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The Key to Everything [Kindle Edition]

Alex Kimmell
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Cracked and weathered binding, hiding mysteries on pages tied closed by a bloodstained string. A happy young family enchanted by dreams and possibilities. A barren, empty room. A boy with no friends obsessively drawing angles, edges and diagrams.

In his debut novel, Alex Kimmell captures a vivid and startling tale of fear. Auden’s journey begins when he discovers a curious leather-bound book whose contents will soon endanger his entire family. The pages of this book draw him into a prison that cannot be breached, a place that can only be unlocked with a very special key.

In The Key to Everything, fear is explored and heightened through jarring imagery and a terrifying, unique menace, ratcheting up the tension until the novel’s gripping climax.

About the Author

Alex Kimmell is a graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music. He lives in rural Rhode Island with his wife, their two sons, and a family dog. This is his first novel. He has nightmares.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935961284
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (14 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620150328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620150320
  • ASIN: B008BW98WA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read the summary and great reviews over on Amazon.com I had high hopes for this book. I love a good haunted house tale but unfortunately I couldn't get over the fact its written in 2nd person, for example "You're queasy. It's difficult to focus your eyes on anything..."

I just couldn't get to grips with the narrator (a 30 something US father of two) referred to as me (a 30 something UK based child-free female). I found reading about myself doing or saying things I would never do, and mentions of "my" male genitalia, just really bizarre and constantly jarring. It completely got in the way my enjoyment of the story. Others might not find this a problem but it just didn't work for me and I sadly gave up at around 18% - hence the 1 star.

Shame really as what I did read was engaging and the characters, dialogue and plot seemed good.

I look forward to other things by this author, hopefully written in another tense.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love this book ... 3 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
But alas I couldn't get on with the tense in which it was written, which distracted me from the story. I made it about a third through but then gave up. I shall give another go sometime perhaps, I still have it on my kindle but it maybe a while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twisting creepy story 23 July 2012
By Marina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This story begins with a small child. A child who accidentally chokes with a small plastic key and dies.

Auden's family moves to a new house. New home, fresh new beginning. They find a key in the house that isn't theirs and it doesn't fit in any of the locks. And one of the stairs sounds strange when you step on it. A small squirrel shows up in the backyard looking strange right into your eyes. There is a very old book on your bookshelf that isn't yours. Strange things begin to happen. Is it just the stress from the moving or something else is going on?

I'm not very big fan of horror stories. I always expect some logical explanation. But this horror story took me from the start. The story twists and twists and sucks you into. When I started, I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

I must say I liked the story. The way it was narrated. The story was so twisting that there were moments when I couldn't tell was the scene real or it was just character's imagination. Unusually, it was written in second person narrative. There wasn't just horror part. I liked Auden's family, the wife and two sons, the way they were connected, the love they shared. Family scenes were really calm, and horror scenes would scare you to death. And the squirrels, I'll never look at the squirrels with the very same eyes again.

It's a great start for a debut author. He has done a really good job. It's a fresh new start in horror and mystery genre. Many of the stories in this genre have very disappointing ending, but that wasn't the case here. It is not monotonous with just one or two characters, but there are also supportive characters who spice up the story.

The author took two really sweet things in real life, children's curiosity and a cute little squirrel and made a plot for a horror story. This book can easily be turned into a movie.

It's twisting creepy story that will keep you up all night. It did it to me.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel horror story! (pun intended) 17 Jun 2012
By Dianne Du - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What a chilling and creepy ride!!! This is an AWESOME read - it's a story that sucks you in right away and you won't put it down. Reminiscent of Poltergeist, Hitchcock and the Shining, the context of intimate family life and the infiltration of malevolence within the forms of innocents is powerfully unnerving. Without giving anything away, the portal concept is novel both in metaphor and imaging. Plus, you are in the story, and the story breathes, it's unpredictable and fully resolves. The writing is excellent - I felt like I was in a movie where I could see it, hear it, and it freaked me out! I kept popping my neck from the tension while reading - no doubt, you'll be popping yours, too! Bravo!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So bizarre...I had to finish it!!! 14 Dec 2012
By Linda Paros - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has so many twists and turns and has to be the most violent and bizarre book I have ever read!! I found this book to be quite frustrating with the introduction of new characters seemingly out of nowhere!! It was quite diffiult to bring it all together and understand where the story was going! I had to finish reading the story just to see how it ended and I must say I was quite disappointed. I felt like I watched a horror movie that ended in the typical fashion.....a cliffhanger!!!!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new voice for horror fans 16 Jun 2012
By Jeff Giles - Published on Amazon.com
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Alex Kimmell's "The Key to Everything" is an evocative, supremely creepy read, drenched in mounting horror and shot through with dread, with a dash of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. Be prepared to sleep with the lights on.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner of a Thriller 19 Jun 2012
By S. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This debut novel is a masterfully told tale. Steeped in equal parts Stephen King and Mark Z. Danielewski, "The Key to Everything" grabs from the first page and doesn't let go. You'll be thinking about this one for weeks. Can't wait for the next one from this writer.
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