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Amelia Fletcher is a good girl. She’s a straight-A student, second chair in her middle-school chorus, and she never uses the Lord’s name in vain. But a few days ago, she discovered that her dad has been cheating on her mom. For the first time in her life, Amelia decides she would like to know what it feels like to be a bad girl. For just one night. With the help of her BFFs, Amelia Fletcher is a good girl. She’s a straight-A student, second chair in her middle-school chorus, and she never uses the Lord’s name in vain. But a few days ago, she discovered that her dad has been cheating on her mom. For the first time in her life, Amelia decides she would like to know what it feels like to be a bad girl. For just one night. With the help of her BFFs, Cassie and Folline, she plans to teach Dad’s “other woman” a lesson. It's harmless fun, right? An evening of teenage mischief. When all is said and done, the homewrecker will go away and never come back. Only then can Amelia's family begin to repair what has been broken. However, this was no ordinary affair. And the trio could never expect the horrors that await them inside the house on Callaghan Drive.


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Amelia Fletcher is a good girl. She’s a straight-A student, second chair in her middle-school chorus, and she never uses the Lord’s name in vain. But a few days ago, she discovered that her dad has been cheating on her mom. For the first time in her life, Amelia decides she would like to know what it feels like to be a bad girl. For just one night. With the help of her BFFs, Amelia Fletcher is a good girl. She’s a straight-A student, second chair in her middle-school chorus, and she never uses the Lord’s name in vain. But a few days ago, she discovered that her dad has been cheating on her mom. For the first time in her life, Amelia decides she would like to know what it feels like to be a bad girl. For just one night. With the help of her BFFs, Cassie and Folline, she plans to teach Dad’s “other woman” a lesson. It's harmless fun, right? An evening of teenage mischief. When all is said and done, the homewrecker will go away and never come back. Only then can Amelia's family begin to repair what has been broken. However, this was no ordinary affair. And the trio could never expect the horrors that await them inside the house on Callaghan Drive.

30 review for Ride or Die

  1. 5 out of 5

    Well Read Beard

    When a young girl sets out to wreak a little vengeance on the homewrecker that her father is sleeping with, well, quite frankly, she underestimates what she is getting into. Nicely paced novella, with some comedic bits here and there, and vicious, vicious climax. My thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvXDK... When a young girl sets out to wreak a little vengeance on the homewrecker that her father is sleeping with, well, quite frankly, she underestimates what she is getting into. Nicely paced novella, with some comedic bits here and there, and vicious, vicious climax. My thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvXDK...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    In James Newman's RIDE OR DIE, we have a teenaged girl who finds out her father is cheating on her mother. With the help of her two best friends, she is determined to send a "message" to the home wrecker. Then, everything changes in the most unexpected, and unpleasant way.... I finished this book in a single sitting, and that's about the highest compliment I can give. Pick this one up and see for yourselves! Recommended. In James Newman's RIDE OR DIE, we have a teenaged girl who finds out her father is cheating on her mother. With the help of her two best friends, she is determined to send a "message" to the home wrecker. Then, everything changes in the most unexpected, and unpleasant way.... I finished this book in a single sitting, and that's about the highest compliment I can give. Pick this one up and see for yourselves! Recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader

    James is one of the best indie horror writers in the business and when he offered me a early review copy I was beyond thrilled!!🤓 RIDE OR DIE combines coming of age and revenge, two of my favorite tropes. I loved that the main characters were females and the friendship between them seemed very real to me. There are text messages exchanged by the girls peppered throughout the novella that I thought was a very nice touch. As far as the plot goes I don’t want to give too much away but what starts out James is one of the best indie horror writers in the business and when he offered me a early review copy I was beyond thrilled!!🤓 RIDE OR DIE combines coming of age and revenge, two of my favorite tropes. I loved that the main characters were females and the friendship between them seemed very real to me. There are text messages exchanged by the girls peppered throughout the novella that I thought was a very nice touch. As far as the plot goes I don’t want to give too much away but what starts out as a somewhat innocent prank goes off the rails at about the halfway mark. I thought I knew where things were going but BOY was I wrong. (I love when that happens.) It gets pretty intense and the girls get way more than they bargained for. Two small things that didn’t work for were: - the slang the girls used was a little overboard - The villains in the story weren’t dark enough for my taste. I’ve been reading a lot of extreme horror lately so maybe that’s why I felt that way. That being said, I really enjoyed this one. The writing was excellent and I loved how it surprised me. Newman always delivers and I highly recommend it as well as all of James’ books!! Thanks again to the author for the privilege of reading this early.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    Writing my full review for SCREAM MAG! Thank you Silver Shamrock Pub for the review copy

