By Joe Schreiber
“You have a truly wonderful little girl,” breathed the voice at the cellphone. And similar to that, Susan younger is drawn right into a dwelling nightmare.
A stranger has abducted Sue’s daughter, Veda. yet he doesn’t wish her cash, simply her suffering–and he'll kill Veda if Sue doesn’t stick with his each command. With precise directions, the faceless abductor leads Sue right into a blinding storm from snow at the longest evening of the 12 months, to a spot she has now not traveled to considering that early life. The voice at the different finish of the road by some means is familiar with Sue’s inner most, such a lot chilling secret–an ominous incident from her prior, buried lengthy ago...
Across the loneliest again roads of Massachusetts, within the black expanse of a brand new England wintry weather, Sue is compelled to confront her such a lot lousy fears as she is met at each one step by way of ever expanding horrors created through a monster who's without doubt whatever below human. within the desire of saving her daughter from a kidnapper whose beginning turns out darker than something she may perhaps ever have imagined, Sue will notice simply how a lot trauma and fright the human physique is in a position to absorbing.
Set over the process a unmarried evening, Chasing the useless is a fast moving, ferociously stressful supernatural mystery. With the ability of masters like Dean Koontz and David Morrell, Joe Schreiber has created a tableau of outrage and horror, demise and destruction, that may draw you in and not allow you to go.
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The rear lights, and every thing else, have been simply effective. and he or she hasn’t obvious the farm pickup back until eventually this night. yet is that truly the case? The headache among her eyes is beginning to come again. simply because now she’s considering a night only a week or so in the past whilst she was once downtown performing some Christmas procuring at Prudential heart, pulling out of the parking storage, and 2 headlights swept out after her. She simply received a glimpse of the automobile ahead of it vanished in site visitors, yet hadn’t it appeared like an analogous farm truck? Hadn’t she famous, only for a break up moment, that grinning grille and rounded entrance finish? Even then, the relationship among the 2 occasions pulsed out and in of her brain and vanished as quick because it had arrived. simply because who would truly be following her? What have been the percentages that it was once an analogous truck? yet now she realizes that it was once. How lengthy, precisely, has he been following her? back her ideas visit Marilyn and Sue prays (yes, prays, and any ambulance motive force who tells you they’ve by no means muttered a prayer is mendacity, heartless, or either) that by some means the nanny is ready to defend Veda or no less than reassure her, carry her hand or sing to her. An eighteen-month-old woman can’t almost certainly comprehend what’s occurring to her. Sue doesn’t understand adequate approximately youth trauma to grasp if it is a blessing or a curse. She simply prays that Marilyn is insulating Veda from the worst of it, that the fellow who has her has performed not anything to both of them bodily, prays that regardless of listening to Veda scream that one time over the telephone. yet no matter if he hasn’t touched Veda, with the exception of the time he made her cry at the cellphone, even then, how a lot remedy will she desire as an grownup simply to get her throughout the far away reminiscence of tonight? yet might be, simply probably, it’s nonetheless okay. possibly Veda’s already cried herself out and fallen asleep. it's attainable, isn’t it? 8 o’clock is her bedtime. perhaps within the morning she’ll get up and Marilyn should be there and Sue will arrive and it'll all be like a nasty dream. or even they’re already lifeless. “Stop that,” Sue says aloud to herself. “You cease that shit immediately. ” yet in the back of that arduous snarl—and it truly is tricky, Sue can pay attention that a lot simply hearing the sound of her personal voice—another scared, egocentric query hangs, rotating slowly, the only query that she easily can't aid asking on a few point. simply hours previous she used to be an prosperous thirtysomething-year-old ex-wife and mom, and Veda was once simply one other one-and-a-half-year-old coming domestic along with her nanny to prepare for her nightly tub ahead of bedtime. Why is that this taking place to them? as the earlier isn't performed with us. now not in any monstrous means. Screw you, Phillip, Sue thinks. Screw you, you unreliable rat, you child-abandoning shitbag, you valueless waste of pores and skin. You’re in Malibu without delay, without doubt walking bare down a few seashore while you’re now not blending up a tumbler of bitter apple martinis on your latest surgically improved fuck doll whereas 3 thousand miles away a few faceless maniac does Christ-knows-what on your basically daughter.