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Suspense Central Selections for
2018

*2018 selections for Suspense Central are
listed below by month.  If you have difficulty
seeing a title and/or author, all selections are
listed on our Yahoo site and our meetup site.
Recaps, comments
Vanished by Kat Richardson
Thursday, July 1
9, 2018 - 8p
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, 10 Triangle Plaza (Route 17 North) · Ramsey, NJ
*Please note new night for Suspense Central, beginning July SC moves to Thursday

Full line-up of 2018 titles is listed below - please scroll down

This group meets on the third Thursday of each month to discuss a specific mystery,
horror, or intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss this month's featured
selection.

Vanished: A Greywalker Novel (#4):
For Seattle investigator Harper Blaine, her own case may prove the most difficult to solve.
Why did she as opposed to others with near death experiences become a Greywalker?
When Harper begins digging into her own past, she unearths some unpleasant truths about
her father’s early death as well as a mysterious puzzle. She sets out to find his ghost but
encounters only a void where he should be, leaving her with more unanswered questions.

Before she can continue her search, Harper gets an offer she can’t refuse to go to London
and pursue an investigation on behalf of some very demanding vampires. But there are
unpleasant surprises waiting for her, and Harper soon discovers her present trouble in
England is entangled with her dark past back in Seattle and her ultimate destiny as a
Greywalker.
August
Crestwood Lake by Mark R. Vogel
4/8/18 recap

AM
Crestwood Lake by author Mark R. Vogel, SFSNNJ guest speaker at our January New Year Dinner, was
the April selection and a great choice!  The book was extremely well done - good story, well developed
characters and invoked a sense of foreboding that made the story that much better.  Crestwood Lake
is a fictional small town in Vermont.  One of those lovely, picturesque little towns, near a lake with
beautiful fall foliage and quaint shops.  Crestwood Lake has a dark past and an even darker secret.  
Many of the locals happen to be descendants of the witches that escaped from the Salem with trials.  
The 300 year anniversary of an event the witches want revenge for is approaching.  Things are
happening in the quaint little town, scary things.  A sheriff determined to protect his town and his close
friend who knows the history must face the devil himself in this well-written Gothic tale that at times
invokes Poe and Stephen King for a truly satisfying read.  The book was unanimously enjoyed - we
hope there's a sequel - with solid B+/A scores given.
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
5/14/18 recap

AM
Sandman Slim had a host of criminals carrying on all sorts of nefarious deeds that started with a not
very nice guy sending the main character - James aka Sandman Slim - to Hell mostly because he was
jealous of James talent with magic. When the Sandman escapes Hell, he is going home with plans to
look up some old friends. Sandman Slim is gritty, dark and often hilarious. James, Sandman Slim, is
irreverent, battle scarred, steals cars constantly, cannot stop destroying all of his clothes and doesn't
play well with others. He makes anti-heroes look like angels. An assortment of side-kick characters are
richly written and help keep things interesting. There is not one boring character in the book. Some
found the strong language a bit much but in keeping with the characters. Sandman Slim received strong
scores from the majority - B/B+ - with Liz giving it an incomplete (didn't finish). If you're looking for
urban fantasy done dark with humor pick up this series.
January - 2019