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Where the Bodies Are
The McAllister Series Book 1
by L.V. Gaudet
Genre: Psychological Crime Thriller

 

Step into the twisted mind of a serial killer in this disturbing psychological thriller.

Dead bodies are being left where they are sure to be found. But, the killer made a mistake; one victim left for dead survived.

Kept in a medically induced coma while she recovers, they can only watch her and wait for the killer to come back for her.

While Detective Michael Underwood protects their only living witness, Detective Jim McNelly and his reporter friend Lawrence Hawkworth are determined to find the killer and bring his killing spree to an end. Instead, they discover a bigger mystery.

The killer’s reality blurs between past and present with a compulsion driven by a dark secret locked in a fractured mind. Overcome by a blind rage that leaves him wallowing in remorse with the bodies of victim after victim, he is desperate to stop killing.

After learning of his victim’s survival, the killer sees it as a sign they are meant to be together. Threatening her tenuous grip on life, he is determined to take back his prize while he continues kidnapping and murdering young women.

Accustomed to a life of abuse, one victim’s experience becomes her refuge in a desperate bid for survival.

Instead of killing her, he keeps Katherine Kingslow imprisoned in the dark while he continues plotting to take back the Jane Doe in the hospital. How long can Kathy survive and will she lose her own mind?

The search for the killer will lead to his dark secret buried in the past, something much larger than a man compelled to kill again and again.

Whispers. Far away and insidious. Darkness.

 To sleep more deeply is to dream more deeply.

In the darkness, where the nightmares live.

 

Whispers. Far away and insidious. Darkness. Escape. Trapped. Helplessness. Weak. Cold wet. Dog. Nothing. Fear welling up, bubbling up in a scream yearning to tear free from a dry scorched throat, and silenced with the silent slipping of a needle into the injection port of a thin intravenous plastic tube.

Bruising and swelling leave her barely recognizable as human in the monstrosity of the ruination inflicted on her. Days meld into weeks and still she sleeps.

 

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The dark blue car sits parked in an alley. The male figure inside is slumped over the steering wheel, violent tremors wracking his body.

He sits up, staring at himself in the rear view mirror.

The eyes in the mirror are red and rimmed redder. They are haunted by terrible visions and unbearable knowledge.

Tears flow freely, unstoppable.

He sobs a deep shuddering sob and shakes his head in disgust and self-loathing, his mind reeling.

He came back to his senses just as the first police car drove past him with lights and sirens blaring, startled back by the lights and noise.

Brought suddenly crashing back to reality, he had quickly turned into the first semi private place he spotted and put the car into park, finding himself in a dirty alley. It looks and feels as deserted and desolate as he feels.

By the time he parked, his mind began fogging over the recent events he so desperately wants to erase, pushing the world around him to a distant place where he will be safe from it.

He sits there, stunned, feeling numb and detached the way a heavy fog makes the world seem far away and unreal.

Faint ghosts of his actions tickle at his memory.

The memories of his sister’s accident so many years ago, vague and full of missing pieces, huddles in the dark corners of his mind, giving him teasing glimpses he does not want to see.

He cannot quite remember what happened on that tranquil neighborhood street only minutes ago. The memory is just right there, tantalizing and dreadful, a gossamer veil he can just barely brush with his fingertips. Drawn by the need to see as much as by the revulsion and need to escape it, he wants to pull the memory up but does not dare. He tries to push it away instead.

The scene, the fantasy he’d replayed in his mind over and over a million times as a child until he finally pushed it away and blocked it out, now teases and torments him, flashing glimpses at him in a blinding fashion, confusing the past with the present.

More confusing are the brief flashes of scenes on that street.

The happy smiling face of a little girl looking up at him with eyes full of trust.

The terror filled eyes of a woman in a face twisted with determination.

An approaching car.

The pleading look of a child standing on the sidewalk.

The trusting eyes of a little girl turning to a liquid look of fear.

A little bundle of teeth and hair.

“What did I do?”

He looks down at his hands. He holds out his hand, staring at it in wonder.

The flesh is punctured, blood still dripping from the wound.

He feels a wave of sickness wash over him, reeling with a strength-sapping stomach-churning, dizziness.

“What did I do?” His voice trembles.

A black void now lives where the memories of the moments between watching the house and being awakened by the wail of a police car should be.

It is impenetrable.

I blacked out, lost time and memories. Just like that time I got stupidly drunk years ago.

Only this time he is not suffering from the after effects of alcohol poisoning.

“What did I do?” He reels. “I tried to kidnap that little girl, that innocent little girl. I would never think of hurting her, any child.”

He leans out the open car window and vomits. His whole body convulses with it, vomiting until there is nothing left to vomit out but his self-disgust.

He would gladly vomit that out too if he could. But, he needs that self-loathing, that putrid disgust. It reminds him of who he is. What he is.

“I deserve to suffer. I could kill myself or turn myself in, but that would be an act of kindness I don’t deserve.”

His stomach continues to clench painfully, heaving long past when he is certain he must have puked his empty stomach out to join its contents on the dirty pavement, his whole body shuddering with each painful spasm.

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The McAllister Farm
The McAllister Series Book 2

 

Step back in time to learn the secret behind the bodies in Where the Bodies Are in this disturbing look at the boy who will grow up to create the killer.

1981

Meet David McAllister, the boy who will grow up to create the killer.

In 1981 there was a man who lived on a farm. William McAllister was a private and reclusive man who, above all else, did not like to have attention drawn on his family.

He wanted only to be left to mind his own business and family and for the world to do the same. But that very reclusiveness fosters contempt and suspicion in the people of the small farming community his family has called home for generations.

