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The Leak of Madness

(Soul Seekers #0.5)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  40 reviews
The spirit world has been in touch with Peyton, and it’s more than she can tolerate. Sometimes their messages are loud enough even to pierce beyond the veil of her alcohol-induced stupors.

When she is invited to attend her best friend's brother’s wedding at The Manor House, Peyton is compelled to stare down memories of her life before it was decimated by fire and tragedy. C
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Published February 6th 2018 by The Parliament House (first published 2018)
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Candace Robinson
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the cover of this one, loved that this book wasn't like 500 pages, and loved how intrigued I was by the story!

I'm not a big fan of drinking in general, but I’m sure we all know someone who has or had the struggles with alcoholism. I could understand why Peyton would drink so much just based off of the things she could see. Heck, I'm pretty sure anyone that could see ghosty things would go down some spiral of crazy. I sure as crap would.

Even with me practically screaming at Peyton NOT to d
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher-arc
The Leak of Madness by Alice J. Black is a prequel novella that opens up the Soul Seekers horror/paranormal fantasy series. The main character of the series, Peyton, can communicate with the spirits but this is not an ability that Peyton is a fan of.

This prequel introduces Peyton as struggling with an alcohol addiction that she has had for years to bury the voices of the spirits. Peyton’s best friend has invited her to her brother’s wedding but only asks that Peyton stay sober for the event but
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well damn if that wasn’t just eighty-two pages of awesomeness! Wow, I loved reading The Leak of Madness! Right from the start of this novella I was all in. Peyton’s character is an alcoholic and she knows it but she is unwilling to change anything. She fears what will happen to her if she is sober far more than what damage she is inflicting on herself. She may not like who she has become and her memories only make living more painful for her but that is a better alternative for her than what she ...more
R.J. Garcia
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of the TV show, Medium, I was excited to read, The Leak of Madness, by Alice J. Black. And it didn't disappoint, especially considering there is much more to come. This will be a series of fast-paced novellas.

Peyton is the protagonist plagued by painful memories and dark voices which she tries to drown with alcohol. The prose is intriguing with an enjoyable and creepy vibe. It paints an eerie and dark picture at times. The story unfolds at a wedding held in The Manor House, an ideal se
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an e-arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

'The Leak of Madness' is the first installment in a series of horror novellas. But don't let the word 'horror' scare you!

The story is about Peyton who can sense and hear spirits. The only way for her to stay sane is drinking and so she's been an alcoholic since before she turned 18. When her best friend invites Peyton to a wedding and wants to help by forbidding her to drink there, she's only making it worse. Because Peyton
Gracie {_a_court_of_books_}
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

This is a prequel for the Soul Seekers series, so this is a pretty good introduction for what you may expect. I haven't read any of the books in the series, so I went in with a fresh mind. I thought the concept of Peyton having alcoholism and being able to see ghosts was interesting. It was a bit of a darker tone than expected, but I still really liked that. Peyton herself was a character that took a bit for me to grasp, thus the lost stars. It took a good chunk of this novella for m
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
What a great quick read! Not going to lie first meeting Peyton was a struggle. I was so sick of having every waking minute of her inner monougue connecting to alcohol but then, when you think of it, that is exactly how alcoholics would think! Alice portrayed that perfectly and I ended up loving this book and meeting Peyton. I couldn't wait to see her get better and grow into herself and abilities and I adore Olivia! ...more
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
Wow!!!! I read this in one sitting! Peyton is an alcoholic but she has good reason to be. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not condoning that people drink themselves into a stupor but drinking is the only way that helps her to not see things. This had a fantastic creep factor, the storyline is intriguing and I love the characters. I look forward to reading book one and hope that it gets super sinister.

{I requested a review copy and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions expressed herei
Stephie | Stephiereads
I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This novella is about Peyton, who learned in her childhood that she could hear the voices of the deceased. Years later as a grown up, her parents killed in a house fire, she has become an aloholic. Alcohol being the only thing that is keeping the voices at bay; and this is all she wants. Being normal.

