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Jason Wilkes’s life takes a turn for the worse when his wife fails to come home from her book club. Jason calls Kate’s ‘book buddy’, Dave, who assures him she left hours ago. Contacting the police, Jason finds them equal parts sympathetic and suspicious. He tells them almost everything, except that he’s been hearing Kate’s voice, calling as if from far away. He certainly d ...more
Hardcover, 107 pages
Published March 2017 by PS Publishing
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Matthew
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love cosmic horror. I love the mind numbing terror and pervasive weirdness of it, and I adore reading about inter-dimensional powers and creatures that lurk in the great depths of the universe. I've been a fan of the genre for many years now, with icons such as Lovecraft and Barron all keeping me up late at night with stories of dark horror and depth. So when I started to read The Book Club I was hopeful that it would live up to the rich legacy that has come before it. After finishing it I was ...more
The Grim Reader
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Alan’s work. I especially enjoyed his collection, Crow Shine, released late last year, but with The Book Club, Alan has really nailed it. The story is very straightforward on the surface as Jason Wilkes soon becomes worried over his wife no-show after her regular get together with her book buddies. We are entering thriller territory early on as Wilkes plays a game of cat and mouse with his wife’s book buddies, trying desperately to find out where she has gone. I thought I had i ...more
Annie
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Never have I ever read a book that was so full of “WTH!?” moments that gripped me from page one right to the very end – even as I am reading the final 5 pages of the book, the story was so unpredictable that even then I was expecting the story to take another turn. I felt this was a very clever plot, one I certainly didn’t expect. If I had to pitch this to someone in a sentence, I would say this would be a gripping thriller that is like “Gone Girl” meets “White Noise” with an unexpected twist th ...more
Maisie Dickson(SleepyWiredStudios)
Actual Rating: 4.75

There is an entire reason that I created a shelf called unsurely satisfied. and that reason is Alan Baxter's writing,

Even within the short length of the book, i felt the emotional connection between Jason and his wife and family. and while at times the cops felt like those depicted on SVU I admired the clear emotional frustration and turmoil.

All in all, I found the Book Club as a perfect quick read that engaged my suspenseful side.
Read3r’z Re-Vu
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Never have I ever read a book that was so full of “WTH!?” moments that gripped me from page one right to the very end – even as I am reading the final 5 pages of the book, the story was so unpredictable that even then I was expecting the story to take another turn. I felt this was a very clever plot, one I certainly didn’t expect. If I had to pitch this to someone in a sentence, I would say this would be a gripping thriller that is like “Gone Girl” meets “White Noise” with an unexpected twist th ...more
Piper Mejia
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, supernatural
The book Club, by Alan Baxter, draws the reader into a search for ultimate understanding; but the days are ticking down. Protagonist, Jason, is a devoted son, husband and father, who is forced to confront what he knows about his missing wife, her hidden life and the secrets of the mind. As he pulls the pieces of their lives apart to hunt for answers, Jason, discovers that love and hate can bind a person for eternity.
For lovers of dark worlds this novella will take you by surprise. The initial m
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Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect given the title and the cover. The Book Club is far better than anything I could've imagined. The reader is thrown headfirst into this sprawling world of secrets and deception.

Jason Wilkes waits for his wife to come home from her book club, but she never arrives. He calls Kate's book pals looking for her. They tell him she left the book club hours ago. Jason keeps hearing Kate calling him from far away. He sees shadows reaching for him. Jason gets the police involve
...more
Mark Smith-briggs
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Australian author Alan Baxter has written a stunning tale of mystery and cosmic horror with his latest novella, The Book Club.
What begins simply enough as a straightforward missing persons case when Jason Wilkes’ wife fails to come home from her book club, soon unravels into a much larger — and darker — mystery.
Baxter shows he isn’t afraid to play with reader’s expectations, toying with a police procedural before setting off on a genre-bending story that twists and turns until its horrific but
...more
Sarah McGrath
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book club is very well written with a lot of suspense throughout the story trying to guess what had happened to Kate. The ending was so unexpected and didn't work out the way I would of liked. Which is why I was tossing up between a 4 or 5 star review. Despite this, I thought it was awesome that I couldn't guess the answer to this mystery which made it even harder to put the book down. I read it in one evening. I recommend this book to mystery book lovers but be warned that you will need to ...more
Jason Franks
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is Baxter at his best. Tense, atmospheric, and emotionally raw without ever wallowing or sacrificing pace. This book has non of Baxter's trademark (and excellent) fisticuffs but it still left me feeling bruised.
Steven Paulsen
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Book Club is a gripping, unpredictable, page turning cosmic horror novella. It’s totally enthralling and I read it in one sitting. The writing is tight and well paced, the characters believable and well drawn, and the story is thoroughly engaging.
Dan
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
With The Book Club, Alan Baxter takes us on an unexpectedly strange, dark journey, into a haunting urban underbelly where the horror of the eternal lies just below the surface. A short read, and worth devouring in a single sitting.
Angela Maher
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intriguing tale that never goes quite where you think it will.
Sharon
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cool

I flew this book. I had to know what was going to happen next. His wife is missing. He trusted her enough not to know about her Wednesday night adventures. Amazing
Victoria Stone
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An intense, emotional sci-fi mystery. Bittersweet and dark. So good!
Todd
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tears along. A gripping read,made me wonder how I would react in a similar situation. Loved it.
Curtis
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect given the title and the cover. The Book Club is far better than anything I could've imagined. The reader is thrown headfirst into this sprawling world of secrets and deception.

Jason Wilkes waits for his wife to come home from her book club, but she never arrives. He calls Kate's book pals looking for her. They tell him she left the book club hours ago. Jason keeps hearing Kate calling him from far away. He sees shadows reaching for him. Jason gets the police involve
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Jackie
Fantasy. Expanding your mind.
Lynne
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a very gripping read from start to finish.
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Alan Baxter is an award-winning British-Australian author who writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, son, dog and cat. He is the author of the dark urban fantasy thriller trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series) published ...more
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