Title: Pay Phone
Author: Brandon Ford
Narrator: Charles Mallett
On a crowded street corner, the ring of a pay phone cuts through the icy winds. A figure appears in a third-story window across the way. Vigilant, he watches with the focused eyes of a savage hunter. Patient, he waits with the resolve of a bloodthirsty predator. A cordless phone’s handset pressed to his ear…and a bloodstained hacksaw clenched in his free hand.
From the author of Open Wounds and The Final Girl comes a horrifying journey through the mind of a ruthless killer. Called “Disturbing, bloody, and vicious” by Dread Central and “Truly terrifying” by Bloodtype Online, you’ll listenwith trembling hands, bated breath, and a racing heart. This newly revised edition of Pay Phone contains previously unpublished material, including a brand new introduction by the author.
So this story gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “stranger danger.”
Before the dawn of the internet, serial killers had to use different methods of luring in their victims. For Jake, this means dialing the pay phone across the street and luring a lonely victim to their demise. For the most part, people are too smart to fall for the bait. Occasionally though, he gets a bite. When someone by the name of Chelsea answers and turns down his lure, he’s intrigued by her. And so is the voice in his head.
Jake was a solid villain. It’s easy to write a slasher with pointless gore, but this story was different because Jake has a reason for doing what he does. At first, it isn’t very clear what that motive is. Just as it’s unclear who Susan is. As the story goes on though, we’re shown more and more of Jake’s backstory, almost to the point where it could’ve been easy to feel sorry for him.
Chelsea was someone I could relate to. Always struggling to get close to those around her but never quite feeling as if she matters. It’s that drive that causes her to answer the call. The call that will see to it that all her nightmares come true.
As Jake spirals into the depths of his own insanity, the body count rises, and no one is safe. Bloody, disturbing, and violent. Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop. I finished the book in one setting. Perfect for all fans of classic horror.
Narration was perfect.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.