The Tear Collector
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Giveaway dates: Nov 21 - Dec 07, 2019
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Mr. Shawn Burgess’s “The Tear Collector”, for me, proved to be a riveting and fun read regarding coming of age and horror.
Mr. Burgess captured with uncanny certainty the angst of adolescence awkwardness, sharp pain of loss, the need to belong, loyalty born of pre-adulthood and inner strength for teens. He weaves these facets through his beautifully paced and chilling tale of horror & mythos in such a way that ...more
Thrillers and mysteries are my favorite genres and The Tear Collector, Shawn Burgess’ debut novel, did not disappoint. All the twists and turns throughout the story - many of them leaving me with my heart racing and my mouth ajar – kept me wanting more. Along with the strong story ...more
I enjoyed the smart storytelling, and the ease at which Burgess was able to travel between narrator, adults, and the youth in the story. It felt much like Stephen King’s talent for voicing all ages.
I appreciated the work Burgess put into defining characters. Each had a uniqueness, adding strength to the cast, as a whole. The story kept me from doing things I ...more
The well developed characters and intriguing plot kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t wait to see how everything would turn out for Brooks and the ...more
Let’s think about that.
This is not simply a horror story, though it is that. That’s where the supernatural part comes in and you get a taste of it right away as the book begins. There is a monster here, though Burgess gradually teases out exactly who/what/why that monster is.
There is also a great deal of mystery wrapped up in the tale. Readers will find themselves ...more
The book's opening sequence is not only heartbreaking, but also introduces the mystery surrounding Harper Pass. The following chapters then introduce the reader to Brooks and the gang, who are the focus of the story.
A group of boys drawn into the horrifying secrets of a town is nothing new to the horror genre, but Burgess handles the tale
with skill. Brooks and his friends are well ...more
The Tear Collector has so many unexpected twists and turns and that makes this book very hard to put down.
I do think this book will appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Fans of horror and supernatural literature ...more
The story was fast paced, gripping, and at times horrifically chilling. The characters are believable, likable, and Burgess' deft use of description and dialogue draw you into the psychology of each and weaves an intricate web of their inner fears and hard fought courage. Any fan of Stranger ...more
I'm so glad I did!
I spent just about every page thinking, what the hell is going on?! Then I'd turn to the next page. Read. Repeat. I could not put it down without finding out what was going on in Harper Pass. The end result... I read the book in a single sitting.
There was some jumping between 1st and 3rd ...more
However, The Tear Collector reminded me of why I used to love the horror genre. Burgess's storytelling is great, this novel filled with creepy, spine-tingling fun, that set my heart racing and my dark imagination ...more
Mr. Burgess is an author I'll definitely add to my following list. I liked his writing style, the ease with which he wove his tale and the beautiful descriptions of the surroundings.
5 thumbs up from me!
The author tells a heart pounding story of survival where something not of this world is stalking children in their sleepy, little town and no one believes them. The tension is palpable as they have everything to lose and the seconds are running out. I found my anxiety increasing with every turn of the page.
I loved the characters and personalities portrayed here and felt an ...more
Shawn asked me to ARC read his novel months ...more