The story starts out with Peyton waking up after after a night of too much alcohol and finds herself in the basem
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Book review time! As a Book Reviewer and Bookstagrammer for The Parliament House, I have the opportunity to receive free copies of books and ebooks in exchange for honest reviews/posts and I’m also able to help spread the word about their books, cover reveals, giveaways, etc. 😊 Which is how I was able to read The Leak of Madness, the prequel in the Soul Seekers series by Alice J. Black. Read on for my spoiler-free thoughts.

Fiction, Paranormal, Horror

Intended Audience
Fans of paranormal horro
Prisca Turazzi
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've received an eBook ARC from Parliment House Press in exchange for an honest review.
Caution: This review is written by a not english native speaker, be kind.

In the moment I knew about this new release I was really really excided.
Soul Seekers is a series of novellas about Peyton, young woman who use to hear deads' voices and decide to get alcoholist to make them shut up. This opening can remind one of my favourite tv series, Medium with the fabulous Patricia Arquette as main star, but the
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"The leak of madness" by Alice J. Black is the prequel to a book series,
which focuses on Peyton, an young adult, dealing with alcoholism because it's the only way she knows how to keep the voices of the dead she hears, at bay.

Peyton is a pretty solitary character, her family died in a fire and she doesn't have many friends because of her excessive consummation of alcohol, which helps her to "black out"which means she doesn't hear the voices of the dead who constantly try to communicate with her
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
"The fact that I had woken up on a slab where hundreds of dead bodies had said their final farewell made me sick. The fucking morgue. Like a premonition of my death."

This short story was surprisingly complex in such a short amount of space. Peyton, our protagonist, leads the reader into her world where she sees ghosts. However, taking it from a psychological view, who is to say it's not her alcoholic tendencies that make her believe she's hearing them? It was a challenging book in that aspect,
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The Leak of Madness mixes the paranormal fantasy of ghosts with a very adult subject matter. Bringing these two things together make The Leak of Madness a thrilling and intriguing read.

In this prequel novella for the Soul Seekers Series we meet Peyton who is battling with alcoholism and the ability to hear ghosts...hence the reason why she drinks. Peyton’s character has dealt with a lot of loss and has a lot of weight pressing down on her. This loss and her addictive natural make her character r
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
‘The Leak of Madness’ is a prequel novella to an upcoming horror series centered around a girl named Peyton who can sense spirits. This book starts out with Peyton being invited to attend her best friend’s brother’s wedding. However, her friend insists that Peyton, who uses alcohol as a coping mechanism for the spirits, spend the weekend without drinking as to avoid disaster. But that may only make things worse.

Now, this isn’t a genre I normally reach for in fiction. However, I surprisingly rea
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Leak of Madness is the first book in the Soul Seekers series, and sets the premise very well for what to expect in the futures novels. It's a short read, but a pleasant one.

The story follows Peyton, a girl orphaned by disaster, who can hear the voices of the dead. Not that she wants to- she uses alcohol to drown them out, and spends her life in a perpetual state of inebriation. Though coined as a ghost story, the ghosts do not feature too heavily in this instalment, though I do not doubt th
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

A very interesting story about a young woman, Peyton, who is drowning the voices of ghosts by drinking herself into oblivion everyday.

The Leak of Madness begins with Peyton waking from a blackout in the morgue of her families funeral home. Only, this house has been burned down, and was the reason for her parent's death long ago. Peyton has no idea how she came to be there, or why she would be sleeping in the rubble of her past life. She calls her only friend, Olivia, who is already wor
Emily (emilykatereads)
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've gotta say, I wasn't sure what to expect with a book so short, but I'm impressed. This short novella packed a punch in under 100 pages.

The entirety of this story takes place over less than 24 hours. Peyton, who relies on alcohol to suppress the ghost voices she hears, attends a wedding with her friend who asks her to refrain from alcohol for this event. Of course the friend doesn't know why she drinks, so here is the issue of the night: without alcohol, she's forced to face these voices.

