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Sometimes troubles aren’t just in your mind.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Not since Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas have I enjoyed a character as much as I do Rory Fine!"
Bus driver Rory Fine possesses a unique and wonderful gift, the power to relieve others of their troubles for real! With just the barest of touches, the worries and woes of those he helps simply fade away. All remain unaware why in being near him they feel happier and more able to face life's challenges. He's just one of those nice guys who make you feel good.
Despite his special gift and friendly nature Rory can’t seem to gather the courage to mumble more than a hello to the one passenger who means everything to him, a girl he might just love. That is, until an evening commute during a hell of a storm when he stops the bus and invites the sullen passengers to play a little game. Tap his palm as they leave and he’ll take their troubles and transform their mood. This might also be the perfect chance to speak to the girl who's stolen his heart.
On board, though, lurks a killer, and he leaves behind something far darker than everyday troubles. Now this sweetheart of a bus driver must discover the killer’s identity and somehow stop a relentless evil. To do so, he'll need to face a heart-breaking event from his past and overcome his greatest fear. And he'll need to find a way soon because there's more at stake than just his true love's life... only the very fabric of the world.
From international best selling dark thriller author, Susan May, comes another page-turner keeping readers up way past their bedtime. Board The Troubles Keeper for a non-stop killer suspense ride you won’t want to disembark.
WHAT READERS SAY...
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Susan May seems to be following in the footsteps of Stephen King. I, for one, have already put her on my 'if she writes it, I will read it' list." Madelon Wilson(Good Reads Reviewer USA)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A unique take on a serial killer and the author is brilliant at creating a storyline that leaves the reader breathless." Maureen Ellis (Good Reads reviewer UK)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Love love love! Great Book. Great story. Quick pace. Twists and turns and makes you HAVE to know!"
Susan May seems to be following in the footsteps of Stephen King. I, for one, have already put her on my 'if she writes it, I will read it' list. Madelon Wilson (Good Reads Reviewer USA)
Not since Odd Thomas have I enjoyed a character as much as I do Rory Fine! Carolyn Werner (Good Reads Reviewer USA)
Susan May proves once again why she is the foremost genre writer of the suspense/thriller/supernatural novel. Judy Clay (Amazon reviewer USA)
This story has it all. A dark thriller combined with fascinating science, eerie supernatural occurrences, gruesome (unique, never read this before) murders, breath-stopping suspense, beautiful love and inspiring acts of kindness between human beings. Loretta Paszkat (Fiction Addiction Book Club Canada)
I just finished it and my initial thought upon completion was Wow! Jan E. Klein (Good Reads reviewer USA)
I absolutely loved this book just as much as I did Susan May's others and more. Jane Culwell (Good Reads reviewer USA)
A unique take on a serial killer and the author is brilliant at creating a storyline that leaves the reader breathless. Maureen Ellis (Good Reads reviewer UK)
Susan May is Australia's best kept secret. Her name belongs to the A-List suspense writers Parthenon, next to Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Dean Koontz or Glenn Cooper. Jorge Lopez (Good Reads Reviewer USA)
Susan May continues to astound me. 'The Troubles Keeper' kept me spellbound. Sandy Jones (Good Reads Reviewer New Zealand)
Watch out Stephen King Susan May is coming up on the outside with her outstanding story-telling. Lynn McCarthy (Good Reads Reviewer Australia)
About the Author
She was four when she decided she would become a writer and packed a bag to march down the road looking for a school. For forty-six years after, she suffered from life-gets-in-the-way-osis. Setting a goal to write just one page a day cured her in 2010.
This discipline grew into an addictive habit that has since born multiple best-selling dark thriller novels and dozens of short stories and novellas, many of which are published award-winners in Australia, the U.S.A and the U.K.
Susan lives in beautiful Perth, Western Australia with her two teenage sons and husband, while her mind travels to dark places most would fear to visit unless they love the dark side.
Learn more about Susan May at her website susanmaywriter.net
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 23, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 404 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1541195663
- ISBN-13 : 978-1541195660
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Come on get happy
You better chase all you cares away
Come on get happy
Get ready for the judgement day"
- Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
Susan May’s latest novel, The Troubles Keeper is showing how she has been growing as an artist and a master storyteller. The Troubles Keeper starts as many Stephen King’s great novels do; as a person gifted with powers they don’t understand but propel them into situations where courage, bravery and fortitude are demanded by the ‘everyman’. The everyman in this is Rory Fine mid-twenties, bus driver, regular guy who enjoys his job but has always been aware he has a special gift. That gift is literally taking the troubles (sad emotions, worries, grief) from others when he touches them, making them feel better about their station in life. It doesn’t last forever; but it is a relief. So as not to burden himself with things that overwhelm others, Rory “stores” the troubles in an attic he has created in his mind.
