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Secrets Never Stay Silent In the early seventies, six children disappeared from North Carolina. Psychopath, Elvin Hayes was convicted and executed for the presumed murders. He went to his grave with the secrets of what happened to the children dubbed The Silent Six. Thirty years later, the six are no longer silent. A curse has been summoned. The children have come home t Secrets Never Stay Silent In the early seventies, six children disappeared from North Carolina. Psychopath, Elvin Hayes was convicted and executed for the presumed murders. He went to his grave with the secrets of what happened to the children dubbed The Silent Six. Thirty years later, the six are no longer silent. A curse has been summoned. The children have come home to play a demonic game called The Mayhem. Detective Kim Strode must find out who conjured The Mayhem before it destroys everyone connected to the case. There’s one major problem. Kim is connected. Her father sent Elvin Hayes to the electric chair. THE MAYHEM CHILDREN, a terrifying tale of witchcraft, demons, and revenge, is an ode to classic eighties horror.


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Secrets Never Stay Silent In the early seventies, six children disappeared from North Carolina. Psychopath, Elvin Hayes was convicted and executed for the presumed murders. He went to his grave with the secrets of what happened to the children dubbed The Silent Six. Thirty years later, the six are no longer silent. A curse has been summoned. The children have come home t Secrets Never Stay Silent In the early seventies, six children disappeared from North Carolina. Psychopath, Elvin Hayes was convicted and executed for the presumed murders. He went to his grave with the secrets of what happened to the children dubbed The Silent Six. Thirty years later, the six are no longer silent. A curse has been summoned. The children have come home to play a demonic game called The Mayhem. Detective Kim Strode must find out who conjured The Mayhem before it destroys everyone connected to the case. There’s one major problem. Kim is connected. Her father sent Elvin Hayes to the electric chair. THE MAYHEM CHILDREN, a terrifying tale of witchcraft, demons, and revenge, is an ode to classic eighties horror.

30 review for The Mayhem Children (A Project Specter Mystery Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    first of all, thank you so much to Tom Jordan for a copy of this audio book. Tom narrates it and does such a great job. This is the first thing I've ever listened to or read by Paul Seiple. i think it's safe to say he is a horror fan! From the character's names to details about people and places. First thing, as soon as you hit play- SATANIC PANIC!! and then the story just gets better. i don't want to spoil anything but you have satanist, black magic, curses, hauntings, and at the end!! African first of all, thank you so much to Tom Jordan for a copy of this audio book. Tom narrates it and does such a great job. This is the first thing I've ever listened to or read by Paul Seiple. i think it's safe to say he is a horror fan! From the character's names to details about people and places. First thing, as soon as you hit play- SATANIC PANIC!! and then the story just gets better. i don't want to spoil anything but you have satanist, black magic, curses, hauntings, and at the end!! African folklore is mentioned. if there is a book 2, i want it now!! Especially if it's about that said creature.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Beitz

    This was an interesting book. It did leave me with one big question at the end though. I wish the author would have clarified the one point better. I can imagine why something happened, but I would like answers. Maybe that is just part of who I am though. All-in-all, it was still worth the time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Gudger

    This is my kind of book! Spooky!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fatimah Gunn

    GREAT READ This book is GREAT!!!!! An awesome blend of the supernatural, mystery, crime and horror. The cast of characters were so full of personality and I can't wait for the next book in the series. It was entertaining and fascinating reading how skeptics became true believers. Well done!!!!! GREAT READ This book is GREAT!!!!! An awesome blend of the supernatural, mystery, crime and horror. The cast of characters were so full of personality and I can't wait for the next book in the series. It was entertaining and fascinating reading how skeptics became true believers. Well done!!!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Johnathan Breeland

    Terrifying This is old school horror done right,it has all the right elements that makes it a non stop horrifying suspense\mystery novel,this author is the guy to watch can't wait for more stuff from him Terrifying This is old school horror done right,it has all the right elements that makes it a non stop horrifying suspense\mystery novel,this author is the guy to watch can't wait for more stuff from him

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carl

    Very good.. Well that was a great read ... The story never let up..it kept you turning the pages wanting to know more...the characters are great each with a.strong personality..look forward to reading more ..

