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When a young autistic girl goes missing in the small Appalachian town of Harper Pass, Brooks Raker and his friends are inadvertently drawn into the police investigation. As the town suffers a mysterious death, more kids disappear and the boys experience a series of unsettling phenomena; it becomes clear that the fate of their missing classmate, Margo Combs, pales in ...more
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    Jill Squire
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was given an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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    Cassondra Windwalker
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Readers of Shawn Burgess's online work have been eagerly awaiting the release of The Tear Collector, and they will not be disappointed. Technically in the horror genre, The Tear Collector is much more than a tale of terror and gore - although I definitely recommend reading it in the daylight hours. Deft prose combined with thrilling, pell-mell action carry the reader page to page, wild anticipation stronger than the undeniable dread. A band of young boys, brought together by camaraderie in the ...more
    Katelyn
    Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The mystery of Grief Hallow consumes you from the very beginning and takes you on a chilling, suspenseful ride with Brooks and his friends as they try to figure out what is plaguing the quaint town of Harper Pass.

    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
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    Katie
    Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was fortunate enough to be given an advance copy of Shawn Burgess's debut novel in exchange for an honest review, and Shawn did not disappoint. Although the horror/science fiction is not my normal "go-to" I enjoyed this book and tore through it in one sitting. The story is fast-paced, tightly plotted, and creepy as hell. As others have mentioned, the plot is reminiscent of Stranger Things and Steven King in that it involves a group of young boys solving a gory mystery of supernatural origins ...more
    Kristina Merchant
    Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I cannot wait for the sequel!! I was immediately hooked within the first pages. The scene is set with an experience that impacts all the characters’ lives in some way. Fast forward several years and they are caught up in a mystery they can’t understand. The Tear Collector is much like Stranger Things, full of mystery and a relatable group of kids that you could easily see being the friends you grew up with! The Tear Collector is written in such detail that you could really picture yourself ...more
    Skip Schmidt
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    In a preface to Robert Burns' poem, "Tam O' Shanter," Gawin Douglas wrote: "Of Brownyis and of Bogillis full is this Buke." For his thrilling debut horror novel, The Tear Collector, Shawn Burgess brings forth a Bogeyman to end all Bogeymen - and does so in as exciting and well-crafted a manner as is possible. At the same time as a local autistic girl, Margo Combs, is discovered to have gone missing in the woods around the small town of Harper's Pass, her classmate, Brooks Raker, stumbles on a ...more
    Shauna
    Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shawn Burgess is an author to watch. If his next works are anything like his debut novel, The Tear Collector, he’ll be on a big time roll.

    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
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    Amber
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Let’s just say I pretty much neglected my family and work while reading this book as I could not put it down. I don’t typically read this genre as I’m too much of a scaredy-cat but I was hooked in the first few chapters. After the first night I did have to stop reading it before falling asleep. Grief Hollow had a way of creeping into my dreams.
    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
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    Levi Krain
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Tear Collector is the exciting, excellent debut novel from Shawn Burgess. At its heart, it is a supernatural mystery thriller.

    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
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    Wyatt
    Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Tear Collector is a fast paced horror-thriller that captured me in a number of ways, many of them unexpected.

    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
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    Heather Riley
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The tear collector is a fast paced read that grabs the reader right away, making it an instant page-turner. The storytelling is vivid, gripping and suspenseful. The characters are diverse and very well-developed – youi become quickly invested in each of their story lines from the start.

    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
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    Dawn Hosmer
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I had the privilege of reading an Advanced Reader Copy of Shawn Burgess' debut novel, The Tear Collector. This book had everything a reader could possibly want - an intriguing & well-developed cast of characters, evocative prose, a suspenseful plot, so many twists & turns, and loads of delightful creepiness. The story centers around the town of Harper Pass and talks about the mysterious happenings in the area, specifically Grief Hollow. Shawn's description is so on-point that most of the ...more
    Kalah McLaughlin
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shawn Burgess kindly allowed me to read an Advanced Reader Copy of his debut. The Tear Collector is fast paced and filled with tension. The story reminded me of Stranger Things, in that it revolves around a group of young friends battling a messed-up kind of evil in their town, but don’t let that comparison steer you into thinking you’ve heard this story before. Burgess is a mastermind with his prose, character development, and dark creativity. You’ll become attached to the protagonist and his ...more
    Kathleen Gauton
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shawn Burgess' debut novel "The Tear Collector" is a high stakes adventure about a band of friends thrown into the deep end of a supernatural conspiracy that challenges everything they thought they knew.

    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
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    Thomas Torrington
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was fortunate enough to be asked to read an advance copy of The Tear Collector and while it isn't my usual choice of genre, the story sounded interesting and I jumped at the opportunity.

