"Buckle up and get ready for the freakiest horror show you have ever loved!"
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted March 14, 2016
Suspense | Horror
Johnathan Martin Delaware Deseronto is a big man. He is
a very bad man, the worst of the worst serial killers who
ever walked the earth. Even more horrifying is that he so
very good at what he does he is practically invisible.
At least until the night he chooses the wrong victim.
Marissa Madison is a beautiful nineteen-year old nursing
who is home from school to help celebrate her favorite
holiday: Halloween. Marissa is a very special young lady in
that she possesses a unique set of psychic abilities. It is
through these abilities that she senses Deseronto as soon
he fixates on her.
Events get crazy on the night after Halloween when
sets his plan in motion to take Marissa and do what he does
best. There is a slight problem, though. Marissa's
abilities do not die with her. Instead, she takes this
inhuman monster on a trip through her last couple of days
a living person. Oh yes, she has a huge surprise in store
PHANTOM EFFECT is such a unique horror tale that it is
almost impossible to describe. Suffice it to say there
are as many creepy, terrorizing and chilling moments
as you would expect to find in a great horror book. Yet,
there are so many more things included to make PHANTOM
that grabs you from the first sentence and holds you in its
ironclad grip until that final page. It is almost as if you
are afraid to see what is coming next, but you just have to
Michael Aronovitz has created one of the scariest
you will ever meet on the printed page. Deseronto is a
creature of a different mold than any of his counterparts
other books. Take Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers, and Jason
Voorhees and blend them altogether and you have a pretty
good idea of what Deseronto is like. He is completely,
undeniably the stuff that creates nightmares.
As I was reading PHANTOM EFFECT, I could easily see
Deseronto joining those past movie horrors on the big
screen. Told from the viewpoint of both Marissa and
Deseronto, readers are taken on a roller coaster ride like
none other. This is not a happy book by any stretch of the
imagination, but for horror aficionados, PHANTOM EFFECT is
satisfying read and not for the faint of heart or the
I cannot recommend PHANTOM EFFECT enough for those readers
out there who love to be scared or who just want something
little different when it comes to their horror tales. You
will not be disappointed!
Jonathan Martin Delaware Deseronto is a six-foot-five serial
killer with a problem. He’s stuck out on I-476 in a heavy
November rainstorm with two flat tires and the dead bodies
of a cop and a co-ed named Marissa Madison in his trunk.
Desperate to get off the highway, he drives his car on its
back rims towards Exit 6. The car stalls on the ramp and
Deseronto uses the last of its momentum to plunge over the
crest of a steep slope and crash into a length of concrete
pipe below. The car comes to rest on the edge of a
construction site where machines are positioned to tear down
an old Motel 6.
For Deseronto, the worst is yet to come. Marissa Madison had
been a psychic of sorts while alive, using her ability to
assist people in their personal journeys. Now, the ghost of
Marissa will utilize her strange gift, trapping Deseronto in
the abandoned motel, and forcing him to live the last, fatal
week of her own life as a passive passenger in her body . .
. Soon, Deseronto will experience something truly horrific:
the mind-numbing terror of being stalked by himself.
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