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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  149 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Can a deranged serial killer be stopped before it’s too late?

For gas station attendant Marny Toogood it’s just another day on the job when an urgent message from a young girl in the backseat of a car draws him into a daring rescue attempt. Now on the run with the girl and her brother, Marny begins to realize he must conquer his own past and surrender all to Christ.
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Realms
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Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Where do I start? I guess at the beginning, and for this book that would be the cover. LOVE it. Each element on that cover I can place in the story. It is creepy and so artful. I love it. It’s probably one of the best covers for a thriller I’ve seen in a long, long time! I would go so far as to say that it is just beautiful! It really is. And the lower portion gives me chills. Huge props to the designer. S/he did a fantastic job!

Mike Dellosso is a talented writer. He has a w
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-favorites
Wow! Where do I begin? I’ve read a couple of Mike Dellosso’s books before and I was a fan with the first one I read, which was Darlington Woods. I was sufficiently freaked out and I was extremely satisfied with the Christian message that came through. Mike’s next book, Darkness Follows, again freaked me out and delivered an excellent message. So, when Frantic came along, I wanted the same type of reading experience. That was largely what I got, but on a slightly different level.

There was a cert
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Totally sucked into this book as I have been with all of the others this fantastic author has written.
The author has a profound imagination. The genre is Christian Suspense, but to me its Christian horror. As I had stated in my updates on this book, just because it is labeled Christian, it should not throw anyone off because of that. These are some of the best horror books Ive read. There is nothing gentle, or preachy or kind about them. They are straight up in your face, blood, cold reality wit
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I had a feeling before I even started Frantic, that I would enjoy it - I just didn't know how much! As you can see, it's one of my favorite books now and I absolutely loved it! From the opening scene when Marny Toogood reads the note left by Esther, and then attempts to rescue her and her brother, I was drawn into the story.

Frantic had non-stop suspense and so many twists. Just when I thought I knew what was going to
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

The first chapter of Frantic opens with a bang(I mean, it isn’t every day that you set off to rescue a young woman from a crazy, violent man!). From there, Mike Dellosso does not let up the suspense, tension, or stakes. I’d been introduced to Mike and his work in his previous release, Darkness Follows. That book captured my attention and I wasso excited to be able to read his next book, Frantic! What a wild adventure! Throughout the whole book, the ten
Christian Fiction Addiction
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Frantic is a fabulous read, filled with beautiful writing complemented by pulse-pounding scenes and non-stop action. I was barely into the beginning pages when I first suspected that this would be a book difficult to put down - and I was right! The scenes are painted with vivid imagery, and I found my pulse racing as I was immersed ever deeper into the story, fraught with tension and supernatural mystique.

Marny Toogood is a hero who is easy to relate to, with his difficulty believing in God and
Abigail Mitchell
This is a book that is hard to put down.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was super into this for the first 80 pages since I was feeling the suspense. Unfortunately It just wasn’t for me.
Adam Blumer
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chr-suspense
Every year for five years now, Mike Dellosso has delivered a treat for us readers of suspense. I’ve been following Mike from the beginning and have always been astounded by his pace, his exemplary work ethic, and his consistent quality. He works a full-time job and juggles family life too. I know what goes into writing these types of novels, and the task is no small feat, especially in a market that is tough to break into and draw enough sales to keep a publisher happy. God has gifted Mike in an ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Frantic is a light speed paced, exquisite journey of how faith can forever change us and the world around us. The beautifully crafted characters in this story reveal how fragile and tender our hearts really are. It doesn’t take much hurt, pain, and suffering to break, shatter, and destroy a person’s heart. The key ingredient in that deadly concoction is that we must care about the person who is hurting us or the person who gets caught in the middle of the struggle and pain. This is what we see h ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book review of 2012, and I am honored to review the newest book by one of my favorite authors, Mike Dellosso. The book is titled Frantic, and though I say this about each book he writes, I think it is his best yet.