    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
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    D.K. Marie
    Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This story was fantastic. I grew up reading horror, devouring them in middle and high school but fell off reading them in college. The characters and stories no longer entertaining me, scaring me enough. I figured I outgrew them, my taste changing (which I'm sure is part of it).

    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
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    Sevannah Storm
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The first chapter is serene, kids out in the forest playing but soon, I'm drawn into deeper darker secrets that keep me on the edge of my seat. A Stranger-Things-feel coats this story yet it's unique, sometimes funny and often true to life.
    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!
    Diana Mooney
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: done
    Shawn Burgess' debut novel, The Tear Collector, is a fast paced and engaging tale about a group of young friends caught up in the strange happenings of Harper Pass. The characters are well developed and Shawn's skillful use of dialogue captures each person's personality. His story reminds me of two of my favorite authors, Stephen King and Dean Koontz! I'm looking forward to reading further creations from this talented author.
    Irrationalpoet
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Tear Collector pulls you in immediately, piques your curiosity, and compels you to read on to see what happens next!

    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
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    Alicia Sophia
    Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shawn Burgess's debut novel "The Tear Collecter" was everything I was looking forward to reading. Within the first few chapters, I was hooked. The plot was compelling, with relateable characters that sucked you into the pages. I haven't read much speculative fiction, but take my advice and read this book, you won't be mad that you did.
    KARIANE T
    Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Tear collector is a book unlike no other. It is addicting and suspenseful as it evolves into a gripping story that won’t let you put the book down. This is a brilliant must read! Nice job Shawn Burgess, I would love to see this as a movie!
    Lea Goodsell
    Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a compelling story and has a backdrop and story that feels so current and relevant. Can’t wait to read more from this author!
    Dmshepard
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The parallels we find between fiction and real life at times can be ironic and unsettling at the same time. Shawn Burgess’s The Tear Collector is paranormal thriller/horror novel about a group of boys in a small town who are trying to help the police find their missing classmate, Margo Combs. She’s an autistic girl who has gone missing in the woods. As the clues come unraveled and bodies pile up, they realize that Grief Hollow, is more than just a name.

    Shawn asked me to ARC read his novel months
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    Alyssa Duke
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shawn Burgess' debut novel is chilling, thrilling, and will leave you wanting more. As a huge horror fan, I really enjoyed the twists and turns. The main character, Brooks, has a strong voice and one that resonated with me as I was once a small-town pre-teen. All of the characters were full of depth and therefore the novel became a living, breathing story. It's like a mix of Stranger Things and IT, while also maintaining its own and not sacrificing itself to all the tropes. I look forward to the ...more
    Katy Shelor
    Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was sent this book to read for my honest review. I have not read a massive amount of horror but I have enjoyed Joe Hill, Steven King, and recently, Kealan Patrick Burke. I had no idea what to expect but I honestly blew through this book. I don't think of myself as someone who gets super scared but one night I found myself getting up to check all of the windows and doors to make sure they were locked! lol. I don't want to give away spoilers but if you like thrillers, horrors or murder ...more
    Colleen Storiz
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I'm normally not a fan of horror and I try to avoid them - especially if I want to sleep. But, I follow Shawn Burgess on Twitter (his clips of his writing really impressed me) and when I saw that his book was being published, I knew I had to read it and I'm so glad that I did. He has opened up a whole new genre for me to read and enjoy! The Tear Collector to me is Stephen King's It meets Netflix's Stranger Things. The friendship formed between the characters was reminiscent of my childhood with ...more
    Karen Rhodes
    Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    After following Shawn Burgess on Twitter and reading extracts from his debut novel, I was extremely honoured to read an advanced copy of The Tear Collector, and found I couldn't put it down. The story kept me interested all the way through, with its fast pace, all action chapters and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I loved the totally believable interaction between the younger characters and became fully immersed in their story. Looking forward to more suspense from the sequel, ...more
    Mike B
    Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Definitely worth a read by this first time author! The way I tell that a book is for me is that when I am done with a chapter and ready to stop, I always find myself reading two or three more. Very easy, entertaining, and character forward book that makes you want to read more to see what will happen next. Recommended for all ages, especially those who are fans of the horror genre, or television shows like Stranger Things. Looking forward to the sequel!
    Sarah L.
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was a fantastic book to read. It was very suspenseful and thrilling. I couldn’t put the book down. I hope this author continues his talent and I look forward to his next book!
    Sezgi
    Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Tear Collector is the first debut novel of Shawn Burgess; an upcoming speculative mystery author. The plot of the book is really succesful. It seems like a coherent mix of Stranger Things, mad scientist and other various mystery and science fiction stories and archetypes that we all know and love, with of course the author’s original and distinctive narrative style. So far, the plot is as coherent as it can be, no gaping holes or inconsistencies to draw the reader away from the story. Rather ...more
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