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Secret Strangers

By Thomas Tessier

“Tension rise like a frightful fever and then peaks at nightmare.” – Publishers Weekly

“Clever, fast paced… an effectively chilling movie-in-the-mind” – New York Times

Evil waits, and watches…

Money may be the root of all evil – but in one small town there is greater malice abroad…

Whilst babysitting for her neighbours, 17-year-old Heidi stumbles across photographs of illicit sex sessions.

She and her boyfriend decide to exploit these for their own gain, unaware of the magnitude of horror and tragedy that will result. And as they become greedier, suspicion and fear begin to corrode the heart of Clearville…with violence and retribution soon to follow.

Before long, Heidi and Gary are caught in a situation hurtling crazily out of control. The blackmailers are now the hunted, and even old friends are no longer quite what they seem.

For suddenly people they knew all their lives have become secret strangers…

Secret Strangers is a gripping horror thriller from bestselling author Thomas Tessier. Tessier won the Winner of the International Horror Guild Award for his novel Wicked Things.

Praise for Thomas Tessier:

“Rapture is great, destined to take its rightful place among the most memorable novels of psychological horror” – Washington Post

“Unpredictable… ingenious… nerve-paralysing” – Publishers Weekly

“Clever, fast paced… an effectively chilling movie-in-the-mind” – New York Times

“‘The Nightwalker’ is perhaps the finest werewolf novel of the last twenty years…scary, grim, fast-paced, very good.” – Stephen King

“An intoxicating blend of psychological drama and physical compulsion… enthralling.” – Library Journal

“Thomas Tessier’s stories are truly scary.” – Kirkus Reviews

“rattles the nerves and shocks the sensibilities.” – Houston Chronicle

“one of that select band of writers whose horror fiction I am anxious to read as soon as it appears” – Ramsey Campbell

“one of the very best writers of horror fiction of this generation.” – Douglas E. Winter, Reader’s Guide to Horror Fiction

“Thomas Tessier’s stories are beguiling…evocative…mesmerizing.” – ALA_Booklist

“a vastly talented writer and his stories are shocking…horrifying.” – RMN_Newsroom

“There is a building tension under the surface that makes reading Thomas Tessier an intense experience all to itself.” – DreadCentral

“Thomas Tessier’s horrors spring from honest exploration of our erotic impulses.” – toomuchhorror

“[‘The Nightwalker’ has] brutal action and a welcome sense of ambiguity” Huffington Post

“Thomas Tessier’s command of his craft is captivating.” – The Hartford Courant

Thomas Tessier was born in 1947 in Connecticut and studied at University College Dublin, Ireland. After working at a British publishing house for a number of years, he returned to America and turned to writing, publishing his first collection of poetry in 1970 and his first novel in 1978. The author or ten novels, and numerous poetry and short stories, Thomas’s works focus on science fiction, horror and the supernatural.


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