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4.63  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Emily Sinclair is a teacher in seclusion, reeling from the loss of several of her third-grade students by the hands of a shooter that opened fire on several classrooms within Marie-Glen Elementary. While dealing with the anxiety of leaving her home and facing the people of the town, Emily is terrified by what is waiting for her outside that takes the shape of shadowy figur ...more
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Bryan W. Dull
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
How do I put into words about what I just read?......I have never in my whole entire seven years that I have been a reviewer, had an author make me absolutely speechless. It took me two hours to wrap my brain around what I just finished reading.

The characters within this story were amazing. The main character Emily was a powerful character. I took to her the moment I started reading. I couldn’t help but become connected to this character. Her feelings just seemed to pour out of the pages of this
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2019
I received this ARC to review, this book is not set to be published until October.

What did I read? I honestly have to ask that question. My rating dropped to a four star as I was getting lost going back and forth between the now and then. Example: So she is talking to someone named Paul and as she is talking she goes back to a memory. Yet, when the memory is done it's like she is in a different place so to speak. Like she wasn't really there talking to someone. I feel like this is really hard to
I wish that there was a different rating system because I feel that this book deserves a little more than the 3 stars that I gave it.

I bounced around between 3 and 4 stars throughout the duration of my read but the ending was so moving and good that I think it redeemed itself in those final pages. I applaud the author for having the courage to address the concept of a school shooting and the ability to center the story around the victims rather than the shooter. Too often in our society does
Richelle SheReadsHorror
This book had me on an emotional rollercoaster and frightened the next! This story is a about a teacher named Emily. Emily is going through a difficult time after losing her class to a school shooting. She feels like the town is distancing themselves from her and judging her because she couldn’t save the children. She already feels guilty enough about the whole situation without having the parents’ blaming looks everywhere she goes. She starts to see the children around town and in her house. Th ...more
Brandy Michelle Dull
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bryan W. Dull new novel Small Hearts hits you like a punch in the best way possible. The characters all have you feeling so many emotions for them all at once and feeling completely empty at the same time. Its a constant whirlwind of conflicting emotions and makes you question what is real and what is not. Just like in real life you don't want to face the reality of world we live in. It was really hard to read but I needed to read it. This is a story that every person in the world needs to read. ...more
Joshua Grant
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bryan Dull hits us with a real mind-bending creep fest in Small Hearts! Teacher Emily Sinclair is trying to pull her life back together after the loss of several of her students to a school shooting, a process complicated by the dark shadows that appear to be stalking her. Together with a psychiatrist, she attempts to piece together what is real. Dull builds the sinister vibe really well, and I really felt for Emily and her plight! If you love your horror interlaced with some deep moral issues, ...more
Ella James
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Small Hearts by Bryan W. Dull takes us on a skillfully written journey that’ll give you chills, and make you cry, but you’ll want to continue reading to the end. A surprising, amazing must-read story for paranormal, suspense and horror enthusiasts.

Emily Sinclair, a former educator now living as a recluse, is in a fitful state. She had no other choice but to leave the school after her third-grade students were shot at Marie-Glen Elementary. The anxiety of leaving and facing the people of the town
Kim Napolitano
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! I don’t give 5 stars lightly, as you know and this story gives me what I need, at least for me, heart, soul and some scare. This book touched all these emotions. Emily is a school teacher with special education children, she’s trying to bring them together to learn empathy and understanding. She loves her students. The unimaginable tragedy occurs, one that has happened in too many schools. A lone gunman shakes Emily’s life to the core. She’s haunted by memories and by ghosts and seeks answ ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was one of the lucky people to read this early, and I've gotta say... I LOVED it. The story is so real and heartbreaking, it's hard to put the book down. I kept catching myself wondering what was going on or what was going to happen next.

The author did a great job of taking on such a sensitive topic. Not only did he pay attention to the lives that matter most, but he also showed what it's like inside the mind of a trauma survivor. I definitely recommend!
Amber Adams
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing!!!!! I have read this book twice so far, and will say that I will continue rereading it in the future.
This book had me on the edge the whole time. Just when I thought I had it figured out, it took a turn. By the end, I had so many emotions running through me. Anger, sadness, and shock, etc.....It has been a while since I have been able to find a book to keep me on edge. A definite must read novel!
Jewel Hart
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and horrifying book. Recommended to me by Artisan Book Reviews
Aimee Ann
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Small Hearts is a unique, poignant, and memorable supernatural book that astounded me from the premise alone. As I read Small Hearts, I found myself falling in love with its story and enjoying every single moment of the book as the author, Bryan W. Dull, has written a captivating story like no other, so how could I not fall in love! The incredible author of this novel, Bryan W. Dull, is an incredibly talented writer who knows how to captivate and enthrall his readers from the very beginning. Dul ...more
Christy S.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Small Hearts is a beautifully written novel about how tragedy, loss, and trauma affect the human psyche.  With paranormal elements woven into the narrative, the reader is pulled in as the main character struggles to cope with her new reality.  The nonlinear nature of the storytelling brilliantly increases the level of suspense, making this novel difficult to put down.  As school shootings have become more frequent, the book serves as a commentary on this complex issue which once seemed an unimag ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic tale of tragedy that will also creep the hell out of you
With characters you care about and a perfect twist ending this shouldn’t be missed
Well narrated and The highest of recommendations
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review
Amanda (spooky.octopus.reads) Turner
This isn't just a story about a school shooting or the teacher who lays her life on the line for her's much more haunting than that.

Emily lost her class to a school shooting and feels a great deal of survivor's guilt. She's "seeing" her former students everywhere...but is she actually seeing ghosts or suffering from a severe hallucinogenic mental breakdown? She's just not sure what's real anymore, so she decides to see a therapist to hopefully get some answers and be able to move
Josh Warfel
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
** I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review**

Reading Small Hearts left me divided. I hold two vastly differing opinions on aspects of the book.

Small Hearts finds a teacher attempting to get her personal and professional life in order following a horrible tragedy. This was an intriguing, well written, insightful, and unique portion that filled the story with depth and understanding of a character's emotions. Empathy is in to short supply while she attempts to wor
Patty Wincek
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bryan W. Dull writes books, which, if you really knew him, makes perfect sense as that’s all he has done since sixth grade; spinning a yarn at a moment’s notice. He is best known for writing horror and suspense stories with his first novel, Solstice, being his first experiment into publishing; it was a bet to do it, by the way. In 2016, he tried his hand at something different and published a pers ...more

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