Goodbye Nothing
A New Adult Horror NovelSince the night of the accident, Cain Emmerick has felt different. Empty. What was important to him—family, friends, his job—doesn't matter anymore. His new life revolves around that Nothing inside of him and the extraordinary highs he gets from committing random acts of violence. Seventeen-year-old Joey Morgan is blind, but that doesn't stop her from seeing. Something bad is about to happen. Something that could tear her world apart. For Joey, college life isn't quite turning out like she planned, because before good grades, fitting in, and love, comes survival.

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TitleGoodbye Nothing
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 2020
Rating
GenreHorror, Fiction, Thriller

Goodbye Nothing Review

  • Melki
    January 1, 1970
    Some people are better off dead.Cain Emmerick is one of those people.He was dead and headed toward the light when the doctors managed to bring him back...only...he's not the same guy he used to be. He is Full of Empty.Things that used to make him happy no longer satisfy; only indulging in a whole new world of nasty impulses can put a smile on his face now.Here is the classic struggle of good and evil wearing a whole new face...a face that hides a horror within...a face with peeling skin. This we Some people are better off dead.Cain Emmerick is one of those people.He was dead and headed toward the light when the doctors managed to bring him back...only...he's not the same guy he used to be. He is Full of Empty.Things that used to make him happy no longer satisfy; only indulging in a whole new world of nasty impulses can put a smile on his face now.Here is the classic struggle of good and evil wearing a whole new face...a face that hides a horror within...a face with peeling skin. This well-told, engrossing story will keep you turning the pages, going dark places, and being surprised by what you find there.
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  • Lade Tawak
    January 1, 1970
    Free Copy From AuthorReviewCain is fascinating and amusing. His story is heartbreaking because he was loveable before "The Nothing".Joey is endearing. Her greatest quality is her perseverance. You can't help but root for her and her.Cain thought he probably took away more of the car dealer than was left in the office. He wondered if he should have confiscated the head. Used it as an HOV lane passenger, as company at the breakfast table, as compost for tomato plants, as a ventriloquist dummy, as Free Copy From AuthorReviewCain is fascinating and amusing. His story is heartbreaking because he was loveable before "The Nothing".Joey is endearing. Her greatest quality is her perseverance. You can't help but root for her and her.Cain thought he probably took away more of the car dealer than was left in the office. He wondered if he should have confiscated the head. Used it as an HOV lane passenger, as company at the breakfast table, as compost for tomato plants, as a ventriloquist dummy, as a hat and sunglasses holder, as a Terence-o’ lantern, as a stamp and envelope licker, or as a place to stash his valuables, because how many people would venture near a severed head? Cain guessed maybe three out of ten people who knew full-well it was real. Some people were messed up.Some parts of this book are so disgusting and vile it’s unimaginable. The author doesn’t spare you from visualizing anything.It's certainly horrific and gory. Shocking and jaw dropping.For most of the book, I was like:but in a good wayI loved it from the beginning. It got a bit slow towards the middle but picked up later.All in all a great read.RecommendationIf you like Stephen King (but with a happy ending) or Dean Koontz, this is for you.Full review hereRead more reviews at We Blog About Books
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  • Shambhawi P.
    January 1, 1970
    There are two things about Beck Sherman's writing that I appreciate the most:He is not afraid to be graphically gory. He is not afraid to take bizarre plot twists. This book has plenty of both. This book is not for the faint hearted. This book is not for those who get offended easily, cannot digest gory scenes and mind graphic descriptions - whether that be of sex or dead bodies. For the rest of us, this book is unapologetically disturbing and I love it for that.The book starts with our protagon There are two things about Beck Sherman's writing that I appreciate the most:He is not afraid to be graphically gory. He is not afraid to take bizarre plot twists. This book has plenty of both. This book is not for the faint hearted. This book is not for those who get offended easily, cannot digest gory scenes and mind graphic descriptions - whether that be of sex or dead bodies. For the rest of us, this book is unapologetically disturbing and I love it for that.The book starts with our protagonist Cain who is living the American dream with his wife and two children. Then he gets in an accident and is taken over by Nothing, emphasis on the capital N. he turns into a sick bastard whose emotions fall as either vacant numbness or sadistic glee. The change in who Cain was to who he becomes is so wonderfully shown, hats off to Sherman.(view spoiler)[The scene with the dead grocery store clerk featured in my nightmares - which given the fact that I do not scare easily is really amazing. I think. It might also be seriously disturbing. Probably both. (hide spoiler)]The story continues 17 years after the accident where we meet Joey, a visually impaired 17 year old college girl. She had plans for her future as a photographer but nothing seems to line up as she wanted. And then there is a real danger from our changed man Cain who has turned into an even more terrifyingly inhuman and dependent on acts of violence for his high in the last 17 years. Sherman has written a totally crazy, completely bizarre and very, very scary story. He has left the reader not even a single inch - gripping me from the very beginning and till the very end. Shocking plot twists, unexpected revelations and a full serving of blood and gore make up the entire plot of the book. Beck Sherman's sense of irony and a dose of his dark humor complete the thrill ride that