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Addiction is an affliction. As you crave you endure sweats, irritations, sleepless nights. Your life suffers, your job suffers… your family suffer. But you need it, you HAVE to have your fix. Joe O'Hara is having a bad morning, and it's just about to get worse. A random road traffic accident sends him on the path to addiction. Crack is the only thing that can give him Addiction is an affliction. As you crave you endure sweats, irritations, sleepless nights. Your life suffers, your job suffers… your family suffer. But you need it, you HAVE to have your fix. Joe O'Hara is having a bad morning, and it's just about to get worse. A random road traffic accident sends him on the path to addiction. Crack is the only thing that can give him any relief from his living hell - but it's a far cry from the crack you might think it is. CRACK is a psychological horror from D E McCluskey, author of The Twelve.


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Addiction is an affliction. As you crave you endure sweats, irritations, sleepless nights. Your life suffers, your job suffers… your family suffer. But you need it, you HAVE to have your fix. Joe O'Hara is having a bad morning, and it's just about to get worse. A random road traffic accident sends him on the path to addiction. Crack is the only thing that can give him Addiction is an affliction. As you crave you endure sweats, irritations, sleepless nights. Your life suffers, your job suffers… your family suffer. But you need it, you HAVE to have your fix. Joe O'Hara is having a bad morning, and it's just about to get worse. A random road traffic accident sends him on the path to addiction. Crack is the only thing that can give him any relief from his living hell - but it's a far cry from the crack you might think it is. CRACK is a psychological horror from D E McCluskey, author of The Twelve.

30 review for CRACK: A disturbing psychological horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    John The Crippledgimp

    CRACK. This was a really good psychological horror\thriller it was very fast paced and hard to put down. Crack was like Stephen King's the dark half crossed with Death Proof combined with the intensity and the insanity caused by addiction. CRACK kills man 4.5 for me. CRACK. This was a really good psychological horror\thriller it was very fast paced and hard to put down. Crack was like Stephen King's the dark half crossed with Death Proof combined with the intensity and the insanity caused by addiction. CRACK kills man 4.5 for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anja Henriksen

    This is one hell of a brutal story showing with all disgrace how devastating addiction ruins lives. Addiction is NEVER an isolated problem hitting an individual. Addiction hits hard and it hits like a scattergun; it's hitting everyone in close proximity, both the addicted, the love ones, but also everyone else who happens to be a part of or just near. Addiction comes in many ways and types, and with this story D.E. McCluskey have chosen an extreme type of addiction which facilitates making it pa This is one hell of a brutal story showing with all disgrace how devastating addiction ruins lives. Addiction is NEVER an isolated problem hitting an individual. Addiction hits hard and it hits like a scattergun; it's hitting everyone in close proximity, both the addicted, the love ones, but also everyone else who happens to be a part of or just near. Addiction comes in many ways and types, and with this story D.E. McCluskey have chosen an extreme type of addiction which facilitates making it painfully clear what the nature of addiction does. The story also touches themes as mental health/instability and the problem/issue/potential dangers with handling over psychophamarca without throughout diagnosis and follow-up regularly. It's peripheral touched, but enough to spark some thoughts going for the reader without it being a statement. Thanks to D.E. McCluskey for a free promotion code to the audiobook for an honest review in return. - A note about the narration. Unfortunately I wasn't a fan of the narration. I did like his voice in general, but to me his intonation was weirdly off. He was clearly cable of adjusting his voice to different moods, etc. but I kept feeling it wasn't fitting the context. As always; narration is such a personal taste, and this might be me who's in the minority with this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brad Tierney

