Make Them Cry by Kevin O’Brien

Make Them Cry, Kevin O’Brien, 2002

My favorite quote: “‘Why am I standing in this stupid empty tub?’ she asked. ‘So it catches all the blood,’ he replied.”

Notable characters: Father Jack Murphy, a widower and spiritual advisor at Our Lady of Sorrows seminary; Johnny Costello, Jack’s friend who dies under mysterious circumstances; Maggie Costello, Johnny’s sister and Jack’s friend; Peter Tobin, a talented young artist

Most memorable scene: When Jack finds John in the lake. There are others, though … oh, there are others … 

Greatest strengths: The tension. There’s a little — and sometimes, a lot! — on every page

Standout achievements: There’s a lot to admire here, but I’m going to go with its guts. With its seminary setting, list of Catholic schoolboy suspects, and sexually-charged indecencies, this storyline is bound to raise some eyebrows — to which I say, Yay!  

Fun Facts: This is the first Kevin O’Brien book I ever read and I liked it so much I made it my mission to meet him. Seriously. I didn’t stalk him exactly, but — well, I guess I kinda did. Anyway, he has since become a very dear friend to both me and my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, so it paid off

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: I was surprised by a lot of the scandal that took place in this book — and even more surprised when I did my own research and realized how much of it stuff really happens

How it inspired me: Tamara and I created a character in Kevin’s honor — Ryan O’Brien in the Ravencrest Saga. Ryan is Kevin’s (fictional) nephew who aspires to be a writer just like his uncle Kevin 

Additional thoughts: Even after several reads (I think I’m up to number four or five now) Make Them Cry not only remains one of my favorite Kevin O’Brien books, but one of my favorites of all time. I attribute this to its uniqueness. There just aren’t many books out there like this one

Haunt me:

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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