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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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Published December 2nd 2019 by Rhetaskew Publishing
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    A fast-paced paranormal thriller being compared to Stranger Things and Stephen King's IT.

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    Rebecca McNutt
    The Tear Collector is a timely horror novel, in the vein of Stephen King, Stranger Things, The Lady in White and Slenderman in terms of its style. A group of young people in their small town get much more than they bargained for when local kids start going missing, starting with Margo Combs, an autistic girl in the woods on the outskirts. Strange, uncanny and spooky phenomena begins to unfold, including sightings of Margo (who seems unaware of the fact that she's missing). This sad and tragic ...more
    Sarah
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    I’ve seen others say that The Tear Collector has a feel of Stephen King with the story being centred around four boys, you’ll probably know The Body better as the film Stand By Me. In a way I would agree, we get to see the boys’ friendship and their bond grow through out as well having some very horrible bullies who are out for blood. Other than that though, this is an author who very much has his own voice.

    The writing has a simplistic feel to it, making it easy for me to fall right in and get
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    Lou
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Tear Collector is Shawn Burgess's debut and a cross between a thriller and a horror novel with elements of the paranormal, mystery and even a young adult feel at times. It is also the first in a series, and if this is anything to go by the sequel is going to be intensely gripping. I rarely read horror and find that it appears to be a neglected genre with very few horror books being published. I am pleased I picked this up as it sounded like a homage to the one and only Stephen King, and it ...more
    Rob
    Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
    I liked the pacing, lots of things happening with little down time, plus the author definitely knows how to write the personalities of boys in the age range of 12 to 14. The writing is good, except for parts where I found it a little melodramatic and redundant. Otherwise, worth the read.

    Thanks, Shawn.
    Shalini
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Wow!! I didn't expect to like this book so much. No offense to the author.

    The book started with the main character Brooks and his friends being bullied. Then came a missing girl, a so called mad professor, a weird man, a dead body, and a murderer.

    My first book by author Shawn Burgess, and what an unexpected read it was. Man, I was sucked in... No idea if it was the writing or the strange characters in the book!! Just kidding. Got to be honest, the writing was quite different for me to get the
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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
    Susan Hampson
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: author-reads
    If you enjoy books by Stephen King then this book is probably up your street. Set in the small town of Harper Pass, deep in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America, everyone knows everyone else and their business as families have lived there for generations. So when a young autistic girl goes missing it affects the whole community but strange sightings of her are very disturbing.
    This is a horror, thriller, mystery read that made my eyes read on when my brain was shouting look away! A
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    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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    Jennifer Soucy
    Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Riveting!

    Horror stories with kids as the protagonists have been popular since Stephen King's It and The Body (to name a few). We've also seen this over the years with Spielburg and now The Duffer Brothers. And guess what - it's still a trope worth exploring, as Burgess proves here.

    The Tear Collector features child heroes, but this is not a kiddy story - almost as gruesome as the darkest of contemporary fairy tales. Something bad is happening in Harpers Pass, radiating from the creepily named
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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
    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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    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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    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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    Robert Rodenkirch
    Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Make this one into a movie already!

    This thriller moves quick! I was hooked by page 3 and when I got to end, I wanted more. While taking breaks from reading to do things like, go to work, I found myself thinking about the book and trying to figure out where the story was going – I was not successful.

    Shawn Burgess delivers a captivating and well written story that made me laugh out loud, angered me and occasionally made me ask ‘what the bleep’? This story follows a group of young boys through
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    Amanda
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely love to discover new authors and Shawn Burgess is most definitely a new author for me. 'The Tear Collector' is a bit out of my comfort zone because I don't usually read horror type books but they do say that a change is as good as a rest so without further ado I sat down and started to read. I really did enjoy reading 'The Tear Collector' even if it did scare the crap out of me at times, but more about that in a bit.
    I made the fatal mistake of beginning to read this book shortly
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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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    Kerry https://likeherdingcatsblog.wordpress.com Robinson
    What a superb, spine tingling debut novel!

    Although this book could easily be placed in the horror genre, I found it more a psychological thriller. What could be more intense than the mysterious disappearance of a young autistic girl and a bunch of strange goings on that have little explanation? For me horror lies in the things I cannot see, the things that are there but can only be imagined and this novel really plays on those fears.

    Fans of 'buddy' movies such as Stranger Things (I know, not a
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    Jeremy Stewart
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    *I was sent a copy from Shawn in exchange for my honest review*

    This is his debut novel. This book is classified as a young adult thriller.

    I was absolutely invested in this novel from page one on. The writing of this author is absolutely spectacular. He did an amazing job of keeping me on my toes while delivering a spooky yet astoundingly thrilling novel. There were a few times that I jumped out of my seat while reading this. By far one of the best debut novels I have ever read. when I saw the
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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
    H.G. Sansostri
    Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shawn Burgess’ ‘The Tear Collector’ is a terrifying tale of the Markland X crew in the town of Harper’s Pass, the site of a horrific accident that took place many years prior to the main setting of the story. It follows the story of Brook, a teenage boy who joins the Markland X crew (formed by Robby and Tee) and encounters some strange and terrifying happenings.

    But I’m not gonna say any more about the story. Explaining it away in a review would feel like robbing you readers of the opportunity
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    Jessica Belmont
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I was sucked intoThe Tear Collectorfrom the beginning. I was absolutely excited by the plot and I had a lot of trouble putting this one down. This is my first read from Shawn Burgess and you can be sure it won’t be my last. The writing…the characters…yeah, this was awesome.

    I love horror. It might be my favorite genre (shh, don’t tell Fantasy that). When it is done right, the story seeps into you, and makes it difficult for you to stop thinking about it long after you finish reading.

    This also had
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    Susan Dalessandro
    Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Tear Collector, by Shawn Burgess, especially with so many other readers comparing it to Stranger Things, one of my favorite series. The Tear Collector did not disappoint! It's a fast-paced thriller with elements of the supernatural and horror, that focuses on a small town's search for a missing girl. At its heart, it's a story about a group of friends who band together and work to uncover the town's long dormant secrets which they suspect are related to 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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