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sjgomzi

    Some good old fashioned down and dirty non supernatural horror fun. Well, my idea of fun may differ from yours, but this was just what I was in the mood for. Newman delivers like always.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    When three teenage besties set out to teach someone a lesson about messing with a married man, the important thing to remember is that nobody was supposed to get hurt. Their intention was only to make the other woman go away. Sure there may have been some property damage, but mild destruction was not meant to include death. Well you know what they say about best-laid plans. Things go awry for Amelia and her friends when they discover a horrifying secret and there's no telling who will survive th When three teenage besties set out to teach someone a lesson about messing with a married man, the important thing to remember is that nobody was supposed to get hurt. Their intention was only to make the other woman go away. Sure there may have been some property damage, but mild destruction was not meant to include death. Well you know what they say about best-laid plans. Things go awry for Amelia and her friends when they discover a horrifying secret and there's no telling who will survive the night on Callaghan Drive. "Silence. Even the crickets had stopped chirping for now. As if they too were appalled at what they had witnessed." I loved the friendship between these three girls and the way they were portrayed as willing to do anything for each other no matter the risk. These girls were tough as nails in a day when so many female characters in horror are portrayed as catty or weak and waiting for a man to swoop in and save them. The story itself is quite unsettling. It went places I did not expect to go. I received an advance copy for review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brennan LaFaro

    James Newman knows how to keep me turning pages. Maybe too well. Amelia is a good kid who finds out her father is having an affair and decides just for one night, she wants to leave that mantle behind. Gathering up her friends, she travels to the homewrecker’s place for some vandalism. That’s about 25% of the story, and I don’t want to give you anymore. Suffice it to say, you’ll enjoy this read more not knowing. Newman drags us to some seriously unexpected places, and does so at a breakneck speed James Newman knows how to keep me turning pages. Maybe too well. Amelia is a good kid who finds out her father is having an affair and decides just for one night, she wants to leave that mantle behind. Gathering up her friends, she travels to the homewrecker’s place for some vandalism. That’s about 25% of the story, and I don’t want to give you anymore. Suffice it to say, you’ll enjoy this read more not knowing. Newman drags us to some seriously unexpected places, and does so at a breakneck speed. I sat down to read a few pages before bed and ending up finishing the novella. There’s a long section (about 30-95% through the e-book) with no chapter breaks. The whole thing reads like a run-on sentence in the best way. There’s no breaks because there’s no place to break. Ride or Die pulls the reader to the edge of their seat and then threatens to push them off. Arguably, it does just that. Some readers may not believe the teen-girl dialogue at the front of the book. For me, it worked fine because of the change it takes around that 30% mark. Newman sells the bond between these friends and it pays off later on. If you’re looking for a fast, brutal, one-day read, Ride or Die might the one for you. I received a copy from the publisher for review consideration.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janine Pipe

