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Perfect Nightmare [Kindle Edition]

John Saul
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

John Saul’s chilling psychological thriller is a harrowing tale of the darkness that lurks in seemingly ordinary places.

When teenager Lindsay Marshall disappears from her bedroom one night, the police suspect that she’s just another runaway, sulking over her family’s impending move. But her mother, Kara, suspects something more sinister.

In her frantic search for answers, Kara is befriended by Patrick Shields, whose wife and daughter were killed in a house fire. He, too, suspects something evil is afoot.

As more people begin to disappear from houses that are up for sale, Patrick and Kara’s suspicions are confirmed: someone is stalking their peaceful community, walking undetected among them, and harvesting humans for a foul purpose no sane person could ever imagine.



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About the Author

Born in Pasadena, California, John Saul attended college in California, Montana, and Ohio but never obtained a degree. His debut hit, Suffer the Children, was the first in a long line of bestsellers that have been published worldwide. His novel Cry for the Strangers was made into a TV movie, and he has written several one-act plays that have been produced in Los Angeles and Seattle. A winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Writers Conference, John is actively involved in the development of other writers. He splits his time between Seattle and Hawaii, where he enjoys golf, bridge, and cooking.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2898 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JGXEJKO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Pasadena, California, John Saul attended college in California, Montana, and Ohio but never obtained a degree. His debut hit, Suffer the Children, was the first in a long line of bestsellers that have been published worldwide. His novel Cry for the Strangers was made into a TV movie, and he has written several one-act plays that have been produced in Los Angeles and Seattle. A winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Writers Conference, John is actively involved in the development of other writers. He splits his time between Seattle and Hawaii, where he enjoys golf, bridge, and cooking.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Perfect Nightmare was originally published in 2005. The book runs to approx. 386 pages and is an easy read. Shouldn't take you to long to get through it.

What's it about?. The mystery begins with a disappearance. Teenager, Lindsay, goes missing from her bedroom during the night. Did she run away because of family trouble or was there something more sinister?.

Saul builds up a troubled family history and slowly injects light, psychological tension. It appears people are disappearing from a series of houses recently put on the market for sale. Might that be the link to Lindsay?. I'm not telling you!. As the search for the missing continues to build, two unlikely people draw closer together while a darker character stalks the neighbourhood.

Perfect Nightmare isn't a great story. It's a decent story and fine if you're looking for a more gentle thriller with some decently worked tension and eeriness. If you like your fiction 'hard boiled' you'll be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bone chilling terror 10 Dec. 2014
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It has been a long time since I have read a book like this one. This is a dark psychological thriller beyond imagination. It does take a little while to get going, but once it does it is the perfect companion to burn away that midnight oil. When cheerleader Lindsay Marshall disappears from her bedroom one night, the nightmare for her parents has just began. The police ignore her mother's fears that she has been abducted, believing her to be just another runaway. But once other women begin to disappear in similar circumstances, the unimaginable evil lurking in the background fuels a nightmare without end. Packed with heart wrenching suspense, sheer horror and plenty of twists and turns, this truly is the stuff of nightmares. This was my first book by John Saul, I will definitely read many more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better 25 July 2014
By Marie
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I enjoyed this book but a little more suspense and horror would have been welcome. I found the voice of the killer a little stilted and not really dread inducing. Worth a read but instantly forgettable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average story 16 July 2014
By Minimoo
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John Saul has definitely written better novels, this, for me, was pretty average. I also didn't realise, as another reviewer has commented, that this is a re-release so I'm pretty lucky I haven't read it before or I would have been a little disappointed.

The story itself doesn't gather any real pace until the end, it kind of plods along mainly between the thoughts and feelings of Lindsey, her friends and family, and the madman, who, I must admit, I found to be quite obvious - though his reasons for doing what he does, not so obvious until the end.

For the current price of 99p, if you're a fan of this genre or John Saul it's worth a punt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good gripping novel 26 July 2014
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First time read for me and enjoyed it immensely, was a bit predictable from middle onwards but still good. Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars John Saul Perfect Nightmare 1 Oct. 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book too .Will probably read more by same author at later date
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tantalizing fantastic. 10 Nov. 2014
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Wow! Another great book I simply couldn't put down. So many twists and turns, I just didn't want it to end. Never expected the ending so that keeps the reader in so much suspense. It was every mother's nightmare and the title of this book says it all. Don't read it at bedtime as it may give you nightmares. Wonderfully written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 23 July 2014
By Pamela
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Good read but for me confusing at times quite gritty
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