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October 32nd by Larry Rodness

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Format: eBook, Print
Number of Pages: 177
Publication Date: October 31, 2015


It's October 31, and insurance agent Alexander Malefant is sent to picturesque Elora during its annual Halloween festival. No sooner does Alexander arrive than he witnesses the near-drowning of a boy bobbing for apples. Shortly after that, a group of children are attacked by crows. Later that evening, all the children in the village suddenly disappear. Soon, every person becomes a suspect as residents frantically try to discover what happened to the children. Who or what is behind these disappearances, and can they get the children back before it's too late?   ~ Summary from Goodreads ~


Alexander Malefant is a travelling insurance agent who arrives in the small town of Elora during the annual Halloween festival. After witnessing some mysterious events which ultimately lead to the disappearance of the town's children, Alexander reluctantly finds himself embroiled in the town's affairs. Whether he likes it or not, Alexander must come to terms with his own past and fears in order to help find the missing children.

Initially, I thought that the plot had a Stephen King vibe to it because some of the townspeople are wacky and odd; however, I discovered that the plot is closer to an Alfred Hitchcock mystery with its occult theme and twists. Once I realized that it was not a horror plot as much as it was a dark mystery plot, I settled in to read it.

Maybe it is because I am too familiar with the works of King and Hitchcock, but I found some aspects of the story predictable. The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the children and how they disappeared were similar to other works that I have read in the past. However, I found that the characters were not who they appeared to be; which provided some very intriguing twists in the story because their actions were a bit unpredictable.

I found Rodness' take on witchcraft in the book to be refreshing; the witch in the book is not evil, but she does have her own fears and anguish to overcome. The use of the scrying mirror was a unique touch, and one that is not as well known by folks outside of the Wiccan community.

I enjoyed reading October 32nd; it was not as creepy and gory as I thought it would be, but there were plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep me engaged. If you are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock, October 32nd is a good choice for you, even if it is not Halloween.

About the Author

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Larry Rodness, author.
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Larry Rodness began his entertainment career as a professional singer at the age of 19 and has been performing in Toronto for over 35 years with his wife and singing partner, Jodi, at venues such as The Old Mill, Royal York Hotel, Skyline and Bristol Place Hotel as well as countless corporate and private functions.

In the 80's Larry studied musical theatre writing with PRO under Broadway conductor Layman Engel, which led him to write for dinner theater. He then moved into the screenplay arena where he has written over a dozen screenplays and has had 3 scripts optioned to date. In the past 2 years he has also become a published novelist.

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