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The Girl in the Basement
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2014
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An engrossing, dark and disturbing thriller in the form of a short story. Wayne Simmons, author of Plastic Jesus and Flu amongst other books, tells the story of Kayley, kidnapped after falling asleep on the bus. She is subsequently locked in a basement, the captive of a psychopath who is unpredictable, unstable and completely terrifying.

The story starts with a prologue which in itself, although short, is utterly disturbing and gripping. We then are introduced to Kayley Sand's, a "Goth" girl, tattoos and piercings adorn her body, she also conveys the rebellious don't give a s*** attitude. Sitting on the bus, after a gig, she slips into sleep and awakens in a nightmare. Her mysterious and psychotic abductor and his acts of physical and mental abuse soon start to arouse memories from Kayley's dark past. The revelations and conclusion to the story are both shocking and brilliant leaving the reader both astounded and disturbed.

Well written, vividly descriptive and intense scenes, a compelling plot that kept me interested, turning the pages yet afraid of what I might experience. My first introduction to the works of Wayne Simmons, it will definitely not be the last.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2014
This truly is a short, sharp, and above all nasty shot in the dark. With his trademark voice infused with all the grit and toughness that readers of Plastic Jesus will know, Simmons drags the reader through an anatomy de l'enfer that you are unlikely to forget quickly. This might just be the hardest hitting hours reading you will ever have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2014
I know what you’re thinking: yet another crime thriller to add to the burgeoning heap of unread titles amassed on your Kindle. I’d suggest to you that The Girl in the Basement by Wayne Simmons ought to make its way rightfully to the top of your ‘To Read’ list immediately...

At first blush, TGITB appears to be a straightforward enough tale. However, this story immediately sets itself apart from more middle of the road fayre in that the prologue sets the tone and as proceedings unfold, Simmons expertly adds depth to his tale, revealing the back stories of the principal characters as the situation becomes increasingly dire for young Kayley Sands.

For me, a particularly interesting aspect of TGITB was the narrative of the same events, switching between abductor and abductee, offering what I considered to be a novel aspect not often seen in other work within the genre.

Critically, this tale is barely novella length and took me about 90 minutes to read it. However, the author has told a lean, tight story that leaves the reader with little concern about whether aspects of the plot could have been further explored.

For those unfamiliar with the work of Simmons, the author has a short but fine pedigree in horror novels, garnering rave reviews from fans, critics and fellow authors alike. TGITB bears some of what may come to be regarded as the hallmarks of this author’s work, such as a strong female lead, brutal visceral prose and a very realistic almost grimy feel to proceedings.

TGITB is a short, disturbing read from Wayne Simmons, an author who was described by award-winning writer Joe McKinney as “...the bare knuckle boxer of the zombie genre. He hits hard, and he's absolutely relentless.”
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2014
One for the fans
Easily read in one sitting, not because it's short but because you can't put it down. Wayne is flexing his writing muscle with THE GIRL IN THE BASEMENT as he did with the brilliant PLASTIC JESUS. Showing again that he has plenty up his sleeve when it comes to variety in writing and story telling
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2014
Wayne Simmons delivers a master class in gritty thriller writing with this short, dark and disturbing novella.
In such a short time, Wayne creates a brilliant back story, strong characters and gruesome tale for his readers to get their teeth into and his swift descriptive details hit the mark as always, giving the reader the perfect visuals they need for the story.
A story of a strong woman (Waynes trademark - IMHO) who suffers at the hands of a maniac in a dark and desolate Manchester will leave you slightly disturbed and begging for more.
Well worth the low price for any fan of Waynes or the genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2014
Goth chick Kayley suffers everybody's worst nightmare when she falls asleep on the bus home & wakes up tied to a bed in a dingy basement. She has no idea where she is, how long she's been there or why she's been taken. Her captor disapproves of her tattoos, clothes & piercings & sets about "normalizing" her & although his long term intentions are never made clear it is obvious that he his completely crackers & Kayley is in terrible danger.
I bought this as a bedtime read to peruse over a couple of nights but I read it in 1 go, simply because I couldn't put it down. Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2014
Another masterclass from Wayne Simmons. A real one sitting read with a fantastic lead character, moments that will shock, thrill and unsettle you. Really looking forward to more of the same from this great british writer. Buy it now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2014
Short, sharp, nasty piece of work

Wayne Simmons delivers the goods again in this crime/horror hybrid, reminiscent of Stephen King's "Gerald's Game".

Brilliant read and a steal for 77p!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2014
Picked this up as I'm on a bit of a novella kick and wanted to try some new authors. It was actually better than I expected. Well written and a great story. I thought early on I had it worked out but I was wrong. Easy to read in one sitting as it's pretty short but worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2014
Short sharp and extremely dark read !! Loved flu and drop dead gorgeous and wasn't disappointed with this. Downloaded it put your feet up for an hour and enjoy - its a steal at £0.77 !
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