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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Escaping Midnight by Andrew Schrader is another weird and wonderful collection of compelling short stories in the What Goes On in the Walls series. A wealthy heiress with a sinister plan to destroy her cold-hearted husband's business and his sanity seems to be going to plan. From his virtual prison, the husband plots his escape and revenge. Alfred Texeira is about to release a great invention, a scanner which detects future criminal behavior in all humans when they reach their sixteenth birthday. This will combat future crime for sure. The launch of the scanner is set to be revealed to the world with his son, Shane, as the guinea pig, but when Shane's results reveal he will develop killer tendencies, there is only one thing to do to keep Shane from a life in prison. When the clock strikes at midnight in 2026, the population's behaviors and thoughts will be controlled and monitored; their only chance of escape is to stay away from the internet, but is this practical? Finally, a house with a secret doorway leads to a horrific discovery that draws a young girl and her family into a world where they must make a choice that could change their lives for the better, but there is a sinister price to pay.
Each story is based around a fascinating hypothesis in the future which will draw you in and take you on a spine-chilling ride every time. The author has a clear talent for descriptive narrative which grips your imagination immediately. The characters were also truly memorable; some I definitely would not want to meet in person as they were quite disturbed. Many of the stories would make fantastic novels in their own right. Some of the stories will shock and surprise you with their uncanny twists while others contain serious messages about human behavior and morality. I would certainly suggest that if you have a vivid imagination, you definitely need to read this brilliant book with the lights on.