THE DEAD GAME
There is something painfully wrong about the seemingly perfect town of Oasis
Format: Kindle Edition
The opening pages of “The Dead Game” grab you at the ankles and drag into the deeper story. There is something painfully wrong about the seemingly perfect town of Oasis. Without getting into spoilers, here’s my take. Leist’s cast of characters are interesting in and of themselves. They do leave you wanting to get to know them better; yet, as in real life you only get to see the sides and masks that others want you to see. That, to me, was the author’s point. Everyone in Oasis seems to have an agenda, and it’s hard to know what to believe. With that in mind, Leist does a great job of bringing to life the picturesque town of Oasis, and the menacing End House. The book is reminiscent of tales like “House on Haunted Hill,” yet with its own twists on the supernatural thriller. The story is well-paced and the dangers faced by Leist’s characters feels terrifyingly real. All in all, a good read. I look forward to reading more works from this author.
May 16, 2015
If you moved to a new town, opened a business, and strange things started to happen- would you stay? The main character in the story decides to stay long after I myself would have left. I had to keep reading the book to find out why menacing events in the community were occurring with greater and greater frequency. The author, Susanne Leist, combines several genres to tell her murder mystery. The book is a fast read. There are lots of twists, turns, supernatural things happening, Vampire conflicts, there’s a love story, and too much more to list. The narrative is put together very nicely and the dialog is very entertaining. As I came to the end of the book I thought about the Fourth of July and the grand finale- things in the story kept coming at you at an unbelievable pace and just when you thought it was over, there was a new development. Well done. This book is a good read.
5.0 out of 5 stars deliberately leads the reader into a Pandora’s Box, creating a paradoxical effect that is most imaginative and rare…….., February 17, 2015
Usually I don’t like vampire stories, their trite and Susanne Leist’s “The Dead Game” is like a scavenger hunt with a twist of the board game “Clue”. Every character is like a chess piece and just when you think you’ve got checkmate, you realize the game isn’t over yet. Leist has added a refreshing twist with this with a lot of plot twists which prolongs the suspense aspect which keeps the intrigue intense. It’s like Hollywood story meets “The Munsters.” Starting with the haunted house deliberately leads the reader into a Pandora’s Box, creating a paradoxical effect that is most imaginative and rare. Very creative!