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The Third Twin: A Dark Psychological Thriller Kindle Edition
Some things should never be bred…
“Creepy and atmospheric, Darren Speegle's THE THIRD TWIN is a winding, lushly written nightmare that will linger with you. Yes, you.”—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock
Barry Ocason, extreme sportsman and outdoor travel writer, receives a magazine in his mailbox and opens to an ad for an adventure in the Bavarian Alps. Initially dismissing the invitation, which seems to have been meant specifically for him, he soon finds himself involved in a larger plot and seeking answers to why an individual known only as the elephant man is terrorizing his family.
Barry and his daughter Kristen, who survived a twin sister taken from the family at a young age, travel from Juneau, Alaska to the sinister Spider Festival in Rio Tago, Brazil, before he ultimately answers the call to Bavaria, where the puzzle begins to come together.
Amid tribulation, death, madness, and institutionalization, a document emerges describing a scientist’s bloody bid to breed a theoretical “third twin,” which is believed to have the potential, through its connection with its siblings, to bridge the gulf between life and afterlife. The godlike creature that soon emerges turns out to be Barry’s own offspring, and she has dark plans for the world of her conception that neither her father nor any other mortal can stop.
“Elegant and sophisticated; Darren Speegle is one of the most intriguing voices active in genre fiction.” – Cemetery Dance
Interview with the author:
So what makes this thriller novel so special?
Darren Speegle: I suspect it is unlike anything you've ever read. It deals with family issues at first, then segues into darker territory, the harrowing suspense of knowing you are being targeted, as a family, by a man in an elephant mask who is looking for something that you don't understand the meaning, much less allure of. Until the last, that is, when the final revelations prove to be about more than this world, more than the next. The Third Twin is a ladder-like journey into other, transcendent spheres.
Tell us more about this novel’s lead character.
Darren Speegle: Barry Ocason is supremely confident in his life, deals with situations on his terms. Has command of what goes on around him. Has raised a fine daughter. Retains a reasonably healthy relationship with his ex-wife, though the reason for their divorce was so sudden, so horrible and meaningless, it might have resulted in far worse. He has a grip. Has a handle on existence. Tries to. Until. Until reality breaks down and everything he thought he understood about life melts in front of him. Then the warrior and survivor he is kicks in and will stop at nothing to find out why what's happening is happening.
Why should readers give your dark psychological thriller a try?
Darren Speegle: Because it is different, unique. If you want to take a journey you have never taken before, this is the one. I wrote the thing in a war zone, Iraq, during heavy activity. My mind went where it wanted to. The Third Twin is the product of that experience. It's a dark fantasy suspense thriller trip you'll never forget.
The Third Twin is similar to novels in the following categories (as well as early Clive Barker, Laird Barron, and Thomas Ligotti):
- Dark Psychological Thriller
- U.S. Horror Fiction
- Mystery Thriller & Suspense
- International mystery
- Occult Horror novel
- Genetic engineering suspense thriller
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"Smart. Imaginative. Literate. Original. All of Darren Speegle's fiction shares these characteristics. Add in intriguing and complex for the occult mystery of The Third Twin. Above all the novel is a highly compelling and entertaining read. It has my highest recommendation."-Gene O'Neill, Lethal Birds, The Cal Wild Chronicles
"Speegle's very accessible voice takes you gently by the hand-and then pulls you into shadows that are subtle and deadly but studded with stars."-Michael Marshall Smith
"Creepy and atmospheric, Darren Speegle's THE THIRD TWIN is a winding, lushly written nightmare that will linger with you. Yes, you."-Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock
"Darren Speegle's delicious evocation of landscape delivers the reader, quite seamlessly, from places of precisely-evoked geography into landscapes of haunting spiritual menace..."-Graham Joyce--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0724Z3J66
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (April 28, 2017)
- Publication date : April 28, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1695 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 212 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,216 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Barry, a travel magazine writer, and Felicia are the parents of twins, after tragically losing one daughter they find themselves fighting for the life and sanity of their surviving teenage daughter Kristen. Kristen is pregnant without knowledge of how it happened. She begins to have explicit nightmares giving peeks into what occurred but never actually explaining the why and how. She begins seeing her deceased twin who is but is not her twin in her dreams. All of this comes to a head after a trip to Brazil for the Spider Festival with her father where she is attacked by a mysterious figure with an elephant head mask from her past.
