Maniac by Patrick Whittaker
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (247 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe
There are some people you should never allow inside your head.
The seaside town of Chadham prides itself on being sleepy. Until Maniac turns it into the murder capital of Britain.
Detective Inspector Harry Nyman is the world’s most reluctant policeman. He’d much rather be playing jazz than investigating crime. Unfortunately, murder sets its own agenda.
As the body count rises, it becomes clear the murderer has an ultimate goal: to destroy Harry Nyman.
It didn’t take Harry long to figure out the murders were related in some form. He never expected the killings to be related to him, though.
This author writes a hard hitting story that’s very graphic in describing the death scenes and sexual depravity of a demon controlled personality. The story is both horrifying and intriguing. This wasn’t a book I could set aside and go on to something else. I had to keep turning the pages, hoping to find out who and how they had done what they were doing. The answer is almost unfathomable…
Harry is between women right now. He has a good relationship with the mother of his child but they live separately. He’s just investigating ugly cases and trying to figure out why the killer can remember doing the killing but can’t remember why. They make mention of a controller in their minds called “Maniac”.
This is a psychological brain twister. Mr. Whittaker writes a very convincing story with paranormal forces coming into play. What Harry got involved with in his youth comes back to bite him later in life. Someone close to him hates him and he has no idea. This author makes you frown as much as Harry does while he tries to find a common denominator and a true cause for the deaths. I felt like I wanted to help Harry figure it out. However, when I began to understand the author’s premise for the story I was really glad it was Harry in that situation and not me!
The ending shocked me. Even more astounding is the fact that Harry is waiting to come back for more. There’s a potential for a sequel to this book. The first novel was very energized and horrifying. I would expect the next one will continue in that vein. I’m going to watch for Harry. This author hooked me with his fast moving scary story.