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An abandoned house by the edge of the river. Uninhabited for decades. A secret as old as time itself. A truth hidden from the topsiders. But that’s about to change. When all the adults suddenly disappear, Mathew convinces his older brother that something is very wrong. Their search leads them to a place they never knew existed. A place that will have them question everythiAn abandoned house by the edge of the river. Uninhabited for decades. A secret as old as time itself. A truth hidden from the topsiders. But that’s about to change. When all the adults suddenly disappear, Mathew convinces his older brother that something is very wrong. Their search leads them to a place they never knew existed. A place that will have them question everything they knew about life.Soon, the truth....

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ISBN : 19318261
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 214 Pages
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topsiders Reviews

  • Kaisersoze
    2018-11-23 05:35

    The following was originally posted at Horror After Dark and is based on a copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.When you review books for a blog every so often you put your hand up for something suspecting it won’t really be all that good, but the author has taken the time to submit it for review, so it’s rude not to give it a try, and besides if you want to keep your name on the reviewing roster you better take one for the team every once in a while… Such was my sentiments as I picked up Scott Tyson’s debut novel Topsiders. It didn’t hurt he was a fellow Aussie, but the blurb gives away very little, and the cover art didn’t really grab me, so I kind of shrugged my way into it, thinking at least it wasn’t very long.A day or so later, I’d completed my one hundred and eighty degree turn and was wishing there was a whole lot more of Topsiders to go round.I was quickly drawn into Tyson’s world of a family staying with their well-to-do friends for a holiday, and soon stumbling into something that they never could have imagined. Tyson takes his time establishing his characters in the first half of the short novel – which makes it much easier to empathise with them when they’re put in harm’s way – paying particular attention to 14 year old Matthew and his less than courageous father, Bill. Matthew has a real thing for the slightly older daughter of the other family, Claire, but has to vie for her attention with his older brother, Guy. Meanwhile (in what amounts to a welcome twist on a familiar genre trope) the parents of the kids are getting themselves neck deep in a mess that Bill has qualms about from moment one, but against his better judgment, goes along with …And that’s about all the plot rehashing anyone should need. Part of the beauty of Topsiders is the way in which Tyson builds the tension in sure-footed, deliberate steps, but without showing his hand too early. Wondering what the menace is within the house adds a creep factor that considerably aids the read, until said menace is let off its chain and proceeds to carve through the characters in a fashion that should please most who enjoy a bit of bloodshed. Technically, the writing is crisp, assured and the dialogue has a realistic edge to it that assists in bringing the characters to life.In terms of areas for improvement, one set of characters has a marriage that is so caustic it’s a wonder paint wasn’t stripped from every wall they happened past, with one half of said couple especially vindictive and nasty. This read as a bit over the top and could have been scaled back to seem less melodramatic.Regardless of this, Topsiders is highly recommended to those who enjoy short, easy to read and gripping horror novels, and should especially appeal to fans pining after early Richard Laymon (even if the word “rump” barely gets a mention here).4 Abdominal Wounds for Topsiders.