is Goodbye Nothing. I enjoyed this book immensely though reading it during midnight might have been a serious case of poor judgement on my part. Hehe4.5 StarsThis ebook was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Gertie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.So good! I read it as a beta reader — knowing nothing about the story except that it was in the horror genre, I wasn't sure what to expect. It turned out to be right up my alley - scary, funny, lovable, with more than a few shivers. I'm not sure if this comparison would bother or please the author, but this book reminds me of some of Dean Koontz's better books - that sense of sweetness and humor, all wrapped up in darkness.Some parts of this book are downright gross, but in that awesom 4.5 stars.So good! I read it as a beta reader — knowing nothing about the story except that it was in the horror genre, I wasn't sure what to expect. It turned out to be right up my alley - scary, funny, lovable, with more than a few shivers. I'm not sure if this comparison would bother or please the author, but this book reminds me of some of Dean Koontz's better books - that sense of sweetness and humor, all wrapped up in darkness.Some parts of this book are downright gross, but in that awesome way that sometimes makes you want to laugh. The antagonist is fascinating, and oddly amusing, and his story is also pretty heartbreaking, because of the person he used to be before The Nothing consumed him. The protagonist is likable, but my more lasting impression of her is as someone who perseveres. You can't help but to root for her and her loved ones.I'm always a little mistrustful of my own judgment of books by authors I know - but I can safely say I really enjoyed this book regardless of where it came from. Really fun book, actually one of my faves this year.
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  • Liz at Fictional Candy
    January 1, 1970
    I’d read Beck Sherman before, and I thought there was something special there. Now I know for sure. Are you a horror fan? I am. And Goodbye Nothing is a spectacular and horrifying treat. Seriously, Stephen King better look out – it’s that good.Goodbye Nothing is about Cain. Cain is a good guy with a good family and a good job. Cain has a good life, by all counts. You get a small glimpse of that - just enough to foreshadow the positively evil that’s about to take over. Cain gets into an accident I’d read Beck Sherman before, and I thought there was something special there. Now I know for sure. Are you a horror fan? I am. And Goodbye Nothing is a spectacular and horrifying treat. Seriously, Stephen King better look out – it’s that good.Goodbye Nothing is about Cain. Cain is a good guy with a good family and a good job. Cain has a good life, by all counts. You get a small glimpse of that - just enough to foreshadow the positively evil that’s about to take over. Cain gets into an accident and everything changes. EVERYTHING. And then “holy-fuck-oh-no-he-didn’t!!!” happens and your brain is thrown into a tailspin as you try to grasp and come to terms with what happens right out of the gate. “Hello Nothing. Let’s make plans.”This book is eerie, creepy, and crazy. Beck Sherman went all out and gave us actual horror!! This isn’t sexy time mixed with some sexy-scary villain, wrapped up in a nice bow. Nope, it’s actual OMG horror. Goodbye Nothing made my skin crawl, it made me uncomfortable, it even made me think I wouldn’t be able to finish at one point. There was gore galore; blood and guts and rot – and the villain, Cain, enjoyed it. It was bloody fantastic to get lost in it. Ok, so about the book? Cain changes. He’s filled with the Nothing. So nothing matters to him, and Nothing seemingly protects him. He can do whatever the piss he wants, and no one says a word. In fact, it’s like people are blind to it. And then Cain comes in contact with the man who hit him that fateful night, and he realizes life is about to change again. Cain transforms from a hunter into a hunter on a timeclock. But while we are going along with Cain, we also get to meet a young lady named Joey. Joey is blind, but she is just the sweetest thing. You want to like her; you want her to be happy. She’s got a best friend, Ren, who I just fell in love with. He was just a wonderful guy and such a great friend. But everything with Joey was just a bit…off. Joey is like the calm before the storm, and you wonder if she is going to survive the hurricane coming. Zombies and vampires don’t scare me (yet). What does scare me, and scares the life out of me, are actual people who kill for sport and for fun. The things that could actually happen in real life, right in front of you, scare me. This book touched on some things I normally stay away from in books. But I kept reading because I just enjoyed the author’s writing style so much. And I am so glad I stuck with it. What I got in return was a whirlwind of a story filled with so many things I was just in awe. Cain is a smart ass sociopath. He is evil (or is he just the absence of all evil and good…Nothing) And he is like something sparkly that I just want to grab and turn round and round until I see every facet. “The athame has a dull edge because it’s for ceremonial use only. Sir, may I suggest you go home and rest. Rethink your plans.”“By the way, have you heard what they say?”“What?”“Have you heard what they say?”“I don’t know. What?”“There’s no rest for the wicked!” Cain stuck out his tongue and shook his head.He grabbed the athame, jumped on top of the counter, and drove the blade through the saleswoman’s right cheek, veering it upward at the last second.This book is brutal. It’s not for everyone. You have to really enjoy authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz. But if you like horror, I promise you will like Goodbye Nothing. All of the characters are so colorful and varied. You get to meet a few people in this book, and they are all written beautifully. I really felt like they were right there in front of me. The whole concept of the book is great too. The Nothing is something that is a character in itself. There is some snark and even some dark comedic moments. But the shining star is Cain, and the insane look you get to see into Nothing.
