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The Dead Game

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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Linda moves to a seaside town to live a quiet life. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple--that is until the dead body washes up on shore. Linda is horrified to find that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are common for this small town. As soon as the sun sets, the residents and tourists are stalked by dark shadows. But this is only the beginning. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Outskirts Press (first published August 28th 2013)
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S.M. Yair-Levy
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced, epic read! I'm already a sucker for a good horror novel but add in mystery and paranormal with a touch of romance, like this book does, and you've basically found my happy place. The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a novel that will grip you from the very beginning, with good twists and turns that'll keep you guessing all the way until the end. Can't wait to read more from this author! ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Usually I don't like vampire stories, they're trite and Susanne Leist's "The Dead Game" is like a scavenger hunt with a twist of the board game "Clue". Every character is like a chess piece and just when you think you've got checkmate, you realize the game isn't over yet. Leist has added a refreshing twist with this with a lot of plot twists which prolongs the suspense aspect which keeps the intrigue intense. It's like Hollywood story meets "The Munsters." Starting with the haunted house deliber ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book starts out pretty quick and it took me for a ride into the town of Oasis, Florida, where a woman arrives as a new resident and opens up a bookstore. There is a mystery in Oasis and something stalks the streets. Residents of the town have gone missing for years and no one seems to know what has happened to them. There is also some mystery surrounding a house called "End House", which the locals think is haunted.

Everything is fine and dandy in the daytime, but when the sun goes down, it
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

When Ms. Susanne Leist approached me about reading and reviewing her Supernatural mystery novel The Dead Game, I decided to check it out and received a free ebook copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. I was not disappointed! For a debut novel, Ms. Leist did an incredible job telling the story of a small coastal town in Florida called Oasis and the dark secrets surrounding it.

Tourists go missing and dark shadows lurk the town
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it

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Doesn’t the name Oasis sound like an idyllic place to live? The perfect calm and relaxing place to settle down, Oasis has small town charm, small town neighbors, and even a mysterious and foreboding house about which horror stories are told, oh and bodies are being found, drained of blood. Who or what would drain the blood of its victims? What is the dark secret surrounding the town and its inhabitants? A newcomer to Oasis, Linda can’t help but get involved
Jim Goforth
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Some books take an eternity to get things kick-started, using slow burn tactics to ramp up suspense or develop storylines, some almost to the point where you almost feel like giving up on them with the thought the ultimate payoff is never going to culminate.
Susanne Leist’s debut opus ‘The Dead Game’ is not one of those books.
From the very moment it gets underway, starting off with a sinister, tempestuous and enthralling prologue section which takes place five years prior to the main story, it la
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow this novel is so precious ! It introduces us to a little town Oasis where tourists disappear without a trace, murders here and there but the local police always trying to hide them. Linda and her friends got invited to a mysterious party in the End House and that's the beginning of their adventures. Everything I love about a book is in here. The storyline is beyond perfect , with a chess game vibe where everyone is pawn and the reader has no idea what is going on so we are living the game w
Stuart Keane
The beauty of the horror genre is variety. With so many sub-genres, you can always find something to read, something to take your fancy. Be it serial killers, ghosts, haunted houses, get the point. From a personal perspective, I love stories about 'small towns'. That's right, when a group of characters go to a town and discover all manners of evil lurking within. It's one sub-genre I think speaks to everyone in some way. All the masters of horror have done it. King did it was It, ...more
samantha londer
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Dead Game isn't usually the type of novel that I go for, but I'm trying to read more of a variety. I was excited to read something a little outside my comfort zone, but I was a little disappointed.

The beginning was pretty slow and there were so many characters introduced that I couldn't keep them straight. They didn't really have anything unique about them because they were all beautiful, lived in the same building and
T.B. Markinson
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist is full of so many twists and turns, one may forget where the story began. Her creativity and imagination went wild, making for an entertaining read. She has cleverly mixed romance, mystery, horror, and paranormal fantasy. And her twist to vampires was interesting. Leist is great with describing scenes, placing the reader right into the pages.

