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The King of Terrors (a psychological thriller combining mystery, crime and suspense) [Kindle Edition]

D. M. Mitchell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Prepare to have your beliefs about life and death turned upside down...

With his acknowledged individual storytelling expertise, D. M. Mitchell pens yet another taut psychological thriller with a difference that twists and turns to its deliciously devious and unexpected conclusion. Discover for yourself why D. M. Mitchell is being hailed as one of the most exciting new writers of thriller and supernatural tales in the UK.

From reviews of The King of Terrors:

'Artfully written to keep the reader wanting more...'
'This book is the best yet, having all the twists and turns expected now of this author.'
'DM Mitchell proved his abilities with Max and House of the Wicked, and this new one for fans of his style should not takes a lot to scare me!'
'I had a hard time putting this book down'
'An extremely well written book. Would love to read a sequel.'
'Mitchell's books become increasingly "want more"!'
'I really enjoyed this book. I bought it on a whim and I am glad I did.'

“Hell, sir, I haven’t seen anything like this in all the time I’ve been on the force.” He took a cigarette from a silver case, offered me one, which I refused. “Are you sure you don’t want one?’ he said as he flicked his lighter into life and touched the flame to the end of the cigarette. “You might find you’ll need it.”

It begins in the year 1929. DCI Thomas Rayne discovers the decomposed body of an unknown man in a Suffolk barn, a strange black symbol painted on the barn wall. A crime that Inspector Rayne never solved. A case he would go to his death calling his Curse.

More than eighty years later in 2011, guilt-ridden Gareth Davies seeks a quiet life in rural Wales. But his self-enforced solitude is soon to be violently shattered. Driving home one night in a snowstorm he knocks down and nearly kills a mysterious young woman in a country lane.

He doesn’t know it but his life will never be the same again. The woman claims to be his twin sister Erica – a sister he never knew he had, because his unknown mother abandoned him in 1976 as a baby at Cardiff Central railway station. But his newfound sister brings with her a dire warning: his life is in great danger. When she disappears unexpectedly, he decides he must find her. That’s when his nightmare truly begins.

Police find false ID papers in a Manchester flat, bearing Davies’ photo; a flat in which a woman has been murdered. Moreover, the details of the gruesome murder mirror those exactly of the man found in the barn by DCI Rayne in 1929.

Why is Davies being followed by a strange Canadian man? Why is ninety-year-old Sir David Lambert-Chide, wealthy pharmaceutical giant, desperate to find Davies’ sister too? Who is the attractive but mysterious red-haired woman who warns him he is being hunted by the deadly Doradus? And who or what exactly is Doradus?

What becomes clear is that someone wants him dead, whilst others want him very much alive. His life in the balance, he finds he’s being hunted for reasons he cannot fathom, with no one to turn to, not knowing who to trust and caught up in dark forces many hundreds of years old.

Entering Dean Koontz territory, The King of Terrors is a breathtaking rollercoaster of a thriller that never lets up from its gripping and mystifying beginning to its shocking conclusion. With an array of well-drawn, memorable characters, its many delicious twists and turns and its complex, intelligently written, multi-stranded plot, this is D. M. Mitchell at his most ingenious, dark and profound.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1204 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009I3TO4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You can now follow D. M. Mitchell on Facebook and on Twitter at D. M. Mitchell@dmtheauthor, or visit his official website at for book details, his blog on how to be a successful writer, latest releases and author biographies etc.

D. M. Mitchell has been compared to Ruth Rendell, Martina Cole, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Linwood Barclay, Dickens and even the Bronte sisters! This wide array of writing styles is appropriate - though Mitchell is known for his psychological thrillers, he is determined that each of them will be different, so they might be set in different eras, may be straightforward thrillers or have a supernatural or horror twist, and he avoids like the plague the standard and unimaginative serial killer format! You'll find he uses different styles of writing to suit different types of books - it also keeps him from getting bored...

D. M. Mitchell was born into a small mining community in Yorkshire, England. His career advisor said he had two options - go down the mines or become a policeman. Being scared of the dark and never having much meat on his bones, he declined both and in his early years bounced like a pinball from job to job - warehouses, cinema projectionist, market trader, salesman - you get the picture. He sort of made a success of himself and now lives in a money-pit of a cottage in a tiny village in the cream tea heart of the South West of England.

His first remembered attempt at pushing the boundaries of creative writing was during a school lesson at the age of nine. Titled simply 'Rain' his proud masterpiece began with 'It started to rain' then there followed eight pages of nothing but the words 'pitter-patter', concluding with 'and then it stopped'. It was handed over and duly reviewed by his brick wall of a teacher, whose eyebrows flickered up and down ominously, his cheeks flushing bright red, before declaring it total rubbish. He tore it up into ribbons, showered him with his first, and no doubt only tickertape ceremony, and gave him a meaty slap around the head (they could do that sort of thing in 1967). He made him write 'I will not write stupid things for eight pages' for eight pages. Thus he learnt a number of valuable early lessons - the meaning of irony, writing is very subjective, everyone's a critic, and no-one likes a smart-arse.

He persevered, his first novel appearing in 1986 and disappearing into the attic the same year. It's still up there. Many manuscripts later he used to save the piles of rejection slips to paper his bare walls. So the adage is, keep at it, in these times of economic depression you'll soon have the house fully redecorated. Nowadays, writing is the one thing he feels totally comfortable with, except perhaps for a cup of Horlicks on a cold winter's night when the rain goes pitter-patter against the window panes (there it is again...).