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    The Mayhem This is my first time reading Paul Seiple's work. I really enjoyed it loaded with twists, turns & horror all of want I crave. Keep em coming Paul !!!! 😀😀😀😀 The Mayhem This is my first time reading Paul Seiple's work. I really enjoyed it loaded with twists, turns & horror all of want I crave. Keep em coming Paul !!!! 😀😀😀😀

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Smith

    Very good! I first read Paul Seiple when he wrote books using characters of the great J A Konrath. A talented writer, for sure. A few times I felt as if I was in a King or Koontz book! Definitely will refer Paul Seiple

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Kinney ahlgren

    It’s a good read! Iain Rob Wright recommended this author and book in his latest email. I’ve never been disappointed in his suggestions so I gave it a go. Was pleasantly surprised and will definitely keep reading these books to find out how Kim’s story will end! Great job Paul!! You have a new fan! Thank you!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bibliogrub

    Great content. Loved the visuals and the description of each character's experience. Very quick-paced story. Hilarious but dark and overall just entertaining. Despite the ridiculous amount of typo in my ebook copy, I'm stil convinced to give this 4 stars instead of a 3. That's how good it was. Great content. Loved the visuals and the description of each character's experience. Very quick-paced story. Hilarious but dark and overall just entertaining. Despite the ridiculous amount of typo in my ebook copy, I'm stil convinced to give this 4 stars instead of a 3. That's how good it was.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Good book I'm a long time reader of horror and always on the look out for new authors since I've long ago exhausted (and grown tired of) of many of the more recognized names. Set in North Carolina, the story evolves around detective partners Kim Strode and Terrence Simms. Many years earlier, Kim's father was responsible for the arrest, conviction, and execution of the killer of the "silent six". After an atrocious mass murder, they now need to determine if the killer is back for revenge. I truly e Good book I'm a long time reader of horror and always on the look out for new authors since I've long ago exhausted (and grown tired of) of many of the more recognized names. Set in North Carolina, the story evolves around detective partners Kim Strode and Terrence Simms. Many years earlier, Kim's father was responsible for the arrest, conviction, and execution of the killer of the "silent six". After an atrocious mass murder, they now need to determine if the killer is back for revenge. I truly enjoyed this book and blazed through it in less than a day and am looking forward to the next installment.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Buckle up for chills and thrills with this one… This was my first book by this author and I am already looking for more. What a great start to a new series. This story follows Detective Kim Strode and her partner, Detective Terrence Simms, as they have their world rocked by the realization that all their training has not prepared them for the paranormal threats their community must face in the wake of an unspeakable and heinous act of brutality in which six children were murdered, but no bodies w Buckle up for chills and thrills with this one… This was my first book by this author and I am already looking for more. What a great start to a new series. This story follows Detective Kim Strode and her partner, Detective Terrence Simms, as they have their world rocked by the realization that all their training has not prepared them for the paranormal threats their community must face in the wake of an unspeakable and heinous act of brutality in which six children were murdered, but no bodies were ever found. Prepare for a fast-paced, full-throttle experience as these detectives and some paranormal experts work to unravel the mystery of what happened to these children, why their families are now being driven mad by malicious visitations from the children, and who could have had the motive and knowledge to conjure the evil that now plagues their community. You won’t want to put this one down once you start it, so grab your favorite beverage, settle into your favorite chair and dive into this compelling and utterly creepy tale. If you choose to listen to the audio version of this story, you are in for a treat. The narrator, Tom Jordan, gives another of his amazing performances in this story. He is always good at distinguishing various characters with his voice but in this one, the voice of the Mayhem demon will send chills up your spine. The combination of a skilled and highly imaginative writer and a gifted narrator giving a stellar performance made this story a completely enjoyable experience that I would recommend to anyone partial to the genre. I sure hope there will be more adventures with these wonderful characters. NOTE: this is a chilling story revolving around the death of children but there is no disturbingly graphic violence, no foul language, and no sex. I received a free copy of this audiobook and I am voluntarily offering this honest and unbiased review. If you find this review helpful, I thank you for so indicating.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura Furuta

    The Mayhem Children (A Project Specter Mystery Book 1) By: Paul Seiple 5 out of 5 stars The story The Mayhem Children (A Project Specter Mystery Book 1) by Paul Seiple is one of those books that had me reading far into the night in order to finish. It also had me on the edge of my seat and making sure I read with the light on. It is entertaining, chilling, and hard to put down. I loved reading about the character of Detective Kim Strode. She is a young woman who finds herself having to figure out w The Mayhem Children (A Project Specter Mystery Book 1) By: Paul Seiple 5 out of 5 stars The story The Mayhem Children (A Project Specter Mystery Book 1) by Paul Seiple is one of those books that had me reading far into the night in order to finish. It also had me on the edge of my seat and making sure I read with the light on. It is entertaining, chilling, and hard to put down. I loved reading about the character of Detective Kim Strode. She is a young woman who finds herself having to figure out who has conjured The Mayhem before more lives are lost. The case takes her back to the case of Elvin Hayes who was convicted and executed as the presumed murderer of The Silent Six. Kim is connected as her father sent Hayes to the electric chair. Will Kim find out who conjured The Mayhem? Read this book to find out. This story has quite a few additional characters that are introduced and I enjoyed reading about many of them and their interactions with Kim. Kim is a character that is strong, independent, intelligent, and stubborn. I grew to care about what happened to her with each chapter the I read. I have always loved thrillers/horror books and this story is a good example of why. I would highly recommend reading it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara ✨ Next Book Review Blog ✨