What I struggled with was all the characters and the switching points of view, especially in the beginning. It was hard to
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Linda moves to the town of Oasis, Florida to open a bookstore. This was a strange little town with tourists disappearing and bodies being wash up on shore. Linda and her friends receive an unsigned invitation to a party at the End House. The End house has been desert for many years and is said to be haunted. Linda and her friends attend the so called party but they were the only ones there. Linda and the gang barely escape with their life's. Two of the invited guess are trapped somewhere in the ...more
Angel Sefer
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like action-packed, heart-stopping thrillers blended with supernatural elements, then, this is the book for you. The author’s vivid imagination and her captivating way of narrating this unique story kept me reading way into the night—of course, with the lights on and ready to flee in case someone or…something jumped out of the pages like those creatures in the book, jumping out of the walls at End House.
I liked Linda Bennett, the heroine, and I’m in love with Todd, the hero. He has almost
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a book you won't want to miss. It has thrilling scenes in it and the storyline is absolutely exciting. Susanne really put some time and effort into this book and it shows. I won't go into the storyline because I wouldn't want to ruin it for you. I rated it a five star because it is a well written book and a fun read.
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James McCormick
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Beneath the pretty field of flowers growing on End House property, exists an evil so great and powerful that even the elders can’t fight it on their own.” Who are the elders? What is The Dead Game, what is the relationship between the wicked vampires, good vampires, human vampires and what role do spells and magic play in Susanne Leist’s hugely enjoyable horror novel? If you want to learn the answers then you’ll need to read The Dead Game, and if you enjoy this type of fiction then I strongly s ...more
D.L. Finn
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the first two books in the Dead Games Series and was eager to continue the story. “Dead at Heart” takes off with plenty of action where two ended. Shana is involved with a powerful vampire William but doesn’t completely trust him. I enjoyed the relationship between Linda, her best friend, and another powerful vampire, Gregg. But what kept this a page-turning book was the battle not only in the vampire community but also in Shana’s heart. While she loves William, she appears to have f ...more
Louise White
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Susanne Leist does a wonderful job of setting her debut novel The Dead Game, in the sweet seaside town of Oasis, a place where one would never expect evil to lurk.
At the beginning of the book we are dropped into a historical piece showcasing the gruesome capabilities of End house, this sets the novel up nicely for our introduction to recent times.
Oasis is a town which should require little by way of regular law enforcement, but it has suffered a disturbing history of disappearances and unexplai
Robin Morgan
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-books
I received a KINDLE Edition of this book from the author through a giveaway on FaceBook and the following is my honest opinion.

Being a child of the 1950’s as I read this book I heard the song “Behind the Green Door” playing in the back of my mind.

The specific lines from this song I heard I felt related to this stiry are:
Midnight one more night without sleepin' -
Watchin' till the morning comes creepin'.
Green door what's that secret you're keepin'?

Wish they'd let me in
So I could find out
What's beh
Hock Tjoa
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
In an idyllic small town, meaningfully named Oasis, on the coast of Florida, there is a house--End House. The house "resembled all the scary houses in her imagination ... and in every Gothic novel she'd ever read." To this reviewer the whole novel proceeds exactly as the author (through her character) had predicted.

The cliches extend to the characters; many of the men appear like greek gods, like Zeus (Greek) and Hercules (Latin form of Herakles). The leader in particular looked "older and wise
Elle Klass
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Susanne Leist debut novel The Dead Game is a gripping, terror filled read from the opening! Linda moves to the small, quaint ocean front town Oasis located along Northern Florida’s coastline. She paints a picturesque scene reminding me of Neptune Beach or any beach further North, I’m a North Florida resident, with the exception of the hill but it’s a book and anything can happen and in this fabulous read it does. As breathtaking as Oasis is the town is full of evil. Protagonist Linda opens a sma ...more
Irma Fritz
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“The Dead Game” is S-P-O-O-K-Y!

When Linda receives an invitation to an evening of intrigue and mystery at End House, an unoccupied mansion in the small coastal town of Oasis, she’s enthralled. . . and puzzled. “Just bring yourself,” the unsigned invitation states. Who else would she bring if not herself? And who is the new owner and nameless host of the place? Still, she wouldn’t miss this party for the world. Especially once she finds out that her friends, Mike and David, as well as many other
Simon Okill
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a top-notch haunted house horror thriller. The author excels at spooky descriptions, terrifying scenarios like opening a door and stepping into a black abyss or forever trapped in a dark maze with endless rooms stretching into infinity. Her characters are perfect and the reader can easily connect with them.
Linda moves to the perfect seaside town to open up a book store. But soon strange things happen that peaks her interest in the old house on the hill. She and
Konn Lavery
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Susanne Leist’s The Dead Game had my reading intently and wide eyed, often forgetting to blink due to the eagerness to find out what happens next. The plot keeps you involved with each character as they all had a key role to play in the story. It is unnerving, mysterious yet still shares the perspective of multiple characters to give you an understanding of their point of views, even though Linda and Todd are the primary focus.

