Text Message, a psychological thriller written by William Malmborg is the twisted tale of Mr. Campbell, a man who loves games, and I’m not talking about football. He believes the Chicago mall he frequents is his, and he chooses his victim from those rushing around trying to get their last minute Christmas shopping done.
Mallory, a self-absorbed teen, has been charged with taking her younger sister to the mall to finish up Christmas shopping. Mr. Campbell finds a way to kidnap her sister and controls Mallory using her sister’s phone to send her text messages.
This book is not for the feint of heart. Some of the things Campbell makes Mallory do are a little disturbing and sexual in nature so don’t say I didn’t warn you. That said, I really enjoyed this book. I felt that although something like this is extremely unlikely to happen in real life, the reactions by all the characters to the different events taking place were realistic and well thought out by the author.
This is a book I found to be full of twists and turns, realistic dialogue and is an all-around good time for those of us who enjoy a psychological mind game.
You can pick this one up for $3.99 in the U.S. and 2.49 in the UK.