Headless Boy

The Headless Boy by Kelli Owen

Reeling from the loss of a child, Maggie finds her job at the local daycare unbearable and errands around town impossible. She knows every child, every single parent, and they’re all reminders of what she’s lost. Unable to heal, she sinks further into the grip of grief and depression.

Jake is a good guy, a great husband, and wants only the best for his broken wife. Therapy and medications aren’t helping, and a change of scenery makes perfect sense. A new home. A fresh start. He is nothing but patient, giving Maggie the space and emotional support needed to move on.

But once they’ve settled in, Maggie offers him an alternative. And though Jake doesn’t believe in ghosts, he plays along with the charade in the name of helping his wife. Until he discovers it’s not a game.

They are not alone.

As the subtle activity grows violent, Jakes realizes the thing in their house has chosen Maggie as a surrogate mother, and it does not want a father figure. Jake and Maggie’s fresh start has become a battlefield, and he’s no longer sure which side his wife is on.

Does Jake have the strength to save them both?

The IndieMuse Review

Kelli Owen delivers her best work to date in this gripping, emotionally-charged horror story. It’s the quiet, consuming slow burn of grief that pulls you in and then builds to the creeping psychological horrors that make it all the more powerful of a book. The characters, particularly Maggie, are well developed and their actions are sometimes astonishingly believable under the stress of their circumstances. The slow moody dread of the plot gives way to a finale you’ll not forget any time soon. A truly impressive novel!


Former IT-nerd, long time book reviewer, Amazon top-reviewer and Vine-Voice. gHoster is the lead curator of IndieMuse. He spends many late nights in a caffeinated frenzy, giving into fits of insomnia, to binge-read his latest book. 

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