Riapoke by Bryan Nowak #Review #Thriller #Suspense #Paranormal #Books

Book Review


Such an exciting twist on your typical suspense novel!

Riapoke is even a little tricky to classify. It’s a suspenseful mystery but there is a paranormal twist. However you want to classify this book, it’s really fun!

Riapoke (Release Date: May 28, 2017)

Kyle and his mother drive to an upscale lakeside resort for some time as a family before he heads off to college. Unaware lake Oleander and the small town of Riapoke hold a five hundred year old demonic secret beneath its bedrock, they become embroiled in a fight for their lives. An angry demon, a psychotic priest, and a law enforcement official work to either forestall or accelerate a prophecy spelling doom for the city. The battle for survival will see friends become enemies in a town which has institutionalized serial killing. Will the love between a mother and a son prove stronger than the supernatural evil controlling the town of Riapoke?

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My Thoughts…

Such a trip! This book is really fun! I love that Riapoke has all of the traditional elements of a suspenseful thriller and yet there is no one person responsible for the evil acts committed in this story.

The story kicks off pretty quickly with a mother/ son road trip. A sort of last hurrah before Kyle heads off to University. Once they arrive at their destination, they hear some strange rumblings from the townies. Dismissing it all as small town gossip, they dive into their vacation without hesitation. They should have listened.

Riapoke has an excellent hook right at the beginning! Once you read the first few pages, you just have to know what is going on. The writing is good, fast-paced and it gets the heart rate up almost immediately. I had a blast reading this book and I’m happy to recommend this one to my mystery loving readers, who have grown tired of the usual tropes and want something different!

Rating… B

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About the Author


Author Bryan Nowak originally hails from the south suburbs of Chicago. Born in 1973, the world of the paranormal drew him in while he played amongst the abandoned ruins of the once powerful WWII industrial center of Chicago.

Stories of monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night sent him scurrying for a flashlight to find where such creatures dwell, when others would turn tail and run. A collection of ghost stores, found in the elementary school library, forever shaped his imagination and love of a great paranormal thriller could be. He also got, from his mother, a love of the great horror movies of bygone eras and learned the importance of suspense from those legendary actors.

Moving with his mother and stepfather to a small suburb of Minneapolis, he attended high school at Minnetonka High School and then college at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In 1996, he was married to his wife, Tanya, and they have three children. They currently live in Virginia.

His first and second books, No Name, and The Dramatic Dead, are set in Virginia. His third book, Riapoke, is currently available.

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5 thoughts on “Riapoke by Bryan Nowak #Review #Thriller #Suspense #Paranormal #Books

  1. Pingback: Riapoke by Bryan Nowak #Review #Thriller #Suspense #Paranormal #Books | bryan the writer

  2. Thank you so much for such an excellent review! I always strive to be the guy people pick up to read because of the entertainment value and the enjoyment they get out of reading. I am so pleased to hear I met that mark!

    If your fans have any questions for me, I will be happy to answer them or they can send me a note!

    -Bryan the Writer

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