The Screaming

Author: David Graham

Publisher: Frostbite Publishing

Rating: 2 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb:What causes an adolescent – straight A student Brandon P Marshall – to walk downstairs naked, armed with a pair of Glocks, and go all Charles Manson on his family? This is only one in the horrifying trail of incidents that brings together Detective Sergeant Dale Franklin of the Kansas City Police Department and his poster-boy rookie, Steve Abrams.
Meanwhile, across the pond, Dai Williams, in Battersea London, safe inside his improvised Faraday cage, is coming to terms with his special talents – talents that will take ‘getting-into-the-mind-of-the-killer’ to a whole new level.
Al-Qaeda? Drugs Cartels? Internet freaks? David Graham’s The Screaming leaves no possibility untouched as Dai enters a bizarre and horrifying world where kids scream.


Warning: This review contains spoilers


Review: What the heck did I just read?  It was advertised as a thriller, and that’s what I was expecting.  What I got was something else, but I’m not sure what.  A little bit paranormal with a good bit of pretty juvenile sexual tension thrown in.  “Cute as a cupcake” was used a couple of times for one of the protagonists to describe the other.  What?  I have heard more interesting talk from 14 year old boys.

And there was boy on boy as well as boy on girl relationships in the story.  Neither of those parings were concerning to me…love is love and attraction is attraction.  That had potential, and I have to applaud any author with the courage to mix the romance in that way.  But, dang it, they all just seemed so immature, and they were young-ish, but their internal musings and dialog needed to…grow…up.

As for the book itself?  It’s a mess.  I didn’t  know from one page to the next who’s pov I was reading… if they were thinking it or saying it out loud.  I backtracked a lot trying to figure that out.  I didn’t know which town they were in or what case they were looking at…there were several…without more backtracking.  And the story can be summarized quite easily…


If your younger teenagers have a cell phone, play computer games and eat a lot of trans fats in fast food, their brains will start to disintegrate and they will kill you in a horrible, gruesome manner before killing themselves, until someone with a special “gift” comes along and figures it all out in one page.  End spoiler

I started to close this book several times and just give it up.  I was, however, really pleased to see an author use both m/m and m/f relationships in a single story.  It does happen, but not often, so I read every page as a courtesy to the author.  If you are thinking of reading this book because of the excellent blurb, my advice is to….


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