Novels by Chandler McGrew



At twelve Fane Smith’s IQ is off the charts, and since his father’s murder at the hands of Watchers he and his mother have been prisoners in their own home.  But Fane has begun to experience nocturnal visits from a man named Joshua who doesn’t seem to register on the surveillance camera in Fane’s bedroom. Joshua warns the boy that time is running out and that he must be prepared when the Watchers finally come for him. At the same time an autistic genius named Shep Ward is taken to visit Joshua where he is held stories below ground in a secret desert facility. Shep’s mission is Joshua’s murder, but instead he kills his keepers and escapes into a world he comprehends only through data he has been absorbing all his life like a human computer. Both Fane and Shep are drawn back to the place of their origin, Rastley, New York, a near-deserted town of unspeakable evil run by Morgan Rastley, the man who made it so. A professional hit man waits for Shep and an operating table for Fane. And death waits for every human being on earth if Morgan is successful in his quest.

“‘Truders was an amazing read… From the moment McGrew describes humans as “wild,” the reader gets a general picture of the story and from then on the narrative is a wild ride… McGrew’s attention to detail in execution… no character behind, no hanging string untied. ” –T. Dewhirst , Amazon

The Angels have returned. Now all Hell is breaking loose.
Trace Wentworth has a connection with rats. They attempted to devour him in his youth. Then beneath the streets of New York the vermin save him when he flees from the same Mormon Fundamentalists he believes murdered his fiancée, Ashley. When he learns that she is alive and her fellow Brethren are under siege Trace joins them, only to be drawn deeper into the world of intrigue and danger that may yet cost all of their lives. One secret connects both sides in the battle, and it will almost certainly destroy the Mormon faith.

“From the first paragraph to the last sentence, Chandler McGrew has the reader riveted.” – Amazon

“A wild twisting ride of intrigue and terror. I cannot wait for the sequel and I may never sleep again.” – Amazon

“Indulge me my enthusiasm, it’s rare that I find books that I enjoy to such an extent. ” - C.L. Davies

WOW!!! Move over Dan Brown. Not since The Da Vinci Code has a book blown me away like this one. This author is a wonderful writer. I simply loved reading this. It is so deep and it makes me want to meet this author and talk to him. I love having deep philosophical discussions with people with insight and this author does have insight. My favorite quote of the whole book was, “God’s not in a book. Books are written by men. Men make mistakes. Men lie.” It’s one of those quotes that you wish you had said. I just can’t figure out how I missed this author all my life. I will definitely read more by him. I recommend this book to everyone! – Amazon

Sheila Bright talks to the dead including the ghost of her mother who wants to move to California. Kira Graves can produce money out of thin air. The two of them, Shape Shifters, Pookas, Lost Boys and more all inhabit the Crossroads, where good and evil collide.

When Kira’s family and everyone else in their carnival are murdered by unearthly creatures called Grigs, Kira and her constant  companion, Jen, flee toward a half-mythical place of safety called Graves Island, but they fail to reach it when Kira is drawn through the looking glass to another world. The planet of the Creators is swiftly deteriorating from a world of dreams into one of nightmares, and the only way to stop the Empty-Eyed Man from turning the entire universe into chaos is for Kira to destroy the tool he most desires, but what she must sacrifice to do so may be worth more to her than the prize.

“A bewitching novel that transports you into a world of dreams and nightmares. ” – The Lit Critic

“I enjoyed every moment of Crossroads, and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I downright loved this novel, so much so that McGrew easily earns, in my opinion, exaltation to Master of the Genre – right up there with King and Koontz. What more can I say? Crossroads is truly a brilliant book.”C.L. Davies  (Read an Excerpt)

Coming in Early 2014 in all E-Formats from Astor + Blue:

In Shadows by Chandler McGrew IN SHADOWS – In a small Maine valley, thirteen-year-old Pierce Morin, born blind and deaf, possesses a terrifying gift: he can hear evil whispering–and knows an elusive, deadly force is stalking the people he loves….  Detective Jake Crowley has run far away from his Maine hometown. But a bizarre shootout in Galveston, Texas, finally draws him home: to a woman he can barely face, to the unsolved mystery of his mother’s murder, to a family curse and a valley that’s fallen under the spell of a serial killer.… For Jake, redemption lies in unlocking Pierce’s gifts and hoping the boy can show him the way to stop the terrors that plague him. But while young Pierce can begin the search, only Jake can finish it–by looking evil in the eye and claiming both their birthrights.…

“Chandler McGrew (is) showing us how to scare the pants off readers with his latest paperback original…” – The Chicago Tribune

“…a born-to-be-a-TV-series story about a 13-year-old blind and deaf boy who can hear evil spirits, and a police officer who gets dragged back from Texas to his Maine roots by a force stronger than life.” – Chicago Tribune