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  • Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine having a completely normal life with your completely normal family, and then suddenly one day it all goes to utter shit. Well, if you can imagine that, you've basically got the gist of Goodbye Nothing.Cain woke up one morning, kissed his wife and kids goodbye, went to work and got into a horrific car accident on the way home. He has a near death moment and wakes up a completely different person. When I say completely, I mean he goes from "Joe Normal" to psycho killer. I can't tell you hi Imagine having a completely normal life with your completely normal family, and then suddenly one day it all goes to utter shit. Well, if you can imagine that, you've basically got the gist of Goodbye Nothing.Cain woke up one morning, kissed his wife and kids goodbye, went to work and got into a horrific car accident on the way home. He has a near death moment and wakes up a completely different person. When I say completely, I mean he goes from "Joe Normal" to psycho killer. I can't tell you his first act of violence, which happens pretty much within the first few pages of the book. It's horrifying and unbelievable. It sets the stage because if Cain is capable of that, you know he is capable of anything.Cain has become filled with The Nothing. What is The Nothing, exactly? Can a void become so vast that it can take on an actual form? Maybe. The bottom line is, Cain gets a high off of satisfying The Nothing. The more he kills, the better the high. He doesn't just kill, he does it in the most gory and bloody way possible. I am all for blood and guts and this had even me cringing. On the opposite side of the spectrum, is our other main, Joey. She's a blind teen just about to head off to college with her BFF, Ren. Whom, of course, she secretly loves and he loves her but neither one of them has the balls to say it and blah blah. As you can see, their relationship slightly irked me. Anywhoo, Joey was born in the same hospital in which Cain had his near death experience. So, obviously, the two are tied in some sort of way. I won't go into that because, spoilers. I did enjoy Goodbye Nothing. It's a great read for Screamtober and the whole, warms the cockles of your heart, Halloween spirit. People keep comparing it to Stephen King, in terms of the horror aspect. Well, it's certainly horrific and gory. Shocking and jaw dropping. But, there is a huge difference. One thing I adore about King, is that we don't always get a HEA. That's the way it should be. You read a horror story with utterly evil people and cringe worthy events, then there are rainbows and unicorns? Disappointing.The last 25% of the book I found to be very predictable, as was the ending. I wanted the blood, gore, and screams to the end. I wanted the shock to stay with me. I wanted a truly horrific book. It was good but it didn't go there. I feel it needed to.3-3.5 chocolate chip cookie starsThank you to Net Galley and Beck Sherman for the ARC. I received no cookies in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Laura Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been waiting awhile for another book by Beck Sherman.Goodbye Nothing was so worth the wait.Beck warned me this was a lot darker than Revamp, and that’s so true.Cain has it all. The beautiful, loving wife, an adorable little girl, and a new baby. He’s just received a well deserved promotion and everything is coming up roses.On his way home, all that changes in a flash of bright lights. A car slams into his jeep and darkness descends.What wakes up in the hospital is no longer Cain. Well, it’s I’ve been waiting awhile for another book by Beck Sherman.Goodbye Nothing was so worth the wait.Beck warned me this was a lot darker than Revamp, and that’s so true.Cain has it all. The beautiful, loving wife, an adorable little girl, and a new baby. He’s just received a well deserved promotion and everything is coming up roses.On his way home, all that changes in a flash of bright lights. A car slams into his jeep and darkness descends.What wakes up in the hospital is no longer Cain. Well, it’s him but not him. The man everybody looked up to is gone. In his place is something so vile it’s unimaginable, except in the author’s mind!You’ll have no time to ponder this as what happens next leaves you speechless. It’s so horrific and the author doesn’t spare you from visualizing it.I like that about Beck’s writing. Not afraid to go the distance, giving you the horror like a straight shot of Tequila. It burns going down.Cain knows who he is, but what he was is gone. In its place is the Nothing. A gaping hole inside that he feeds with so much blood and gore. It’s never enough.Here’s where it really gets interesting. He kills at will, but no one seems to notice. It’s like the Nothing is so hungry, it makes his atrocious acts invisible. People don’t seem to ‘see’ what’s happening, only the aftermath.Any serial killer would love that.Cain finally catches up to the man who slammed into his Jeep and left him for dead. The man who left him ‘Nothing.’It was hard to read on as all of my senses came in to play. I visualized, I heard, I felt, and I smelled every bit of it. You’ve been warned, this is pure horror and it gets worse.When the blind girl, Joey, enters the story, I was relieved to have someone I could relate to in a way. Someone human. Someone nice. And I really liked Ren, her best friend. He’s a shining light in the story, funny and sweet.But the author can’t just give you a bone . Beck wants you to gnaw on it. And I did with Joey. Something just felt off, felt sideways about her, and it worried me.I love horror. I always have. I used to think demons were the scariest. Something that can possess you and you can’t even see it or touch it. Now I know the most horrific thing is right outside my door. Who knows. The person standing in line behind you at the grocery store may look human and act human, but be a monster waiting to strike. Waiting to follow you home and do terrible things to you.Sometimes, the scariest monsters are human!I received this book from the author for my honest review.
