The misdeeds of our ancestors are debts passed from generation to generation. They lurk, hidden in the shadows, waiting for the right time to be collected. For the residents of Harper Pass—their debt is due.
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Have you seen Margo Combs?
Contact Detective Holt (918) 555-0155
You may choose to remain anonymous.
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When a young autistic girl goes missing from a small Appalachian community, the residents of Harper Pass descend into chaos. Brooks Raker and his friends stumble across the police investigation, and as they dig deeper into the mysterious events, the boys realize the fate of their missing classmate pales in comparison with the evil lurking in the shadows of the quiet little town.
With four boys who believe something sinister is at work, and an ambitious reporter breathing down his neck, Detective Holt of the Harper Pass Police Department must confront his doubts and follow the evidence. A chain of disappearances and suspicious deaths, leads Holt to the doorstep of the mysterious and reclusive Professor Wadlow who may know exactly what has come to collect in Harper Pass.
Can the detective and the boys work together to unravel the dark secrets of Harper Pass before those secrets devour them all?
Grief Hollow was the location of a terrible fire that resulted in the death of a young girl.
Running away from bullies, Brooks meets Margo in the hollow….she says the collector is coming and when he turns around, Margo is gone. But, he hears voices and sees a snake like mist….terrified he runs and finally meets up with his friends, Tee and Robby.
They later find out Margo is missing and so Brooks tells the police he’d seen her in Grief Hollow and so a search begins.
As some creepy, spooky events occur, this story becomes darker.
I have to say this is quite reminiscent of Stephen King’s IT, as it’s set in a small town with a group of young friends and something creepy in the woods. But, that in no way detracts from this atmospheric thriller with some genuinely tension filled moments.
A well written horror-thriller with well developed characters and a fantastic sense of place and atmosphere. At 400 pages this is something to really get your teeth into.
Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shawn Burgess has a BA in English from the University of Florida, and he focused on literature for his postgraduate studies at the University of North Florida. His travels have taken him to most parts of the country, where he often drew inspiration for his stories through meeting interesting people and experiencing unique places. Beware! If you find yourself behaving curiously within the crosshairs of his vision you might end up on one of his pages. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys travelling, attending concerts, reading, and playing golf. He typically makes year-round preparations for Halloween by building props and elaborate sets. Shawn claims Jacksonville, Florida as his home, but he has lived all over the southeastern United States. Many of his stories are set in those towns he once called home, or in fictional places inspired by them. He says, “I enjoy building upon the natural mysteries surrounding those areas I’ve personally experienced.” The Tear Collector is Shawn’s debut novel, but he’s currently working on a YA Fantasy novel, as well as The Tear Collector’s sequel. He is active on social media, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Goodreads Author Page: Shawn Burgess