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A Soul to Steal

(The Sanheim Chronicles #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  112 reviews
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 t
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published August 29th 2011
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I read this for the Modern Masters of Horror square for Halloween Bingo

Today is the first day of October. By the end of it, five women, five men and five children will be rotting in the ground. You cannot stop me, just as you cannot stop change. I am night. I am cold. I am flesh rendered and torn. I am steel. I am the harbinger of fail: I am death. You can call me Lord Halloween.

Borrowing heavily from the Headless Horseman legend and adding some Jack the Ripper and Freddy Kruger elements, this/>
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it

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 confusin
Cathy  Keaton
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 differen
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, ebook, request, horror
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
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Masquerade Crew
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 Kat
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Anthony Papillion
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 th
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 :)
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. Listened to it in two days (not a mean feat with 3 kids!)
Highly recommended. Ive already purchased the rest of the series.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
If you like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, read this book. Absolutely thrilling! I'm not big on murder mystery books, but this had a hint of the supernatural which really made it a fantastic read.
Greta is Erikasbuddy

Scooby-Doo!! Where are you?!!

No, really... Fire up the Mystery Machine, Gang. There's a villain on the loose and his name is Lord Halloween.

Lord Halloween?


That sounds uber spooky.....

Yeah... for a kid.

And this is why I think this book should have been a kid's book.

The Break-down

Quinn is a mild mannered news reporter (that is not Superman) who works for 'Loundon Chronicle' in Virginia. A weekly paper that is getti/>The
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 Y
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
****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
Al Gritten
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
I am not giving this a star rating because I only read this because my hubby really liked it and wanted me to read it too and this is a genre that I have issues with. I am not a serial killer /suspense fan and on my first attempt I ditched this after a scene that has the killer springing a trap for one of his victims and taunting her with what he's going to do to her. I did pick it up and finish because the hubby said I just needed to get past the initial killings.

I never ended up enthralled by
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jon S.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Rosie Amber
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Texas Reader Stacy
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thiller-suspense
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
Andrea Mcbride
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
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
S. Wideman
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Maureen Hoar
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Everything you could ask for in a thriller mystery. The book is fast paced, easy to read, and well written. The author does a fantastic job of creating a very formidable villain and two likable protagonists. The first three-fourths of the book were especially impressive. Up until that point, I was in love with just about everything with this book. Then, it took a turn into fantasy land, and it lost me. While I suppose the story ultimately made sense, I didn't care for the ending. It seemed force ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author, whom I met through Bee's Knees Reviews ( 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 publis ...more
Eve Peets
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book. Mystery,horror, 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.
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Rob is an award-winning journalist with 17 years' experience, and the author of The Sanheim Chronicles and The Soren Chase novels, two series that combine urban fantasy, mystery and suspense.

His first novel, A Soul to Steal, was featured on USA Today and praised by book bloggers and readers alike for its great plot and "fantastic ending." Many of his other books have been Kindle bestsellers.

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The Sanheim Chronicles (2 books)
  • Band of Demons (The Sanheim Chronicles, #2)
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