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  • Sherry Fundin
    January 1, 1970
    Goodbye Nothing by Beck Sherman has an awesome cover. Even in it's simplicity, it holds tremendous menace, but doesn't even begin to portray the darkness that is to come. If you like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, you are going to love Beck Sherman. So, folks, grab hold tight because this is going to be a very bumpy ride.~~~~~~~~~~~~Things couldn't get better for Cain, until......"Too bad. So sad."Uh oh. I see it coming. I think this is gonna be bad for someone.Lacey, his five year old daughter t Goodbye Nothing by Beck Sherman has an awesome cover. Even in it's simplicity, it holds tremendous menace, but doesn't even begin to portray the darkness that is to come. If you like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, you are going to love Beck Sherman. So, folks, grab hold tight because this is going to be a very bumpy ride.~~~~~~~~~~~~Things couldn't get better for Cain, until......"Too bad. So sad."Uh oh. I see it coming. I think this is gonna be bad for someone.Lacey, his five year old daughter told Cain, "Daddy you lied. The bad dream came true."Life flashed before Cain's eyes, then he felt Nothing.OMG. No way. WTF? NO! NO! I never saw that coming and it is so far past horrible that I can't take any more. Okay, that's it Beck. I'm gonna go mow the lawn now while I process the unimaginable evil you just made me read and prepare myself for more.~~~~~~~~~~~~Goodbye Nothing by Beck Sherman is a paranormal horror story that goes so far into the dark abyss of evil that I am sitting here with my jaw hanging open thinking....I can't even think of what to say. I am stunned, speechless.Beck Sherman's writing is excellent and grabs me from the first page, never letting me go. I took a couple breaks in reading to absorb the story because I was so shocked and appalled at what was happening. It made be want to weep and rage, to strike out at the evil and demand that it be undone. I am always amazed at an author when they come up with something so shocking, dark and evil, that I can't even come up with the words to describe it. I never would have went there and I don't know how Beck Sherman got there either.I laughed all the way through the first chapter. It starts out so happy, cute and normal - the neighbor in his short pink bathrobe and his hairy legs sticking out, going out to pick up his paper and Cain finding his car keys in the freezer. Have you ever done that? No fibbing now.The suspense and anticipation has me sitting on the edge of my seat. I just know something bad is coming. I don't know what. I don't know when. But it will come, that I know.There is graphic violence with gruesome, blood and guts horror, that left me breathless. The monster we fear can be the guy next door. That scares me more than the Vampire or Werewolf lurking in the novels I read.Cain is not a morning person. I smiled, because neither am I, even though I am up before daylight most of the the time. I love to listen as the world comes alive around me. Just don't talk to me or even look at me for an hour. I may bite. Then I read about blood sucking vampires and psycho murderers and serial killers. LOL I love it.Romance. I knew there would be hiccups, but my heart broke, right along with Joey's. That age old issue of communication rears its ugly head. When the characters, just like real people, do not communicate, things can get royally ****ed up.Beck Sherman gives a guy a Pink Panther tatoo. I love Pink Panther. She mentions Nascar, when Cain chose a 1967 black Dodge Charger for his car. I always love hearing about the cars characters drive. These added tidbits make her writing exceptional. Such details make a book go from great to awesome. I love it.The dialogue is fantastic. I loved the bantering tone and humor. It made me go from laughing one minute, to shock and utter disgust the next.It is these things that makes it easy to relate to the characters. They come alive because of their foibles.Joey is going to college for photography, even though she is legally blind. She sees bright colors and shapes, plus her best friend, Ren, helps her whenever he can. Will they be more than friends?Joey carries her camera everywhere she goes, as if it is an appendage. I can relate. I do the same thing.Beck Sherman spends some time telling of Joey taking photographs of a bench......There is a lot more to it, but you will have to find out for yourself. I love taking photographs of benches with or without people.Cain was a super nice guy, a great husband and father - until he RAN into Billy.Life sucked for Billy. People only messed with him once. And right now, he wanted to make someone pay.Hospital receptionist - nurse Nazi. Some people, you give them a little power and it goes to their head. I call them Nazi's - like the mean nurse, the rude flight attendant.........Beck Sherman mentions the Book of Shadows and an athame. The only reason I know what she is talking about is because I love to watch the Charmed TV show. I never watched it when it was on, but now I watch the reruns in the early hours of the morn. Not a lot to choose from that I like to watch, but Charmed comes on and then Supernatural.QUOTES"...stamp of little feet...sounds like 1000 children....just one." 5 years old."