    ******** AUDIOBOOK REVIEW ******** I love a good horror book. I also love listening to a new (to me) author and narrator. I enjoyed the story. It was a bit creepy. I really liked the storyline and the paranormal level was strong in this story. It was a pretty fast-paced story. There was several characters but I never felt like it was too much to keep up with. I was a bit bummed out with the ending. I guess I had it built up in my head that it was going to be this demon vs human epic battle… it wa ******** AUDIOBOOK REVIEW ******** I love a good horror book. I also love listening to a new (to me) author and narrator. I enjoyed the story. It was a bit creepy. I really liked the storyline and the paranormal level was strong in this story. It was a pretty fast-paced story. There was several characters but I never felt like it was too much to keep up with. I was a bit bummed out with the ending. I guess I had it built up in my head that it was going to be this demon vs human epic battle… it wasn’t. So I was a bit let down with the ending. The narrator Tom Jordan did a good job with the story. He was able to excel with the demons voice but not really the children’s voices… however, I appreciate the narrator not approaching something he may not have felt like he could have pulled off. Jordan did a pretty great job with building up the tense feelings and making the listener see the unbelievable!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Terri Weitze

    I mostly really liked this book. It is a little heavy-handed on Christianity; but when you're reading a book about the paranormal that can happen. I spent most of the book hoping against hope that what I suspected to be the answer to the mystery wouldn't be as obvious as it seemed. Imagine my great disappointment in finding that the ending I feared was the ending I got. Even worse, the whole conflict in the book was wrapped up in about 2 paragraphs. For crying out loud, what happened? Suddenly t I mostly really liked this book. It is a little heavy-handed on Christianity; but when you're reading a book about the paranormal that can happen. I spent most of the book hoping against hope that what I suspected to be the answer to the mystery wouldn't be as obvious as it seemed. Imagine my great disappointment in finding that the ending I feared was the ending I got. Even worse, the whole conflict in the book was wrapped up in about 2 paragraphs. For crying out loud, what happened? Suddenly the deadline for the book came due and so the book had to be wrapped up unceremoniously and quickly in a very unsatisfying way? So frustrating. And sad, because the book, as a whole, is good - so you know the author has the ability to write well - making me wonder why the lousy ending?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nick Silverstein

    It is a very entertaining and tragic story with elements of satanism and demonic possession. The story had a really good flow to it and the character development was spot on. I am looking forward to reading more of his work. I will say however, that there were a lot of typos and grammatical errors that were a little cringy. But I was able to look past that because the story itself was so good. The ending felt a bit rushed though, but it does open the door for a sequel. I am very curious as to wh It is a very entertaining and tragic story with elements of satanism and demonic possession. The story had a really good flow to it and the character development was spot on. I am looking forward to reading more of his work. I will say however, that there were a lot of typos and grammatical errors that were a little cringy. But I was able to look past that because the story itself was so good. The ending felt a bit rushed though, but it does open the door for a sequel. I am very curious as to what happens next, if there is one. Over-all, a nice fast paced demonic horror novel about the past coming back to haunt you. Literally.

  17. 5 out of 5

    library goddess

    I really wanted to like this book but it was just Ok. When people and houses connected to a previous serial killer begin to experience paranormal events, the investigation proves to be more than expected. With the help of a paranormal team, the police set out to discover who has summoned The Mayhem. There were several errors that should have been caught by more careful editing. The climax made no sense to me. One of the investigators is hiding something paranormally connected in her past. I shoul I really wanted to like this book but it was just Ok. When people and houses connected to a previous serial killer begin to experience paranormal events, the investigation proves to be more than expected. With the help of a paranormal team, the police set out to discover who has summoned The Mayhem. There were several errors that should have been caught by more careful editing. The climax made no sense to me. One of the investigators is hiding something paranormally connected in her past. I should care but I don’t. Done with series for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kenya Robinson

    It was a great read I loved the characters and the plot and I also didnt see that twist coming. It kinda threw me for a loop, I was like what is really happening but I couldn't put it down. And I'm glad I read it. I wouldve liked to know more about the killer of the children but it was still good. I wanted the two main characters to get together but I dont think they did. And I was so worried about the father the whole time lol. No spoilers tho go check it out it's worth a read. I'll do a better It was a great read I loved the characters and the plot and I also didnt see that twist coming. It kinda threw me for a loop, I was like what is really happening but I couldn't put it down. And I'm glad I read it. I wouldve liked to know more about the killer of the children but it was still good. I wanted the two main characters to get together but I dont think they did. And I was so worried about the father the whole time lol. No spoilers tho go check it out it's worth a read. I'll do a better more detailed review on my YouTube channel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gen

