Book Review|Chasing the Boogeyman|Richard Chizmar

I had seen this book flying about on Twitter recently and I was very intrigued. I’m a big fan of true crime and have a morbid curiosity, that the author would appreciate, when it comes to serial killers! So this book went straight to the top of list.

Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar Publisher Hodder Published 12 July 2022 Edition Paperback Pages 336 Genre Crime Fiction/Horror/Thriller Purchase Link


Summer 1988: the mutilated bodies of several missing girls are discovered in a small Maryland town.

Rumour spreads that the evil stalking local teens is not entirely human. But law enforcement and members of the FBI are sure a serial killer is playing games with them.

Now recent college graduate Richard Chizmar returns to his hometown to write a personal account of the killer’s reign. And what he discovers will haunt him for years to come . . .

My Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brilliant, creepy, atmospheric and refreshing.

I’m not sure how anyone could read this and not enjoy it.

The cunning, clever writing of the author is very impressive and really refreshing.

This book is very much about the story and unlike most books, I think the characters aren’t the driver. Although important the whole basis of this book is the places, the background, the events and the overall effect of those events. I enjoyed immensely the detailed description of the small, wholesome, quiet town of Edgewood. Picture perfect all American Town mostly sleepy where not much happens. Of course all towns everywhere aren’t perfect but seemingly Edgewood is a perfect place to live.

It is quite difficult to explain how well done this novel is. The author clearly has a gift that he has tweaked, practicesd and perfected.

An artist of deception. As a fan of true crime it was very hard to believe that this is a work of fiction throughout the whole read.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

About the Author Richard Chizmar is the author of Gwendy’s Button Box (with Stephen King) and A Long December, which was nominated for numerous awards. His fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and multiple editions of The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. He has won two World Fantasy awards, four International Horror Guild awards, and the HWA’s Board of Trustee’s award. His third short story collection, A Long December, was recently published to starred reviews in both Kirkus and Booklist, and was featured in Entertainment Weekly. Chizmar’s work has been translated into many languages throughout the world, and he has appeared at numerous conferences as a writing instructor, guest speaker, panelist, and guest of honor. Please visit the author’s website at and on Twitter at Instagram

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