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Only a Game
by Sherry L Gibson   

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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1591298431 Type: 


Copyright:  Jul 1 2002

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Only a Game

Horror, suspense filled novel involving a dysfuctional family. The family is being ripped apart by mental illness, or are demons haunting their every move?

Super egos are playing a game while evil forces lurk in the background.Only a Game is a suspense filled novel about an emotionally dysfunctional family. Diane, the mother, is an emotional wreck. Alan feeds off his motherís terror and insecurities. Their battle rages on to a violent conclusion. Diane suspects that all is not as it seems with her son. Diane fears her son may be possessed. Alan deludes himself into thinking he is innocent. Dianeís teen daughter, Crystal, is caught in the middle between her dysfunctional mother and brother This family is locked in the clutches of terror while dementia and demons rage forward.

Professional Reviews

I loved this book and read it all the way
Nancy Jackson

USA (8/2/2004)

Only a Game is an emotionally charged ride through a dysfunctional family and the secrets they possess. From the very first paragraph I was able to experience all the pain and torture the family had been subjected to. It is quite clear there are demons and angels along for the ride, but who are the pawns and who are the leaders? This is a must read and will really get deep into your head! Playing games, mind games, power trips, obsession, finding control, these are just some of the themes and issues featured in this suspense-ridden novel. You are taken on a roller coaster ride of what is real and what is not. Diane is a mother wracked with voices, memories, and a past that she begs to forget. The pain she endures is something she endures alone. With every outburst and cry for help, she is met with her family questioning her own sanity. Is she the one going crazy or are there darker forces making her think she is? With her husband away at sea constantly, providing their only means of financial support, she battles each day alone with a will that tests her faith and mocks her progress. Her son, Alan, a boy ready to become a man if his mother would just give him some space, doesnít seem to be himself. Years of altered behaviors, changes in character, and events he barely remembers, for him everything is a nightmare, or at least that is how it seems. Looking into the mirror, the image reflected is not one heís sure he recognizes. Concerned for his motherís welfare he tries to take charge of the situation, anything to take the focus away from the images he keeps seeing. What the author has done here is get deep into the headspace of characters that are on the edge, threatening to delve into a state they fear and try to fight. The dialogue is raw, emotions are powerful, and twists run plenty in each chapter. There is such a rush of real inner dialogue, it sweeps you up and doesnít let go until you are at the conclusion. Sherry L. Gibson gives you an in your face story with a plotline that moves at a speed of light pace. She challenges your own ability to handle a situation and makes you question it every step of the way. I was physically and mentally exhausted by the time I finished the book. This is a clear picture of how dysfunction is handled in families, the way time passes yet nothing changes. These people move along in their lives, consumed by their thoughts, always questioning otherís behavior, yet not taking responsibility for themselves. The characters will stay on your mind long after youíve finished, and perhaps makes you think about your own inner strengths, and the demons you may battle inside. Only a Game is more than just a novel, it is an inside glimpse into a personal hell.

A Psychological thriller! Can Evil ever realy die?
Douglas Boren,

West Virgina, USA (7/12/2003)

"Only a Game" is a suspense filled fiction novel about an emotionally dysfunctional family. Diane, the mother, is an emotional wreck. Alan feeds off his mother's terror and her insecurities. A battle between good and evil rages throughout the book until it comes to a violent conclusion. Diane suspects her son has committed murder, but her mind cannot accept this. She conceives the idea that Alan is possessed by an evil demon. Is the family gripped in terror because of dementia or are evil forces at work? You decide. The surprise ending not only takes your breath away, it practically screams for a sequel! This is a very well written chiller that hooks you right away. Should definitely be on anyone's "A" list to buy!

Molly's Reviews
Diane Morgan thinks she may be going mad. She loves her family, son Alan 17, daughter Crystal 15 and her husband Robert. Robert is not home as much as the family might like. He is a deep sea fisherman, has his own boat the Donna Lee and cannot fathom what the problem facing Diane might be. Diane would like to discuss her worries centering around Alan with her husband, however Robert is never quite in the mood to listen. Diane fears her own son, or a least his evil counterpart. The game the evil Alan insists they play is one that terrifies Diane. There was one more child in the family, little Becky died as an infant. Diagnosis SIDs. Diane knows it was not. A series of fearsome murders, the last of a popular girl Alan dated down along the docks convinces Diane that she must do something. Alan and Crystal worry that Diane is losing a battle for her sanity, maybe she is suffering from stress. Writer Gibson has crafted an absorbing page turner sure to draw the reader into the tale and hold them fast from the opening lines to the last. If I had to give a one word review of Only a Game that word would be B-r-r-r-r-r. Only a Game is a book sure to appeal to those who enjoy suspense and not a little horror as they read. Well done, happy to recommend. Reviewed by: molly martin

