Shattered by Dean Koontz


Shattered, Dean Koontz, 1973 (originally published under the pseudonym K.R. Dwyer My favorite quote: “The things we regret most in life are the things we don’t do.” Notable characters: Alex Doyle, the new groom; Courtney, his bride; Colin, her little brother Most memorable scene: The ax attack (even though they really, really should have reportedContinue reading “Shattered by Dean Koontz”

The Rome Affair by Laura Caldwell


The Rome Affair, Laura Caldwell, 2006 My favorite quote: “I understand now that innocence is relative.” Notable characters: Rachel Blakely, a software salesperson; Nick, her husband, the surgeon; Kit, her BFF Most memorable scene: For me, it was the description of the Roman mornings Greatest strengths: Great plot structure Standout achievements: Its surprises. I didn’tContinue reading “The Rome Affair by Laura Caldwell”

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad


The Silent Girls, Eric Rickstad, 2014 My favorite quote: “It wasn’t even rebellion. It was an ecstatic pleasure taken from the debasement of other living creatures. Pure sadism.” Notable characters: Frank Rath, the private investigator; Rachel, the niece he raised as his daughter; Sonya Test; another detective  Most memorable scene: That opening scene on Halloween,Continue reading “The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad”

Mad River Road by Joy Fielding


Mad River Road, Joy Fielding, 2006 My favorite quote: “I think it was Alfred Hitchcock who best summed up the difference between shock and suspense. Shock, he said, is quick, a jolt to the senses that lasts but a second, whereas suspense is more of a slow tease. Rather like the difference between prolonged foreplayContinue reading “Mad River Road by Joy Fielding”

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn


Dark Places, Gillian Flynn, 2009 My favorite quote: “Coffee goes great with sudden death.” Notable characters: Libby Day, the woman in search of answers; Ben, her incarcerated brother; Patty Day, their exhausted mother Most memorable scene: The big reveal — which I can’t disclose. Greatest strengths: EXCELLENT writing. Every sentence is given genuine thought andContinue reading “Dark Places by Gillian Flynn”

Behind the Book: Sleep Savannah Sleep


One night, days after finishing my novel Dream Reaper, I was in bed, staring at the ceiling, wondering what to write next. I considered going back to the Crimson Cove series but I felt like there was a different story in me trying to get out. The trouble was, I didn’t know anything about itContinue reading “Behind the Book: Sleep Savannah Sleep”

MOTHER is on Sale at AMAZON!


MOTHER is on sale for .99! : http://tinyurl.com/hzghpsa A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother … Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real womanContinue reading “MOTHER is on Sale at AMAZON!”

MOTHER: Available Tomorrow


Tomorrow’s the big day. MOTHER will be available to buy! Links to follow. “Mother is a thriller in the truest sense of the word. What begins with a walk through a nice neighborhood in a nice town quickly becomes a chilling and unnerving descent into madness that is harder and harder to escape. Because IContinue reading “MOTHER: Available Tomorrow”

MOTHER is Coming Soon


A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother … Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.Continue reading “MOTHER is Coming Soon”

Halloween Coupons!


Happy October, Cross Talkers, Damnation Books and Eternal Press are celebrating October with a 50% off promo code good on their websites all month. So if you haven’t gotten your copy of Beautiful Monster, enter 31Halloween2013 at checkout. It’s good until November 1st on both Eternal Press http://www.eternalpress.biz and Damnation Books http://www.damnationbooks.com. All best, Mr. Cross http://www.facebook.com/crossalistair