Twisted Vengeance by Jeff Bennington
A SUPERNATURAL TWIST
DETECTIVE RICK BARNES is working a case where supernatural and unexplained events begin to consume his life. Men with abusive pasts are dying in strange, grotesque ways–until a ghostly kid reveals the dark forces responsible for the deaths.
The boy comes and goes, invading Rick’s already complicated life, eventually leading him on a heart-pounding chase where he comes face to face with the killer–a mass murderer no one would ever expect. What Rick discovers is a maniac bent on vengeance that is unbelievably TWISTED. Twisted Vengeance is intense, frightening, and suspenseful. If you enjoy ghosts, poltergeists, mystery and the supernatural, this book is for YOU!
WHAT TO EXPECT?
This book is similar to The Sixth Sense in terms of the psychological suspense and The Omen as it relates to the supernatural intensity.
From the Author:
I have never had the joy of knowing one of my characters more than Rick Burns. Twisted Vengeance is one of those books that digs deep into a character’s psyche. Every scene is written from Rick’s point of view so the reader discovers his every thought and emotion. And isn’t that what reading is all about?
Diving into new worlds, experiencing new places and ideas from someone else’s perspective? Now imagine chasing a creepy kid through a haunted city, while chasing down a twisted serial killer–that’s Twisted Vengeance. Intense. Frightening. Suspenseful. If you enjoy ghosts, poltergeists, mystery and the supernatural, this book is for YOU!
I dare you to guess who the killer is…
Amazon Review by Wendy OConnell:
Good fiction contains conflict, suspense, and tension. Jeff Bennington’s novel, “Twisted Vengeance” has all three with a touch of the supernatural. I read it in a day and a half.
The novel begins with a Detective Rick Burns and a murder, a bloody mess without any real evidence.
“Rick rolled his eyes and shook his head. He knew what Pete meant. Rick had been assigned to all the recently unsolved cases. It’s not that he didn’t find every shred of evidence. There just wasn’t anything to go on. Rick’s peers started calling him the ghost detective because the perpetrators seemed to vanish into thin air like a morning mist.”
This particular paragraph from the book is important, because a creepy boy begins haunting the `ghost detective’ soon after, leading him to important clues raising the stakes and tension.
“The figure stood stock-still, his skin pale white, his eyes encircled with swollen black flesh. The boy stared through the glass, holding a dazed and deathly grin. He stared at Rick, the detective’s heart escalating. Blood pounded through his veins, rhythmically increasing the tension one vascular throb at a time.”
At this point, being a huge fan of the supernatural, Bennington had me. The boy only gets creepier. The scenes of madness and mayhem the ghostly child leads the detective through blow the reader away leaving you somewhere between old “Exorcist” movies and a more recent one, “The Sixth Sense.”
In the beginning, Burns fights the supernatural. He’s a logical cop, of course.
“The tension in his mind beat him down, testing his belief system based on a bet, a simple game.
`Burns,’ he said to himself as he started his Pontiac. `You know what you saw. You’re not crazy. Not yet, anyway.”
But as the story progresses and gets crazier, so does our detective. Burns has other romantic conflicts in the story that involve a promise he made to his dead cop brother. This is Rick talking to Stella, the woman he figures he can never really be with, but who he so desperately loves. It reminds me a bit of Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca”. The dialogue is endearing. It shows a guy that can’t quite get the words right around the `right’ woman.
“Maybe one of these days I’ll get hell out of this city and get a place in the country, and you – you can come with me. We’ll get a farm and…never mind.”
Once fiction has three things established, conflict, suspense, and tension it becomes good fiction, after that your story is complete, and this one has one heck of a twist at the end.