“In Shadows is actually a finely woven tale of terror-and one of love as well.” – Fangoria

“What starts out as a crime thriller quickly turns into a horror novel that is so scary, the audience will read IN SHADOWS with all the lights left on. Mandi’s son Pierce is a special child with a good heart, a strong sense of right and wrong and is the key to the mystery of Crowley’s curse. His choice to give up what he desires most so that others may live will bring tear to the eyes of the reader. This is horror fiction at its most chilling making Chandler McGrew a worthy successor to Stephen King.”~ Harriet Klausner

“IN SHADOWS is my first book by McGrew, and I look forward to many more. A longtime fan of Dean Koontz and Robert R. McCammon, I enjoyed this story thoroughly and was sorry it had to end. Jake’s partner and the partner’s grandmother are lively additions to the cast, and the pivotal character of a young boy named Pierce will tug on your heartstrings from page one. A great read.”   (Read an Excerpt)


The Darkening by Chandler McGrew THE DARKENING – IT BEGINS WITH A BLACKOUT.  All electrical power ceases to run. Even the sun seems a little dimmer. Cities come to a halt. And then their inhabitants vanish. But a small, clandestine group of warriors has been preparing for this moment for centuries. Their hopes rest on two strangers, a thousand miles apart, who hold the keys to the world’s salvation: Dylan Barnes, a martial arts instructor who teaches his students the art of inner balance but is plagued by shadows only he can see and voices muttering in a language only he can hear; and Lucy Devereau, a private investigator who earns a living by prying into the lives of others but is haunted by her own birthright–and the mystery of her true parents. The world around them–our world–is slipping into darkness. Now, as fate and blood push them to the front lines of an extraordinary battle, Lucy and Dylan must stare into the face of something ancient, something impossible, something that has come to blot out the light–forever.

“…cleverly written in a spiritual style that calls to mind Dean Koontz’s recent (and better) works… an exciting delight – a trip into realms some feared would never be explored again. ” –

“addictive…one part Rapture drama, one part Lovecraftian horror story, one part blood-soaked chase… a thrilling one-sit read.” – Publisher’s Weekly (Read an Excerpt)

Night Terror by Chandler McGrew

NIGHT TERROR – In an instant they were gone…  Four years apart, two boys vanished without a trace in a picturesque community in Maine. For Sheriff Virgil Milche, the disappearances are a black mark on a fine career. For the mother of one of the victims, the mystery is a dark journey through grief, hope, and madness. Audrey Bock is certain her son is still alive. She believes that in the silence of his absence she can hear him crying out to her. And now she suspects that somewhere in her own past lies the key to her son’s disappearance. To find her son, Audrey must confront the maze of her memory. To unravel an agonizing case, Virgil must uncover the bizarre darkness lurking within his well-lit world. But as both move closer to the truth, they will face the most forbidding barrier of all: Someone out there knows exactly what happened to two little boys–and who must die next.

“a spine-tingling blend of mystery, thriller, and a bit of the paranormal, where a surprise lurks around every corner.” – Old Book Barn Gazette

“In the small-town Maine that Stephen King has made famous, Chandler McGrew sets a new tale of terror.” – Forbes Book Club

“Suspense at its best” – Book Review Cafe

“…plays on the primal fears that cause most adults to lose sleep.  An author to watch and read.” – Denver Post

“Fans of Kay Hooper and Linda Howard will readily dig into this fantastic tale.” – Publishers Weekly (Read an Excerpt)

Cold Heart by Chandler McGrew

COLD HEART – The shooting has started. For the next four hours a killer will stalk the inhabitants of a remote Alaskan village hidden in a wilderness of awesome beauty. And Micky Ascherfeld, a burned-out ex-cop, is the only person who can stop him. Without a gun, cut off from the outside world, Micky plays a deadly game of hide-and-seek with a man on a killing rampage.  Moving from cabin to cabin, she finds her once-familiar world turned into a landscape of sheer horror. To survive, she must confront the demons in her own past–even as she becomes the focus of a madman’s sick obsession and a terrified girl’s only hope. With another life to save besides her own, Micky has found a new reason to endure…if only she can.

“One hell of a suspense thriller” –

“A fast moving tale of suspense and bloody mayhem.” – Lewiston Sun Journal

“Incredible tension and suspense… get a copy soon.” – Mystery News

“A fast paced thriller!” –

“One of the most terrifying villains since Hannibal Lecter.!”

“An engrossing reading experience.” – Midwest Book Review

“Exciting and captivating” –  Oxford Hills Advertiser Democrat

“The best opening 10 pages I’ve read this year…reads like a good martini tastes: icy cold, with flecks of terror where the ice chips should be.” – Contra Costa Times

“A tense and satisfying read.” – I Love a Mystery Newsletter (Read an Excerpt)

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