The Killing Circle

The Killing Circle What are the repercussions of calling another story your own Patrick Rush journalist single father and failed novelist joins a creative writing circle in an inspiring atmosphere of menace and fear

  • Title: The Killing Circle
  • Author: Andrew Pyper
  • ISBN: 9780312384760
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What are the repercussions of calling another story your own Patrick Rush, journalist, single father, and failed novelist, joins a creative writing circle in an inspiring atmosphere of menace and fear Throughout Toronto, a murderer strikes randomly, leaving bodies mutilated and dismembered, and taunting the police with cryptic notes The group reads each other their ownWhat are the repercussions of calling another story your own Patrick Rush, journalist, single father, and failed novelist, joins a creative writing circle in an inspiring atmosphere of menace and fear Throughout Toronto, a murderer strikes randomly, leaving bodies mutilated and dismembered, and taunting the police with cryptic notes The group reads each other their own dark, unsettling tales Angela tells of child stealer Sandman Patrick, though, finds fantasy and reality blurring Is the maniac at large the Sandman What does Angela really know And does the killer stalk his pursuer Only when his son is snatched does Patrick journey toward the elusive figure.

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    1. Wow. This book took me a day to finish. Once I started it, I could not put it down. The main character of this story is a man who wishes that he could write a novel, so he joins a writing group. This group contains a variety of people whom all have their own stories and secrets. One woman in the group reads a story she has written about a stranger who does bad things, and he is called the sandman. As the story continues, it seems the Sandman is real; and begins to kill again.This book really fre [...]

    2. Feb. 28 update:I have come to the conclusion (late, in this case), that one should begin a review by making a positive, or at least, a nuetral statement! And I would like to add that I actually rated this 4 1/2 stars. (The following is the intact version of my original review.)I want to say at the outset, that I wasn’t sure whether or not I liked the ending of this book. At first, I was disappointed. Not with the-who-dun-it part -- which was a bit of a surprise -- but the after-we-find-out par [...]

    3. I enjoyed parts of this book very much. Andrew Pyper is a talented storyteller and I will continue to seek him out. He gets character development, understands the integrity of back story, knows how to draw out suspense and when to twist the knife in. All of these elements are on spectacular display in his latest novel The Guardians, but I did find them to be a little lacking here.This is a good novel, and if you desire an original take on a whodunit mystery with some horror elements thrown in fo [...]

    4. Ah, the life of the lowly author who realizes that his output is not one that reaches the subjective level of high art, but rather belongs quite snugly under that dreaded (and equally subjective) label of popular fiction. What a crushing blow to the psyche it must be to aspire to join the esteemed ranks of Bellow, Roth, and Findley, and instead find oneself lumped in with the likes of Grisham, Koontz, and Patterson. Canadian author Andrew Pyper has been battling with this conundrum for quite som [...]

    5. I loved The Guardians. I am surprised at the average rating of that book here, and I gave it a well deserved 5 star rating. It hit all the right buttons for me.I wish I could say the same thing for The Killing Circle.While I thought the entire concept of the novel was excellent, I found the pacing was rather uneven. I'm not sure why I found that, perhaps there were a little too many introspective insights by the main character. I just found the story's momentum seemed to suffer for it.Regardless [...]

    6. I much preferred The Killing Circle to Andrew Pyper's Lost Girls. This seemed more polished and maybe straight-forward. I liked the tension, the creepiness. Patrick Rush, a single father and frustrated writer, joins a writing group. While the group doesn't actually inspire him, one story, by Angela, draws in all the budding authors. It tells the story of The Sandman, a killer who stalked a small town killing children. Is Angela telling a story from her past? In either case, killings begin in Tor [...]

    7. O círculo da morte despertou a minha atenção pelo seu nome e sinopse que me fizeram acreditar que se tratava de um thriller sombrio e sangrento, mas rapidamente apercebe-se que se está a par com um thriller psicológico despromovido de acções violentas e sangrentas.Mas como sou também um leitor apaixonado de thrillers psicológicos este livro não podia ser mais indicado. Andrew Pyper apresenta-nos a história de um escritor, Patrick, que busca ajuda numa oficina de escrita para resolver [...]