    Crack Pipe, Crack Rock, Crack Head 💀 Sweet fat baby! This story... I wasn't prepared for the level of depravity and horror that this McCluskey fella decided to hit me with. I went into it all chest puffed up and tough guy, but came out a sniveling little worm, mouth open and feeling quite violated. It was AWESOME! I've never smoked any Crack like this Crack, and I don't want too. No way. Just say no, drugs are bad enough, but McCluskey teaches you a lesson in Crack addiction that you will never, Crack Pipe, Crack Rock, Crack Head 💀 Sweet fat baby! This story... I wasn't prepared for the level of depravity and horror that this McCluskey fella decided to hit me with. I went into it all chest puffed up and tough guy, but came out a sniveling little worm, mouth open and feeling quite violated. It was AWESOME! I've never smoked any Crack like this Crack, and I don't want too. No way. Just say no, drugs are bad enough, but McCluskey teaches you a lesson in Crack addiction that you will never, ever forget!!! You have to read this book. Seriously. 5/5 Skulls 💀💀💀💀💀

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    From the first chapter this is highly disturbing. A psychological horror the likes I have never read. This book will stick with me for a long long time. It's insane, grusome, riveting and sad. Emotionally it's a very heavy book and I do feel a bit drained after reading it. But that's a good thing. From the first chapter this is highly disturbing. A psychological horror the likes I have never read. This book will stick with me for a long long time. It's insane, grusome, riveting and sad. Emotionally it's a very heavy book and I do feel a bit drained after reading it. But that's a good thing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Renée

    Well, this wasn’t quite what I was expecting. What a ride! A unique and clever story that will stick with me for awhile.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel M

    Crack……..crack………crack!!! It only takes one thing to start an addiction and addiction is normally almost always a bad thing. Just takes one little push to topple over the edge. Once you’ve been pushed over the edge it’s all down from there! Your life starts to fall apart……… your family and love ones start to drift away, strangers you have never met get sucked in. This is a hard hitting, brutal story about addiction and mental health. You never know what other people are going through in life so s Crack……..crack………crack!!! It only takes one thing to start an addiction and addiction is normally almost always a bad thing. Just takes one little push to topple over the edge. Once you’ve been pushed over the edge it’s all down from there! Your life starts to fall apart……… your family and love ones start to drift away, strangers you have never met get sucked in. This is a hard hitting, brutal story about addiction and mental health. You never know what other people are going through in life so shouldn’t assume yours is worse!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Duncan

    Hold on to your seat for this one because it will give you nightmares you didn’t think were possible. Ian is a normal guy, has a wife and two kids, and works the Night Shift at a construction site. Until one day he has a bad accident and runs over a motorcyclist and this incident changes Ian’s life forever. Ian’s mind and life spins totally out of control and he does everything he can in to stop the madness that took over his mind. CRACK… CRACK.. This book is not for the squeamish. There is gore Hold on to your seat for this one because it will give you nightmares you didn’t think were possible. Ian is a normal guy, has a wife and two kids, and works the Night Shift at a construction site. Until one day he has a bad accident and runs over a motorcyclist and this incident changes Ian’s life forever. Ian’s mind and life spins totally out of control and he does everything he can in to stop the madness that took over his mind. CRACK… CRACK.. This book is not for the squeamish. There is gore and blood, some animals will get hurt and violence. I highly recommend this book if you’re into reading about people going down in a downward spiral.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sea Caummisar

    Full disclosure. I love this narrator's voice. I stumbled across him on ACx and he gave me a free promo code. I'm odd so this book piqued my interest. The crack this book speaks of is not the the drug.. not even close. It's much better. I can still hear him say CRACK repeatedly and maybe I should go for a drive!!! Lol. just playing. This is one unique story. I'm usually not a big fan of stories that follow the life of the cops/ detectives, but this one did it right. I can honestly say I thoroughl Full disclosure. I love this narrator's voice. I stumbled across him on ACx and he gave me a free promo code. I'm odd so this book piqued my interest. The crack this book speaks of is not the the drug.. not even close. It's much better. I can still hear him say CRACK repeatedly and maybe I should go for a drive!!! Lol. just playing. This is one unique story. I'm usually not a big fan of stories that follow the life of the cops/ detectives, but this one did it right. I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. Seriously, it's a book better to listen to than reading. The 1st part, intro, prologue, whatever was weird. don't let that stop you from reading or listening to this story