    review to come for Horror DNA but suffice to say, just as everything else I have read by James, it was fantastic. Coming of age with teen bad-ass GIRLS. We need more of this. Loved it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Thank you to Silver Shamrock Publishing for providing me with a copy of Ride or Die in exchange for an honest review! 3.5 rounded up! To begin with, I was really excited when I received a copy of Ride or Die because I read The Wicked by James Newman and really loved it. Content Warnings: Racial Slur, Homophobic Slur For the most part, Ride or Die checks off some things that I really love in horror. We have a revenge element, we have blood & gore & an author that really does go to unexpected pl Thank you to Silver Shamrock Publishing for providing me with a copy of Ride or Die in exchange for an honest review! 3.5 rounded up! To begin with, I was really excited when I received a copy of Ride or Die because I read The Wicked by James Newman and really loved it. Content Warnings: Racial Slur, Homophobic Slur For the most part, Ride or Die checks off some things that I really love in horror. We have a revenge element, we have blood & gore & an author that really does go to unexpected places. At the mid-point (this novella is only ~85 pages, so it happens fairly quick), Ride or Die goes off the rails & we get a nice little twist when the girls discover what's really going on at 47 Callaghan Drive. Oh! And the ending? Chef's kiss. Could there have been more of a fight? Yes. & I would have loved it. But, this is a novella -- I breezed through it pretty quickly, so I was quite satisfied with how it went down. And throughout the book, Newman includes little text messages between the characters along with a few tidbits at the end & we love to see the extras in this house. Now, I do have a couple of things that I didn't necessarily jive with. One is probably a just me situation, but I thought I'd bring it up in case another reader feels the same. I'm really weird about certain sex scenes being incorporated into horror films & books. A lot of times, I feel it's unnecessary. Ride or Die, without giving anything way, focuses around sex. Which is fine -- I actually found that the villains' schtick was pretty interesting. It was a certain scene that occurs (which if you read Ride or Die you will know the one) in which I'm like, "really? Did ya need this?" & to be honest, I can argue my own point & say that I completely get why it was included. But, whatever. I'm a Mess. Another thing that I didn't necessarily care for was the amount of slang being used. I mean, I guess I don't talk to a lot of teenagers these days -- but I feel like the amount of slang was pushing it in terms of creating realistic teenaged girls. My minor gripes for Ride or Die do not take away from the fact that I did thoroughly enjoy my time with it. It was a pretty fucked-up story, in the best way possible & I know that the villainous characters are going to stick with me for a while, along with a certain scene with a certain dog. I hope to read more from James Newman soon!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda (spooky.octopus.reads) Turner

    What starts out as a prank to teach a woman a lesson about getting involved with a married man goes terribly, horribly wrong. Amelia and her friends set out for Callaghan Drive for a little harmless fun and vandalizing to scare the woman away from her dad. Only the woman her dad has taken an interest in isn’t who she seems and a multitude of horrors await the girls inside her house. The entire time I was reading this, I kept thinking to myself what an awesome movie this would make. The plot is e What starts out as a prank to teach a woman a lesson about getting involved with a married man goes terribly, horribly wrong. Amelia and her friends set out for Callaghan Drive for a little harmless fun and vandalizing to scare the woman away from her dad. Only the woman her dad has taken an interest in isn’t who she seems and a multitude of horrors await the girls inside her house. The entire time I was reading this, I kept thinking to myself what an awesome movie this would make. The plot is extremely fast paced and I never guessed where the story was headed. The author includes some text messages between the girls throughout the novella that really makes their friendship seem a little more real. Although, some of the language they used was a little over the top and seemed too much like someone who isn’t a teenager trying to make the characters sound like teenagers, and it just didn’t seem to “flow” sometimes. 🖤🖤🖤🖤/5- Newman’s writing is really enjoyable and engaging. The building of the plot and the unexpected elements kept me on my toes (and kept my nose in the book until the very last page). Def check this one out.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Lee