    8. This book is the epitome of the M. Night Shyamalan problem. A good mystery can become great if the twist/ending blows your mind. On the other hand, it can stumble and spit on everything you just read. Guess which one this is?Now then, up to the last twenty pages of this novel, it is absolutely engaging. The oppressive atmosphere of the Sandman serial killer is visceral and constantly is blurring the lines in the character's own mind of whether the Sandman has actually left the page and begun kil [...]

    9. I won this through the giveaways and I'm so glad. I stayed up all night to finish it, which I haven't felt compelled to do for a book in a long time, and I found it unnerving enough that I had to check the lock on the door and look in the closets about halfway through. I naturally have an overactive imagination anyway, but I haven't been this creeped out by a book in years. The story is intricate and nonlinear, and even though the narrator Patrick is kind of distant (which is appropriate for hi [...]

    10. Andrew Pyper's fluid prose style immediately grabs you and makes it easy to keep picking up the book. There's an ambitious story here that's worth seeing through to the end, though I found it difficult to really credit the characters at times. Motivations seem not just odd but almost trivialized--as if the narrative almost explicitly intends to ignore such issues. The ambiguousness worked in some places, less so (for me, at least) in others.

    11. The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper is an ambiguous novel. The novel opens with Patrick Rush, a widowed father and successful novelist going to a drive-in movie with his eight year old son. When his son disappears, we learn of Patrick’s past, when he was still an aspiring author and joined a writer’s workshop called the Kensington Circle. After a woman goes missing in his neighborhood, he and the other attendees believe there is a connection between a story being written by one of the would-b [...]

    12. This book was a pleasureI am so glad I stumbled on this book and didn't return it after having it in my to-read pile for weeks nowI was pleasantly surprised by this book as it was well written and engaged my interest whenever I had a spare moment--love a book that I cant wait to get back to--love to be engrossed in a great book! And the subject matter of this one--a wanna be writer and his desperate journey to become an author is a touching one indeedI truly felt his longing and brilliant descri [...]

    13. I'm glad that The Killing Circle was my introduction to Andrew Pyper, as by most accounts some of his other pieces are better. Perhaps I've been reading junk lately (coughLuckiestGirlAlivecough), but I found this engaging and innovative. I don't even have time to get into an in-depth look because I'm already reading The Demonologist, so here's the short version. Strengths:-I love stories about writers who question reality (because who doesn't when he deals with literature all the time?)-An excel [...]

    14. I can't say I hated it, it brought me some good scares and twists, but the ending/twist just flopped.I always say that a book is only as good as it's ending, which is why I didn't adore Gone Girl as much as everyone else did, but I did still like it. This book really creeped me out. When I read this in my room in the dark, I had to close it a few times, it freaked me out, and I never thought a book could do that. You want to know why it freaked me out? It's because (view spoiler)[The Sandman was [...]

    15. After his wife dies, the main character joins a writing circle. One of the writers has a tale of murder which captivates them so much that our main character ultimately steals it and publishes a successful novel based on it. But when members of the writing circle start dying one by one, the remaining writers try to determine if the story was true or if someone is copying the novel while a shadowy figure follows them everywhere. It's a interesting premise, but the main problem is that I never com [...]

    16. Finally, a really good book! I liked the way the author mixed reality and fantasy, just enough fantasy to give you a little bit of the heebie jeebies. The story was suspenseful, the characters intersting and the atmosphere just dark enough to appeal to most readers. Darkness is always an added bonus for me; the darker the better I say. My first experience with this author (Lost Girls) was discouraging, way too much descriptive phrasing. However; since it was his first book and the synopses of hi [...]

    17. i really enjoyed this book, especially the unpredictable ending. it left me thinking, "hmmmwowally?.i can't believe what happenedm" i liked that the author's main character wasn't necessarily that likable a guy. i defnitely felt for the guy; he was deeply depressed and rightly so. he was also a father that obviously loved his son. but there was something snaky and annoying about him, and i think that really added depth to the book.

