The Friday 56 #85 ~ The Captive Condition

Posted: November 13, 2015 in horror, The Friday 56, thriller
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Welcome to The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.


This is a really fun meme!

The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find a sentence or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Then go over to Freda’s Voice and leave your link so we can visit your 56!

My 56 for this week is from

 The Captive Condition

by Kevin P. Keating



My 56

…he applied for a library card at the college and ordered stacks of books. Sometimes he requested mystery novels and studied their plots, which like the streets of town were straight, perpendicular, Euclidean in their logic and predictability, cobbled together with fabricated blocks of prose, a black-and-white world that was precisely structured, carefully framed, and inhabited by characters as flat as the surrounding country-side. In those stories death was a farce, an amusing way to pass the time, but the Gonk, who was building something grandiose and dangerous in his mind, read these novels the same way he might read books on carpentry and electrical wiring – with a craftsman’s keen eye for detail and with the implicit understanding that he was bound to run into unexpected problems somewhere down the road.

I know this a bit long, but it’s only two sentences, and it says so much.

Read on if you want to know more.


A seemingly idyllic Midwestern college town turns out to be a nexus of horror in this spellbinding novel—emotionally and psychologically complex, at once chilling and deliciously dark—from a thrilling new voice in fiction.

When Emily Ryan is found drowned in the family pool, pumped full of barbiturates and alcohol, a series of events with cataclysmic consequences ensues. Emily’s lover, a college professor, finds himself responsible for her twin daughters, whose piercing stares fill him with the guilt and anguish he so desperately tries to hide from his wife. A low-level criminal named The Gonk takes over the cottage of a reclusive elderly artist, complete with graveyard and moonshine still, and devises plans for both. His young apprentice, haunted by inner demons, seeks retribution for the professor’s wicked deeds. The town itself, buzzing into decadent life after sundown, traps its inhabitants in patterns of inexplicable behavior all the while drawing them toward a night in which the horror will reach its disturbing and inevitable conclusion.

Delving into the deepest recesses of the human capacity for evil, Kevin P. Keating’s masterful novel will captivate readers from first to last.



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  1. The cover is not pulling me in but the synopsis sounds interesting. Curious to see what you think of it.

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  2. The cover and tease didn’t do a lot for me, but the blurb woke me up.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

    • fuonlyknew says:

      The blurb caught me too. It’s a good one so far. A bit different and that’s always a good thing too.

  3. The characters all sound a bit insane…LOL. Those opening lines come from the mind of someone so chilling and disturbed….yes, definitely a compelling read! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  4. Wow have you finished the book? Sounds great.

  5. Marie says:

    I really like the quote. I am intrigued.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I chose it to share the writing style. Some sentences are quite long, but you don’t lose track at all.

  6. Hi,
    Sounds very captivating. Have a great day!

  7. Kathy Martin says:

    Sounds like an interesting thriller. Although I am wondering how a love gets custody of twins and manages to keep it from his wife. Happy reading!

  8. Breana M. says:

    Not sure if this would be the book for me but I hope you enjoy it.

  9. I need this book in my life. NEED it!!! Omigosh. Someone had best gift me with gift cards for a bookstore …

  10. Sounds like one you need to read through and not miss a thing.
    Happy weekend!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      You’re right, Freda. I had to set it aside for a couple of days. I picked it up and started back in and it didn’t feel the same. I’ll be going back to the beginning now.

  11. I really like the writing in this excerpt and it sounds like a thrilling read. Happy Friday!

  12. Yvonne says:

    Sounds like a really interesting one.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I was surprised when I started reading it. Not what I was expecting but really enjoying it and glad I got the chance to read it:)

  13. I’m adding this to my tbr right now!

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  14. blackmutts says:

    It is long, but I love the writing!

  15. Nicole says:

    Interesting cover but I usually do not go for thrillers since I am a coward. Thanks for visiting my blog.