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An abandoned house by the edge of the river. Uninhabited for decades. A secret as old as time itself. A truth hidden from the topsiders. But that's about to change. When all the adults suddenly disappear, Mathew convinces his older brother that something is very wrong. Their search leads them to a place they never knew existed. A place that will have them question everythi ...more
Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by LegumeMan Books
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Melissa Chung
This book has a pretty high rating here on Goodreads. I enjoyed it for the most part. Giving it 3 stars.

Topsiders is a book about a "haunted house". It's not really haunted, but there is a dark tunnel that leads from one of the rooms in the house that would definitely be considered scary.

Our book starts off with two brothers 14 year old Mathew and 15 year old Guy. There isn't a time reference in this book so I'm not sure what decade it takes place in. I know it's somewhere in the U.K. because th
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Kaisersoze
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The following was originally posted at Horror After Dark and is based on a copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

When you review books for a blog every so often you put your hand up for something suspecting it won’t really be all that good, but the author has taken the time to submit it for review, so it’s rude not to give it a try, and besides if you want to keep your name on the reviewing roster you better take one for the team every once in a while… Such was my sentimen
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Matthew Baker
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Topsiders
http://www.amazon.com/Topsiders-Scott...
by Scott Tyson
http://urbanhorror.blogspot.com/
Release Date: December 6, 2013
Publisher: LegumeMan Books
http://www.legumeman.com/

When it comes to horror in general, there are many avenues through which terror can be unleashed. One of my favorites is via old, abandoned houses. Who has not lived in an area with at least one ramshackle building for which stories and legends abound? With TOPSIDERS, author Scott Tyson gives readers yet one more reason no
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Jake
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Topsiders. To be honest I haven't read much horror other than H.P Lovecraft and other "Lovecraftian" horror books, so I wasn't sure what to expect with Topsiders.

My girlfriend had read it and said it was good, plus i thought it would be kind of cool to read a book by a local author, so I ended up going onto the Kindle store and buying it there.

I was pleasantly surprised, and before long it had dug it's hooks into me.

Scott seems to have a good grip on ending each chapter in such
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Greg Chapman
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wants-to-read
This is a fine debut from Aussie author Scott Tyson.

The book, which tells the story of an ill-fated expedition to an abandoned house, starts off slowly, introducing us to the main characters of Mathew and his father Bill from separate POVs.

Although the first half of the book might seem to focus a little too much on Mathew and Bill and their respective love interests (Bill, who's wife Judy makes his life a living hell, has the hots for his friend's wife, Helen and Mathew for Helen's daughter Clai
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Geoff
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, solid first novel that should be read by any Laymon or Steve Gerlach fan
Erik Smith
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Full disclosure: I was a beta-reader for this book [Yup. That's me in the acknowledgements] and the author sent a copy to me when the book was published.)

That being said...

I very much enjoy Topsiders by Scott Tyson.

It's difficult to talk about the plot without giving anything away; let's just say that there is a point where everything goes off the rails (in the best way), and i love the way the story ends. (That should give people who know me an idea of how things end.) I'm afraid if I say any
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Horror DNA
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gabino-iglesias
When Topsiders kicks off, teenage brothers Mathew and Guy both have a crush on Claire, whose parents are good friends with their parents. The families are spending some time together during a holiday, but instead of focusing on having fun, the adults are planning something they're trying to keep from the youngsters. The grown ups leave the kids alone, hop on a boat, and enter an abandoned house by the edge of the river. Unfortunately, their adventure quickly turns into the most dangerous situati ...more
Dean Knowsley
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in one sitting. 'A real page turner' is a phrase that is used so cheaply these days, however this book is one of those genuine 'can't turn the page fast enough to see what happens next' affairs.

The author cleverly weaves a story around a family, a family that is recognisable as any family you have ever known, complete with flaws, issues and emotions. As such, the emotional investment from the reader in the characters is almost instantaneous and generous. This feeling for the
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Amanda J Spedding
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this read but I’m going to begin this review with a disclaimer. It’s fair to say quite a few of my reviews will have a disclaimer of sorts; as a writer, I have a lot of writerly friends and colleagues who pen the genre I love reading, so there’s bound to be cross-overs from time to time. Scott Tyson falls into the cross-over category. While I’ve worked with Scott on another project, I was not involved with either the pre or post-production of Topsiders. Yes, that is me mentio ...more
Annabella
I really don't know what sort of review to write for this book. One minute I really liked it, on the other hand I didn't. I think all the excellent reviews and the high rating of this book made me have high expectations which were not met.

Although it was a short read I still managed to get to know the characters quiet well and even got attached to them, especially Matthew and his father Bill. I really did feel sorry for Bill quiet a lot as his wife just likes to shoot him down.

I did enjoy readin
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Mel
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one sitting as I just had to know what was going on.
For quite a short book I still managed to get to know the characters, especially Mathew and his father Bill. I did get quite attached to both of them.
The suspense was very well built and I was glad all loose ends were tied up, nothing worse for me than to be left wondering.
I would definitely read more of Scott Tysons work.
Tarquin Murray
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not often a new author will deliver such a great read for his first release. The sort of book that makes looking for that noise in the middle of the night a spine tingling affair. Can't wait for his next release. ...more
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Scott Tyson is a new voice in the field of Australian horror. Born and bred in the central tablelands of New South Wales, Australia, Scott found his passion for writing at an early age, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that he began to take it a little more seriously.
With over twenty years of business management experience and a background in electronic repairs, Scott is no stranger to the horr
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