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nev Murray

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Martian Scuba

    Much darker than I expected, but not in a bad way! Weird but I somewhat thought I was getting into a horror version of the action film Crank after reading the synopsis? CRACK! Even weirder were all of the bizarre signs I received while reading this book. An Owl City song called "Cave In" played on shuffle immediately after reading this on my work break and the lyrics changed the entire song's meaning for me permanently. Earlier today (also after a work break), I saw an open package with a motorcy Much darker than I expected, but not in a bad way! Weird but I somewhat thought I was getting into a horror version of the action film Crank after reading the synopsis? CRACK! Even weirder were all of the bizarre signs I received while reading this book. An Owl City song called "Cave In" played on shuffle immediately after reading this on my work break and the lyrics changed the entire song's meaning for me permanently. Earlier today (also after a work break), I saw an open package with a motorcycle helmet pass by on a factory belt. An hour later, I got an Amazon notification about deals on motorcycle helmets and to finish off the day, a girl I work with was telling me she had a motorcycle license test the next day. So I knew I had to finish this book tonight and did just that! Needless to say, it boosted the eerie mood of the book and the creepiness level was maxed out. CRACK! A small handful of the early chapters felt like filler and the writing started off weak but the second half of the book is VERY strong. Fun random pickup and I'm glad I stuck with it. CRACK! CRACK! CRACK!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Lee

    This is one of the most brutal and disturbing things I have ever read and I kept trying to run away from it. Several times I found myself scared to find out what was going to happen next. McCluskey’s combination of unpredictability and ominous foreshadowing creates a consuming tension and building dread. CRACK is listed as psychological horror, which it most certainly is, however, the brutality and graphic content pushes the envelope into the realm of extreme horror as well. Additionally, the edg This is one of the most brutal and disturbing things I have ever read and I kept trying to run away from it. Several times I found myself scared to find out what was going to happen next. McCluskey’s combination of unpredictability and ominous foreshadowing creates a consuming tension and building dread. CRACK is listed as psychological horror, which it most certainly is, however, the brutality and graphic content pushes the envelope into the realm of extreme horror as well. Additionally, the edgy element of realism makes this a truly frightening read for the intellectual horror connoisseur. This story has widespread appeal… except maybe to those with delicate constitutions. With realistic characters and attention to detail, McCluskey brings the horrifying story of Joe O’Hara’s tragic and gruesome addiction to life with exquisite skill. Expect the unexpected. Expect nightmares to plague your sleep after.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    What can I say about this book. Firstly I should say I'm extremely desenitised, and this book, it's something else. It's gory, but not just gory for the sake of it, it progresses the story well, so that's my warning out of the way. I LOVED THIS BOOK!! so I'm not doing spoilers, that drive me insane, but I will say this, the author has the rare gift to be able to write well and also spin a good yarn, ( trust me they are two different skills ) The characters are so three dimensional and you feel l What can I say about this book. Firstly I should say I'm extremely desenitised, and this book, it's something else. It's gory, but not just gory for the sake of it, it progresses the story well, so that's my warning out of the way. I LOVED THIS BOOK!! so I'm not doing spoilers, that drive me insane, but I will say this, the author has the rare gift to be able to write well and also spin a good yarn, ( trust me they are two different skills ) The characters are so three dimensional and you feel like you really get to know them, and genuinely care what happens. Nothing is worse that a book where you couldn't care less about the characters. The story itself is very unique ( I think ) it's deliciously dark and twisted. Definitely not one for the faint hearted, but definitely one to read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Great read and another you will find hard to put down. Fantastically written and such a out there concept. The way that one accident can change a mans life so much and such a different way to show addiction, not your normal drink or drugs. DE McCluskey is defiantly an up and coming writer to keep an eye out for. He will go far.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This wasn’t the book I was expecting. It’s firmly in the Horror genre but parts of it read like snuff porn. I was expecting more psychological thriller and less sexual violence over all. The book does open with a scene that portends what the rest of the story will be like; had this not been a for-review book, I would have put it down there. It’s just not my cup of tea. The main character, Joe, snapped at some point prior to where this story starts. Life pushed him too hard and he couldn’t take it This wasn’t the book I was expecting. It’s firmly in the Horror genre but parts of it read like snuff porn. I was expecting more psychological thriller and less sexual violence over all. The book does open with a scene that portends what the rest of the story will be like; had this not been a for-review book, I would have put it down there. It’s just not my cup of tea. The main character, Joe, snapped at some point prior to where this story starts. Life pushed him too hard and he couldn’t take it and all that internal rage cracked out into this unhealthy need to kill. Cracking skulls is the only thing that gives Joe a few days of peace these days. The story shows how his need escalates from killing animals to killing women. There’s a fair amount of description spent on Joe’s orgasms, which occur with each cracked skull. It definitely adds to the ick factor that is Joe’s life. The story goes from one victim to the next: animals, Joe beating up his wife, the women he kills, his therapist who he fantasizes about, etc. Joe doesn’t have much of a personality throughout the story. At first, it’s a little interesting because Joe has this imaginary friend he talks to, but the interest quickly faded for me because Joe remains a one-dimensional character throughout. Though, there at the very end, the plot tries to humanize him. The ladies are victims and romantic interests throughout. All the male characters, not just Joe, refer to the women as girls throughout the story, failing to make the distinction between actual girls and grown women. If it was just Joe doing that, I would say it’s part of his character, but the other men do it too. The ladies had small roles. Even Paula, the police detective, is sexualized and made a victim throughout. One of the victims even gets her hands undone from Joe’s restraints and then, conveniently, gives up and lets the end come. So I was pretty disappointed in the use of the female characters all around. For me, the end was unsatisfactory. There is no real justice. 2.5/5 stars. The Narration: Tim Welch had an odd cadence to his narration. He put extra emphasis on a few words each sentence, like he was trying to add excitement or anticipation to each and every sentence. It was part old-time radio drama and part sports announcer. I got used to it and for some scenes, like the gory murder scenes, it made sense. I did like his voice over all for Joe. Welch tried to give each character their own voice, but they often blended together if 2 or more characters were talking together. His female voices could use more femininity. There were no technical issues with the recording. 3/5 stars. I received a free copy of this book. My opinions are 100% my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)

