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Screams You Hear

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Murder and madness infect a small town

For sixteen-year-old Ruthie Stroud, life on tiny Hemlock Island in the Pacific Northwest is an endless sea of boring green, in a place where everybody knows everybody’s business and nothing ever happens. Then her world is ripped apart when her parents divorce and a new man enters her mother’s life. But worse is yet to come.

When she
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published January 8th 2018 by Inkspot Imaginarium
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Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I’m speechless. This book is awesomely awesome (yep, I said it). This is an action-packed story sure to keep you glued to the book until the very end (and that ending!).

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jay G
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

4.5/5 Stars!

16 year old Ruthie Stroud lives on Hemlock island, a small island isolated from the main lands. Her world turns upside down when her parents divorce and her mom starts seeing another man. One day, she washes up on shore of the mainlands severely burned, the only survivor of a catastrophic event back on the isla
The Behrg
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
James Morris excels at finding the right voice when it comes to a YA narrator, and I've been a fan of his work for awhile now. "Screams You Hear" is a step into a much darker pool for Morris, and this novel is layered with moments that will have even the most jaded reader needing a moment to come up for air.

The concept is great, a young high school girl living on a small island off the Pacific Coast uncovers what could be a pathological outbreak resulting in extreme violence from those infected
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, young-adult
You MUST read this terror-ific book by James Morris!

After reading his survival story, Feel Me Fall last year, I just knew this one was going to be fantastic and I was right! I loved everything about it and the twist at the end? Holy unexpected Batman!

Like Feel Me Fall, this one starts in the present and flashes back and forth between now and a few days prior. As a new fan, of James’ work, I find that he has a distinct writing style and is particularly skilled at writing flashback type storylines
Denise Spicer
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gripping and ultimately horrifying. Ruthie and her best friend Max face some strange and terrifying happenings in a small island community in the Pacific Northwest. Well-written with interesting characters and setting this story of teen angst is however, depressing in what it says about relationships -- between parents and kids -- and between all individuals. The effects of divorce and the lack of trust between kids and adults and, in fact between all the characters leads ultimately to feelings ...more

Um. Okay.
Not sure how I feel about that demented twist ending, but holy shit, what an intense read.
Didi Oviatt
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hold onto your seats with this one. The pace is fast and the twists WILL dump you on your rear, and quick!!! Every single page of this book is splattered with jaw dropping content. It's the kind of horrifying scenario that every teen/kid (or anyone really) who lives on a secluded island should have nightmares about.
It starts out with Ruthie waking up in the burn unit of a hospital. The island she's from has literally been completely wiped out in population... all except for her. She's the sole s
Misty's Book Space

Wow!! This is the first book I've read by this author and I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. It's very addicting and hooks you from the very first chapter.

This book switches back and forth between the past and the present which is done very well might I add and it doesn't ever lose the build up. I would have liked a little more info on what was causing these things to happen. As it is it just seems like a 16 year old said this is why this is happening and pretty much everyone agreed
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ruthie Stroud, horribly burned and lone survivor, washes up on shore of the mainland. While in the burn unit, she tells a horrifying tale about what happened on her tiny island of Hemlock Cove. Hemlock Cove, population 600, is a small island in the Pacific Northwest. Not much goes on here and everyone knows everyone. Her life has been turned upside down with the divorce of her parents and Ruthie is not happy living in the home of her mother’s current boyfriend. Ruthie feels alone and hurt by her ...more
shane | thebluegreenreader
4.5 stars for Screams You Hear by James Morris!

Many thanks to the author, Mr. Morris, for providing me a copy through a fellow book blogger, Karina of Afire Pages!

Wow, that was one hell of a ride, to be honest.

Screams You Hear was ultimately gripping, terrifying, and full of suspense. This was a quick read for me, and I simply adored it. I loved the overlapping of the past and present perspectives, as well as the writing. Everything was very detailed and clear that I didn't find it confusing at
Jim Lay
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
April Teesdale
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow…. okay.  I couldn’t wait to write this review. I was only able to read it at night before bed, so some nights I ended up fighting sleep just to get to the end of the chapter.  Even then, I didn't want to put the book down, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that made me turn pages this fast, I kept wanting to read "one more chapter".  Every chapter had some type of action in it as well, and the way the chapters ended, I had to know what was coming next, so, I had to keep reading, no matter ...more
Ronald Keeler
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I was surprised that Screams You Hear by James Morris was ranked as #7 in the genre Teen & Young Adult > Horror on the Amazon Kindle website. On the one hand, I suspected as much as I began to read the unusual setting of the novel. It is set on Hemlock Island, population 600, and is told from the perspective of Ruthie Stroud, a teenager. On the other hand, the graphic depictions of horror (but no sex) would get a huge “Censor” stamp from many parents. This may illustrate a point that many parent ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-uno, 2018
When parents make mistakes, worlds shift.

This is the second time I've been unnecessarily thrown when a book takes a sharp left turn toward the horror genre (which is completely on me, diving in after reading just the blurb and not the genre tags). Maybe I need to start seeking out that genre more actively, though? Because this is also the second time I've thoroughly enjoyed a horror novel.