Characterisation is an important and noticeable aspect of all Mitchell's novels. It allows him to be whoever he wants to be when he gets fed up of being himself, which is quite often. So too is a sense of mystery and the exploration of the darker side to humanity. There are always strong elements of a complex puzzle to be solved in a D M Mitchell novel, many disparate parts ultimately coming together, tragedy and comedy sitting side by side. As in life, nothing is as it first seems. He takes a keen interest in history, a thread which runs through his writing, whether it's the 1960s or 1970s, as in 'Max' and 'Pressure Cooker', or the Victorian 1880s, as in 'The House of the Wicked'.

His favourite novelists include Barry Unsworth, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck and Graham Swift. Top two favourite historical books: Culloden, by John Prebble and The Face of Battle by John Keegan. He also collects first edition novels and takes a keen interest in anything old, tatty and in need of love and restoration. His wife says he needs to get out more.

He has three grown children and also enjoys photography, painting and walking the Blackdown Hills with his wife and an overly excitable Border Terrier - or is that an overly-excitable wife and a Border Terrier... One of the two.

He'd like to thank his growing legion of fans for allowing him to practice being a writer and sharing in his strange and lurid imaginings.

The story 'Rain' has not yet been made available on Kindle...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE KINGS OF TERRORS 9 Jan. 2013
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I have read 3 books by D M Mitchell and their common theme is that they are very well constructed and not a standard serial killer bore. The Kings of Terror is a thoroughly enjoyable story with D MM providing reader will a tale linked like a jigsaw where picture is never quite clear till the end.
The version does have couple of typos but what the he'll I found the book great fun and look forward to reading more by this author and a follow up?
Plot. That would be telling .... read and enjoy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 14 Feb. 2013
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This was my first novel by D M Mitchell but not my last, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It starts off a little strange but suddenly you realise you have a crime novel full of questions and you just have to have answers. Difficult to put down. I have read many Kindle only crime novels at a similar cost and this is by far the best I have read, up there with the best. I will definitely read the rest of Mr Mitchell's novels.

Should there be a sequel? I dont know in all honesty. All of the questions were answered, I'm not sure how the characters would progress, although I found the main character, Gareth, so likeable I really want to know where he goes next.

If you are looking for a good read and have a couple of pounds to spare then buy this book, you wont be disappointed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Da Vinci Code 18 Jun. 2013
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Thought this might be a good bedtime read. Looked at the clock last night - it was 3am and I was still reading! (You might want to set your phone alarm.)

Great plot, loved (or hated!) the characters and grimaced at the .... well no spoilers here, you'll just have to read it! Hoping for a sequel (will they, won't they?).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It was very predictable. 17 Nov. 2013
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It started well, and I thought I had bought a detective novel, having read the Kindle sample. However, I was soon disappointed. I scanned much of the book because of the continual summaries of the story so far and pointless explanations of what was going on. It isn't very difficult and certainly didn't need the whole story to be retold towards the end by one of the characters. Most disappointing was the 'twist' at the end when the true identity of the baddie is revealed. No surprises there. I'm surprised it's a bestseller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 18 Feb. 2013
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King of terrors was absolutely fantastic. I would not normally be interested in a plot as far fetched as this.
The plot twists and turns in every chapter. Would definitely read a sequel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and unusual 7 April 2014
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Certainly not the standard 'suspense' novel that I was expecting. Gripping and cleverly constructed using a series of very short chapters narrated by different characters from different times - which means that as a reader you have to work a bit harder to put the puzzle together. I liked the linking between an old unsolved murder and strange happenings 70 odd years later.

Why only three stars? No one reason, but a few points let it down. 1. Having a super-rich megalomaniac as a bad guy is a bit lame. 2. The main modern day character is flat and inconsistent. 3. Bringing in a supernatural element felt like a stretch. But on the whole, not bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust the reviews - this is a very good book! 19 Sept. 2014
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I've only recently embraced the Thriller genre, and picked this book up based on good reviews and a very reasonable price.

I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable read; well written, full of twists and turns and, for me, it managed to tread the fine line between suspenseful thriller and ethereal mysticism very well. I'm buying more by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was waiting on Connor MacLeod appearing 4 Aug. 2013
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Pretty interesting read, the story built up well, jumping through the ages & many lives. Keeps you interested & a sequel would be good as the book ends rather abruptly leaving the door open!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Published 19 days ago by Joe, Northumberland
2.0 out of 5 stars King of terrors
Not my cup of tea at all, quite slow in places and not much of a climax! Ok for an average read though
Published 1 month ago by Angela Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Another thrilling thriller
I have read a few of D.M. Mitchell's books and this one had too had me gripped all the way through. He certainly is one of the top thriller writers today. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annelie
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it
I just can't finish it....I've got to 35% and I'm confused, it's not gripped me, it seems to be all over the place and I have nothing invested in any of the characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Galning
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Really caught my imagination and kept me turning the pages. Wanted to get to the end to see what happened but didn't want it to end as I was enjoying it so much. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
too many Americanisms and mistakes
Published 4 months ago by marf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this story,looking forward to the next.
Published 4 months ago by Jessica McClure
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I really enjoyed this book. It has a very good plot and is different enough to keep the reader hooked to the end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Spike
5.0 out of 5 stars twists and turns
Keeps uncovering more twists... Well written, characters well defined. Could not put it down. Will definitely read more by author.
Published 4 months ago by Kay Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
very good read hop D M Mitchell writes a sequal
Published 5 months ago by terrys
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