All is dull and normal and day-to-day in Rory’s life until he meets Marianne. He is smitten, but something else is going on. Rory detects something special in her and while he summons the courage to speak with her he also notices a ‘darkness’ about him. This darkness is not from the cosmos, but from another bus passenger.
As Rory relives the traumatic events of his life he meets with a former teacher at his middle-school who has theories, quite bizarre about ‘what this all means’. There is a connection between Rory and Marianne and the dark force is determined to stop it. Will that force succeed? Who will suffer at his pathology? How many innocents will die before Rory can uncover the truth? Or, if he can ever uncover the truth.
Susan May proves once again why she is the foremost genre writer of the suspense/thriller/supernatural novel. Like a fine wine, each story enriches us with a taste, aroma, and atmosphere of talent, craft, and technique that makes looking forward to her next work as exciting as opening a present on Christmas Day.
I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, but also purchased a copy for my library.
I want to thank Susan for the early copy of this fantastic book and say once again how great she is. I know without her and many others like her we wouldn't have the books and adventures we have when we spend our time on their journeys reading their books and being part of their worlds. So people if you haven't read this book yet then what are you waiting for...the world to end well with Rory Fine on the bus you might have to wait and see if it does or how it all ends. I'll be watching just like everyone else on the bus waiting for you to join the ride...Til then and as always...
I loved this book so much I bought it when it came available on Amazon and currently reading it again so I voluntarily give my reviews on this one as a positive impact on SUSAN MAY books and I do hope that you will enjoy her other books too...
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Rory Fine is a mild-mannered ginger haired bus driver with an unusual gift of ‘trouble keeping,’ whereby he can remove your troubles at even the slightest contact with you, making you feel instantly better, with the weight of the world lifted from your shoulders.
One dark night on his usual bus route, filled with regulars and the girl he is besotted with, Mariana, Rory feels like there is a dark atmosphere on the bus, and decides that he needs to cheer people up. Not knowing if people will think he is crazy or not, he stands in the aisle and tells everyone that when they alight, to touch his hand and he will take their troubles off them and throw them into the river.
Most of the passengers do, instantly feeling relieved and lighter, but someone passes on a dark force, more powerful than Rory has ever faced before.
This starts his journey towards the Trepan Killer, who is drugging people, cutting open their skulls and inserting rods into the hole, leaving a wake of deaths in his path.
When people around Rory start to die at the hands of the Trepan Killer, he must join forces with Mariana, who is being hunted by the killer, and someone from his past, as they play a game of cat and mouse, nor only trying to save Mariana, but also, possibly, the universe.....
I love Susan May. Her stories (both long and short) are always fascinating page turners. There is also always a bit of humour in them, regardless of how dark the tone.
The Troubles Keeper doesn’t fail
In fact, I would say it’s my favourite story of Susan’s, and I’ve read Deadly Messengers (read it). There are no dull moments in The Troubles Keeper, and my only regret is that my life got in the way of reading it quicker. It’s well written, engrossing and unputdownable. The last few chapters can’t be read quick enough and the descriptions are so detailed, you feel like you are there. You feel Rory’s pains and frustrations. You are literally shouting at your book, like you would a film or TV show.
There were quite a few occasions where the hairs on my arms and neck stood on end (probably shouted NOOO at some point too) and (I know from the notes in Behind Dark Doors) that Susan likes to play with the reader. Something happened to Rory and his friends when they were in school. Is what happened given to you on a plate? Good God no. You are fed little, tiny, miniscule hints that build up and build up until it’s revealed, and even then, there’s more to it that you only find out later on.
The story is told from two people's perspectives; Rory’s (first person, the majority of the story) and also the killer’s (done in third person), so the identity isn’t revealed until towards the end, which, to me increased the mystery and intrigue.
So... what you need to do is this:
Buy this book (physical or digital copy)
Book a day or so off work
Kick any humans that you live with out
Find comfy reading spot
Get under a nice warm duvet
Grab snacks and supplies (will need a lot for the last few chapters)
“Are you ready?”
And leave a review! The feedback helps, and also, if you get chance, speak to Susan. She’s awesome!
It really is a page turner, I fought my urge to sleep many nights, and was very frustrated at life getting in the way of reading!
Love Rory Fine, he is such a sweetheart!
And really loved the whole idea behind troubles keeping and how he combined it with his bus driving job.
Susan May has a great way of describing and story telling, I almost feel like I was there and experienced the whole thing.
Can't wait for the sequel.