... pine cones for show and tell." So darn cute.Barbie head with grass in her hair. "Play nicer with Barbie, okay?""Suited Road Runners..Beep Beep""Joey enjoyed reading a good book slowly, hanging on every well written word, flipping them over in her mind, tasting each like it was a savory meal and she a starving castaway." How beautiful is that? Me? I'm a fast reader, racing through the pages, even though I know I will hate it when the last page is read!Here's to the men we love. Here's to the men who love us. If the men we love, don't love us, **** the men and here's to us!"Cheers and happy reading!5 STARS - Would Buy It For Them (lol)I gotta tell you about this, oh and this. You are not going to believe this and it stays with me a long time after the reading is done. Okay, I know I didn't tell you anything, but YOU will want to read the story to find out for yourself.Beck Sherman leaves me clamoring for more.I received Goodbye Nothing from Beck Sherman in return for an honest and unbiased review. I would have reviewed it anyway, after having read her excellent first book Revamp. To see my 5 STAR Review and more about Revamp, keep scrolling down.~~~~~~~~~~~~ Beck Sherman
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  • Kylee
    January 1, 1970
    Attracted by the cover and intrigued by the description, I tore through Goodbye Nothing in two days. Beck Sherman’s second book is heavily reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk on a pop culture binger. Keying into the millennials generation by referencing the MTV Movie Awards and “Hey Ya” by Outkast (among other hilariously absurd references peppered throughout), it lends believable credence to the young antagonists of the book.Cain Emmerick is a family man, with a loving wife, a five year old daughter Attracted by the cover and intrigued by the description, I tore through Goodbye Nothing in two days. Beck Sherman’s second book is heavily reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk on a pop culture binger. Keying into the millennials generation by referencing the MTV Movie Awards and “Hey Ya” by Outkast (among other hilariously absurd references peppered throughout), it lends believable credence to the young antagonists of the book.Cain Emmerick is a family man, with a loving wife, a five year old daughter, and a young newborn. He’s on his way to making partner at his advertising firm and things couldn’t be going better for him. But everything changes when Billy Belco literally crashes into his life, causing a traffic accident that Cain barely survives – if the thing that comes back can be called Cain. He comes back with Nothing, an emptiness that demands satiation at all costs.(view spoiler)[One horrifying crime and seventeen years of life behind bars later, we catch back up with Cain and learn just how he adjusted to Nothing. He could not care less about wife, children, and job – all he’s after these days is the feeling that Nothing provides to him when he commits acts of unspeakable violence. In return, that Nothing allows him relative anonymity to get away with these crimes. Hunting down Billy Belco, his interactions with the man turn Cain from carefree psychopath into harried man on a mission, leaving a wake of destruction in his tracks.At the end of that destruction is a seventeen year old girl, Joey Tyler. An unexplained illness from two years ago causes her to suffer from visual impairment – not blindness, as she is quick to point out to anyone mistaken. Despite the lack of vision, she’s still slowly making a name for herself as a photographer and planning to go to college to pursue her career aspirations. She and her best friend, Ren, are at the start of their optimistic lives. How they are connected to the monster that has become Cain Emmerick is the center of Goodbye Nothing and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. (hide spoiler)]I really loved the ease with which Sherman brought you into Cain Emmerick’s life. He lived such an average, mundane life that it was difficult not to like the guy. But when the switch was flipped, the switch was flipped. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart and could possibly be “triggering” (the word du jour lately) to those with aversions to blood and gore and violence. The roller coaster ride didn’t ever necessarily have me cheering for Cain, but that only made it easier to really feel his highs and lows. It was the character developments that pushed the story forward and had me flying through the pages, despite the warning at the beginning to take it slow.The source of Cain and Joey’s tension brings up questions of what makes up a person and what drives a person. The Nothing is never really explained, beyond being an absence of something. Its drives and wants are explained in excruciating detail as Cain acts to satisfy it and feel some spark within himself. What created Nothing? Was Nothing even created? Or was it a force that has and always will just be, looming inside us all? These are the kinds of questions I’m still turning over in my mind after finishing the book.My one gripe – and the reason I knocked one star off of the rating – was the lingering over teenage angst in some places. Jumping between Cain’s life and Joey’s life made it obvious who was good and who was evil. She was immediately sympathetic and likable; he was made