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Chasing the Boogeyman
Chasing the Boogeyman | Richard Chizmar
The New York Times bestselling coauthor of Gwendy's Button Box brings his signature "thrilling, page-turning" (Michael Koryta, author of How It Happened) prose to this story of small-town evil that combines the storytelling of Stephen King with the true-crime suspense of Michelle McNamara. In the summer of 1988, the mutilated bodies of several missing girls begin to turn up in a small Maryland town. The grisly evidence leads police to the terrifying assumption that a serial killer is on the loose in the quiet suburb. But soon a rumor begins to spread that the evil stalking local teens is not entirely human. Law enforcement, as well as members of the FBI are certain that the killer is a living, breathing madman--and he's playing games with them. For a once peaceful community trapped in the depths of paranoia and suspicion, it feels like a nightmare that will never end. Recent college graduate Richard Chizmar returns to his hometown just as a curfew is enacted and a neighborhood watch is formed. In the midst of preparing for his wedding and embarking on a writing career, he soon finds himself thrust into the real-life horror story. Inspired by the terrifying events, Richard writes a personal account of the serial killer's reign of terror, unaware that these events will continue to haunt him for years to come. A clever, terrifying, and heartrending work of metafiction, Chasing the Boogeyman is the ultimate marriage between horror fiction and true crime. Chizmar's "brilliant...absolutely fascinating, totally compelling, and immediately poignant" (C.J. Tudor, New York Times bestselling author) writing is on full display in this truly unique novel that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.
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MicheleinPhilly
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Such a clever concept and really well done. I loved it. Thanks again @TrishB 😘

TrishB Glad you enjoyed it 👍🏻 5d
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eanderson
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I absolutely loved this book! I love that it‘s written in true crime fashion but is fictional. Thoroughly enjoyable and after the halfway mark I couldn‘t read it fast enough.
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Lauranahe
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This was so fun! It was written like it was a true crime book, complete with pics. Think Ann Rule, but fiction. And I thought I knew who the killer was, but I was wrong, and I loved that. Two thumbs up!

magyklyXdelish That looks fun! 4w
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eanderson
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Chasing the Boogyman with Rich while I get my MVASI infusion! 😀

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Lauranahe
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Here are some picks I‘m looking at for #lmpbc #round013. What do y‘all think??

Endowarrior21 All those look great and it looks like its just the two of us so do you want to do a different book each month or wait and see if another person joins? 1mo
HWarren I am in! 1mo
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Lauranahe We‘re group N 1mo
Lauranahe Im going to go with the dead and the dark! 4w
HWarren Ok. Sorry new to this. I am going with Luna. 4w
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BoleyBooks
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Happy Halloween Y‘all !! 😊 #boleybooks #bookbeast #happyhalloween🎃

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BookwormAHN
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Thank you so much Amy @AmyG I love everything. I am really looking forward to reading those books and that bookmark is so cool. The socks are adorable. I love the Overlook mug and the notebook is awesome. Love the Twix and the cute pumpkin box. Thanks again 🎃
Druzy however just wants me to move everything so she can to go to sleep 😸
#HauntedHollowSwap #HHS @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Is that a Ouija board notebook?! How cool! Great box 🧡🎃 1mo
LeahBergen Love the notebook! 1mo
BookwormAHN @wanderinglynn It is and it is really cute 💜 1mo
AmyG Always fun to shop for you!!! Happy Halloween, my friend. 😘 1mo
BookwormAHN @AmyG Happy Halloween 🎃 1mo
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LeahBergen
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Eee! Thank you so much for this wonderful birthday book, @TrishB !!! 😘😘😘

I‘ve been so looking forward to reading this, especially after your wonderful review. Thanks for brightening my day with a boogeyman! 😆

Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday!🎁🎉🎊📚😘🎉 1mo
LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit Thanks, Christina! 😘😘 1mo
tenar I‘m delighted to see that we have close birthdays in addition to both being Leahs! I hope your day is absolutely marvelous! 🥳 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh this looks good 👍🏻😳 1mo
TrishB Woohoo 🎉🎉 happy birthday. Was keeping my fingers crossed you hadn‘t brought yet! 1mo
LeslieO Happy birthday! 🎂❤️🧁🥂 1mo
DebinHawaii This sounds like a great book! The happiest of birthdays to you from Max🐱 and me! 🎉🎂🎈❤️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I almost ordered this one 😅. I‘m sorry my BD order did not arrive on time. 🤞 very soon. Happy Birthday! 1mo
LeahBergen @tenar Thank you! 😘 And we‘re almost like twins! 🤣 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts It does, doesn‘t it?? 1mo
LeahBergen @TrishB I‘ve been behaving myself around my birthday and the Halloween swaps. 😆 Thanks so much again! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @LeslieO Thanks, Leslie! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @DebinHawaii Thank you to both you and Max! 😘😘 1mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm 😆 That‘s the trouble with these TBR lists! And no worries; I‘ll love whatever you sent when it gets here! 😘😘 1mo
batsy Oooh this sounds proper scary! And nice spooky cover. 1mo
BiblioLitten Happiest birthday wishes to you, Leah 🎉💕 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m so looking forward to it! 1mo
LeahBergen @BiblioLitten Thanks so much! 😘😘 1mo
britt_brooke Happy birthday, Leah❣️ 1mo
LeahBergen @britt_brooke Thank you! 😘😘 1mo
Suet624 Happy belated birthday!! 💕💕 1mo
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KimM
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Meta fiction heavily influenced by Steven King and Michelle McNamara. For fans of true crime.