    I read Ride or Die by James Newman in one sitting because how could I not? This story starts strong and stays strong. Newman’s characters and writing are flawless. The dark humor of the character interactions sucks you right in, and the steady progression, suspense, and build hold you there. The dialogue is clever and realistic. It and the story flow at an incredible pace. The progression into dark suspense and then to horror is seamless and downright impressive. But a word of warning: that horror I read Ride or Die by James Newman in one sitting because how could I not? This story starts strong and stays strong. Newman’s characters and writing are flawless. The dark humor of the character interactions sucks you right in, and the steady progression, suspense, and build hold you there. The dialogue is clever and realistic. It and the story flow at an incredible pace. The progression into dark suspense and then to horror is seamless and downright impressive. But a word of warning: that horror steps over into extreme horror without preamble. The subject matter is gruesome and a bit too true to life in places, and the sequences take on a startling level of brutality as the story progresses. This is not a story for the squeamish. If one is not squeamish, however, then one has gotta read this! Ride or Die is a riveting and evocative story. It is wonderfully, wrenchingly unpredictable, and I loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aiden Merchant

    About half way, this story goes from revenge vandalism to devilish face-off at the drop of a hat. Things get dangerous and creepy with little warning, and when the action starts up, it doesn't really let up until the end. My score mostly reflects my interest in this type of horror. Though I love stories about serial killers, there still needs to be substance. I felt like this take was pretty one dimensional. I need more twists and turns to be truly happy. That being said, I still enjoyed this ri About half way, this story goes from revenge vandalism to devilish face-off at the drop of a hat. Things get dangerous and creepy with little warning, and when the action starts up, it doesn't really let up until the end. My score mostly reflects my interest in this type of horror. Though I love stories about serial killers, there still needs to be substance. I felt like this take was pretty one dimensional. I need more twists and turns to be truly happy. That being said, I still enjoyed this ride. It's just not one I see a need to repeat.

  13. 4 out of 5

    M

    Struggled on what to rate this because some parts were positives, but ultimately the bad outweighs the good for me with this one. I really wanted to like this one the premise seemed promising, but the execution just wasn’t there. The dialogue and inner monologue felt very weird an unnatural to me it seemed very unlike a teenager/young woman, and there were so many abbreviations no one seriously uses that many especially not when speaking aloud to someone. It had the “I don’t listen to the band o Struggled on what to rate this because some parts were positives, but ultimately the bad outweighs the good for me with this one. I really wanted to like this one the premise seemed promising, but the execution just wasn’t there. The dialogue and inner monologue felt very weird an unnatural to me it seemed very unlike a teenager/young woman, and there were so many abbreviations no one seriously uses that many especially not when speaking aloud to someone. It had the “I don’t listen to the band on my tshirt” girl stereotype which made me audibly groan; it just really felt like it wasn’t written from a teenager girl’s perspective. About 50 percent of the way through it got better, but still wasn’t great. The execution just wasn’t there because whatever the author was going for didn’t come across. This book has small sketches and an ‘evidence archive’ style timeline of text exchanges throughout and I love when books do this because it adds an authenticity, or realism to the story. Ultimately this came off as maybe a failed slasher, or splatter punk style story? It really just didn’t work for me which was disappointing because I wanted it to.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    Twisted Imagine you find out that your father has been cheating on your mother with another woman. Imagine seeking revenge on woman only to have it go wrong….very wrong.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Baker St Shelves

    James Newman’s newest book is short, but very powerful as it raises the question: What would you do if you found out your parent was having an affair? That’s the question teenager Amelia Fletcher has to ask herself when she’s found out her dad was seeing another woman. Her two friends Cassie and Folline decide to teach this other woman a lesson by going to her place and wrecking her home. Things quickly escalate and now they know they might not come back home. Like with all of Newman’s work, this James Newman’s newest book is short, but very powerful as it raises the question: What would you do if you found out your parent was having an affair? That’s the question teenager Amelia Fletcher has to ask herself when she’s found out her dad was seeing another woman. Her two friends Cassie and Folline decide to teach this other woman a lesson by going to her place and wrecking her home. Things quickly escalate and now they know they might not come back home. Like with all of Newman’s work, this was a brutal read and will leave you feeling uncomfortable and devastated by the end, but man was this a well made story!

