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Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children (Division #4)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  31 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
In the hills of Pennsylvania, phantoms from the past mingle with those of the present, all swirling in a dark maelstrom over Division. Haunted by the part he played in his brother Mark's death, John McDonnell takes a midnight hike and stumbles across four dead girls upon the forest floor. Their severed limbs spell Repent. The coroner finds Mark's onyx skeleton key inside o ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Delirium Books
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Paul Nelson
So far I’ve read 5 powerful and completely gripping novellas by Lee Thompson, Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children is a full length novel and my favourite to date, in fact I enjoyed it so much it’s easily in my top 5 best reads.

The first story of the Division series to be set in the town Division, we follow the compelling character John McDonnell as he takes an early hour’s walk through the valley trails called the Devil’s Garden, he hears a girls scream and stung by adrenaline rushes to assist, and
Robert Dunbar
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you crave shallow genre fare, you’d be well advised to look elsewhere. But if you’ve a taste for something with a bit more substance …

Lee Thompson’s debut novel is a thoughtful and thought-provoking tale of the supernatural. From the first page onward, murders and mutilations and evil secrets abound in a small Pennsylvania town, all of which the reader experiences through the eyes of a young deputy (who is himself no stranger to guilt). The voice of the deputy feels authentic: brooding, soulf
Glen Krisch
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children. Thompson's prose is stunning, the layered plot traveling so many twists and turns. Highly recommended to those readers who like intricate, sophisticated horror.
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nursery Rhymes 4 dead children is a great mystery story and a great fantasy/horror story but it is much more than those things. It is the type of book that I think of when I use the term "literary horror."

Two old friends are brought together in a perfect storm of tragedy that may have been caused by or perhaps may in turn be feeding a demonic intrusion into the town of Division. Magic, both dark and good, runs deep in this town and through generations of its inhabitants. We are witnessing the r
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was so rich and complex! While part of me resisted starting with a book "in the middle of" a series, I'm glad that I picked this one up. There were a few times where I thought that I might be missing something, but those parts became clear as the book went on. As far as the storyline goes, I can say that there would be no problem reading this as a stand-alone, as everything that needed to be said, was, in fact, in this book. However, I will be eagerly moving on with the series, myself! ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one deep, dark tale. Starts as a murder mystery and then spirals out of control into complete chaos, as supernatural entities invade the small town of Division. Secrets will be revealed and lives will be shattered. Nobody is safe. Not even the dead.

I am a big fan of Lee Thompson. Lee doesn’t mess around in any of his stories. They are always emotional and well drawn out. I think that Lee gets a perverse joy out of putting some of his characters (and readers) thru the emotional wringer. A
Randolph Carter
A book which I ultimately just decided wasn't for me. The overall novel wasn't outside the sort of thing I look for in a horror novel, but the plot unfolded a little slowly for my tastes and there were other problems. It felt like it should have been a short story. The characters also didn't appear to be plausible within the context of the various situations. It was like: "You know that I think about it later over this cup of coffee, I should probably have done something about those four dead an ...more
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lee Thompson’s debut novel, Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children, is about redemption and whether it is possible to live with our crimes. It is a damning argument that the past and our sins cannot be forgotten, that they shape us and someday come to call. Pain-warped memories lead Thompson’s characters onward into the dark. Petty transgressions of the everyday are showcased beside deeper evils buried behind frozen lips. When the dead speak, who do they accuse? Who do they redeem?

From the get-go, Thomp
Dave Thomas
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You think you know what you're getting into with a title like "Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children": a world where nothing and no one is safe, everyone is suspect, and the violence is horrific. And let's face it, this book is all of those things, but so much, much more.

The little Pennsylvania town of Division (which is almost a character in and of itself) is the scene of a brutal ritualistic murder involving 4 teenage girls. John McDonnell, a newbie sheriff's deputy, discovers the gruesome site while
Shaun Ryan
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lee Thompson's debut novel does something I look for in a novel; it makes you think even as it entertains. A story about small towns and buried secrets, NR4DC digs beneath the surface of these common themes as well as the world we live in and how we choose to perceive it. Thompson has a knack for taking the common and well worn theme of good vs. evil and turning it inside out, standing it on it's head, and making it personal. His talent for blurring lines we like to think are well defined makes ...more
Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Sometimes, it's hard to find the right words for an adequate review, so I'm going to let Bill Bailey do it for me instead:

And that's the best I can do!
Other than that; very eerie and atmospheric, but I did get lost at times, though admittedly this was probably because I was reading other books at the same time, and this is the sort of book that deserves one's undivided attention.
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Very good dark fantasy. There's enough going on to maintain interest and a good amount of suspense. Hard to follow in some places and suspension of disbelief gets strained a couple of times but no book is perfect. I would recommend it to any fan of supernatural horror.
Scott Tyson
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deep, emotional, extremely moving book. If I didn't know better, I would've thought Lee had been writing for a very long time.

Highly recommended novel from this up-and-comer to watch.
Sheri White
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book; review to come at Xomba for Delirium Books.
Benjamin Uminsky

This was an interesting debut for Lee Thompson. I have never read Thompson before, so this was a debut for me as well. I think I liked many parts of the book, despite some serious flaws that I really felt detracted from the overall enjoyabillity of this novel.

Overall, I think there was just about enough positives to outweigh the negatives on this debut... ultimately meriting both three stars and my attention at perhaps another Thompson offering in the future.

The mood was phenomenal
Chapter 21, page 26 of 44. This is just not grabbing me, and I am done.

Think the style of description just does not suit me. Kind of curious to find out the rest of the story, but not enough.
Oct 26, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: delirium
This is copy 65 of 150 Hardcover copies printed and signed by Lee Thompson.
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Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Greg Gifune, Tom Piccirilli, Douglas Clegg
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“Lee Thompson knows his horror-noir. He fuses both genres together in the turmoil of terror, tragedy, blood, guilt, and lost chances at redemption.”–Tom Piccirilli, author of THE LAST KIND WORDS

Lee Thompson is the bestselling author of the Suspense novels A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS (August 2014), IT’S ONLY DEATH (January 2015), and WITH FURY IN HAND (May 2015). The dominating threads weaved throughout hi
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Other Books in the Series

Division (8 books)
  • Before Leonora Wakes (Division, #1)
  • Within This Garden Weeping (Division, #2)
  • The Collected Songs of Sonnelion (Division, #3)
  • Iron Butterflies Rust (Division, #5)
  • As I Embrace My Jagged Edges (Division, #6)
  • The Dampness Of Mourning (Division, #7)
  • Down Here In The Dark (Division, #8)