Barry too has been seeing things and decides to return to Brazil to seek answers as to why Kristen was attacked and how her pregnancy ties in with these dreams of his. In Brazil, he tracks down the sister of the attacker and more questions arise rather than answers. In the meantime, the unspeakable has happened back home in Alaska with Kristen’s self-inflicted abortion. With Kristen now fighting for her sanity and Felicia her hers, Barry is more determined than ever to get to the root of these occurrences.
Barry’s quest for answers takes him to Germany where he feels the ties of his Brazilian trip stem from. But, what is found there is not what he was hoping for. And, the answers to his questions are more than he can fathom.
This is truly a dark chilling tale, one that will keep you guessing until the end. I highly recommend checking The Third Twin out if you are into psychological thrillers, it won’t disappoint! Oh, and of course I must give a nod to Ben Baldwin for another outstanding cover.
by Darren Speegle
THE THIRD TWIN is a massively metaphysical novel which so stretched out my imagination I'm certain it will never shrink to its previous size. In this story line, time and space and those ordinary dimensions we think of as the physics of nature, as components of consensus reality, really aren't applicable. It is fortunate for the protagonist, extreme sport enthusiast and traveloguer Barry Ocason, and for the reader, that Barry is as open-minded, as willing to explore reality and meta-reality, as he is, for an “ordinary” individual would never be able to even begin to investigate the occurrences in which he and his surviving twin daughter find themselves, let alone be effective in unraveling the rationale.
THE THIRD TWIN is not a read-in-one-session, flip-through, or skim, novel. You have to put effort into it, you have to utilize your brain, and you must be open-minded and open-hearted. In no way is Darren Speegle's writing derivative, yet I was at points reminded both of Ira Levin's terrifying THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, and of some of the weirder works of Richard Laymon, as well as 19th century works of meta-philosopy.
The publisher generously provided a digital ARC at no cost, for review and book blog purpose. This review is my fair and impartial opinion.
This is one of the better books I’ve had the pleasure of reading before publication. The tone of the book reminds me (maybe you will not feel this way, but I certainly felt it!) of Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. Told in first person, with elegant touches of descriptive mood.
Taking the reader from Alaska to Brazil to the Alps, the scenery is written so well you feel you are actually there. There are scenes where the reader may not want to be but can’t take their eyes off the page.
The third twin concept is jaw dropping (and yes, I know Ken Follett wrote a book of the same name). The protagonist has a set, one of whom died at childbirth, one who died later, and the surviving one, who goes to Brazil with her father, who is a free-lance travel writer. When the second of the twins dies, as so often happens at the death of a child, the marriage likewise died.
Brazil did not go well. Upon returning home, his daughter suffers a tragedy. In an attempt to discover why it happened, the father to the Alps, to take a backpacking trip with two others who know the third twin phenomena, ultimately discovering the last member of the group, a photographer, also knows.
As I said, the descriptive scenes in each of the countries is amazing. As the mood darkens, the descriptive scenes also darken, and you can picture yourself there. As the horror grows, the mood does not change: you are still there. And the horror does grow. Unexpectedly. Dragging you along, even though you cannot tell until you are there that you are headed to disaster.
I hope to continue to read Mr. Speegle's books. I don't say that about a lot of writers -- by name, I mean -- but in this case, I make exception. His writing is tight, descriptive (I've said this word a lot in this review, for good reason!), and seamless.
Top reviews from other countries
Whilst Barry was a worldwide traveller, in his heart he was a family man. Spending as much time as he could with his remaining daughter, he tried to take her on as many trips as he could. Like any loving father when his little girl was in danger his instinct kicked in. Due to his background, Barry relied a lot on his instincts and investigational skills. When he finally made the trip to Bavaria and came across others involved on the same journey, he took the lead in getting to the bottom of the mystery. Whilst he got on with the group, he was still much the loner.
This book had the element of suspense from the moment the magazine was dropped on the mat. Throughout the book there were hints of the experiments that were inflicted, and this was explained more with the dream sequences. The dreams also were used to explain the connection of the Third Twin. When the story shifted to Bavaria, Barry’s journey got darker and the pace was a lot a quicker. What helped was that the characters were hit with one occurrence after another and whether it was a natural or supernatural attack, made this a real page turner. You will get drawn into the mystery of the Third twin, this is a book that will getting you thinking and there were times when I wondered how much more tragedy could Barry handle before he cracked. Everything was explained in detail and descriptive writing made you feel as you were going on the journey with Barry. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it, with an unique storyline, I found this book a real page turner.