Mark Stone starts hearing a cacophony of agonizing screams when he talks with people on the telephone. These screams are followed soon after by the death of the person he spoke to on the phone. When he hears these same fearful screams when speaking to his wife (whom he is separated from) he springs into action as he tries to save her.
Though not Mike Dellosso's first novel, Scream is the first work of his that I read. Dellosso successfully weaves the strands of suspense, and redemption together into a fast-paced thriller. While some parts of the novel are somewhat formulaic (such as the spiritual tie ins) and unsurprising, he does manage to pull off a surprise twist at the end that I didn't see coming.
If you're just starting to read Dellosso though, I recommend some of his later works - Darlington Woods or Darkness Follows (both of which I have also reviewed) in which his writing has become more polished. Both offer premises that are more unique than a kidnapping style suspense story, and are more engaging because of it. If you just can't get enough Dellosso though, this is a decent novel - just not his best work.
What a great thriller! I could not put it down! Whenever I read the back of a book, sometimes it does not match the story, but with Scream, it was dead on. If creepy and suspense are your thing, don't miss this book.
I had not heard of this author before I saw the free download. After reading the reviews I decided to read it. WOW! I could not put this book down. Read it in one sitting. The author has great characters and imagination. He sucked me right in. I loved how he brought the spiritual aspect into this book. I thought on this book several days after finishing it. I was so impressed with this author I bought 3 more of his books.