    This is a totally dark and gruesome psychological horror! Joe is on his way home from work one day when he's involved in a traffic accident......something that will change his life forever.  The change in him is dramatic.  Once a loving and caring family man, the trauma of the accident turns him in to a sick and twisted monster.....who will do anything to get his next fix.  Although his needs start off small, they spiral out of control - until he's at the point where he can't face it anymore.  Bu This is a totally dark and gruesome psychological horror! Joe is on his way home from work one day when he's involved in a traffic accident......something that will change his life forever.  The change in him is dramatic.  Once a loving and caring family man, the trauma of the accident turns him in to a sick and twisted monster.....who will do anything to get his next fix.  Although his needs start off small, they spiral out of control - until he's at the point where he can't face it anymore.  But will he be able to stop, or will it all end in blood and tears? Paula is a Detective and is called to investigate the deaths of a number of missing prostitutes.  Not getting anywhere, she goes undercover but will she find out what's happening to these women? Firstly, this story will have you hooked.  It's completely gripping as you want to know what Joe will get up to next.  You also fall in love with Paula and her family and really want her to find the person who's responsible for people going missing.... Potential reader warning: I do have to say that I found some of this REALLY disturbing.  It is very graphic in terms of the details and there is graphic animal cruelty involved.  If I'm honest I did get to a point where I didn't think I'd be able to finish it, as I couldn't bring myself to read about anymore animals getting harmed.  But I contacted Dave and he told me I was past the worst of it....so I carried on and I'm glad I did.  The overall story is fantastic and the ending is rather ironic. I would say though that if you don't want to read about animal cruelty then this definitely isn't the book for you.  If you're willing to give it a go, you get about a third of the way through and there are no more animals getting hurt....only people.  So it really depends on your own personal views. In light of that I'm giving this 3/4 stars.  3 because I won't read it again - I can't put myself through it! 4 because the storyline is really good and will honestly have you hooked. This is another well written but truly gruesome story from Dave looking at how addiction affects people and how it can quickly escalate.  If you're a fan of horror and a bit of gore, and can handle the fact that this is very dark - then this could definitely be for you.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Davies