Screams You Hear definitely took me by surprise. It's such a strong, action-packed work of young adult f
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Guys, I had myself a shoutout on Twitter about this book. But I lost control! I had to yell at ya’ll to READ THIS BOOK!!! But, I realize no one is going to listen to a screaming lunatic. So I’ve calmed down now and I’m all zen and whatever. I’m ready to calmly talk about this lovely, little book.

This is such awesomeness in horror! In my opinion, anyway! This is my first James Morris book, and he is so good at coming up with the most creepy, crazy concept in a book. I found the whole thing terrif
Darque  Dreamer
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Screams You Hear is thrilling! This one is full of terror and mayhem! If you are looking for a heart pounding, page turner, look no further, and prepare to be shocked!

Morris is now two for two with his books for me! I absolutely loved this one and devoured it in one sitting, just like Feel Me Fall! It was intense and highly entertaining!

Screams You Hear was incredibly well written. It had horror, emotion, and unpredictable twists. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, bam, I was h
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm just going to start out by saing: called it. Called all of it. Though for one of the twists I did need a hint before being able to call it.

Now you might think that you're supposed to see it as something negative that I was able to "call" the events that happen at the end of the book but that is not what I was going for because I really really loved this book! I was more going for "I'm a genius because there is no way in hell anyone so that one coming" (okay, maybe some people did see it comi
Jackie Nolan
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What the hell did I just read?

Those are the words that came out of my mouth as I put the book down after I finished it.

This is one of the most shocking and twisted books that I've ever read. The story caught my attention from the first page. It starts out during present time and then after that we switch back and forth between the past few days and then what's happening now. Even though a lot of the book is told through the past, the story flowed really well and the suspense built throughout th
Jessica Bronder
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story starts out with sixteen year old Ruthie Stroud on the mainland horribly burned. She is taken to hospital and the police are interviewing her to find out what happened. Ruthie is from the little Hemlock Island in the Pacific Northwest. Her life was going well until her parents divorced in which she blamed her mother. Another man enters her mother’s life and Ruthie is not adjusting well. Then something happens on the island and all the adults go insane and start killing off the children ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars
There is nothing to really say about Screams You Hear other than I was astonished by it!

Ruthie is our narrator and tells us her tale of living through pure terror on the island she lives on. The story takes place in the present but starts at just four days previously, and the chapters go back and forth until everything combines together in a horrific way.

Cassandra **The Bibliophagist**
Let me begin by saying this is a secret gem! Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it as soon as you can. Screams You Hear switches between the present in the hospital and the past on Hemlock Island. Ruthie Stroud is merely a teenager but has lived through one of the most horrifying events I have read about in a long time. Told from her point of view, we learn exactly what occurred on that small island, population 600. This novel is full of suspenseful horror, but no sex that would give it a catego ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
I do all of my reviews in the form of questions

What made me pick this book up:
I read a review about it on another blog and it sounded awesome.

What did I like about the cover:
I love the creepiness of it. I think it fits the book so well!

What made me read this book:
Like I said, I read a review on it and I just had to read it.

What did I like the most:
Oh man where do I even start with this one?

Literally from the moment I started this book it drug me in. I didn't want to put it down.

The story is
Henri Moreaux
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't have any particular expectations for this, but rather was just after something short whilst I decided on what I was going to read next.

Pleasantly, it was quite the excellent book, it starts out with a bit of a mystery with a girl in hospital badly burned talking to a cop about what's happened. Slowly the story unfolds, first with a decent amount of background so you have a good feel for circumstances, then the main plot commences. The whole time it flicks between past and present in a f
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this creepy little book. It begins with Ruthie waking up in the hospital - she's in the burn unit. She has apparently survived some horrific events. She is the only survivor. Most of the book is her telling of the events that happened leading up to her stay in the burn unit. It's got some serious violence in it, but it's a pretty good book. It has an awesome twist that really surprised me.
Suleika Santana -All About Books
My first top read for this year!!! This book is brilliant. Incredibly good and kept me guessing all the time. The ending is incredible. I still cannot believe it, so clever what the author did there. This is another book that I will read again because of how good it is. Will definitely recommend to all my friends.
Michelle Willms
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well-written thriller

I loved that this book was so well-written and beautifully edited, allowing the story to truly shine. A quiet island is shaken to its core by a brutal family murder. This first act of violence is followed by people and animals acting strangely. A great read!
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must admit I struggle to read the whole book. In the beginning this book did not appeal to me. But I kept reading and I'm glad. The ending took me by surprise. I would read more books by James Morris. Keep up the writing. 😊
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t not expect that to be the ending! I was in shock! I had to sit there for a second and take it all in because I finished this book in just a few hours that’s how hooked I was! So good! First good book I’ve read in a long time. Definitely recommend!! READ IT! I dare you!
Lisa Bledsoe
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jaw dropping!

This book was a twister for sure. I read 3-4 books a week and have never been flabbergasted....that's all i will say!!! Great book
Sabrena Patterson
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing twist

This book kept me riveted. Brutal and freaky with an unforeseeable twist at the end. Here's my five more words.
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James Morris is a former television writer who now works in digital media. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching 'House Hunters Renovation', or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.

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