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Dunston Falls

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  45 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Isolated during a severe winter storm in 1959, the small community of Dunston Falls in northern Maine is completely cut off from the rest of the state. When town residents begin to experience strange occurrences such as unexplained migraines and hallucinations, the stage is set for a brutal killer to begin his handiwork. When Sheriff David Peck investigates the murders of ...more
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published April 4th 2008 by Five Star (ME) (first published March 1st 2008)
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Dec 23, 2014 Philip rated it it was ok
(SPOILERS, SPOILERS!) But good spoilers, in that if you read this review you can be spared this extremely average rip-off of a book. (This was another book that came recommended somewhere -- Washington Post, or Entertainment Weekly, or something -- I really need to start keeping track of what points me to these losers so I can avoid that source in future...)

The story starts off fair enough, but the second murder (which occurs very early on) is obviously telegraphed in the most basic horror movie
Mar 22, 2012 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans with a twist of conspiracy thrown in
I'm surprised that more people havent read this book. This was a very cheap amazon book that I've had for awhile and finally got around to reading. The mystery and suspense is well paced and the story changes from the murder mystery that is expected into something that is altogether different. I was completely taken by surprise. The main character in the story, Dave the sheriff, starts suffering from sudden onset severe migraines. As the story continues it is revealed that other characters also ...more
Jan 21, 2012 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning you find yourself in a small isolated Maine town in the year 1959 with a new Sherriff who has just been on the job for a short while. When he gets called to a gruesome murder things begin to happen. He starts having migraine style headaches and vivid dreams, the weather changes and the whole state is being hit with an ice storm that shuts down transportation and phone and power lines. Dunston Falls is virtually isolated and must pull together to get people into what shelter they ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I read Lamanda's "Sunset" recently and it was one of my favorite mysteries of the past six months. So when I saw this book at the library I grabbed it. First, this apparently was the author's first book, and while well written, it does show that it was a debut. Second, despite a serial killer and a town sheriff, this is not a mystery; more of a thriller/sci-fi.
Mallory Heart Reviews [Year of Cthulhu-#Vote Cthulhu]
Although the novel had an interesting premise, and turned out to have a kicker climax and post-climax, the lack of proofreading and editing made me think I was reading an unpolished first draft. The author had a great idea (the last section was really convoluted and unexpected, twisting and turning upon itself, and was quite well done), but it really needed to be better polished before being presented to the public. With a little work, this could move up to a four-star-I raced through about the ...more
Chuck Wallace
Apr 23, 2014 Chuck Wallace rated it it was amazing
loved it!!
Jul 23, 2008 Anne rated it liked it
The year is 1959. Sheriff Peck has to get his shit together during the snowstorm of the century in the tiny town of Dunston Falls, Maine. His efforts at dealing with the emrgency are hampered by a serial killer and piercing headaches accompanied by disturbing visions. This book gets 2 stars for writing, which is very choppy and pedestrian and 4 stars for plot twists, which are quite twisty.
Paul Lindberg
Aug 28, 2012 Paul Lindberg rated it really liked it
This was a really fun little book. It took me about 3 days, and it was a page turner. Suspenseful with a surprise ending. Very easy read - not a lot of complex themes, just action. I got it for free on when I first got my Kindle Fire. Highly recommend it.
Toni Perreira
Oct 14, 2013 Toni Perreira rated it it was amazing
This books reads well on its own but makes more sense if you have read Walking Homeless and Running Homeless. It's a mystery with a twist, as are many of Mr. Lamandas books and the tie in between the books is quite amazing.
May 20, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it
It started off kind of Stephen King-y (in a good way), then progressed into something else. It wasn't what I expected, not sure what I think about it. I may have to reread it, it was very well written, very suspenseful.
Apr 01, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
An intriguing mystery set in Dunston Falls in northern Maine during a severe winter storm where the whole community is snowed in for several days. Many twists and turns. Interesting.
Jun 22, 2008 Betty rated it really liked it
I certainly got a surprise in this book.
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Dec 08, 2012 Toesnorth's mom added it
Shelves: mom-s
good to a point and then far out, lousing ending
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Al Lamanda was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. He worked for many years as a private investigator and crime prevention specialist. He has authored five published novels, two feature films with another under option and more than a dozen books for Kindle.
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