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The Benefactor [Kindle Edition]

Scott Griffin
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 54 pages (estimated)
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Book Description

A taut, suspenseful and pulse-pounding psychological thriller with a killer twist.

He's the family you wish you never had.

When Sean and Maggie win a holiday to Miami it's an ideal opportunity to forget a death in the family as well as rebuild bridges with their seventeen-year-old daughter Sophie and twelve-year-old son Liam.

But when they meet a stranger who knows more about their collective inner thoughts than they do, they realise their private Facebook and blog entries haven't just been subscribed to by close friends.

As they become prisoners in their walled holiday villa the stranger teaches them why their family has fallen apart and why they should never have carelessly discarded a computer hard drive five years previously.

The Benefactor is an edge-of-seat suspense thriller, perfect for fans of Harlan Coben, James Patterson and Linwood Barclay. It combines modern technology with classic suspense to create a heart-pounding contemporary thriller.

'This is best debut thriller I have read in years' - Tom Kasey, author of the best-selling Trade Off.

'The Benefactor will keep you awake half the night' - Matt Lynn, author of the best-selling Death Force thrillers.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 149 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008I1DTMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was longer 1 Aug. 2012
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I don't normally read short stories and now I remember why. I got this as a free download and read it very quickly but was left with a lot of questions. Why was this family chosen? Who was "the Benefactor"? Who were the other people with him. Who was funding it? What happens next? I think this book could have been a lot longer. Having said all that, I enjoyed what I read; it was advertised as being an edge of the seat thriller for fans of Linwood Barclay and Harlan Coben and I agree that it is very similar in style. If Scott Griffin writes a full novel, I will definitely want to read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short story 31 July 2012
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I didn't realise this was a short story until I saw the percentage bar of my kindle advancing rapidly. I don't usually read short stories because I feel there is not enough time to develop the plot and characters, however the author does a good job here. The plot is a very far-fetched but it makes a good read and an unexpected twist at the end is rather well done. I downloaded the book for free so I am grateful for the experience.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tense and Clever Thriller. 13 July 2012
Keeping you guessing until the very end, this is a well written and tense thriller. I am a big fan of Lee Child and was a little dubious when a friend recommended me this book, however I was not disappointed and Scott Griffin is definitely one to watch in the future. When a family on holiday discover a man following them, a man who seems to know a little too much, things start going very bad very quickly. 'The Benefactor' is a refreshing change to some of the mass market thrillers out there currently.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less Can Be More. 9 Aug. 2012
By Sam
The Benefactor is a novella rather than a full-length novel but it packs a lot of punch into the space and it's reveal at the end is equal to that of anything I've read over past year or so. The family at the centre of the story is well-drawn, and the tension is built up with real skill as the stalker hunting them gets closer. I could have happily read another 50 pages or so to flesh out the characters a bit more but book is perfect read for a commute journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page-Turner from the Word Go! 5 Aug. 2012
By Rensy
A new, exciting novella which brings crime-fiction straight into the technological age. Scott Griffin has created a complete page-turner; readers start speculating who-done-it from the start and are left guessing right up to the final words. The familial aspect and references to the modern internet, which permeates all aspects of our modern lives, allows you to see yourself within the narrative - making it even more terrifying and exhilarating. If this is what Scott Griffin has to offer, I can't wait to see what he comes up with next - let's hope we don't have to wait too long for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! 2 Aug. 2012
By Miss S
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This book was an easy read; it was easy to get into the story and very enjoyable. As much as I kept trying to guess, it wasn't enough, I just had to find out what happened next. Everything that happens in the book is shocking but exciting. There are plenty of jaw-dropping moments. The Benefactor is a very modern tale that features problems that plague every family such as teenagers and social networking and the internet. The story features an everyday family with everyday problems but then their problems become so out of the ordinary and appalling that it left me constantly hoping that things will work out for them. Despite the fact that the father had left the family, his redeeming feature is that he would do anything to make things better and save their lives even if it means sacrificing his own. Scott Griffin's book is touching, smart and so brilliant, it shocks you right to the end. Hope this won't be the author's last book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Benefactor - Scott Griffin 11 July 2012
By Abi
James Patterson and Lee Child better watch out. Scott Griffin has burst onto the scene with a debut thriller novalla that moves along like an express train, has great characters, and more twists than a country lane. The set-up is convincing, and the plot moves along at a satisfying pace. I didn't see the ending coming and neither will you. As good as anything on the market right now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scott Griffin is a writer to watch 27 Nov. 2012
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Short as this book was, it had all the finest ingredients for the perfect thriller.

I've already enjoyed The Donor by Griffin and was impressed enough to keep a look out for his future works. If this is a sign of what is to come, I will keep him on my favourites list.

This story kept me tense all the way through as you feel the terror of the family being held by their demented 'benefactor'.

I feel the shocking ending was the perfect way to end this tale. Not all tales need to be ended 'happily ever after', as another reviewer already said.

I am looking forward to reading more from this writer. Move over, Linwood. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars
Downloaded it as it was free but not my cup of tea
Published 3 months ago by dragonlance
2.0 out of 5 stars A short story, not a novella or a novel
This story may have gone somewhere - but ended! I, like many others, had not noticed the number of pages (53) before downloading and reading. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DJW13
4.0 out of 5 stars a good purchase.
As advertised, a good purchase.
Published 4 months ago by G. D. Nuzum
5.0 out of 5 stars another gripping read
as always brilliant! i cant fault the characters or the plot...i love these stories
Published 9 months ago by patsy
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange story
I was intrigued by this story, I was
Gripped right from the start, but disappointed by the ending. There was no point,it left me wanting more. But I did enjoy it.
Published 13 months ago by jenny l
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy a great short read
Well written good characters and a psycho path as lead villain what more could,you want a short filled with twists and turns brilliant work by Scott Griffin will recommend to any... Read more
Published 15 months ago by david dee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short story
Good but disappointed it was only a short story, there is potential for this to be turned into a great book.
Published 21 months ago by Kimberley
2.0 out of 5 stars Didnt grasp the plot
Too short didnt really understand the plot left me wondering what it was about and who the killers were supposed to be
Published 22 months ago by Mrs Josephine York
5.0 out of 5 stars Perils of technology
As far as short stories go The Benefactor by Scott Griffin is a must-read for any avid thriller fan. Read more
Published 22 months ago by AlexO'B
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting , but not gripping
An interesting plot, but very shallow characters and not really gripping in any sense. I found myself not really caring what happened to this dysfunctional family and I knew so... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jasper
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