  • Matthew Baker
    2018-11-24 08:47

    Topsidershttp://www.amazon.com/Topsiders-Scott...by Scott Tysonhttp://urbanhorror.blogspot.com/Release Date: December 6, 2013Publisher: LegumeMan Bookshttp://www.legumeman.com/When it comes to horror in general, there are many avenues through which terror can be unleashed. One of my favorites is via old, abandoned houses. Who has not lived in an area with at least one ramshackle building for which stories and legends abound? With TOPSIDERS, author Scott Tyson gives readers yet one more reason not to venture into these dark, foreboding structures. But things are never as simple as they sound…and this book will thrust you deep into a nightmare of epic proportions.This is one of those books that is perfect for a movie or a miniseries. As the events unfolded throughout the pages, I kept visualizing each scene in my mind. These visions came complete with an eerie soundtrack and even creepy camera angles. This is definitely a testament to the talent and imagination of the author.TOPSIDERS is written well with flowing sentences and minimalistic descriptions. Instead of calling out every leaf on every tree or using paragraph after paragraph to describe a single scene, Tyson lets the reader’s mind do the world-creating. I particularly enjoy this style of writing, as my own mind can conjure up images more vivid than even the most adjective-infused prose.The characters within the story are complex and emotional, just like people in real life. The reader laughs with them during goofy moments, and then cringes with them when embarrassing situations arise. This camaraderie the reader feels with the characters intensifies the tension when terrible things start happening. As a result, the immersion into the story is deeper and more satisfying.The horror in the story is top notch, and I found myself nervous while reading certain sections. Tyson builds tension with ease but never lets up once the plot starts moving. And when all hell breaks loose, grab something to hold onto; the thrill ride of an ending will leave you breathless.If I were forced to find a flaw with TOPSIDERS, I might mention that the strained relationship between Bill and Judy is a bit too strained to be realistic. With as acidic as Judy is towards him, I don’t see Bill staying, even if he is a beaten-down man with no backbone. This is the only point that stood out to me, however it is definitely needed for the story, so I cannot devalue its merit too much. Regardless, TOPSIDERS is an excellent read and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good scare. Tyson is definitely a force to be reckoned with when it comes to horror, and I can’t wait to see what he does next. The book is available now in a variety of formats; pick it up for sure.

  • Jake
    2018-11-16 07:22

    I really enjoyed Topsiders. To be honest I haven't read much horror other than H.P Lovecraft and other "Lovecraftian" horror books, so I wasn't sure what to expect with Topsiders.My girlfriend had read it and said it was good, plus i thought it would be kind of cool to read a book by a local author, so I ended up going onto the Kindle store and buying it there. I was pleasantly surprised, and before long it had dug it's hooks into me.Scott seems to have a good grip on ending each chapter in such a way that you just have to keep reading, and can't put it down. I ended up reading more than I was originally planning on in a sitting and ended up staying up a bit too late!I gave it four out of five stars because I had some nitpicks here and there, such as redundant adverbs (at some point a character performs an action with "effortless ease", when I think just performing that action with ease would have sufficed) but these nitpicks did not detract too much from the overall experience.Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror or suspenseful stories. I believe this is one of the first books released by Scott, so I am sure the nitpicks I had will disappear as he writes more and hones his craft. Judging by how much I enjoyed Topsiders, I will be keenly watching this author, and am looking forward to further releases!Summary: Great page-turning horror novel, highly recommended.

  • Greg Chapman
    2018-11-23 01:22

    This is a fine debut from Aussie author Scott Tyson.The book, which tells the story of an ill-fated expedition to an abandoned house, starts off slowly, introducing us to the main characters of Mathew and his father Bill from separate POVs.Although the first half of the book might seem to focus a little too much on Mathew and Bill and their respective love interests (Bill, who's wife Judy makes his life a living hell, has the hots for his friend's wife, Helen and Mathew for Helen's daughter Claire), this starts to pay off once the family ventures into the house and finds a hole in a wall that leads into a series of tunnels and caves.Inside these caves is a horror so unexpected that I was hooked for the rest of the read. I don't want to give anything away, but the discovery of these monsters brings everything together in a neat and satisfying little bow. Although I loved the ending I would have liked if Tyson gave us a hint as to these critters origins, but perhaps he has plans for a sequel?