    Joe O’Hara was a normal family guy. Working the night shift as a security guard, all he wanted to do was to provide for his family. That was until he was involved on a fatal accident with a biker, then all he wanted to was to feed his addiction. As you are reading this story, you are following Joe as he struggles to come to terms with the accident. Unable to sleep and the images playing through his mind, most people would go and see a counsellor and talk through his issues , Joe has an usual way Joe O’Hara was a normal family guy. Working the night shift as a security guard, all he wanted to do was to provide for his family. That was until he was involved on a fatal accident with a biker, then all he wanted to was to feed his addiction. As you are reading this story, you are following Joe as he struggles to come to terms with the accident. Unable to sleep and the images playing through his mind, most people would go and see a counsellor and talk through his issues , Joe has an usual way of revolving his issues. This is a dark read, and there is tension throughout. As you are reading this story, you feel that you are there, watching Joe getting his fix and it had a similar feel to when you drive past an accident and instinctively you have to look what happened. “Crack”, that was your warning and you knew what was coming. There are not many books that make me grimace when I am reading it but this is one of them. The involvement of Detective Paula Ashton and her fiancé Officer Ian Locke makes this story more feel real, as you follow them whilst they are preparing to get married. There were times where I had to stop and compose myself as I could not believe where this story was going. This book has its own addiction as you want to see if Joe is linked to the events. I have read Twelve by this author and this is nothing like it. This is savage, it will shock you and you will be gripped. A psychological horror that when you hear the noise “Crack”, you will think of this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Lewis

    I am so glad I no longer drive. It's obviously become a seriously dangerous and profoundly moving experience in the dozen or so years since I gave up my licence. Poor Joe, you didn't get the feeling he was living his best life before the accident. After the accident, boy oh boy, things got very bad, very quickly. I think it says more about me when I sobbed more about the dog than anything or anyone else. I can't hear any sound even similar to 'CRACK' now without the hairs on the back of my neck I am so glad I no longer drive. It's obviously become a seriously dangerous and profoundly moving experience in the dozen or so years since I gave up my licence. Poor Joe, you didn't get the feeling he was living his best life before the accident. After the accident, boy oh boy, things got very bad, very quickly. I think it says more about me when I sobbed more about the dog than anything or anyone else. I can't hear any sound even similar to 'CRACK' now without the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. Mr McCluskey's imagination is extremely, erm, imaginative! I'm thanking all my gods that he chooses to write about the things going on in his head rather than act them out. Not for the faint hearted, Crack gets down and dirty in the guts, gore and gristle and sweeps you in so close you could smell and taste the blood in the air. This is my first audio book by D.E. McCluskey but I can assure you it won't be my last! Listen with the lights on!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carol Butler

    The main character in this book is Joe O'Hara and he's just finished his night shift and not only tired and wanting to get home to bed but on his way home things just got worse, and he gets involved in a road traffic accident a collision with a biker and all he could hear was the crack as the bones and skull crushed to smithereens and decapitated the head from the body. Somehow the more he thinks about what he heard the more addicted he became and soon was orchestrating his own decapitations jus The main character in this book is Joe O'Hara and he's just finished his night shift and not only tired and wanting to get home to bed but on his way home things just got worse, and he gets involved in a road traffic accident a collision with a biker and all he could hear was the crack as the bones and skull crushed to smithereens and decapitated the head from the body. Somehow the more he thinks about what he heard the more addicted he became and soon was orchestrating his own decapitations just to get the thrill and his sexual desires from the cracking sound. As Joe gets more addicted, it was affecting his home life and his family decides to move on, but Joe is not bothered as his imaginary friend without a face only the black helmet helps him with his addition. This is a very dark listen and the narrator Tim Welch was clear and precise but did emphasize the word Crack and sometimes did get a bit annoying but a must finish for the book, but beware it is quite gory in places.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joshua MacMillan

