The Tear Collector
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The writing has a simplistic feel to it, making it easy for me to fall right in and get ...more
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 ...more
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
This is a horror, thriller, mystery read that made my eyes read on when my brain was shouting look away! A ...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
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 ...more
Shawn asked me to ARC read his novel months ...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
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
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 ...more
I made the fatal mistake of beginning to read this book shortly ...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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...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