    18. I got completely absorbed in this book, it was extremely clever I kept trying to figure out what would happen next and no matter what, I was always surprised. I think it was the way you learned more and more about each character I kept changing my perception of each person, it definitely kept me guessing! The obscure way that the sandman and Patrick interacted was really interesting, especially early on, the story was very complex but not overwhelmingly so, which made it extremely enjoyable.

    19. It wasn't the best book I've read and unfortunately, it wasn't one that I looked forward to reading. Often times, it made me sleepy and I frequently found myself Re-reading several pages. It had an okay plot and it had decent writing but I found it could have flowed a lot better.

    20. What made this book a little more disturbing for me is that it's set in Toronto - one of the reasons I initially read it - and I know many of the locations. It'll be a while before I go to the islands again

    21. Não sei descrever este livro. sei que foi suspense do início ao fim. sempre pensando no que seria ou não real. não digo mais. Muito bom :D

    22. Having failed to find fulfillment from his job reviewing television shows for the local Toronto newspaper, Patrick Rush, has decided to join a writing group with the hopes of gaining some inspiration for a novel. The writing circle is a small group (less than 10) that meets on occasion. The attendees bring their writings and read them for 15 minutes to the group prior to receiving criticism. Unfortunately, Patrick cannot come up with anything interesting to write and spends most of his time ther [...]

    23. “¿qué es la cordura sino mantener el límite entre las secciones de ficción y no ficción?”Disfruté en verdad muchas partes de este libro. la premisa es interesantísima, la narrativa de Pyper es fluida y correcta, los personajes, salvo algunas excepciones están bien logrados, sin embargo como puntos flacos veo la relación padre - hijo que pudo haber sido explotada mucho mas así como, y muy importante - el hombre malísimo que hace cosas malísimas - poco profundo, poca exposición de [...]

    24. Single dad, Patrick Rush, still grieving his wife's death, joins a writing circle. Sadly, Patrick discovers he has no story to tell. But Angela does. She has a story about a shadowy figure called the Sandman. While the circle is meeting, the city is being terrorized by a string of serial murders that bear an eerie similarity to those in Angela's story. When Patrick's son is kidnapped, it is left to Patrick to track down the Sandman.Alfred Hitchcock once said, "There is no terror in the bang, onl [...]

    25. An entertaining book. I was hooked right away with the drive-in scene. I got a little bored during some of the reading circle stuff and it took a while to get back into it. The mystery was merely ok. Parts of the ending were interesting; I enjoyed the farmhouse scenes and the hazy play on time. I was a little disappointed by the ending. I'm not sure if I was hoping for something a bit more clever or just something different but either way the ending left something wanting for me.I really enjoyed [...]

    26. The Killing Circle is a typical Whodunnit crime thriller, centring around a writer's circle. The highly susceptible nature of the writers mind is the propellant for the story, and as such is able to twist the story at any turn. This is also used to blend the lines between what is real and what is imaginary (or potentially supernatural). However, the story itself is never gripping enough, and subsequently these factors above are easily identified as the drivers of this book, rather than content a [...]

    27. I have been lured into the world of Pyper's novels a few times now. They are well written though perhaps a little more opaque than they could be. Their real strength is drawing you down into a dark place in your own mind, messing with your fears then doubling down. You like Patrick Rush; he has his flaws but fits nicely into the tradition of the protagonist who is determined to go to his fate despite a path littered with warning signs. He is a father - an ongoing Pyper theme - and this plays a c [...]

    28. I loved the book up until about halfway through. For whatever reason it just ran out of steam for me. By the end of it, I was happy it was over and not even all that bothered by the extremely random explanation. There's a lot that's good in this book, especially the setup of the Sandman. Scary. Couldn't read it at night. I felt Pyper very much established that the antagonist was some sort of supernatural force and when it turns out not to be, everything fell flat. I like Pyper as a writer and I [...]

    29. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. While parts were definitely eery making it difficult to put down, the writing was almost annoyingly complex - to the point where I found myself unintentionally skimming paragraphs. All in all, it’s definitely an unrealistic tale with a somber ending.

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