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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  675 ratings  ·  71 reviews

A chilling tale that could only come from the pen of the bestselling wizard of suspense, Whitley Strieber. Here is a story so terrifying it will leave you breathless. Whitley Strieber's newest novel about a young boy who is kidnapped by a deranged misfit is a shocking look into the dark soul of a psychopath. Whitley Strieber is also the author of such novels as Communion a

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Paperback, 387 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Berkley (first published August 20th 1990)
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Rickey
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I found this older paperback laying around and decided to read it because the title is the same as my father’s name, Billy. I know that’s a strange reason, but that’s why I read this book. I didn’t read the quick blip on the back of the book, but quickly found that it was about a child abduction – not my usual or favorite reading fare.

Although the book seems to be based on a true story, it is fiction. Its beginning is chilling as you get into the mind of the abductor, Barton Royal, while he is s
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Cody | CodysBookshelf
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintage-horror
Though this book was not marketed as horror, it certainly fits into the genre — quite comfortably, in fact. It’s the Thomas Harris sort of horror: scares mixed with an indelible crime investigation. And while this 1990 novel about a kidnapping does not offer the sort of complexity as seen in Red Dragon, it isn’t necessary. This is a knockout.

I have to say this up front: I could not give this five stars. The writing is excellent, as is the plotting and characterization. Whitley Strieber is obvio
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The Basics

A psychopathic kidnapper by the name of Barton sets his sights on Billy. In Barton’s twisted mind, Billy is going to be his salvation, his happy family he’s always wanted. Billy is abducted from his home, his family desperate to find him, as Barton tries to convince Billy he is the only family he’ll ever need.

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Wow, this book is dark. I read a lot of dark fiction, but there’s something about throwing a kid into the mix that takes it to a whole new level. This was published in
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Liliana Blum
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Billy es un predecesor de El monstruo pentápodo que yo no conocía.
Creo que Whitley Strieber, cuando no habla de su abducción por extraterrestres, es un buen narrador. Muy recomendable.
Laura
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book for years and years and haven't really wanted to read it but I finally pulled it out. Even though it wasn't one that I had a hard time putting it down I couldn't get enough of it while I was reading it. I didn't go through a range of emotions but my body was involved and I had a tense stomach and body as I became absorbed by the suspense of it all. It grabbed me from the very beginning which has been rare these days with the books I have read and this one kept me involved unti ...more
Maicie
There were flashes of brilliance throughout the book – the description of the kidnapper picking out his next victim, chilling self-talk of the abductor convincing himself that he’s not a pedophile/child killer, and the abducted boy’s descent into his own mind when things become unbearable. But something was off kilter just enough to keep the fourth star out of reach. It's worth reading once.
Rebecca McNutt
Billy was very eerie and strange, and a gripping novel that takes readers down a dark path involving murder and horror.
Lola
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best book ever best ending ever, Camila should read it.
Jessica Deschaines
Oh, look, another "Evil Transvestite" trope. Give me a break.
Patricia
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never read a book where children have been kidnaped by a Psycho... It really tears at the heart and what a family must go through. Even though this book is pretty much fiction, it tore at my heart because you know this does happen in real life... New Author for me and I like his writing!!!
Kristyn
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This book was good, but not great. It started out interesting, then the middle was a bit boring, and then it got interesting again towards the end. The parts about the parents and sister could have been shorter or fewer. Their perspective wasn't all that interesting. I would have rather read more about what was going on in Barton's head and what Billy was going through. Some of it was a bit implausible, but most fiction is so I can look past that. This is a quick read if you want to read it on t ...more
Kim
Nov 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood chilling. Every parents nightmare.
Mark Sims
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very scary book. Intense reading.
Collezionedistorie
Il primo libro da molto, molto tempo che sa togliermi il sonno, ipnotizzarmi al punto di non poterlo chiudere, e mi terrorizza a tal punto da dover sbirciare l'ultimo capitolo, perché dovevo, dovevo sapere se Billy Neary sarebbe sopravvissuto.
Viene rapito, Billy, da un predatore di bambini. Viene rapito anche se è una vittima a basso rischio, amato dalla sua famiglia, curato, protetto, ma i suoi bravi genitori e la sua sorella tanto amica non bastano a difenderlo da Barton Royal, il mostro, l'u
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Dana Bol-Koster
I couldn't put this book down, but this was mostly because my mother in law told me that she cried when she read it. So I was really curious what that was al about. And yes, I also cried. But eventhough I didn't like this book much. It was creepy at times, but not really realistic. I don't think a little boy can behave like Billy behaves in this book.
Elisa Vangelisti
Aug 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abbandonato
Quando metto in wishlist un titolo, a volte passa diverso tempo prima di riuscire a recuperarlo e ormai ha messo radici. Quindi lo richiedo senza nemmeno ricordarmi che trama ha (cosa che si presume abbia fatto la prima volta che il romanzo di Whitley e io ci siamo incrociati). Niente di più sbagliato. A prescindere dal fatto che avrei dovuto leggermi l’incipt prima di farlo, lo stile di questo autore è troppo lento e non riesco proprio a farmelo piacere. Inoltre lasciamo perdere i bambini tortu ...more
michelle devine
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
heart wrenching