Susanne puts a creative spin on vampires which gave the book a refres
Abby Vandiver
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a different kind of vampire story and that's what makes it good.

Told from several points of view, we get an inside look at what should be a quiet, sleepy oceanfront city that has turned sinister. There's volleyball on the beach and a main street USA with shops, and bookstores. But, at night, it's a completely different place as shadows and missing people add to the suspense of this tale. Unknowing shopowners decide to take it upon themselves to find out what is happening in their town an
Daniel Pearson
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal mystery reads
Recommended to Daniel by: another author
An excellent read., February 20, 2014
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Just finished reading The Dead Game by Susanne Leist. I'm in awe of the author's imagination. This strange paranormal novel with its fascinating story and complex plot is a real page turner. There are lots of twists and turns and interesting characters in the story. Blood/gore and pure evil seeps through every single page. If you
Mehtab Shams
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The action begins as soon as you start to read this book. The setting is a tranquil town called Oasis which is subdued due to many strange and unexplained happenings. All is not what it seems as the story progresses and the secrets start to unfold. When a cryptic invitation to a spooky mansion goes out the mystery starts to unfurl – rapidly. I love female oriented books and in this one there are three! When friends start to go missing the girls discover that there is a reigning terror in the tow ...more
Cherry London
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lotta weird crap happened to the previous homeowners at the End house yet no one in the town seemed worried that they just disappear in the middle of the night. They don’t seem to be disturbed by the ferocious and deadly shadows lurking about and scaring the crap out of the younger residents. I guess Linda and her friends didn’t watch much horror movies else they would have surely known that the town elderly residents coming out at night only, reeked of vampirism or Dracula whatever you called ...more
Chris Birdy
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Linda comes to Oasis, she believes she's fond the ideal town. It's quiet and charming - the perfect place to open a bookstore and make new friends. However, at night the residents are stalked by dark shadows, then dead bodies wash up on the shore and tourists disappear. Linda and her friends realize they must locate "The Dead" just about the time they are invited to End House. When they enter End House, Linda and her friends are trapped in a nightmare. This was one of the scariest books I e ...more
Eugene MacRae
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Susanne Leist uses her words well and has written a story filled with the stuff that nightmares are made of. This isn't your typical mystery that starts slow and builds. Instead, it starts with a bang and a creepy house, careens through twists and turns filled with surprise and suspense and keeps you guessing right to the end. Reclusive town residents, dangerous individuals, strange figures in hooded cloaks, romance along with strange buildings and happenings that make you think you're on ...more
Lorine Thomas
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I am not a fan of vampire books (I can't stand any of those Twilight books or movies)I had to prepare myself to come out of my comfort zone. I am very happy that I did! I love the job that Ms. Leist uses to create her own world of vampires and rules, it reminded me a bit of The Passage. It was an easy read and I found myself constantly waiting to turn the page to see what happens next. I just didn't read before I went to bed, don't need those images or thoughts running through my head. Great ...more
Chariss Walker
This book caught me unawares. Kudos to Susan Leist. Her writing is very descriptive, both through color and light; she paints an elaborately woven, albeit horrifying picture of a group of unsuspecting friends caught-up in a maze of deceit, allure, and treachery. Yes, I knew it was a book about Vampires, and I normally love vampire stories, but I had no idea that it was also a chilling horror story. The twists and turns were similar to being in a funhouse, and not the amusement park variety. The ...more
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Hello. My name is Susanne Leist.

A career in writing has been an enormous leap for me. Accustomed to the number-crunching field of budgeting and the hectic commodity markets, I left my first career and M.B.A. in Finance behind to pursue my dream. However, I do not regret my foray into literature for one moment. I write every day and have even tried my hand at poetry. So don’t let anyone tell you i

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