Join us at the East Coast,
where bodies burn to toast.
A vacation that is heavened,
like bread that is unleavened.
Here’s a toast to the cursed one.
Too bad he thinks he has won.
MEET ME IN MAINE
The bookstore is dark.
I turn on the lights.
Rows of bookcases loom tall.
I open the curtains.
The Florida sun flows in through picture windows.
Bright squares fall across the floor.
The perfect spot for comfy couches and chairs.
A counter with stools to the right,
where I would serve coffee and pastries.
Book stacks to the left.
Yes, it’s all coming alive to me.
A bookstore/ coffee shop
in the seaside town of Oasis.
Little did I know of the otherworldly plans
taking place at the same time as mine.
Plans that are in no way
as peaceful and innocent as mine.
THE DEAD GAME
Welcome to the Oasis Hotel
on the coast of Florida.
We have pools, beaches, and cabanas.
Vibrant sunshine and warm nights.
A favorite retreat for the young and wealthy.
Ignore the dark shadows at night.
Only one tourist disappears each year.
The rest of our guests have memorable vacations.
Come and play with us.
THE DEAD GAME
Susanne Leist debut novel The Dead Game is a gripping, terror filled read from the opening! Linda moves to the small, quaint ocean front town Oasis located along Northern Florida’s coastline. She paints a picturesque scene reminding me of Neptune Beach or any beach further North, I’m a North Florida resident, with the exception of the hill but it’s a book and anything can happen and in this fabulous read it does. As breathtaking as Oasis is the town is full of evil. Protagonist Linda opens a small bookstore and makes friends with all the other young adults in town. There is a distinct separation between the young and the older residents who live on the hill and have creepy green windows. All the young townsfolk are invited to a party at End House, the ultra creepy house at the end of the hill. The spooky fun and games begin here.
The Dead Game is filled with nonstop surprises that kept my toes curled. When I thought they had solved and ended one dilemma another popped up. Deadly twists and turns wreak havoc on the residents of Oasis as supernatural creatures play horrifying games.
Did I mention the vampires? I love supernatural reads and don’t want to read something that’s been done before. Susanne’s take on vampires is fresh and new but you’ll have to read to know. She takes the age old vampire legend and turns it into something I’ve never read before piquing my intrigue. I don’t believe in giving away spoilers but I will say this novel is left with a cliffhanger that has me hungering for a sequel.
Susanne Leist has a strong visual imagination, vividly depicting the coastal town, strange citizens and the gothic End House. The brief vampiric ‘romance’ scene with Wolf and Linda was especially convincing and suitably creepy.
SOAR HIGH ABOVE.
NEVER HAVING TO TOUCH DOWN.