Bad Things

The new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Straw Men and The Intruders is a heart-stopping tale of secrets, lies and our culpability in our own misfortunes

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By Monique (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 08, 2012
So after a week filled with way too many doctor appointments and precious reading opportunity I decided to try this story based strictly off the title as the movie Very Bad Things with Christian Slater and Cameron Diaz is one of my all time favorite movies involving the trippy and sick ways a nig... ...more
By Marie (Belfast, R3, The United Kingdom) · ★☆☆☆☆ · June 05, 2009
Too much supernatural stuff for me ...more
By Kristin (Denton, TX) · ★★★★☆ · September 30, 2011
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John Henderson is waiting tables at a small restaurant in the Pacific Northwest,and house sitting for a friend in the area. It’s been three years since his young son died on Lake Murdo in Black Ridge,Washington,and he’s doi... ...more
By Jeff (Midlothian, VA) · ★★★★★ · February 25, 2011
I have been a fan of Michael Marshall (Smith) since I read Spares quite a few years ago. I was expecting to like this book, but instead I loved it. Much like the Straw Men Trilogy, the action drives the book, but is not the main focus. Slowly and skillfully, Marshall morphs the story from possibl... ...more
By Rose (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · April 13, 2011
This book was very creepy. The bad things were indeed very bad. This was one of those stories where I just couldn't put the book down until I found out what happened or I'd be wondering & bothered all day so I read it in just a few hours. I liked how the theme of guilt & regret ran deep i... ...more
By Stephanie (Leeds, H3, The United Kingdom) · ★☆☆☆☆ · August 02, 2014
What an irritating book, hiding in the library, masquerading as a thriller no mention on the cover of supernatural claptrap. A really good story spoiled completely by a total cop out, rubbish, totally naff ending. I stopped the cd before the final little bit, this is the first time I've ever done... ...more
By Sharon (San Jose, CA) · ★★★★☆ · May 02, 2009
Michael Marshall's "Bad Things" starts off with a bang: a four-year-old child apparently dies of fright while his parents watch.

The action then flashes forward three years or so, with the parents divorced and living in different states. The father, James, is living in a small Oregon beach town w... ...more
By Carrie (Oak Creek, WI) · ★★★☆☆ · October 06, 2012
This book told a story, but I really had a hard time staying engaged in it. It didn't help that I kept having the feeling I've read this story but under a different title.

However, I read it to the ending.

I understood the premise of the book, and the fact the author tried very hard to maintain t... ...more
By Betty-Anne · July 26, 2011
I expected to be much more impressed with Michael Marshall’s Bad Things. Having read – no, devoured – many of his previous novels, I began this one with very high expectations.

Approximately the first 50 – 60 pages fully lived up to my expectations. I got very involved with the character of John H... ...more
By Jeremy (Independence, OH) · ★★★☆☆ · June 26, 2011
I loved the Straw Men books, and also enjoyed Intruders, but Bad things wasn't quite up to those lofty standards. I am starting to read a formula with his novels, first person from some bad ass tough guy type character, and then third person propelling the story along. Marshall mixes in some para... ...more