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Reviewed by Jennifer Butler 8/3/2006
Yes, this subject reminds those who are wary of such things to look away from the power playing demons, and to concentrate on the progress of one's own interests, independently of the family troublemakers and their past, and with confidence in our future endeavors.
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 3/10/2005
This fantastic author has written a nail-biter, on the edge of your seat, and definitely a page turner. This is a must read that easily
can be a book-made-for-movie.
Reviewed by Nickolaus Pacione 6/22/2004
The passage left me wanting more to read with this one. Sherry Gibson has some real skill at writing horror and this is the kind of story that is a must read for families who have someone diagnosed with a mental illness. It is a dark subject and one of those stories that can happen. I am planning to pick up a copy of this book next month when I get paid again. This is a book that will give Stephen King's work a run for his money and by someone who is actually a veteran. I don't know how long she's been at it now but she just chokeslammed a few established writers out there with this one.
Reviewed by Jeanie 6/21/2003
Sherry, Only A Game is a great book. I couldn't put it away, until I finished it. Then when I did finish it, I wished there was more to read. Keep up the good work. Also, I'm glad you are trying to increase the public's awareness of Lupus.
Reviewed by D. P. Roseberry 6/18/2003
Terror at it's finest! Under your nose, in a place that should be safe and secure. There are some games that you just don't want to play . . . Don't miss this one!
Reviewed by Collette Fees 6/11/2003
I read only the first chapter, and can't wait until I get my own copy! I had goosebumps from reading it. Great job, Sherry.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/25/2003
Interesting read Recommended 4.5 stars

Writer Gibson has crafted an absorbing page turner sure to draw the reader into the tale and hold them fast from the opening lines to the last. If I had to give a one word review of Only a Game that word would be B-r-r-r-r-r. This is not a book for a dark and stormy night when you are home alone. Read Only a Game in the middle of a sunny day, with the lights on.

Well done, happy to recommend.

Reviewed by: molly martin

Reviewed by Doug Boren 5/4/2003
Whew! What opens as such a peaceful, ordinary scene so quickly turns into a chilling, frightening, episode that hooks you right away. This has the promise of one heck of a scary story. This is a book that one can't put down... a page turner for sure. Definitely on my "A" list to reside in my library.
Reviewed by Joyce Scarbrough 5/2/2003
Your excerpt did a great job of giving me the chills--something I always love in a book! Great job!
Reviewed by Ruthie Maddox 4/23/2003
sounds like my kinda story!
A must read, from what the preview shows me.
Way to go Sherry!
Reviewed by lani 12/17/2002
Watch our Stephen King.... this book just may be written by the author who is going to be giving you a run for your money.
Reviewed by William Gibson 12/14/2002
Haven't read the book yet, but will as soon as it is released. Hope you sell a million!
Reviewed by Marcyle Taliaferro 12/13/2002
Will absolutely have to have this book! WOW! Had chills running up and down my arms just from reading the preview.
Reviewed by Melody Ravert 12/10/2002
An edge of your seat thriller! Great reading, bone-chilling sensation!
Reviewed by Dana Matthews 12/9/2002
All the makings of a very gripping chiller. The preview opens the door just wide enough to raise your curiosity and the hair on the back of your neck.
Reviewed by Byron Abrams 12/9/2002
Wow! Try reading this at three o:clock in the morning! The lights are all out, except for the small halogin lamp on my computer desk. I'm right in the middle of it when my wife walks out of the bedroom. Talk about jump! It's a got to have!
Reviewed by Diana Hargett 11/19/2002
This is going to be a book you can not put down! I can't wait to read more!
Reviewed by Marc(Marciano) Phoenix(Weber) 11/19/2002
Stop the presses! What a great sample! Imagine reading the entire book, I'm salivating already! :-)
Reviewed by Mary Erickson 11/18/2002
The author paints a vivid picture of the domino effect of an emotionally ill woman on her family. I need to buy this book.
Reviewed by Bro 11/17/2002
Sounds like it will be a page turner. I would like to have my issue signed please.
Reviewed by clistie 11/17/2002
can't wait for it to come out!
Reviewed by April 11/17/2002
WOW! Sherry, i am mad cause now i have to wait to see what happens fair!! Great writing my friend!!! Sounds like it will be a best seller!
Reviewed by Phil 11/17/2002
Sounds like a great story!
Reviewed by Billie 11/17/2002

Can't wait to buy this one!!
Reviewed by Kathy 11/16/2002
Wow, Sherry this is great. Can't wait for it to come out. Will be first in line.
Reviewed by wanda 11/16/2002
i think it sounds great, can hardly wait to see it in the store.
Reviewed by cdmckee 11/16/2002
Can't wait to buy it. Will it be put on audio also?
Reviewed by Pat Marr 11/16/2002
Sherry you truly are blessed with a God given talent.Can't wait to read the entire book.
Reviewed by Sharon Sanders 11/16/2002
Excellent writing, Sherry! I can hardly wait to be able to buy this novel!! This exerpt leaves me wishing for more!
Reviewed by Nanette 11/16/2002
I now know there has always been a reason that Sherry's letters seemed so compelling. Great job Sherry, I will be waiting to see this book on the shelves of my local store.
Reviewed by Bunny Drummond 11/16/2002
Sounds great to me. It puts you right there in the moment. I want to read more. I do hope there is an editor involved before printing. I think you mean scream, not screamed.

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