About bryancassiday

Bryan Cassiday writes thrillers and horror fiction. He wrote "Zombie Apocalypse: The Chad Halverson Series" and the Ethan Carr thriller series, which includes "Force of Impact," singled out by BestThrillers.com as "a potent shot of contemporary LA noir that will have readers hooked from page one."

The Payout–a new thriller by Bryan Cassiday

A distressed young woman falls under the spell of a homicidal maniac and becomes his partner in murder in this disturbing psychological thriller.

Pondering suicide sitting on a Malibu dock one night after running away from home, doe-eyed young Mina Deerling meets smooth-talking Gage Catton, who is trying to load his wife’s body, which is wrapped in a blanket, onto his boat. When Catton finds out to his shock that his wife is still alive in the blanket, he talks the distraught Mina into helping him finish her off with his knife. Together they put out to sea and, miles from shore, toss his wife’s body overboard with an anchor bound to it.

Mina learns that Catton faked his death a year ago and was trying to collect his half of the life insurance payout from his wife when he discovered she had double-crossed him and absconded with all of the money for herself.

Now Catton wants that money, and he’ll do anything to get it, including using Mina to help him achieve his goal in a psychopathic relationship that forces Mina to confront the horrors that lurk in the darkest corners of her mind in a nerve-racking voyage of self-discovery.

Available for preorder at Amazon.

The Payout 2

Reaching the Finish Line

I rewrote the last chapter of my latest psychological thriller. I think I got it right now. Which begs the question, how many times do you have to rewrite a novel till you know it’s right? This is about the tenth time I’ve redone this book–most of the corrections minor, but corrections nonetheless.

 

PS:  After I wrote the preceding paragraph, I returned to my thriller and rewrote the last chapter once again.  Have I reached the finish line yet?  I hope so.

Riley Sager’s Final Girls

I liked Riley Sager’s thriller Final Girls. It won an International Thriller Writers award, and rightly so. If you like psychological thrillers, you should like this one. Fans of A. J. Finn’s Woman in the Window should like it, too.  Both novels are good at creating Hitchcockian suspense and showcase interesting main characters.

Mission Impossible Fallout equals explosive action

I know I’m late to the party, but I finally got a chance to see Mission Impossible Fallout.

This is the first movie I’ve seen in a Dolby Theater. It was a little more expensive, but worth it because of the quality of the picture and the sound, especially the sound. Fallout is a great action-packed movie. Has to be one of the best–if not the best–of the Tom Cruise series. I recommend it highly. I’m glad I finally got to see it before it left the theaters. If you get a chance, watch it in a Dolby Theater. For my money, it intensifies the moviegoing experience with vibrant images and equally vibrant sound.  I can’t wait for the next MI to come out, hopefully with the same outstanding director and writer–Christopher McQuarrie.  And, of course, Tom Cruise.