The Only Child

Author: Andrew Pyper

Type: General Fiction (They’re kidding! This is horror at its best!)

Arc from the publisher and NetGalley

Release date May 23, 2017

Available at Amazon

Reviewed by 2Shay…Rating: 5 Stars


The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces—Frankenstein, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula—in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.

As a forensic psychiatrist at New York’s leading institution of its kind, Dr. Lily Dominick has evaluated the mental states of some of the country’s most dangerous psychotics. But the strangely compelling client she interviewed today—a man with no name, accused of the most twisted crime—struck her as somehow different from the others, despite the two impossible claims he made.

First, that he is more than two hundred years old and personally inspired Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker in creating the three novels of the nineteenth century that define the monstrous in the modern imagination. Second, that he’s Lily’s father. To discover the truth—behind her client, her mother’s death, herself—Dr. Dominick must embark on a journey that will threaten her career, her sanity, and ultimately her life.

Fusing the page-turning tension of a first-rate thriller with a provocative take on where thrillers come from, The Only Child will keep you up until its last unforgettable revelation.


Sheesh. Talk about a horror story. Wow. This goes way beyond the original stories in the blurb…way beyond! If you thought those old gothic horror stories were creepy, you’re in for a serious spine-tingling, hair-raising, nail-biting scream fest in this one. Really! Well, I didn’t really scream, just sort of yelped. More than once. As a huge fan of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Peter Straub and many others, I have to say I loved this book. Andrew Pyper is going on the list of those other scary guys as an absolute master of this genre. Whew!

I have to say that I had an inkling of where this story might ultimately lead from early on in the story. I was right, sort of, but the journey from page one to the end was thrilling. Lily is a great character who gives many insights in to the aberrant psyche. Her talks with “the man with no name”, who calls himself Michael, are riveting. When he disappears, leaving a trail of death behind him, Lily goes on a European search to find him. He is the only living creature who can tell Lily about her mother. She runs into all kinds of danger, both from Michael and the “hunters” who have been tracking him for years. It’s a hell of a ride!

My advise? Grab this book if you ever loved a scary story. Read the last third at night…alone…with only a reading lamp illuminating the room. Bwahaha!



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