Fantastic book couldn’t put down felt every bit of pain for billy his parents and sister worth a read but very brutal and realistic with facts which make you very wary of children being aloud outside
Roger
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gruesome read. Would not recommend
Thea Sauer
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story, a little morbid but great!
lethe
Opmerking 2019:
Ik herinner me dit als spannend maar heel onaangenaam. Zou dit nooit meer willen lezen.
Agnes Larsen
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This bitch emotional
Mrs
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrifying, creepy and twisted! This will leave you guessing until the very end. Just when you think you got it figured out, nope, another twist.
Krystl Louwagie
2006 Review:

Ok, for the most part, this book was stupid. It's about a man that kidnaps a boy named Billy. The boy is between the ages of 9 and 12-they do give his real age, but I don't remember.
This book took me a really long time to read. The parts with the kidnapper-Barton, and the boy, Billy, were somewhat interesting but any part that had to do with the police and especially with the parents should be completely skipped. Those parts were all annoying, and boring, and just really dumb.

Ok. So,
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Miranda
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Billy is a fantastic novel, full of tension, moments of horror, and dynamic characters. But my favourite aspect of the novel, by far, is how much time it dedicates to its antagonist.

Billy Neary, a 12-year-old boy, has been living a fairly happy life with his parents and sister. But one afternoon, Billy attracts the attention of Barton Royal, a man who has been searching the area where Billy lives for a young boy to take home with him. Barton wants a son, and Billy's good looks, intelligence, and
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Peachy
Billy is a haunting, suspense novel that tackles the terrifying topic of stranger abduction. I tore through this book under the perception that it was based on a true story. After reading it I found it hard to believe that the sequence of events outlined could possibly be factual, especially based on the statistics surrounding abductions by psychopaths. I come to find out that it is, if anything, loosely based on John Wayne Gacy, and that it is in no way an accurate depiction of his gruesome cri ...more
Peachy
Billy is a haunting, suspense novel that tackles the terrifying topic of stranger abduction. I tore through this book under the perception that it was based on a true story. After reading it I found it hard to believe that the sequence of events outlined could possibly be factual, especially based on the statistics surrounding abductions by psychopaths. I come to find out that it is, if anything, loosely based on John Wayne Gacy, and that it is in no way an accurate depiction of his gruesome cri ...more
P.S. Winn
Billy is a typical kid, maybe a little smarter than some, but just a kid. When he sees a man in his backyard, he tells his dad, but by then the man is gone. Of course, he's not gone for good and when he returns it is to kidnap the boy he wants for a son. Ths novel is about child abduction and how it affects the family and it is also a story of trying to survive when you are faced with your worst nightmare. I found the book to be more of a look at what the side effects can be and how families dea ...more
Dave
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took awhile to kick into gear, which eventually it did. I really thought that, although the book began slowly and my attention meandered for a bit, it ultimately goes in the books for me as a gripping story of a young boy's survival when kidnapped by a schizophrenic sociopath. The antagonist, who seems rather tame early one exhibits progressively more violent and disturbing tendencies as we delve deeper into the heart of the book. The last third of this book makes it worthy in my eyes as propel ...more
Nigel Pawson
I read the blurb and wonder if I listened to the same book as is described here. This is a well written story about an ordinary boy that is kidnapped out of his home, by someone who thinks they can give him a proper home. It's very plausible and makes you wonder, do I know where my children are? As it develops you see the story from both sides, but it didn't make me breathless - probably seen too many thrillers on TV? It is thought provoking, and with Roddy McDowell reading it you feel the drama ...more
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Jul 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the macabre
Trashy pulp in the vein of "Hostel" or "Captivity," but a true page turner and fast read.
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Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was very creepy--you got to see the points of view of both the serial killer pedophile and the young boy he stalks and kidnaps.
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Dec 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
as happened with The Grays the neat 3-act narrative resolution was a bit of a let down (for me). I loved the writing though, the emotion, the edge-of-seat.
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American writer best known for his novels The Wolfen,The Hunger and Warday and for Communion, a non-fiction description of his experiences with apparent alien contact. He has recently made significant advances in understanding this phenomenon, and has published his new discoveries in Solving the Communion Enigma.

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