, οπότε έχει δει μπόλικο αίμα και σκληρές σκηνές. Από την άλλη, δουλεύει σε μια εταιρεία καλλυντικών, στον τομέα της προώθησης αυτών. Ο άντρας της δεν δουλεύει κα ...more
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Bonnie Winters runs a crime scene clean-up service, meaning she goes in and clean up places where violent scenes have taken place. She also works as a cosmetics lady when she's not cleaning crime scenes, just to remind herself that she's something other than a mother/wife/cleaning lady. Bonnie works as the sole supporter of her family since her husband lost his job, which he blames on the Mexicans as a whole, and her son is just a teenager going through a difficult time.

I really liked how he did
Awesome spin on the perspective that a mystery/horror is written from. This was my frost time read a story that discussed the circumstances of trauma scene cleaners (as the book calls them). There novels from the perspective of the detective or amateurs sleuth, from the victim's perspective, but rarely from this side of the tragedy.
It was the first Masterton book that I read, but I'll definitely be reading more.
Douglas Castagna
Crisp, fast and well constructed, Masterton once again delivers a story of with the perfect blend of real life and the supernatural. Bonnie Winter, crime scene clean up queen has discovered some interesting patterns in the crimes she is cleaning up lately. Will she fall prey to it all, or will she discover the truth? This is a shorter novel but is long on thrills and as always, great writing.
This was my first Graham Masterton novel, and it won't be my last.

It deals with the somewhat troubled life of Bonnie Winter, a lower middle class wife and mother who works two jobs: cosmetics saleswoman and crime scene cleaner. It is in the latter job that she stumbles across sinister evidence of the presence of an ancient evil. The supernatural element of the novel is unique and dealt with sparingly, but not in a playful or trifling matter; the monster is well-balanced against Bonnie's day-to-
This is a good, quick read. So far Masterton has been a dependable writer. He concocts neat plots and peoples them with characters that are worth following. He describes action well and doesn't applies just the right amount of gore and violence for effect. This is the kind of horror I was hoping for when I joined the Leisure Horror Book Club for a year; unfortunately, it was the kind of horror I rarely received in the mail.

It's worth noting that this is a novella, and not a full-length novel. It
I didn't think I'd be enjoying this book as much as I did. It's a good story that is read smoothly and doesn't tire much. The writer has done a lot of research on cleaning crime scenes and I enjoyed reading about it, because it was written in a casual way, like cleaning up the remains of a brain from a wall was a normal everyday activity, and it was (kind of), for Bonnie Winters, the heroine. I think, if I could, I'd give it 3.5 stars. It was a good read, not very good or great, but I don't feel ...more
I love Graham Masterton I think he's a fantastic author, but I felt that this book was rushed compared to his other books and I was ready to punch the main character she was very irritating :(
This started out quite strong but fizzled out halfway through. It's still a decent book, but I feel that I've read much better work by the same author.
This is a wonderfully subtle story about the horror of everyday life, especially when that everyday life seems so disappointing. It's an everyday life that has failed to live up to youthful expectations. It's an everyday life in which big dreams are crushed by a lousy marriage and working two jobs that pay the bills but don't provide any fulfillment. Into that everyday life comes some mystery and excitement that offer a way out. Is it any surprise that the character takes advantage of that oppor ...more
Pierre Fortier
Une nettoyeuse de scène crime, mal mariée, découvre sur des sites des larves de papillon mexicain démonisées pas les ancêtes aztèques. Vide et banal.
Apr 04, 2011 Bill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
This is my first Graham Masterton novel, well, novella I guess, and it was pretty good.
It's a very fast read, and what I liked about it was the subtle suspense of it. You just know something bad is going to happen. Heck, it says so on the cover. But the way he pulls you along in anticipation of it is masterful (yes, I meant to do that pun).
I don't know a lot about his work, but from what I've seen, I don't think this one is regarded has his strongest work. That's good, because I enjoyed this, an
Stephen Lillis
Itzpapalotl for the win
This book was creepy at the end. I liked the main character and her demeanor. The book was no masterpiece but it was a fast read with a good ending.

I get the feeling this book was written many years before it was published and wasn't revised properly. There were many references that didn't fit with the age this character was in 2002.
Kristy McRae
What a chillingly fabulous little gem of a book this was! Graham Masterton is brilliant. I loved the forensic details. The mystical aspects of the story were great too. This was one of those books you rush through--I found myself carrying it around the house, reading bits whenever I could, just to see what would happen next.
This book was an easy enough book to read. It just felt slow and not really my cup of tea. Just didn't hit me and I know other people love Masterton, I even have read other of his books and enjoyed, but for some reason I didn't care for this one.
This is an interesting book about a lady who works cleaning up crime scenes and a situation gone horribly awry. It did take a really long time for the actual story to develop for me, though. The twist at the end was very good.
Bonnie cleans up crime scenes and takes care of an ungrateful husband. Her teenage son seems to emulate his father. Her life seems fairly bleak. Then strange stuff begins to happen...

Good, spooky (albeit short) story.
Not bad - Masterton is a great writer - but this didn't draw me in like his other work and maybe it was the character, maybe it was the setting, but it didn't hold my attention particularly.
Lisa Greer
Jan 05, 2008 Lisa Greer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horror fans
A chilling little short novel about a death handler and what happens to her when she finds this black moth at every death scene. I didn't sleep well for weeks after this.
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Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British menis magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles whi ...more
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