even more sick and twisted by comparison. It was just a tad too long at times. I wanted to care about the would-they-won’t-they relationship between Joey and Ren, but it was predictable at best. And maybe that’s what it’s supposed to be – being between Joey’s age and Cain’s age perhaps put me in a state of limbo when it came to relating to the characters. Had I read Goodbye Nothing at seventeen, in the same situation as Joey, I think I could have appreciated how her biggest problems seemed to be a fancy of her best friend.If you’re a fan of horror and aren’t afraid to go there unabashedly with an author, this is the book for you. We, the readers, are gleefully dragged through Cain’s life and it becomes a game for us as well. Keep turning the pages, keep reading the passages – in the same way Cain’s actions are rewarded by Nothing, we have to see how everything ends, a little reward of our own for seeking out Cain’s comeuppance.
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  • Mish
    January 1, 1970
    Cain Emmerick’s life could not have been any better. He had a daughter he adored, and another child on the way, a devoted and loving wife. He was happy man, content, a good father and husband. Everything changed for Cain when he woke up in hospital from serious injury, caused by a car accident. He felt empty and lifeless. Whatever that was good in Cain, left his body that day, and was replaced by an evil entity, called Nothing. This entity would give him a rush into preforming violent acts, and Cain Emmerick’s life could not have been any better. He had a daughter he adored, and another child on the way, a devoted and loving wife. He was happy man, content, a good father and husband. Everything changed for Cain when he woke up in hospital from serious injury, caused by a car accident. He felt empty and lifeless. Whatever that was good in Cain, left his body that day, and was replaced by an evil entity, called Nothing. This entity would give him a rush into preforming violent acts, and thus protect him while the Nothing is still there…But for how long for?The night of the accident, a child was born.17years later, Joey Morgan is getting ready to go to college to study photography, with her best friend and neighbour Ren - whom she has a secret crush on. There is something unique about Joey. Two years ago she suddenly lost her sight, which left the doctors puzzled, as she didn’t have any signs or an indication that she is likely to go blind. What is left of Joey’s sight is colours and shapes, which is enough for her to continue with what she loves. However since arriving at college, friendship and her relationship with Ren is not going smoothly as she expected. And to top it off, freak incidences keep on occurring that has left Joey bewildered. Beck Sherman knows how to write an excellent graphic, unsettling and violent scene, but unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be enough of it. The story mainly focused on Joey and her ongoing dilemma with her feelings towards Ren. Joey’s story felt like a weak YA romance and I didn’t feel as though the two situations blended in smoothly together. Sherman is a very detailed writer, and in my opinion it worked really well in his horror scenes. But I felt it became too long winded when it came to detailing every aspect of Joey’s life changing modifications that is required to accommodate her blindness - I do believe most of this should have been cut short.I really like the concept of this book, but sadly it didn’t work for me.Thanks to the author and Netgalley for my review copy
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  • Clary
    January 1, 1970
    Scary good!I have to admit, I started this book expecting something completly different. I found it shelved under "New Adult" and was therefore not prepared for the protagonist being a middle aged man. But whatever, as if I'd really care with such an amazing book! The story is a bit complicated: Cain, a great and loving husband to his wife and family, dies in a car accident, caused by some maniac who was possessed by the "Big Nothing". Despite being dead and seeing himself floating around the ho Scary good!I have to admit, I started this book expecting something completly different. I found it shelved under "New Adult" and was therefore not prepared for the protagonist being a middle aged man. But whatever, as if I'd really care with such an amazing book! The story is a bit complicated: Cain, a great and loving husband to his wife and family, dies in a car accident, caused by some maniac who was possessed by the "Big Nothing". Despite being dead and seeing himself floating around the hospital the doctors manage to bring Cain back to life and therefore the trouble begins. During his short death his soul was been given to the new born baby of his neighbours and Cain awakes without his soul. He looses all humanity and can only experience anything by random and brutal acts of violence - which he dutifully performs. A hunting book full of gruesome and gritty scenes - definedly not a book you should be reading during night-time. But, despite the bloody gore, the writing style is full of humor, completly deranged, but wonderful to read.I loved every second of it and would recommend it to anyone who loves slightly unhinged stories. A fantastic read by an amazing author!
