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I’m still away on the IOW at the moment, and so this is a scheduled post featuring a BookFunnel promotion ‘Creepy Reads’, which at the time of writing has 36 FREE books and samples to choose from in the Mystery & Suspense / Thriller genres.

https://books.bookfunnel.com/creepyreads/2on971tdgp

I have added a free sample of my suspense story ‘A House Without Windows‘ to the promotion, which has 105 reviews on Amazon.com and an average rating of 4 stars. Here’s a 5 star review below:

‘Stevie Turner’s writing sparkles in A House Without Windows. The author succeeds at smothering the shocking story of years-long kidnap in prose that takes the reader gently into the maelstrom of mental illness and leads the reader to the reality of a bright young woman’s nightmare experience. Ordinarily this type of story would frighten me, but Turner deadens the shock with the mundane. Often seen through the eyes of a child born in the cellar prison, who knows no other experience and must live life vicariously through descriptions in a single book, the strength of the kidnapped woman takes center stage not the sordidness of her years-long ordeal.

Masterfully written with an unexpectedly positive tone, especially considering the scenario presented, the author adds cultural nuance using right-on-the-mark language and expressions in the mouths of children on both sides of the ‘big pond’. Having lived in both the UK and Canada, this reader can attest to the author’s careful attention to detail. The ‘Beaches’ in Toronto feels and looks as real as the train station in Croydon. Remarkable tension builds in the ordinary if being imprisoned in a cellar could be by any stretch of the imagination considered mundane.

Suspense, carefully stitched into the plausible reactions of a son wanting to meet his estranged father despite the fact that the older man is suffering from delusions in a mental institution, carries the reader forward with trepidation to an unexpected ending.

A House Without Windows goes one layer deeper though. Not only a human drama, the story displays the underside of a penal system infatuated by its own good intentions. Despite frightening his parole ‘cum’ social worker with empty cold eyes above smiling lips, the kidnapper wheedles his way back on the street again and bides his time to strike again. Remarkably, this social realism doesn’t bog down a beautifully crafted story, instead the reader is left to judge or not on his own. In the same way that English character triumphed over Hitler, Stevie Turner enlivens and celebrates the strength of the human spirit particularly in the person of the protagonist but all of her people ring true.’