  16. 5 out of 5

    D.K. Hundt

    ‘Amelia Fletcher is a good girl. She’s a straight-A student, second chair in her middle-school chorus, and she never uses the Lord’s name in vain.’ ‘But a few days ago, she discovered that her dad has been cheating on her mom.’ ‘For the first time in her life, Amelia decides she would like to know what it feels like to be a bad girl. For just one night . . .’ Teenage mischief turns a night of harmless revenge into a horror-filled nightmare Amelia, and her friends will never forget in RIDE OR DIE - ‘Amelia Fletcher is a good girl. She’s a straight-A student, second chair in her middle-school chorus, and she never uses the Lord’s name in vain.’ ‘But a few days ago, she discovered that her dad has been cheating on her mom.’ ‘For the first time in her life, Amelia decides she would like to know what it feels like to be a bad girl. For just one night . . .’ Teenage mischief turns a night of harmless revenge into a horror-filled nightmare Amelia, and her friends will never forget in RIDE OR DIE - Recommend! Thank you, Silver Shamrock Publishing, for providing me with an eBook of RIDE OR DIE in the request for an honest.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wayne Fenlon

    Another little gem from James Newman. Can't go wrong with his work. This one does get pretty wild and it has an unexpected turn which I really enjoyed. A solid four stars from me. Recommended. Another little gem from James Newman. Can't go wrong with his work. This one does get pretty wild and it has an unexpected turn which I really enjoyed. A solid four stars from me. Recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Richard Gerlach

    I really need to sit on this one

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    3.5 I recently returned from a brief trip in North Carolina. Asheville was a city that I visited, and I was reminded of James Newman and his books. The area seems to have an influence on his work and his basic, yet persuasive formula that has made me a diehard fan over the years. That being said, I also hold his craftsmanship to the highest of standards each time I immerse myself in one of his gut-wrenching plots. I won’t reveal too many details about this about this brief read-it concerns a teena 3.5 I recently returned from a brief trip in North Carolina. Asheville was a city that I visited, and I was reminded of James Newman and his books. The area seems to have an influence on his work and his basic, yet persuasive formula that has made me a diehard fan over the years. That being said, I also hold his craftsmanship to the highest of standards each time I immerse myself in one of his gut-wrenching plots. I won’t reveal too many details about this about this brief read-it concerns a teenage girl who has a vendetta against her father’s mistress. Let’s just say the tables turn for the worse when she seeks vengeance. The scenarios are unpleasant and abysmal like they usually are, and waggish irony is spread thick, but it’s missing something…the usual jolt of tension mostly. His biggest disappointment is the lack of revelations in the end that are well-fostered and nurtured in works like “Odd Man Out” and “In The Scrape” (one of the best books of 2019 for me). The ending is powerful and the censure for murder is clear, but my heart didn’t follow this benchmark to the final page. It’s a novella, but the plot is excruciatingly predictable. I’m still glad I downloaded the ebook. It still has the Newman style I like and crave.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    I am always looking for a new (to me) author. Now, admittedly, James Newman is not exactly new, but he is a pleasant diversion. I read and reviewed his book The Wicked a few years ago. Now I get a lot of heads up about new books coming out, or are currently out and his latest book Ride or Die came across my feed. After reading the teaser, I knew I had to get my hands on it. So, let’s dig into it. Amelia Fletcher is, by all accounts, a good girl. Never talks back to adults, straight A’s in school, I am always looking for a new (to me) author. Now, admittedly, James Newman is not exactly new, but he is a pleasant diversion. I read and reviewed his book The Wicked a few years ago. Now I get a lot of heads up about new books coming out, or are currently out and his latest book Ride or Die came across my feed. After reading the teaser, I knew I had to get my hands on it. So, let’s dig into it. Amelia Fletcher is, by all accounts, a good girl. Never talks back to adults, straight A’s in school, popular among friend, she does not even take the Lord’s name in vain. One night, she overhears her dad talking to someone on his phone, the discussion is sexual in nature and it most definitely is not her mom on the other end. As her world implodes with this information, Amelia gets an idea for revenge, as well as warning the skank on the other end to leave her father alone. With her friends in tow, they head out to the other woman’s house. Armed with toilet paper, spray paint, a bag of sugar, a knife and a baseball bat, they set about their vengeance and warning. But things are not totally as they seem, and soon, it will be a fight for life, and things will never be the same after this night. This book can be read in one sitting. It took me about an hour and a half to read. There are some illustrations, and boxes of text chat, but they fall in with the storyline. There are times it feels like a crime novel in that there are references to the night in which the events take place before a chapter starts (a capture of a text message between the friends with the date and address as if it was a “Dateline” episode). There are other times where the horror shine through. For my liking, it could have been a bit longer, just to flesh some things out and really hammer the dread home. All in all I give this 4 bookmarks out of 5.