William McAllister has a son, Jason McAllister. Jason is a troubled boy. Growing up under his father’s strict rules and isolated from the normal childhood relationships, he is left to explore his darker inclinations. Seeing the darker side of Jason, William tries to rein his son in by bringing him into the family business.

Just then a serial killer starts preying on local young women. The McAllisters quickly find themselves drawn into the spotlight when the town decides William McAllister is the killer. As the town’s search for the killer focuses on the McAllister farm and the woods behind it, the threat to the McAllister secret grows.

The McAllister family history is as dark as the secret hiding in the woods. The attention is a threat to both William McAllister’s profession and his family. He has no choice but to find the killer himself. He might not like what he learns.

 

 

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Hunting Michael Underwood
The McAllister Series Book 3

 

Step deeper into the twisted mind of a serial killer as he slips further into madness in this disturbing psychological thriller.

Hunting Michael Underwood follows on the heels of book one, Where the Bodies Are, bringing the first two stories and their characters together as the search for the killer continues.

Michael Underwood has vanished and everyone is searching for him. Detective Jim McNelly is determined to not stop until he finds him. Working with the detective, Lawrence Hawkworth is still chasing the bigger story he knows is behind the bodies. Jason McAllister knows he must stop the killer he created before he goes too far. He may be the only one who can stop him.

Unable to let go of his barely remembered past and the search for his sister, the killer goes looking for Jason McAllister’s past and his family.

*****

Detective Jim McNelly is furious. Detective Michael Underwood disappeared without a trace with the only living witness to the McAllister murders. Worse, Michael is not who he pretended to be. And then the other shoe fell.

Jason T. McAllister, tried and convicted of the kidnapping and murders of multiple women and the prime suspect behind the bodies discovered in the woods behind the McAllister farm, is being inexplicably set free. He will not spend the rest of his life in prison.

Jim is determined to find Michael Underwood, bring him down, and discover the truth about who he really is and what his connection to Jason McAllister is.

Working with his long time friend, the notoriously unscrupulous investigative reporter Lawrence Hawkworth, Jim will not stop until he finds Michael and the answers to the bodies found in the mass graveyard in the woods behind the McAllister Farm.

Jason McAllister knows he must stop the real killer behind the murders he was convicted for. As the killer spirals further into madness, Jason is the only one who can stop him. But, he needs help. He is going to have to talk to his father, William McAllister, the man who taught him how to hide the bodies.

Michael Underwood and Katherine Kingslow are on the run. A victim of domestic abuse and only known survivor of the McAllister Farm killer, Kathy has lapsed into Stockholm syndrome. Now she is torn between her need to be with her captor and fear of his escalating psychotic episodes.

Everyone is hunting for Michael Underwood.

  

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Killing David McAllister
The McAllister Series Book 4

Everyone wants to kill David McAllister in this explosive conclusion.

David McAllister must die.

Crazy comes to a head in this disturbing psychological thriller.

When an unbalanced serial killer sets his sights on a little girl, there is only one way it can end. Someone will die.

Sometimes the only way to stop a monster is to kill it. He has gone by many names, but he was raised as David McAllister, and finding what he is looking for is not enough to quiet the darkness inside him.

The organization ordered the cleanup of the entire McAllister family.

The job was given to Sophie McAllister.

While Detective Jim McNelly and his reporter friend Lawrence Hawkworth continue to hunt them down, the McAllisters move into hiding.

David McAllster’s psychosis continues, but now Sophie’s daughter is in danger. He believes she is his tiny sister Cassie.

The presence of his now adult sister Cassie does not stop his dead little Cassie from tormenting him.

 

***

Sometimes the only way to stop a monster is to kill it. He has gone by many names, but he was raised as David McAllister, and finding what he is looking for is not enough to quiet the darkness inside him.

David McAllister must die.

While the McAllisters move into hiding, Detective Jim McNelly and his reporter friend, Lawrence Hawkworth, continue to pursue them. Jim and Lawrence split up to follow their own leads, routes that will take them each on their own path to discover secrets behind the McAllisters.

Anderson and William are trying to keep the group together and ahead of the detective hunting them while trying to resolve the issue of what to do with David, Kathy, Rose Bheals, and the boy Jason brought, Billy.

Kathy is becoming increasingly fearful both for and of David and wants out, but feels trapped. She is certain death is the only way out.

Cassie swore to kill David for what he did to Connie and the others. Torn by memories she does not have and the knowledge of the dark hole this life will bury her in, she needs to escape.

Sophie has been ordered to kill David and Kathy. She may have to kill her own brother, Jason, too. When the time comes, she’s not sure if she can do it.

With Marjory’s lapses into the foggy confusion of Alzheimer’s, nobody believes her when she really needs them to, when Sophie’s little girl’s life is at stake.

David is slipping further into madness and, convinced she is the little sister he lost so many years ago, he is going to take little Lauren with him. Having his now adult real sister, Cassie, there is no help.

Will someone reach David and Lauren in time as the blackness closes in and rage takes over?

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V. Gaudet is a subjugated cubicle dweller by day and a Canadian author of dark fiction by night, a member of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild, the Horror Writers Association, and Authors of Manitoba.

V. grew up with a love of the darker side; sneaking down to the basement at night to watch the old horror B movies, Vincent Price being a favourite, devouring horror books, and has had a passion for books and the idea of creating stories and worlds a person can get lost in since reading that first novel.

This love of storytelling has L. V. working writing and editing into a busy life that includes a full time job, family, and doing the little things to help the writing community including offering encouragement to others in the online writing community and volunteering time editing the Manitoba Writers’ Guild newsletter and helping with their Facebook presence, proofreading for the HWA newsletter, and visiting schools for I Love to Read month.

L.V. Gaudet currently lives in Winnipeg with two rescue dogs, spouse, and kids.

 

L.V. Gaudet’s books are available in ebook and print format at online bookstores.

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