Awesome s a word that gets overused, but it is a word that describes this book perfectly. Awesome. The story revolves around a young boy of eleven years of age, William. He has a special gift that seems almost magical, yet it is one we could all have: faith. Real faith
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Marnin (Marny) Toogood has had a curse on his life since he was born, according to his Grandpa. Unfortunately, Marny has believed this lie and the guilt of all the subsequent circumstances in his life. The beginning of this batch of curses started with a lazy day at the filling station, playing checkers with his boss, Mr. Condon. It was a full-serve station (remember those?), and a new car arrived with a male driver and a young girl in the back seat that he’d never seen before. Small town, Marny ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I tend to compare the books I read, especially thrillers, to amusement park rides. It is just something I can't help. One book will feel like a roller coaster that starts out slowly, climbing to the top of the track, then plunging you straight down while another will feel like the roller coaster that starts out fast and then jerks you into all kinds of twists and turns before delivering you safely back to the station. You are both relieved that it's over because you aren't sure your heart could ...more
Nikole Hahn
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A little while ago I reviewed Mike Dellosso’s book, Darkness Follows. When I had the chance to apply to become a part of his newly formed The Darlington Society, I didn’t waste any time thinking about it and recently joined. Dellosso sent me his manuscript, “Frantic,” for an early review. I’m not sure whether to call Dellosso’s novel, Frantic, Christian Horror or Christian Supernatural, but like Darkness Follows, Frantic goes at a frantic pace.

“When I set out to write Frantic I knew I wanted a s
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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Will Marny Toogood be able to stop a deranged kidnapper and a serial killer before it’s too late? Gas station attendant Marny Toogood thinks it’s just another ordinary day on the job until an urgent message from a young girl in the backseat of a car draws him into a daring rescue attempt. Now he is on the run with Esther and William Rose from their insane uncle who thinks it is his mission from God to protect William, a boy with incredible faith that gives him supernatural powe
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
There are many great elements to this thriller from Mike Dellosso.

1. It's starts with a bang and never lets up.
2. Marny, the central character is easy to cheer on and you want him to escape his past and save the girl. Esther and William, the two who Marny elects to help, are two excellent characters as well.
3. The evil is really evil and in a very human depraved way. Mike is very clever using two maniacs whose purposes collide with Marny, Esther and William caught in the middle of this collisi
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Frantic – Edge of Your Seat Read!

Marny Toogood’s life is about to change. Marny works as a gas station attendant at the Gas ‘n Go.

It was on a hot Saturday morning in Maine when a faded blue 1990’s Ford Taurus pulled up to the pumps for gas. The driver neither smiled nor looked at Marny when he said, “Fill it up. Regular.” Marny noticed a woman in the backseat who appeared to be in her early twenties. He watched the woman as he pumped the gas. When their eyes met he noticed that sadness and doom
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"[He] then understood that trust required selfless surrender; faith was about doing God's will, not his own." (p. 258)

A man seeks to protect a boy at any cost – taking life violently and randomly when he perceives that the protection he offers is jeopardized. Another man seeks vengeance for a personal betrayal in the dark persona of a maniacal serial killer. Yet another seeks to outrun what he perceives to be a lifelong curse upon his every relationship. In the midst of all of the darkness and d
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Frantic” a portal to another world

“HE’S GOING TO KILL ME” was hastily written on a crumpled piece of paper and dropped out of a car window. From the second Marny Toogood looked into Esther’s haunting eyes, their paths were intertwined. Was it destiny or happenstance?

The path of courage is as varied and wide as it is deep and long. Some people are born with the courage to be the people God created them to be. For others, it takes a miracle and a prayer. Such is the case with Marny who has bee
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
No curse can withstand the power of true faith

Prepare for a white-knuckle ride as the forces of good and evil battle each other and the winner is anyone's guess!

Frantic is one man's story of redemption through courage and sacrifice.

Marny Toogood is plagued by a curse. He can never get too close to anyone without bad things happening. But Marny's self imposed exile is shattered when a young woman's life is on the line and he's the only hope she has.