  • Geoff
    2018-12-06 08:48

    Good, solid first novel that should be read by any Laymon or Steve Gerlach fan

  • Erik Smith
    2018-11-25 01:49

    (Full disclosure: I was a beta-reader for this book [Yup. That's me in the acknowledgements] and the author sent a copy to me when the book was published.)That being said...I very much enjoy Topsiders by Scott Tyson. It's difficult to talk about the plot without giving anything away; let's just say that there is a point where everything goes off the rails (in the best way), and i love the way the story ends. (That should give people who know me an idea of how things end.) I'm afraid if I say any more, it would give away all the twists and turns. Oh, I suppose I can say that it is funny, scary, and violent. Three of my favorite things.The characters are well written. The relationship between the brothers, Mathew and Guy, seems quite realistic.I have seven siblings, so I know how they can go from being at each others throats, to having each others backs, in the blink of an eye. While I may not have made the same choices as the characters, I can understand why THEY made those choices. (And, as I always argue, you have to remember: the characters DO NOT KNOW that they are in a horror story!)I like the structure of the book, with chapters alternating between Mathew's point of view, and that of his father, Bill. This keeps you turning the pages: "What's gonna happen to Mathew?! Oh, crap! Where's Bill going now?!) Definitely a smart choice, on the author's part.Topsiders is a strong debut. It's not a perfect novel, but one can see the potential, as Scott hones his craft. (I believe another reviewer said the same thing. it's a good phrase, and quite fitting.) I definitely look forward to seeing Tyson grow, as a writer, and I look forward to reading his next effort.

  • Dean Knowsley
    2018-12-10 05:25

    I finished this book in one sitting. 'A real page turner' is a phrase that is used so cheaply these days, however this book is one of those genuine 'can't turn the page fast enough to see what happens next' affairs.The author cleverly weaves a story around a family, a family that is recognisable as any family you have ever known, complete with flaws, issues and emotions. As such, the emotional investment from the reader in the characters is almost instantaneous and generous. This feeling for the characters sets up very real 'heart in mouth' moments.I am reluctant to compare the book and author to Stephen King, as again, thats a comparison that is used all too frequently by publishers and the like, keen to flog copies. In saying that, in reading , I genuinely felt this story would fit in nicely with Kings work, and at the very least, the book is a brilliant piece of genre work.I personally rate a book based on how often I go back and think about it after it has been put down. This one has me still jumping at shadows.

  • Amanda J Spedding
    2018-12-11 03:38

    I very much enjoyed this read but I’m going to begin this review with a disclaimer. It’s fair to say quite a few of my reviews will have a disclaimer of sorts; as a writer, I have a lot of writerly friends and colleagues who pen the genre I love reading, so there’s bound to be cross-overs from time to time. Scott Tyson falls into the cross-over category. While I’ve worked with Scott on another project, I was not involved with either the pre or post-production of Topsiders. Yes, that is me mentioned in the acknowledgements, but that was for providing general advice of a writing/editorial nature. My only knowledge of the Topsiders story was based solely on the back-cover blurb. I did not receive a free copy of the book – I buy the books that fill (overfill?) my shelves, and do so gladly.As the rest of this review contains spoilers, you can read it here: http://amandajspedding.com/2014/04/10...

  • Annabella
    2018-12-06 09:28

    I really don't know what sort of review to write for this book. One minute I really liked it, on the other hand I didn't. I think all the excellent reviews and the high rating of this book made me have high expectations which were not met.Although it was a short read I still managed to get to know the characters quiet well and even got attached to them, especially Matthew and his father Bill. I really did feel sorry for Bill quiet a lot as his wife just likes to shoot him down.I did enjoy reading the book and I thought it was quiet well written. I just think that my high expectations due to the reviews and rating sabotaged it. Despite this, I will be reading more of Scott Tysons work.

  • Mel
    2018-11-12 05:40

    I read this book in one sitting as I just had to know what was going on.For quite a short book I still managed to get to know the characters, especially Mathew and his father Bill. I did get quite attached to both of them.The suspense was very well built and I was glad all loose ends were tied up, nothing worse for me than to be left wondering. I would definitely read more of Scott Tysons work.

  • Tarquin Murray
    2018-12-08 01:27

    Not often a new author will deliver such a great read for his first release. The sort of book that makes looking for that noise in the middle of the night a spine tingling affair. Can't wait for his next release.