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Publisher's Summary

The acclaimed New York Times and USA Today best-selling novel of small-town evil that “is genuinely chilling and something brand-new and exciting” (Stephen King) and “unforgettable” (Harlan Coben).

In the summer of 1988, the mutilated bodies of several missing girls begin to turn up in a small Maryland town. The grisly evidence leads police to the terrifying assumption that a serial killer is on the loose in the quiet suburb. But soon a rumor begins to spread that the evil stalking local teens is not entirely human. Law enforcement, as well as members of the FBI, are certain that the killer is a living, breathing madman - and he’s playing games with them. For a once peaceful community trapped in the depths of paranoia and suspicion, it feels like a nightmare that will never end.

Recent college graduate Richard Chizmar returns to his hometown just as a curfew is enacted and a neighborhood watch is formed. Amid preparing for his wedding and embarking on a writing career, he soon finds himself thrust into a real-life horror story. Inspired by the terrifying events, Richard writes a personal account of the serial killer’s reign of terror, unaware that these events will continue to haunt him for years to come.

A clever, terrifying, and heartrending work of metafiction, Chasing the Boogeyman is the ultimate marriage between horror fiction and true crime. Chizmar’s “dazzling work of fresh imagination and psychological insight” (Caroline Kepnes, New York Times best-selling author of You) is on full display in this truly unique novel that will haunt you long after you listen to the final minute.

©2021 Richard Chizmar (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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waited for something.. anything to happen

the guy who narrates is great. it's the story I hate. it just drags on. wish I wouldnt've have noticed Stephen King's name listed with it.

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Not what I expected…but

Everything about this book is captivating. The storytelling is so authentic and brilliant. There are few books that I feel compelled to listen to more than once. This is one of them. The narration is perfect.

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Does not live up to the hype

I felt like I was listening to a 60’s TV show. The story was trying to build but collapsed quickly. The characters were all perfect without a flaw. The killer was unveiled with out fanfare. It wasn’t scary or even clever. I think it might be a good book for a preteen interested in “true crime”. It was nothing like Stephen King. If this book scared him…I must have listened to the wrong book. The narrator was wooden, but I got used to him. I’m not sorry I listened. But I’m sorry I waited with bated breath for its release.

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Total snoozefest

This is soooooo incredibly boring! It is the audio equivalent of watching paint dry. I can't believe this was published. He couldn't have made it more boring if he tried. And all the minutae of the author's parents' home and what row he sat in at the funeral...ugh, who cares? And the little tidbits about his published short stories - shameless self promotion.

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introduction takes way too long....

Struggle to get going, poor storyline, long long long introduction. Nothing clos as advertised.

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Unexpected

This book is definitely not what I expected; I was expecting a more faced paced story, and this is definitely not that. There was enough stuff to keep my interest once they started getting into the actual crimes, but the beginning was a slog,
I know it’s necessary to ground the story, but I don’t care about what his life was like as a kid, the pranks he used to do. Way too many irrelevant details, in my opinion. Also, this narrator is not my favorite, I feel bad but I wish someone else would’ve narrated this book. All this being said, I’ve enjoyed Chizmar’s short story collections, so I hope I like his next book better.

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Never got interesting.

Boring details on and on. I was not interest in all of the historical and personal details.

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terrible!

I would give this a 0 rating if I could , bad story telling . One of the worst routes ever

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Don’t get this book

The reader is bad and I can’t decide if it’s a documentary or story. Bad either way

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Most original novel I've read in years

Imagine a Tobe Hooper villain dropped into the world of a John Hughes movie.

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