    Sad that book 2 isn't out yet! This was a fun and exciting read! I was very surprised and happy that the author understood the difference between Satanism and devil worship, too many books, movies and tv shows (I'm looking at you Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) get it completely wrong. The only downside to me was the ending it was very anticlimactic. I was like "that's it?? Um. Ok". Still, I think it's definitely worth checking out and I'll definitely be getting book 2 as soon as it's out! Sad that book 2 isn't out yet! This was a fun and exciting read! I was very surprised and happy that the author understood the difference between Satanism and devil worship, too many books, movies and tv shows (I'm looking at you Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) get it completely wrong. The only downside to me was the ending it was very anticlimactic. I was like "that's it?? Um. Ok". Still, I think it's definitely worth checking out and I'll definitely be getting book 2 as soon as it's out!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary S

    Read with the lights on! This book had me from the first few pages.It was hard to put down.Im a huge fan of supernatural and mystery books and this didn't disappoint.It has witchcraft,demons,ghosts,serial killer and a who done it rolled into one.What was really sinister is when the demons took the form of the murdered children and terrorized!The story also had a pretty good twist I didn't see coming. Read with the lights on! This book had me from the first few pages.It was hard to put down.Im a huge fan of supernatural and mystery books and this didn't disappoint.It has witchcraft,demons,ghosts,serial killer and a who done it rolled into one.What was really sinister is when the demons took the form of the murdered children and terrorized!The story also had a pretty good twist I didn't see coming.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashton Noel

    This was so good and creepy! I devoured it as quick as I could but I will admit I didn't want to read too much by myself or at night. This plays out like a horror movie from the 80s or 90s with plenty or creep, suspense and plenty of action. The characters were fun and interesting and all of the paranormal aspects were right up my alley. Ive already purchased the next book and can't wait to dive into it! This is the perfect book to read in the fall or around Halloween time. This was so good and creepy! I devoured it as quick as I could but I will admit I didn't want to read too much by myself or at night. This plays out like a horror movie from the 80s or 90s with plenty or creep, suspense and plenty of action. The characters were fun and interesting and all of the paranormal aspects were right up my alley. Ive already purchased the next book and can't wait to dive into it! This is the perfect book to read in the fall or around Halloween time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alice Price

    Hats off to this Author. What an amazing book. It is so refreshing to read a Horror book that raises the hair on the back of your neck but has a plot. Also, the ending is not a continuation but it does leave it open that could spin the book off with the characters. A must read even if you not a Horror fan.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deedra

    Audible:Suspend belief,because it seems easy,even to police in this book!A series of childrens killings comes back to haunt the people involved in the killers execution.I loved it!It was fast paced and fun! Tom Jordan was a really good narrator! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' Audible:Suspend belief,because it seems easy,even to police in this book!A series of childrens killings comes back to haunt the people involved in the killers execution.I loved it!It was fast paced and fun! Tom Jordan was a really good narrator! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Intensely chilling. Unputdownable! Hayes was executed by electric chair in the mid 70’s. Having murdered six children but never revealing how or telling where the bodies were. Now, many years later, in the same sleepy town, people are dying. Murdered by their own family or by horrible accidents. But to those who believe, these deaths aren’t accidental.

  25. 4 out of 5

    lina

    Very good book I love it. I will not gointo details because people hate spoiles sports but i would recommend this to some one who love horror books that do not go into extreme. O I give this book 5 mayhem demons out of 5

  26. 4 out of 5

    DAVID ALSPECTOR

    Simply fantastic Loved this book. The great throwback feel of classic horror flick made this doubly enjoyable to read. With twists in all the right places and good characters, the creepy factor was just icing on the cake

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Good read I enjoyed this book very much at first glance I thought it was your run of the mill murder mystery but then it quickly descended into a fantastic supernatural story with a twist at the end I was not expecting,definitely recommend

  28. 5 out of 5

    Yinz

    I just can't understand why this has so many 4 plus star ratings? The grammatical errors and typos alone are worth noting but I could get past. The dialog, poor character development, and rushed plot I couldn't. I just can't understand why this has so many 4 plus star ratings? The grammatical errors and typos alone are worth noting but I could get past. The dialog, poor character development, and rushed plot I couldn't.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marty

    Took a flyer on a free book Always dug the horror genre. When I seen the reviews for this one I had to give it a read. Long story short I liked it enough to follow the author. Good stuff.... Look forward to next installment

  30. 4 out of 5

    James Howell

    Just wow! I bought this book with low expectations, and only because it was set in NC. How wrong I was! A great, fast moving story, that doesn't let up. I would reccomend this book to any horror fan out there. Just wow! I bought this book with low expectations, and only because it was set in NC. How wrong I was! A great, fast moving story, that doesn't let up. I would reccomend this book to any horror fan out there.

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