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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (Oct. 2 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619210681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619210684
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,071,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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House of Sighs grabs you from page one and displays moments of real brilliance. It's fast, scary and disturbing.”

—Nate Kenyon, author of Bloodstone and Sparrow Rock

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Marshall Deakins has tried to come to terms with the tragic suicide of his young son. But it still tortures him. His search for answers will lead him down a twisted path paved with secrets and grotesque lies. Instead of peace he finds madness, held captive as part of a deranged plan filled with suffering…and blood. As the nature of his captors’ insanity is revealed, Marshall will need to confront the truth about his son and his own past if he hopes to have a future.

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Another fantastic taught thriller from Dries who mixes well-drawn characters and great scares. Some of the more gruesome moments you have to read through wincing eyes covered by your hand. He manages to get into the heads of the characters well and still manages to surprise along the way right up to the finale. You think you know where it's going but you don't. Best of all it's earned. No twist for the sake of twists.

If you like your scares based in the real world (no ghosts, vampires or zombies to be found) pick this up. You thank/hate me for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, real-world horror at it's finest! Be warned! Oct. 2 2012
By David B - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved the author's first novel, House of Sighs, so when I heard about The Fallen Boys I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Well, Mr. Dries second Samhain release is FANTASTIC! I mean, this is true horror. Dries knows how to terrify, from the opening scene to the very end, pushing the envelope and surprising the reader even when you think he couldn't possibly up the terror. But this isnt just a crazy, dark, atmospheric, torment, blood-drenched book. It has great, well-rounded and in-depth characters. No supernatural here. This is real-world terror at its finest.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Oct. 14 2015
By Barks Book Nonsense - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book lulls you in with a quiet, insidious sort of horror then takes a turn down torture lane and I was absolutely not at all prepared (despite being warned).

Honestly, as I was reading I was wondering why so many reviews were making such a big deal out of the gore level. It wasn’t any worse than most horror novels I’ve read and most of the terror came from real life fears. Sure, what happens was heartbreaking and tragic but what wimps these other people must be, thought I, all smug and desensitized. But then, just as I was feeling like nothing would ever bother me again (and wondering if the problem might be me), I was hit with some truly disturbing images and a despair that doesn’t ever let you go. Yep, it’s gross, it’s horribly disturbing and it’s all up in your face. Everything they said before me? It’s true.

I’m not going to ruin the plot mainly because I’m just too lazy. I’ll just say it’s about love, family, grief and all of the ugly emotions that’ll tear you apart. And then throw in a madman or two and some flesh eating piggies and a giant Mason jar that'll give you nightmares.

This was a rough read, I cannot lie, and it took me weeks to finish. Not because the writing was awful (it wasn’t) or because the character were jerks (the innocents were not) but because it was so incredibly bleak. I think I’m the one getting wimpy because I had to take breaks even before the atrocities and body horror smacked me in the face. There’s only so much despair one can take in a sitting . . .
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, shocking, unsettling - to say the very least... Oct. 26 2013
By Nick Milligan - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's easy to have mixed feelings about a novel that is as viscerally extreme as The Fallen Boys. As a narrative, this twisted tale is unsettling and deliciously subversive. It is bleak from the outset - the plight of Marshall Deakins is relatable, but his journey is grim.
Deeply imbedded in The Fallen Boys are themes of the relationship between father and son. Lies and secrets. Not to mention the religious justification for evil. But in Dries' world there is no hope and certainly no light at the end of the tunnel. The author willingly takes a knife to typical reader expectations, as was evident in his previous book House of Sighs. When reading Dries' work, it is a mistake to expect to know where the story is taking you and an even bigger error to hope for a peaceful, or perhaps even an emotionally "satisfactory", resolution. On one level I was angered by The Fallen Boys - disgusted by the sadism of its villains - but on the other hand I find my mind returning to some of its imagery and the sensation of terror that gripped me during the process of reading it.
There is no denying Dries' ability to build gut-wrenching suspense and interminable dread. Many readers will have to put this book down. Others will choose to endure the pain expressed in its pages. But for anyone seeking a novel that dares to venture where others do not, then I can only recommend that you spend some time with The Fallen Boys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and scary... especially if you're a parent May 8 2014
By mrtats - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book hooked me at the prologue! Well written, easy to read, nerve wracking, horrific, and makes you want to hug your kids.

Loved it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Real-world horror at its finest Feb. 16 2016
By Patrick Lacey - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best examples of real-world horror I've ever read. Period. The comparisons to Ketchum are inevitable but Dries has a distinct voice all his own. The narrative is at first a slow crawl but once everything is set in place, the book's pacing increases exponentially. Normally, I would take issue with such a slow first act but the way Dries paints characters is hypnotic. There's an emotional honesty that runs throughout this book that's gut-wrenching. Even in the scenes between the horror, there is dread under the surface. I truly can't say enough good things about this book. I rarely re-read novels but this is an exception to the rule. I'll be diving back into this one in the future for sure. Once isn't enough. Not with a book as great as this. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to read everything else this man has written.

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