White Picket Prisons by Kelli Owen

Detective Mark Baker is an honest cop and an all-around good guy. After a chaotic night, Mark starts to reexamine his role in the system he no longer believes in.

That’s when an ominous letter arrives from his estranged sister. 

She sounds distraught, suicidal. Her words send him on a mission to a small midwestern town, uncertain if he’ll find her dead or alive.

Valley Mill is a quiet little utopia. Everyone gets along. There’s zero crime. On the outside, it’s exactly what Mark thinks society should be.

But what Mark discovers behind the pristine fences and closed doors is far worse than anything he could have imagined. And he learns very quickly to be careful what you wish for…


I’ve known of Kelli and her writing for a good few years, but for some reason, never really checked out her writing.  If you were to ask me why I couldn’t answer that question.  I have everything that she has available for Kindle loaded up and ready to, but some other book always seemed to jump the line.  Before I go any  further I have to publicly apologize to Kelli, for doing this to her so many times, you see Kelli can write, and when I say write I mean WRITE!!!.  

White Picket Fences, is the brilliantly creepy and claustrophobic novel that delivers the chills and scares not from gross out passages, but from an ability to draw the reader so far into the story, the rest of the world stops existing.  

She has recreated the illusion of all those perfect American communities with the perfectly mown grass, the perfectly polished car, and the smell of fresh baked apple pie wafting through the air.  But look closely folks, and you’ll see the truth, the little spots of rust on the nice car, the weeds that are constantly vying for attention on that perfect lawn, and you’ll notice that odd odour underneath the sweet smell of apple pie.  

There is a reason as to why there is zero crime, and as the story unfolds and the horror builds you soon find yourself bolting the doors and locking the windows.  This is a perfect example of urban horror. 


This book is highly recommend, I loved it, and now I’m going to go and give Waiting Out Winter a shot 




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