  21. 5 out of 5

    VICKI HERBERT

    BFFs Til the End... Ride or Die... No spoilers. 4 stars. There would be no more laughter after what happened inside the house on Callahan Drive... ... One night, when Amelia couldn't sleep, she opened her bedroom window and overheard her father out in the garage on his phone... ... planning a romantic getaway weekend with his not-so-secret lover who lived at 47 Callahan Drive... Amelia immediately came up with a plan to end her father's cheating on her mother. She asked her BFFs Cassie and Folline t BFFs Til the End... Ride or Die... No spoilers. 4 stars. There would be no more laughter after what happened inside the house on Callahan Drive... ... One night, when Amelia couldn't sleep, she opened her bedroom window and overheard her father out in the garage on his phone... ... planning a romantic getaway weekend with his not-so-secret lover who lived at 47 Callahan Drive... Amelia immediately came up with a plan to end her father's cheating on her mother. She asked her BFFs Cassie and Folline to sleep over at her house... At midnight, still wearing their PJs, the girls jumped into her dad's 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner armed with a Walmart bag of spray paint, toilet paper and a knife... Their motto: Ride or die!... They parked in front of the house and began painting and TPing the yard and house but something didn't feel right... ... the vehicle in the driveway had out-of-state plates. When Amelia tried the door to the house, it was unlocked... ...A computer on the coffee table had a decal of Buffalo Bill from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS pasted on its cover... It felt like maybe something more sinister than some sleazy affair was happening in the house... Then, as they walked down the hallway to desecrate the bedroom, they saw a light was on in the master... Inside the room they found a photo album and that is when the real horror began... This was a quick read and a good story. It was fairly predictable but still good.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Also reviewed on www.curiosityboughtthebook.com (rounded up from 2.5) Ride or Die is the story of three teenage girls seeking revenge on their father’s mistress. They drive to her house one night to “scare her off”, but it turns out quite scary for them in the end. Once in a while a book comes along that is neither a good nor a bad read. The story seems fine, but it’s also missing substance. That’s how I felt about Ride or Die. It didn’t feel quite fleshed out enough. I’m torn about my feelings for Also reviewed on www.curiosityboughtthebook.com (rounded up from 2.5) Ride or Die is the story of three teenage girls seeking revenge on their father’s mistress. They drive to her house one night to “scare her off”, but it turns out quite scary for them in the end. Once in a while a book comes along that is neither a good nor a bad read. The story seems fine, but it’s also missing substance. That’s how I felt about Ride or Die. It didn’t feel quite fleshed out enough. I’m torn about my feelings for it, which is why I will rate it right in the middle. Thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Larry Yonce

    47 Callaghan Drive Xtreme horror novella softened somewhat by wisecracks. Lots of pop culture and product references. I liked it and would read more from this author. Originally published: 2021 47 Callaghan Drive Xtreme horror novella softened somewhat by wisecracks. Lots of pop culture and product references. I liked it and would read more from this author. Originally published: 2021

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    review to follow

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Bollinger

    This was a pretty good story with a breakneck pace. I think the scariest thing about this was that it’s one of those stories that could really happen which makes it even creepier in my opinion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nate

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jude Scott

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael

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