Will he help her escape the grip of a madman who
Melinda Williams
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Frantic is filled with heart-pounding action from the first page through the last. Marny Toogood was a man plagued by death and tragedy from birth, and the ‘curse’ shaped his entire life. He feared for anyone he came across, sure their close proximity to him would end badly for them. But a crumpled note thrown out of a car window and the pleading blue eyes of Esther drew him to her, curse or not.

‘Frantic’ draws the reader into non-stop, on the edge of your seat action from the moment the story b
Susan Snodgrass
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have read everyone of Mike Dellosso's books and never read a word I didn't like. He is a superb author and one thing I love about him is that he is not afraid to boldly take a stand for Christ in his books.
Frantic is aptly named. The reader is swept away almost from the opening of the book onto a roller coaster ride that refuses to stop!
Marny Toogood has been told all his life that he's cursed and he believes that. Everything bad that happens around him, everyone that dies, Marny believes it'
Daphne Self
I love thrillers. I love horror. I like the heart thumping reaction to reading the battle between good and evil.

This is an in-your-face type of story. Think Stephen King and Rose Red, think Dean Koontz and his supernatural stories, or how about House on Haunted Hill?
Those don't compare to the darkness that this book forces the reader to face.
One twist after another kept the pages turning. One breath stealing scene to another kept me glued to the words unfolding before me.

This isn't your run of t
Rick Bavera
Mike Dellosso has written a winner. His talents as a writer (this is his fifth book) and as a professor are showcased very well in this book.

The story is one of mystery, thrills and faith all rolled into one. The "hero" of the tale, Marny Toogood, has a history of an unhappy childhood, as do the sister and brother he ends up helping: Esther and William Rose.

Along the way to helping them, there are chases through the deep Maine woods, tunnels, car chases, murders (current and past), and a mysteri
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Frantic is Fantastic!

All the clichés fit this one; page-turner, edge-of-your-seat suspense, action/adventure thriller. But the real gem of this book is relationships. Yes, the characters and their relationships are endearing and believable. But you don’t just read this story, you live it. I couldn’t and didn’t put this book down. This is Mr. Dellosso’s best work yet.

Marny is a simple guy with a simple life until the beauty of a sad, mysterious girl draws him into an adventure that will change hi
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
To start, Mike Dellosso is one of my favorite authors. I hate to judge one book against another, but its what I find myself doing. To that end, this book failed to pack the terribly intense fright of earlier books. It really followed a bell curve: started slow then really cranked up for a good while. Once I was hooked, I think I had been taken to a point where I could only end up disappointed. Where other books of his really hit a supernatural nerve, I felt like this one kinda fell flat at the e ...more
The Loopy Librarian
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Frantic lived up to its title in that it was a fast-paced thriller. The characters were strong and compelling, and the supernatural elements were fascinating. It did trouble me that all three main characters ended up having murderous fathers. The odds of that being true are so miniscule that I had to suspend disbelief in order to accept it. The book was well-written enough that I was willing to do so. The evil presence in this story was chilling, and God's presence was profound. It was a captiva ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-won
This was an absolute fantastic book and each character was flawed and struggling with faith. They must overcome the impossible to come out of the other side whole. Though we don’t face the supernatural worlds of Dellosso’s characters, he certainly writes them in such a way that the reader can identify with them and come away asking questions about our own lives and our faith. What I enjoyed most about this book is Dellosso keeps up a frantic pace throughout the entire book that won’t let you sto ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Do the lies you believe define who you are? Death has followed Marny Toogood from birth, snatching those closest to him and seemingly proving grandfather's prediction. He is cursed.

We enter Marny's life the day...

If there 's ever been a book that could be considered aerobic exercise its this one. The plot twists, surprises, and races while keeping...

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Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It is in the style of magical realism, or should I say spiritual realism? It is a mixture of visions and reality. I loved the way the spiritual invaded everyday life. Sure, there were some magical happenings, but nothing more odd than axeheads floating or fiery chariots flying through the air. See my full review at
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