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LaceyDoesLit
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eanderson
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My hold came in from the library and it‘s game day. So I‘m excited to start Chasing the Boogeyman 😁

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 1mo
JamieArc I hate that we can‘t zoom in on photos! Is that U of M playing? 1mo
eanderson @JamieArc it sure is! 😋 1mo
AmyK1 That game is on at my house too! 😂 1mo
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Tera0707
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Unpopular opinion, but I found the majority of this boring. There were some good parts, but I feel like there was so much unnecessary info-dump that I ended up skimming those parts. There was one part that gave me the creeps but that was it. Giving a so-so for that creepy part, the parts about the victims (morbid?) and the chapter with the interview with the Boogeyman.

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TheSpineView Looks good! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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TrishB
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I loved the story and the real ‘King like‘ small town US vibe. I have no idea if US small towns are like this and King books- but they have been in my head for about 40 years now.
I found the true crime narrative a bit confusing at first, but then just went with the storyline.

LeahBergen Oh, I‘m glad it was good! And I see a tired out pup. 🥰 2mo
deeannloso Good book! 2mo
quirkyreader @TrishB Yes small town here are like that. If you are familiar with the Andy Griffith Show, the place where it happens is similar to the town where the family farm is. (edited) 2mo
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Oldschool_millenial He and King wrote a book together that I think takes place in King's fictional Castle Rock town. It's really good! (Chizmar wrote at least the first follow up on his own though, which I haven't read yet) 2mo
TrishB @LeahBergen it was past bed time 😁 2mo
TrishB @deeannloso it was 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB @quirkyreader 👍🏻 not familiar with that , but good to know. 2mo
TrishB @Oldschool_millenial 👍🏻 I‘ve read all Kings books, that‘s what attracted me to this one too. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review Trish 👍🏻 2mo
Reggie Glad you liked this because this is on my list. 2mo
TrishB @Reggie I think you‘ll like it 👍🏻 2mo
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TrishB
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#bookmail
Just arrived, a definite #blameinonlitsy specifically @swishandflick

swishandflick Woohoo! I hope you love it too 👏🏽 2mo
LeahBergen I must order this one, too! 2mo
TrishB @swishandflick great so far 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB @LeahBergen loving it so far. 2mo
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swishandflick
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I thought this was excellent! Definitely gives true crime vibes even though it's fiction, down to the way the ending plays out. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB This sounds good 👍🏻 2mo
Smartypants Oh my goodness, I thought this was one of the better books I read this year! I flew threw it! Definitely an author that I‘ll be on the lookout for. 👍🏽 2mo
BekahB I loved this one! The audiobook was great! 2mo
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Smartypants
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If you‘re looking for a page-turner, this book is for you! I couldn‘t put the headphones down! This is a great time for a #murdermystery Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, you won‘t be disappointed!

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SeaToSkyes
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Halfway through this one. I was unsure about it and almost DNFed at about 10-20% but then things took a turn. This almost reads like a true crime nonfiction book, which I love, but not sure how I feel about that tone in a fiction novel. The story is good so far though! #Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix #LittenListen

aperfectmjk My hold became available a couple days ago, so I'll be getting to this one soon. I've seen good things about it. 2mo
SeaToSkyes @aperfectmjk I have about an hour left and it had a rocky start for me but in the end I'm liking it a lot 2mo
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Tera0707
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My daughter and I went to Barnes & Noble to pick up our books for class… and I couldn‘t resist buying this! It looks perfect for this month 😈 #selfiemode

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Hana321
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So this is a story that reads as one thing and then in the last few pages you realize it is something completely different. A very clever and unique writing style paints a haunting picture of life in a small town with a serial killer on the loose. I was so wrapped up in that story I never saw the shock at the end. Bravo to Richard Chizmar for devising this head spinner.

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swishandflick
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One of my most anticipated library holds came through, delivering the spooky fall feels I was craving (and didn't get) from the BOTM choices 🎃🍂☕️

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Twainy
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🎧 This is fiction that reads like true crime. Several local teen girls in this quiet MD community are being found posed after death with signs of rape & gruesome torturous deaths.

The local cops & FBI think it‘s the work of a serial killer. Soon gossip spreads that the killer may not be all that human.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👇🏻

Twainy Chizmar returns to town after college graduation to work in journalism & get married. The book is 1st person & soon Chiz is an armchair Investigator bringing attention to his parents & himself from multiple angles.

