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The Siren's Scream by Thomas White - Book Tour & Review

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A young realtor becomes intricately involved with the evil and history of an abandoned mansion…

By Thomas White

Book Blurb

An old mansion sits atop of a cliff, overlooking the ocean, in Santa Cruz, CA. A young realtor, Darcy Wainwright, manages to sell the dilapidated old house to Henry Childs, an obese nebbish who is obsessed with the property. In the backyard is a pool. Not an ordinary pool but a giant tide pool. In the tide pool is a siren with an evil agenda for revenge.

The Thornton Mansion was a talisman for the death and mystery that surrounded it. Unoccupied for years until Henry Childs was summoned by the house. As directed, he reached out to unsuspecting, novice realtor Darcy Wainwright. Darcy finds herself intricately involved with the house, its history and the haunting tide pool that filled the backyard. It was the pool that beckoned her, and it was the pool that would decide if she lives or dies. The Siren’s Scream. Available on Amazon.

Book Information

Release Date: October 5, 2022

Publisher: Savvy Books

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1088067819; 480 pages; $21.14

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3TEz7kx

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sirens-scream-thomas-white/1142494493?ean=9781088067819

Purchase your copy at the author’s website: https://thomas-white-author.com/

 

Book Excerpt  

Henry Childs led a life of total inconsequence. He had no friends, no hobbies, no guilty pleasures. He had spent his thirty-eight years in the space behind his mother’s aggression, lacking the courage to reach for anything more than this pitiless world deigned to dish to him.                             

Edith Childs screamed at Henry from the other room, “Henry, I’m bored. I want to go for a drive.”               

Henry’s face scrunched in disdain, and the folds in his ample neck turned red. There was no denying her, not that he had ever had the backbone to attempt anything so drastic. Henry Childs had spent his thirty-eight years in the space behind his mother’s aggression, lacking the courage to reach for anything more than this pitiless world deigned to dish to him.               

With a stoic exhale, he paused his video game, gulped down his cinnamon roll, lifted his considerable bulk out of the comfort of his reclining chair, and began the routine that would eventually get his mother from her bedroom to her wheelchair and into the car.   

He grabbed her yellow sweater to be sure that she would stay warm.   

“Henry, I’m not a child. I know if I’m cold or not.”   

He held up the cardigan and attempted to help her into it.           

“I can dress myself, thank you.”           

Then there was the transfer from her sitting chair to her wheelchair.           

“For goodness sakes, Henry, you would think this was the first time you’ve ever done this. Move the chair closer. I’m not an acrobat.”           

...the parade out to the porch.       

“Henry, don’t scrape the wall. You’re always so careless. We have gouges up and down the whole hallway.”           

...down the ramp.       

“Don’t go so fast. Are you trying to launch me into outer space?”           

...across the walkway toward the car.               

“Do you have to hit every bump on the walk? Wait, go back, I think you missed one.”   

...then finally into the car.           

“Be careful of my head. I don’t want to lose what sense I have left.”       

By the time the car door was closed, with his disintegrating mother safely ensconced inside, Henry had sweat running down his forehead and was breathing hard. His double chins were dripping from each crevice, and his shirt was beginning to stain from the accumulating moisture. He dropped her chair into the trunk, wiped his brow on his sleeve, and embraced his final moments of silence before he opened the door and plopped behind the steering wheel of his Nissan Murano.

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My Review
The Siren's Scream is an intriguing supernatural mystery with horror elements throughout. It's one of those books that, for me, personally, did take a little bit to get into, but once it got going, I found myself hooked. I didn't want to put it down (although having a sick kiddo and a bit more work than anticipated before the holidays made it difficult to find much reading time), and I found myself eagerly trying to figure out what was going to happen next. There are a few twists within the pages, and while they were a little surprising, I enjoyed the fact that they sort of threw me off. 
The characters are well-written and come across as realistic. I think I liked Darcy the most. She definitely found herself in a bit of a situation after Henry reached out to her. 
The plot is nicely paced (although, as I stated before, it did take me a little bit to get into), and the imagery provided is rich and vivid. Great world building, even with the book being set at an old mansion with a tide pool in the backyard. I appreciated that I was able to "see" the book playing out in my head like a film.
If you're looking for a horror novel, or something along the lines of a paranormal/supernatural mystery, give The Siren's Scream a go. 
4 stars!
 






About the Author

Thomas White began his career as an actor. Several years later he found himself as an Artistic Director for a theatre in Southern California and the winner of several Drama-Logue and Critics awards for directing. As Tom’s career grew, he directed and co-produced the world tour of “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out Of Their Shells”. The show toured for over two years, was translated into seven different languages and seen by over a million children. Tom served as President and Creative Director for Maiden Lane Entertainment for 24 years and worked on many large-scale corporate event productions that included Harley Davidson, Microsoft, Medtronic Diabetes, and dozens of others. The Siren’s Scream is Tom’s second novel that follows up Justice Rules which was nominated as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2010 Literary contest.

Tom’s latest book is the mystery/horror, The Siren’s Scream.

Visit his website at www.thomas-white-author.com or connect with him at Facebook.


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