Book #90: The Night of the Screaming Horses (Dead Air Episode 1) by Carrie Ryan, Gwenda Bond, and Rachel Caine

Explore your true crime obsession in a whole new way with Serial Box’s latest multimedia innovation in storytelling from three of today’s hottest storytellers, Gwenda Bond, New York Times-bestselling author Rachel Caine, and New York Times-bestselling author Carrie Ryan.

“Fast-paced, captivating, and completely surprising, prepare to stay up way too late—you won’t be able to put this down.” -Megan Miranda, New York Times-bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger

This is episode 1 of Dead Air, where M is for midnight, Mackenzie…and murder.

Mackenzie Walker wasn’t planning on using her college radio show to solve a decades-old murder, but when she receives an anonymous tip that the wrong man may have taken the fall, she can’t resist digging deeper.

It doesn’t take long for Mackenzie to discover gaps in the official story. Several potential witnesses conveniently disappeared soon after the murder. The victim, a glamorous heiress and founder of a Kentucky horse-racing dynasty, left behind plenty of enemies. And the cops don’t seem particularly interested in discussing any of it.

But when the threats begin, Mackenzie knows she’s onto something. Someone out there would prefer to keep old secrets buried and they seem willing to bury Mackenzie with them. Thankfully, she’s getting help from a very unexpected source: the victim’s son, Ryan. The closer she gets to him, however, the more important it is for Mackenzie to uncover the truth before he gets buried alongside her.

Read or listen to the ebook and audiobook of the serial novel Dead Air, and then check out Mackenzie’s podcast for a uniquely immersive experience. Does the truth lie in the serial, the podcast…or somewhere in-between?

I found out about Dead Air from a Goodreads newsletter. I love serials and I love Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. Since I hadn’t read much from Ryan since then, I wanted to go ahead and try the first episode of this serial fiction. Besides, it has to do with the idea of a college student who is DJ-ing for her university’s radio station and is interested in true crime. I’m a true crime buff myself so the premise pretty much check-marked a bunch of my likes.

For the first episode, it wasn’t bad. It grabbed me and it did feel like a murder mystery was about to unfold. That said, it does feel like the first episode in a tv series and only gives the reader a taste of what’s to come. The reader joins Mackenzie in seeing the scene of the crime, go through the process of getting the police reports, and meet with the family of the victim. Nothing is solved yet, but the taste of something more to come is there in the end.

What is great is that there is a podcast that accompanies the fiction and honestly, if you listen to it, it definitely grabs you. I might actually just continue the story with the podcast style versus the book, but the book will give you those small details to the narrative. In all, it does make for an interesting experience.

Final rating: 3/5

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