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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  13 reviews
When Phoebe McBride returns to Bonneville for her twentieth high school reunion, she tells herself it’s the best way to confront what has haunted her since her senior year. There was one boy who never lived to see graduation, and in a way she blames herself for this tragedy. Now a child psychologist, Phoebe is determined to face her demons by going back, but those demons m ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing
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Dan Schwent
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
When four people show up to their twenty year high school reunion, they find they're the only ones there apart from Coach Dixon and the gym is set up for detention, not a party. What binds Phoebe, Champ, Tyler, Sandy and the Coach together? And will they survive it?

Class reunions are awkward enough, what with having to socialize with people you didn't like decades ago. Imagine being trapped at one and being unable to leave? Even without the prospect of impending murder, that's a frightful propos
Janie C.
While I found this story to be fast moving and immersive, I must admit that I was not as impressed as I usually am by Kristopher Triana's work. The characters were somewhat cliche, and the use of the supernatural was disappointing to me. That being said, I still looking forward to reading anything that this author writes. ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is going to be one heck of a 20 year High School reunion. Wait. Where is everybody? What is going on? How come there are only four of us former students and the old, loser gym teacher? This looks more like detention than a reunion. There must be a mistake here somewhere.

No mistake…but they are going to wish it was. This reunion is about to get real.

I have been meaning to read some Triana for a while now and have had a few of his sitting on my tbr shelf for way too long. When the opportuni
The Grim Reader
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I tell ya, Kris Triana is massively underrated and I wish more people were reading his work. This latest release is very good in showcasing how well Triana creates vivid and engaging characters. I read a hell of a lot of novellas, it’s my favourite format for reading horror if I’m honest, and whilst The Detained is a far cry from some of his more recent releases, such as Body Art and The Ruin Season, Triana does what he does best in giving the reader a reason to give a shit about what happens to ...more
Michael Hicks
Kristopher Triana's The Detained is a bit like a haunted house (or in this case, haunted school) version of The Breakfast Club. Child psychologist Phoebe arrives at Bonneville High for her 20th reunion, to find only four other attendees locked with her inside the cafeteria and a grisly array of keepsakes pointing toward a student who each had wronged in various ways back in 1996.

At the outset, I wasn't quite sure where The Detained was heading, and, sadly, I found myself disappointed that it end
Ingmar Weyland
Not great, not terrible.
Richard Gerlach
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great novella. I kinda wish it went in a different direction than it did. But, it was enjoyable.
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Nicole Amburgey
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What happens when you take a former jock hoping to reclaim some of his faded stardom; a former cheerleader attempting to relive her glory days; a former bad boy looking to shirk his old reputation; a good girl – still a good girl – trying to assuage her guilt; and a former gym coach hoping to get his due from a school that has, in his mind, slighted him for decades?

What happens when they all show up in the old high school gymnasium expecting their 20-year reunion and award ceremony - and instea
Thomas Joyce
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
His earlier work has drawn praise from sites like Publisher’s Weekly and Rue Morgue, while Jack Ketchum referred to his forthcoming novel Full Brutal (Grindhouse Press, 2018) as “compulsive reading”. It seems that Kristopher Triana has burst onto the horror scene in a big way. Indeed, his debut novel, The Ruin Season (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2016) garnered almost universal critical acclaim, with many reviewers praising his brutal honesty and his ability to tackle difficult social is ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Coming back to school for what they thought was a reunion, turned out to be a way the school geek got revenge. Well, it was very clever in the fact that they started turning on each other (mostly because Sandy is bat shit crazy and obviously forgot her xanex) and killing each other. One of my questions is why would Tyler kill himself for Phoebe, like does he not know that shes a lesbian or what?! I wished this story would have been longer so that it didn't seem so abrupt but I ain't mad either. ...more
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Kristopher Triana is the author of Full Brutal, Gone to See the River Man, Shepherd of the Black Sheep, The Ruin Season, Toxic Love and more.

His fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies and has been translated into multiple languages, drawing praise from Publisher's Weekly, Cemetery Dance, Rue Morgue, Scream, The Ginger Nuts of Horror and others.

Full Brutal won the Splatterpunk

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