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by T. K. Sheils
Description: Sequel to Butterfly House and Nobody Told The Wind... Something in the woods up north is killing people. Something not quite animal, not quite human. Something terrifying. They stalk the night draining their victims and leaving behind a shrivelled husk... When Sabrina unwittingly learns of the possibility of shape-shifters near her cabin in the woods, she enlists Jackson to help her learn more--but they get more than they bargained for. Snarling yellow-eyed horrors stalk the pair as they try to discover the truth. Can Jackson and Sabrina save themselves this time?
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2006
eBookwise Release Date: December 2006
11 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [309 KB]
Reading time: 194-272 min.
"4 Daggers! ... This is the third book in a series starring Sabrina and Jackson. The first two were Butterfly House and Nobody Told The Wind. This book provides enough background information about Jackson and Sabrina and their previous investigations that the new reader will not feel lost. In fact, I'm now anxious to seek out these books and read the stories that started the series. Jackson, far from being a professional paranormal investigator, is a sports writer. It is only by chance that he finds himself involved with the paranormal. Sabrina, on the other hand, is a true believer in all things paranormal ... Starts with a bang and never lets go. The story is inventive and original, and truly scary. The characters of Jackson and Sabrina are unique in my experience. They each have some rather large character flaws, but they manage to maintain a friendship and stick together in the face of danger. Horror fans will be thrilled to find this series."--Deborah Hern, The Romance Reader's Connection
"4 Stars! ... An Ultimate Delight! ... A very enjoyable novel and I would love to see these two [Sabrina and Jackson] at yet another paranormal investigation."--Vicki Duby, Mysteries4you.com
"Mystery is afoot. Grab the Coffee--The Craving is an All-Night Read! One day, out of the blue, author Jackson Rutledge gets an email from old friend Sabrina Osterling. The email contains an urgent request to meet her. This can't be something good. Every time Jackson answers Sabrina's call bad things happen. Like the last time at the Butterfly House. Even more curious is that when he meets her she is like a totally different woman.... There are desiccated husks, of what used to be humans.... There's a creature that can shapeshift into whatever it chooses, and someone--or is it something--after Jackson and Sabrina. What is it that ties all this together? That's what Sabrina and Jackson set about to investigate and find out. I enjoyed this book very much and it just whet my appetite for more from this author."--Carol Castellanos, Sime~Gen Reviews
"Author Terry Sheils proves his deft storytelling ability with 'Butterfly House' and 'Nobody Told The Wind', continuing the series with 'The Craving'. With a voice that mesmerizes, Sheils weaves a tale of abject horror, challenging the lines of friendship and love with deadly precision. Sabrina and Jackson share a complicated and unorthodox relationship, denying their attraction even while acknowledging their need for one another. Consequently, they provide the novel with an intriguing underlying tension which only escalates as they confront breathless terror in the glare of yellow eyes. Sheils' once again demonstrates a wildly imaginative, delightfully diabolical talent readers will find incredibly haunting. 'The Craving' comes very highly recommended."--Cindy Penn, WordWeaving Reviews
Windy let herself out of the penthouse sometime after midnight and hung the Do Not Disturb sign on the door. She had obliterated any sign of their having been there and stuffed his clothes and what remained of Harry into the overnight bag she carried with her.
This she planned to throw in the dumpster she had spotted behind the hotel, where, if the bag happened to be found at all, the rest of Harry would probably be thought to be one of those African voodoo things you could buy in the curio shops along Yonge Street--something some guy had bought and his wife had told him to throw out. The shriveled and desiccated little husk certainly wouldn't be identified as what was left of Harry Somers.
It continually amazed Windy how much of the human body was liquid.
She nodded at the chambermaid, turned to watch the tiny girl pass by the door of the penthouse, and waited for the elevator door to open.
She'd been right, she thought, as she licked the last dried drops of Harry from her full lips. She'd told him right at the start that he looked good enough to eat.
Oh, it would have happened anyway. The choice of Harry Somers was far from accidental; he had to be ... removed.
But it was an added bonus that he'd been more than what she'd said.
In fact, Harry Somers had proved immensely satisfying.
It should be days, Windy thought, before the craving came over her again.