    This was my first read/ listen from D.E. McCluskey. Full disclosure, I was given a free audiobook code in exchange for an honest review of this book. Crack was a fantastic story that I found equally compelling, and heart-wrenching. We follow our main character Joe as he struggles with dark desires that compel him to follow through with a deranged desire to hear the titular Crack. While the story hooked me, one of my favorite things about this book is how it touches on addiction and how addiction This was my first read/ listen from D.E. McCluskey. Full disclosure, I was given a free audiobook code in exchange for an honest review of this book. Crack was a fantastic story that I found equally compelling, and heart-wrenching. We follow our main character Joe as he struggles with dark desires that compel him to follow through with a deranged desire to hear the titular Crack. While the story hooked me, one of my favorite things about this book is how it touches on addiction and how addiction can spiral out of control, destroying our personal lives, the lives of those we love, and also cause harm to people around us that we don't know, and don't even realize we have impacted until it is too late. McCluskey's prose was wonderful to listen to, my only complaint about this book is that I opted to listen to the free code. I enjoyed the narrator's voice, but there were a few moments where you could tell that the narrator either stumbled over a line and decided to do a second take, or perhaps lost their vocal groove and went back a line to jump back into it. At the end of the day, this is a fantastic book, and a fantastic introduction to a new-to-me author. I will definitely be checking out his other works! Highly recommend, but I would purchase the eBook or paperback.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Cavendish

    I read most of this in one sitting. The author is a gifted storyteller, painting the character of a normal guy-gone-horribly-wrong so effectively that at no point did I disbelieve. It all starts so credibly, with a hellish freak accident where the main character's car kills a motorcyclist who had lost control of his vehicle. There was nothing Joe could do, but in what he did, his life changes forever - unfortunately so do the lives of his future victims. An original and relatively new voice in h I read most of this in one sitting. The author is a gifted storyteller, painting the character of a normal guy-gone-horribly-wrong so effectively that at no point did I disbelieve. It all starts so credibly, with a hellish freak accident where the main character's car kills a motorcyclist who had lost control of his vehicle. There was nothing Joe could do, but in what he did, his life changes forever - unfortunately so do the lives of his future victims. An original and relatively new voice in horror, I would venture to suggest there is a lot more to come from D E McCluskey - and I,for one, will welcome that

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ian Rooney

    I have ready many of this authors books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This book was a difficult read not because I didn’t enjoy it but because the addiction in question wasn’t at all what I was expecting and took me on a disturbing psychological journey! Could this really happen could somebody change so dramatically the one thing I think we can agree on is addictions can destroy lives and this addiction definitely does that. The ending ? well I won’t give it away but I had a preferred ending or 2 d I have ready many of this authors books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This book was a difficult read not because I didn’t enjoy it but because the addiction in question wasn’t at all what I was expecting and took me on a disturbing psychological journey! Could this really happen could somebody change so dramatically the one thing I think we can agree on is addictions can destroy lives and this addiction definitely does that. The ending ? well I won’t give it away but I had a preferred ending or 2 different to the author but that’s because the book had me hooked or maybe ADDICTED Definitely not a light read so be prepared for a rollercoaster journey

  22. 5 out of 5

    James Harper

    This was an amazing read. It had a bit of everything I like in a book. A bit of extreme with gore mixed with a dose of reality. The book follows the main character Joe and his life after being in a brutal car accident. Doctors and medications was not enough to help him cope. He seeks out ways of his own to ease his troubled mind, and it soon becomes a addiction that spirals quickly out of control. The more he gives into it the more he needs to get any peace. This book was a roller coaster and I felt This was an amazing read. It had a bit of everything I like in a book. A bit of extreme with gore mixed with a dose of reality. The book follows the main character Joe and his life after being in a brutal car accident. Doctors and medications was not enough to help him cope. He seeks out ways of his own to ease his troubled mind, and it soon becomes a addiction that spirals quickly out of control. The more he gives into it the more he needs to get any peace. This book was a roller coaster and I felt at times I was riding shotgun with Joe on his journey of madness. This is A Must Read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    P J