The killer reveal surprised me. Engaging. Similar to Michele McNamara‘s fantastic work except fictional.
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FelinesAndFelonies
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If you're a fan of "I'll be Gone in the Dark" then you will absolutely LOVE this book! The first person voice makes the story feel tense & personal. This is a masterful work of fiction & the author is an absolute artist. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

wanderinglynn Great photo! Is that spider web like a table cloth? Because I like it! 🖤🕸 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love the photo too! 🖤🕷🖤 2mo
FelinesAndFelonies @wanderinglynn It is my new dish towel, Lol! 🤣 I thought it worked well for the background. 2mo
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wanderinglynn It‘s awesome! 😍 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo 🖤 2mo
Breanne1 You‘ve hooked me with this review, now I have to get it! 2mo
tracey38 Great photo. Works perfect with the book cover! 2mo
FelinesAndFelonies @Breanne1 I hope you enjoy it! @tracey38 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego thank you. Getting a little creative. 😜 2mo
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FantasyChick
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First book of the month down! I've been looking forward to this book for months and I really wanted to read the hard copy but had some issues with my preorder so decided on the #audiobook until my copy comes in. This is just so well done. Part fiction, part memoir, part true crime (ish). It's so easy to get swept away in the story without realizing what you're reading. I wanted so badly to google everything about this! Great start to the month!

BekahB I got this book in my Nightworms subscription. I‘m excited to read it! 3mo
aperfectmjk I have this on hold, it's going to be a while though. 😒 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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PetiteMass
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I wanted to like it. It just wasn't for me. I didn't like the writing style, as I struggle with first person narratives.

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Butterflyamore
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Chizmar is an impressive writer and this truly was a brilliant idea. It was easy to forget that this was fiction! Although a friend of mine has reviewed this author‘s books before, he wasn‘t really on my radar until now, and I‘m very interested in diving into his previous works.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4140039924

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FantasyChick
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Getting some late night working hours in to ease my day tomorrow and enjoying a little snacky to keep the sugars up! I had a craving for lemon loaf so....I had to figure out how to make it. Not too bad for the first time! 🤤

Tagged #audiobook on to keep me focused 👍

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walkwithabook
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I couldn‘t put it down. I needed to know who the killer was. I was wrong of course but that‘s okay. I love how the book is set up as a fiction / true crime. || add this to your read pile it‘s really good & I promise you won‘t be upset ! ☺️

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walkwithabook
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I put Tweak on pause I got very emotional with the book. So since I finished Gone Girl & I read a short book The Driver‘s Seat I decided to pick up my September read & start it. ☺️. I will finish Tweak by the end of the year hopefully 😬… my therapist said not to read when I‘m emotional. 🥺

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RyanMHoward
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Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar.

A horror novel that reads like a true crime book, Rich “Chiz” Chizmar independently investigates a series of murders in his small town. By leaving no evidence, the stealthy culprit becomes known as the boogeyman.

This story is literally all the spooky things: creepy, disturbing, macabre, unsettling—and so wickedly fun. I had chills the entire time👍👍 Always lock your doors, folks!

#ShortReview #Horror

Reggie I heard him on the Talking Scared podcast and he just sounded like a genuine person it made me want to pick this up. 3mo
deeannloso I loved this book! 3mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Book mail!! I need another set of eyes (or two!) to read all of the awesome books I've gotten in the mail lately. Every single one that comes in I'm like, "Oooo! Can't wait to read that one next."

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deeannloso
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Finished “No Exit” by Taylor Adams. Now listening to this audiobook on Scribd. I highly recommend Scribd for your reading/listening. It‘s inexpensive and has so many books available. #boogeyman #killer #murders #true_events

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TorieStorieS
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Thanks to @GalleryBooks for an early copy of this fantastic read!! With its haunting cover, catchy title, late 1980s setting & tons of pre-publication buzz from big names like Stephen King, I was absolutely thrilled to get my hands on it! I absolutely loved it!! It had me up late with genuine goosebumps! Written like a true crime novel, the formatting & attention to detail (includes photos!) sells this as a convincing & chilling thriller!

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Twainy
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I only own a few of these. I‘m going to start collecting some of these & check the library as October is coming. I want to read some of these NOWWW! 😈 Thank you @Reggie

Twainy @BoleyBooks that‘s awesome!! I‘m hoping for a good stack by Halloween month! 🥳 4mo
BoleyBooks @Twainy Fun!🎉 I need to get my hands on a few more of these soon. 4mo
Reggie 🖤🖤🖤 4mo
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While this novel is a work of fiction, it is so well done that at times I forgot that it wasn‘t depicting any actual crimes; everything that happens within the pages is completely plausible and realistic, and the inclusion of pictures of the victims and locations only adds to this impression. Chizmar does an amazing job at creating and developing the characters, including himself, as well as devising a lot of “what did I just read” moments.

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I really enjoyed this book. The author did a wonderful job with the storyline.

bthegood The title sold me! Thx for putting this on my radar😊 5mo
Wslovell I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 5mo
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BoleyBooks Fangirling! 🤩😎 Isn‘t that what the young folks say? 7mo
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