Dave Wickenden
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peyton is consumed by alcoholism. She doesn’t drink because she enjoys it, although each drop is exquisite as it slides down her throat. She drinks to shut down the voices.
The voices of the dead.
Haunted and pursued by the dead, Peyton’s life is a race from one drink to the next just so she can function, but living in a cloud of vapors isn’t living.
Dragged to a social event that she wants nothing to do with, Peyton must abstain from alcohol, at least publicly. At the event she meets two people w
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
*I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*


This wasn't exactly bad, but it's just one of those things that isn't the easiest for me to get into. These are a series of horror novellas rather than novels and while it's good for someone that doesn't read a lot of horror (like me), it's definitely not a style that will work for everyone. I think my main complaint is that I couldn't connect with any of the characters an
Sarah 👻
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kobo
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this story was a hit in the face and i'm saying this in the best possible way. This may be a short book, but it was a glorious introduction to this horror series. Which i am extremely curious to see more of it. This was really well done, the way she writes the POV of an alcoholic is fascinating. And even if you just want Peyton to
not drink and be better, it's also very easy to see why she does. That's an other thing i'm super
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Peyton can see and hear ghosts and because of that, she drinks, to excess. When her best friend makes her go to her brother's wedding, she orders Peyton not to drink, because her drinking is problematic. A lot easier said than done to an alcoholic. Especially one who is being told to "get out" at the wedding from a man named Patrick Smith who was murdered at the venue.

This was a quick read as an introduction to the series. I didn't feel that Peyton's character was overly developed other than to
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
So I was gifted an ARC in exchange for an honest review. So I am giving this book a 3/5 Star Rating

First let me start off by saying how amazing the cover of this book is. It’s so gorgeous even though it’s got a very dark feel.

The main character is Peyton (I loooove the name Peyton by the way) who can sense/feel spirits. To deal with this curse/gift she drinks...a lot. She’s basically been an alcoholic since high school because she can hear dead people.

So most of this book was lots and lots of
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
As a whole this novella was interesting, the characters were likable enough and the idea of the story was also interesting... what kept me from truly engaging with what was happening was the mention of alcohol every few sentences.

Yes, the main character is, in fact, an alcoholic, but I found it redundant to continuously mention it. There are other ways to depict her need for it. I feel as though it pulled away from the actual story...and that the alcohol took the front seat rather than the supe
Jess (bookwyrmbella)
This was an interesting story. Peyton’s ability reminded me of the tv show Medium except that she was trying to bury her gifts in alcohol. I wasn’t a huge fan of the alcoholism aspect of this story but liked learning about her gift and how it affects her. I would have liked to learn more about why she ends up back at her parents funeral home sometimes. Her friend Olivia was interesting but a bit overbearing. I also enjoyed the connection she had with Jake. I hope he shows up in future books as w ...more
Rachael Hansen
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The leak of madness was a very intriguing novella. I usually don't read spooky books but I liked this book! I can't wait to see where this series goes.

Peyton is an alcoholic with good reason lol (yea I know you don't hear that very often). Peyton has the ability to hear the dead which she tries to supress as much as possible with alcohol. No one knows what Peyton is able to do until she confides in a handsome bartender who put a different view of it in her head. What will Peyton decide to? I ca
Louise Miller
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this novella. I have read a couple of Alices work, and again i was not disappointed! Couldnt put it down! Peyton has an alcohol problem but only to drown out the voices that she hears on a daily basis. Her friend thinks she is trying to help by stopping her drinking when they are at a wedding, but it only makes the voices slip through again.

But will Peyton manage to block out the voices or will the lack of alcohol make everything come to a head?

Very good read from a brilliant author.
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earc
The leak of madness is a prequel to the Soul Seekers series. I really enjoyed this story! Its a great introduction to this series. I really liked Peyton( our main character in this series) she can see and hear the dead but has sadly become an alcoholic to drown out the voices..this story is mainly set at her bestfriend Olivia's brother's wedding where we are also introduced to the cute bartender Jake (i loved him i hope we see him again in the series) and a very cranky ghost was fast-pac ...more
what a great introduction to what will be a great series.
This short was quick and introduced us to Peyton, who uses alcohol as a way to blot out the voices.. While at a Manor house for her friends bothers wedding she is besieged by the now deceased owner.
This book had fun, dark and spooky and I just loved Peyton. she wasn't your typical beauty who has it all.
I can't wait to read more about Peyton.
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