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    Goodbye Nothing tells the story of Cain. He had the seemingly perfect life, everything anyone could ever want; he was a man who was going places. But he learned that everything can be lost in the blink of an eye. After a car accident, Cain is no longer himself. In just a few seconds, he lost who he was and became something…different. On a quest to fill the emptiness inside of him, Cain will stop at Nothing to bring back his soul and his life.I have been reading horror ever since I can remember – Goodbye Nothing tells the story of Cain. He had the seemingly perfect life, everything anyone could ever want; he was a man who was going places. But he learned that everything can be lost in the blink of an eye. After a car accident, Cain is no longer himself. In just a few seconds, he lost who he was and became something…different. On a quest to fill the emptiness inside of him, Cain will stop at Nothing to bring back his soul and his life.I have been reading horror ever since I can remember – starting with R.L. Stine's Fear Street series so many, many years ago, and moving on to King and Koontz. There is just something about being scared by a book that brings it to life for me. Once again Sherman pulled out an engrossing, original horror story that is easily comparable to my favorite authors. Though a bit more dark and gory than I am used to, Goodbye Nothing was fast paced and engaging. The Sherman has an amazing imagination and knows how to capture that in words. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • SueAnn Crawford
    January 1, 1970
    My heart is still pounding. I'm not a big horror fan, but this is in the Stephen King style; gory in a way that excites your imagination, but is not so graphic that your psyche is ruined forever. If you like mind numbing suspense along with your mayhem, this book is for you!
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Horror at its finest!
  • Daisy Row
    January 1, 1970
    My Thoughts This was one of those books that prove blog posts work. I honestly can’t remember what I was actually looking at the day I discovered Goodbye Nothing but I was researching a different book entirely when I came across a reviewer that had featured this novel as well as the one I was investigating.The cover is simple, nothing exceptional, though it’s use of solid green blocking is rare. The image was dominated by a large font and the title is split into syllables not words. I guess when My Thoughts This was one of those books that prove blog posts work. I honestly can’t remember what I was actually looking at the day I discovered Goodbye Nothing but I was researching a different book entirely when I came across a reviewer that had featured this novel as well as the one I was investigating.The cover is simple, nothing exceptional, though it’s use of solid green blocking is rare. The image was dominated by a large font and the title is split into syllables not words. I guess when you’re describing Nothing then going minimalistic is probably the best course. Anyway, despite being nondescript, the cover grabbed my attention and I moved on to read the summary... and then the blogger’s review (I wish I tagged the page as it would be nice to give the blogger kudos).The summary reminded me of Dean Koontz and his style of stories, the review confirmed this aspect and I was sold. I bought the ebook... I wanted this book right away and I was going to read it. Once I started I couldn’t stop; which is awesome when you’ve got all the time in the world, but not so great when you have to work.Goodbye Nothing is almost like a supernatural disease, it details two people who are ensconced in their own feelings of emptiness (though they were not always this way) and they instigate violence as a way of obtaining a high. They become desiccated shells of the humans they were, they denounce their former lives and choose a path of menace, mayhem and destruction... and occasionally “it” spreads - whatever “it” is. (This is not an accurate description but it’s the best I can give you - read the book)I’m undecided as to whether the violence spawning internal void spreads as a result of contact with the perpetrator or due to the premature departure of a soul that freaks out and seeks a more viable host. But these questions do not detract from the story, they are more a philosophical debate after the fact. A lot of the nastiness is described in an abstract way, so I think most people would be able to read this and cope with the heinous nature of the tale. There is however one event that will leave you gasping. I had to put the book down for awhile and walk away to breathe clean air and I guess to grieve a little bit. What is especially profound is the way Beck Sherman describes the transformation of Cain Emmerick. His commitment to the emptiness is sudden, complete, irreversible and oh so devastating.***Small tangent. I remember hearing about the Port Arthur Massacre and being unable to comprehend how anyone can kill 35 people including children in cold blood. Not long afterwards I was in a discussion with a church minister regarding the concept of redemption. The minister stated that redemption was more than being sorry, it was taking responsibility, owning your actions and bearing the weight of them. The conversation came about when we were analysing how we would feel if God was to forgive to such a person (in this case the Port Arthur Gunman). I said I was fine with that, because if that person truly wanted to atone for his crimes, he would have had to take on the burden of his actions. He would have to taste the fear they felt as they watched others die, he would have to smell the stick of their sheer terror, for himself. He would also have to should and embrace the grief of the families left beyond and the despair of an entire nation in mourning. Such ownership would surely not allow a person to forgive themselves. *** back to my review... Goodbye Nothing had the perfect ending. Forgiveness is the hardest to obtain from one’s own self. There is no forgiveness here, only the realisation of what has been done and the true understanding that there are somethings you can’t take it back, no matter how much you might want to.Loved it, and the after taste.My Rating❀❀❀❀+DisclaimerThis review is totally unsolicited. I bought the story and chose to review it. The opinions expressed are my own. I don’t really like the concept of rating novels as they are subjective and subject to change. A five star book today, may be re-evaluated when compared to future novels.