    Grim but great. Addiction is a weird thing. People can become addicted to all kinds of things from drugs to parachuting. In the case of Joe O'Hara, you won't believe what he gets addicted to. I was torn between feeling sorry for him and feeling that he was one of the most abhorrent and repulsive characters I have ever read in fiction. The tension in this book winds up towards the end and it drew me in so much that I couldn't wait to get time to read more of it. Definitely not for the faint of he Grim but great. Addiction is a weird thing. People can become addicted to all kinds of things from drugs to parachuting. In the case of Joe O'Hara, you won't believe what he gets addicted to. I was torn between feeling sorry for him and feeling that he was one of the most abhorrent and repulsive characters I have ever read in fiction. The tension in this book winds up towards the end and it drew me in so much that I couldn't wait to get time to read more of it. Definitely not for the faint of heart but a great read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    C.M. Rutherford

    Joe O'hara is involved in a traffic accident that will forever change his life. Something dark and sinister is awoken inside. Now to keep any sense of normalcy he must feed the demented cravings in his mind. This is not for the faint of heart. Follow the main character as he devolves into homicidal madness. The story is dark and disturbing but well written and keeps the pages turning. Fans of horror will enjoy this book. Joe O'hara is involved in a traffic accident that will forever change his life. Something dark and sinister is awoken inside. Now to keep any sense of normalcy he must feed the demented cravings in his mind. This is not for the faint of heart. Follow the main character as he devolves into homicidal madness. The story is dark and disturbing but well written and keeps the pages turning. Fans of horror will enjoy this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Rickard

    I hated Joe. I hated him before the tragedy that ruined his happy family life. He was a bit of a dick before and became a really nasty piece of work thru out the book. There is animal cruelty in is as well. The tragedy causes him to have an addiction and his life spirals into chaos. I've now read a few books by this author and his characters are so different and distinct. D.E. McClusky does such a great job writing this. I hated Joe. I hated him before the tragedy that ruined his happy family life. He was a bit of a dick before and became a really nasty piece of work thru out the book. There is animal cruelty in is as well. The tragedy causes him to have an addiction and his life spirals into chaos. I've now read a few books by this author and his characters are so different and distinct. D.E. McClusky does such a great job writing this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Barrell

    Not usually my preferred book genre, but must say I genuinely really enjoyed this. Unexpected ending...couldn't decide if I was rooting for the main character to recover or couldn't stand him and wanted him to get his taste of karma. Currently reading the next book by this author and thoroughly enjoying it 😁 Not usually my preferred book genre, but must say I genuinely really enjoyed this. Unexpected ending...couldn't decide if I was rooting for the main character to recover or couldn't stand him and wanted him to get his taste of karma. Currently reading the next book by this author and thoroughly enjoying it 😁

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chris Williams

    Strap yourself in for a journey of an addict! Not your usual addiction.... this will completely get you submerged, into this story, from the very first moments you start reading. You’ll not want to put this down. Get ready as this amazing author blows apart the normal expectations of this genre. You’ll love this I guarantee it. This will be a story you’ll never forget.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emle Hopfer

    I was not prepared for this at all. That was definitely some psychological horror I did not expect. My boyfriend actually asked me to listen (audiobook) in another room because it was too descriptive for him. This book is a literal car crash that you can’t turn away from. Highly recommend if you’re into splatterpunk and psychological horror

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hela

    This is a brilliant dark and twisted story. It gripped from the start and is very well written with relatable, engaging characters and an original, imaginative plot. Its the first McCluskey book I've read but won't be the last. Very addictive as the name suggests! This is a brilliant dark and twisted story. It gripped from the start and is very well written with relatable, engaging characters and an original, imaginative plot. Its the first McCluskey book I've read but won't be the last. Very addictive as the name suggests!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Draper

    A great (and shocking!) plot that surprises all the way to the end.

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