The Girl on the Porch

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The tranquility of a neighborhood is shattered one night when a doorbell is rung over and over. But what was originally dismissed as a prank turns all too real when security footage reveals the doorbell ringer is a distressed young woman with restraints around one of her wrists. The woman vanishes into the night, but the footage and its sinister implications — that she was being held against her will somewhere nearby — spark a downward spiral of fear, suspicion, and mistrust. Who was the woman? And what happened to her?

Paranoia, when wielded by a master storyteller, is the most terrifying weapon in horror. Anxiety runs rampant, anger and fear lurk behind every sound, every misunderstanding, and every tiny action, flaw, and inconsistency becomes a focal point. And The Girl on the Porch masterfully teases out every iota of tension possible from the concept.

Chizmar plays the reader like a fiddle with this suburban thriller, gradually ratcheting up the nervousness and terror as the people in the neighborhood confront their demons, their suspicions, and the idea that a monster lives among them, of which they had no idea.

The Girl on the Porch is an absolute masterpiece, reveling in the horror that lurks just beneath the surface of banality and everyday life.


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Author Richard T. Chizmar
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 152 pages
Publisher Subterranean Press
Publish Date 2019-08-31
ISBN 9781596069152
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Issue September 2019
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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