Reader reviews for Chasing the Dead: A Novel

Joe Schreiber gives us a lean, action packed thriller that takes place during a 13 hour timespan.
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This book was good. It was action-packed,suspenseful and on the creepy side. It was a great read and kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to read more.
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All in all, this was a descent read. Predictable, but as a mother I found the main character's situation truly frightening.
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I don't normally read horror novels, in fact I think this is the second one ever. However when looking for books for this challenge, the synopsis of this book caught my eye. I am glad I gave it a chance, it is now a top 10 book of this year I'm sure!

Unlike most novels, the entire story happens in one night, December 21st to be exact.
"Sue Young, a 34-year-old single mom living in Boston, gets a phone call from a man who informs her he's kidnapped her infant daughter, Veda, and chastises her for an ancient crime she committed with her childhood friend and mysteriously missing ex-husband, Philip Chamberlain. The creepy, psycho kidnapper soon subjects Sue to an agenda that includes grave robbing, child killing, shotgun murders, zombies and various other assorted undead. Sue, an ex-ambulance driver, is tough, smart and determined to rescue her daughter."

I was scared reading this. I got really into it and felt as if I was there. Even though the book contains zombies, it almost felt like it were possible for the dead to come back to life. We're not talking zombies with their arms out, heads cocked to the side walking slowly in a large group (like on TV,) these zombies seem real! What really bothered me was that the child that is kidnapped is 18 months old. Schreiber does such a good job of showing the mother's feelings about her child being kidnapped that I started thinking how I would feel if my 20 month old was kidnapped. Although this disturbed me a bit, this just shows how good the novel is.

This book was great! I look forward to his new novel out this month!
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I started this book thinking I was about to read a crime novel about a kidnapping, but before too many pages had slipped by I realized I was actually in for a supernatural thriller. At less than 200 pages this book moved quickly which was a good thing, I like my action non-stop. A woman with a secret finds out that someone has her daughter and through a series of cell phone calls issues some bizarre instructions that she must follow if she wishes to get her baby daughter back alive. She follows along and as completes each step, another clue is revealed, until she knows what is going on and who the kidnapper is.I found this a mildly interesting thriller. My disconnect with the book was probably the rather far fetched story that launched this woman’s nightmare. I never could quite take what was going on seriously and so never really bought into the terror and suspense.I am afraid that Chasing the Dead will be one of those books that 3 months from now, I will have a hard time remembering.
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I picked the book up based on the title and cover. I didnt know anything about Schreiber so i had no clue what to expect. I have to say this is one freaky little novel!!! Scared me half to death and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Schreiber has a way of sucking you in and making you believe that you are there....I loved it. It quickly earned it's way to my favorites list.
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Chasing the dead is a classic and unique novel due to its different story line. The action on every page tells a story in itself, admitting something new on every page. Not even a page you wouldn't lose Interest in this Story.The story is about a mother fighting to get her child back from an evil, twisted killer. The action and main story is amazing and I highly recommend this book.
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It looked interesting enough I thought I would pick it up myself. Nice quick read, just a couple hours worth spread out over the weekend. Throughout the novel, I thought I had read this somewhere before. At one point I thought of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Sleepy Hollow came to mind a few times. I thought also of a Dean Koontz novel that I can’t recall the name of at the moment. But despite these similarities, Schreiber was able to string together an interesting read that combined all these ideas. While it didn’t break new ground, it definitely held my interest.
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Sue Young races through a cold winter night trying to save her young daughter from a mad man. She is given a map and told to drive to several rural towns in Nothern Mass. At each town horrible things happen but Sue is forced to keep going, knowing time is running out.Very creepy and nerve racking story. Great job!
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In Chasing the Dead we are teased with an intro that gives us a glimpse of the past the dwells inside the now grown up Sue Young and Phillip Chamberlin...a past that's coming back to do a lot more than haunt them. Sue Young (34) is a single mother and estranged for more than a year from her husband (a childhood friend)...she's getting on with her life as best as she can since her husband abandoned her, having hired a nanny and taken over the business. We find her on a typical day (which also happens to be winter solstice) headed home to meet with the nanny and see her young daughter after a long day at work. What she gets is not what she expected. Upon returning home, she receives a phone call from a man claiming to have kidnapped the nanny and her daughter and informing her that she'll do what he wants, understand what she must in the next 12 hours or he'll slit her dauther's throat. What ensues is an enthralling, grisly, and uber creepy road trip that will keep you turning pages until well into the night...and when it's all over, you'll need to sleep with the lights on! I loved Schreiber's use of a "local legend" as the basis for an entire series of murders and as the reason for her unusual and maddening road trip tonight. I recommend this Chasing the dead; it's a fast paced, horrific thrill ride!
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