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  • Daniel O'Donnell
    January 1, 1970
    Wow.This book is a rollercoaster of emotions. I feel like I went through my own cathartic cleansing of all my emotions of lust, revenge, love, murder, good, evil and laughter. Most importantly laughter.I was most surprised by the characters. Sherman again shows their talent of being able to write character dominated plots, that drive their own stories. The most surprising part was that at times I was wanting the good guys to win, and at other times the bad guys. Everyone is so engaging that you Wow.This book is a rollercoaster of emotions. I feel like I went through my own cathartic cleansing of all my emotions of lust, revenge, love, murder, good, evil and laughter. Most importantly laughter.I was most surprised by the characters. Sherman again shows their talent of being able to write character dominated plots, that drive their own stories. The most surprising part was that at times I was wanting the good guys to win, and at other times the bad guys. Everyone is so engaging that you don't really want them to stop playing out their stories. I think a good character comparison would be to Jack Torrance from "The Shining". In fact, the whole book had a similar feel to "The Shining".I found the story the most intriguing thing about the book. I didn't find any "WTF" or "Jumping The Shark" moments; it all made sense. There were some twists and turns that I was not expecting AT ALL. One part had me say "OOF!" out loud in surprise. Another part had me laughing so hard I had to put my book down. Actually, more than one part. Dark twisted humor pervades every page of this book and it lifts the book immeasurably from "just a horror story" to a piece of entertaining fiction.This is a satisfyingly dark book. It has violence and gore, but the worst gore came from my own imagination. The gore isn't necessarily graphic just to be gory; it "pulls the camera away" for scenes that would be too much. Though some sensitive readers may find it hard going at points.I would recommend this book to anyone who delights in a storyline that will challenge their expectations of what a good horror book is. No formulaic plots here!
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    My Review: Ready for goose bumps and maybe a few nightmares. This book will deliver. Mr. Sherman is right up there with Dean Koontz and King at delivering a chilling tale. Cain all around good guy and devoted family man turns into something not quite human after a near fatal car accident. Brought back to life, by medical intervention, only after most of his soul is delivered to a newborn girl so she can take her first breath. He has lost his humanity. He delights in all forms of violence and deb My Review: Ready for goose bumps and maybe a few nightmares. This book will deliver. Mr. Sherman is right up there with Dean Koontz and King at delivering a chilling tale. Cain all around good guy and devoted family man turns into something not quite human after a near fatal car accident. Brought back to life, by medical intervention, only after most of his soul is delivered to a newborn girl so she can take her first breath. He has lost his humanity. He delights in all forms of violence and debauchery. To feed the nothingness in him he must carry out acts of horrendous violence, the worse the better. The first act that of killing his beloved oldest daughter by dropping her small body out of the hospital window. Seventeen years of prison does nothing but help him hone his skills. After getting out he discovers the secret of his lost soul and goes on an awful quest to recover it. I won’t spoil the ending but it does not disappoint. Well written and edit problems free for the most part I would recommend it to anyone who like this type of book. I would keep it for a re-read and will look forward to more from this author. It gets a 5 star.
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  • Original Doll (Lea Martinuš)
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book on giveaway and had honour to be first reader! I'm very glad that happened.Beck Sherman sure doesn't lack of imagination.There are two parallel stories in this book. One about sweet, blind teenager Josephine (called Joey) and other about soulless (literally) Cain, a cold, sick, creepy murderer and sadist. The book really gave me chills down the spine, and I think it's really great balance between two stories that at the end merge together. Horror and crime on one side and beautif I won this book on giveaway and had honour to be first reader! I'm very glad that happened.Beck Sherman sure doesn't lack of imagination.There are two parallel stories in this book. One about sweet, blind teenager Josephine (called Joey) and other about soulless (literally) Cain, a cold, sick, creepy murderer and sadist. The book really gave me chills down the spine, and I think it's really great balance between two stories that at the end merge together. Horror and crime on one side and beautiful love and friendship story on other.The interesting end left me slightly surprised (that's great!) - I didn't expect that, but when I think of it, the end couldn't be better! :)Oh and the characthers! They are very well descbribed, detailed. I think it was hard to achieve that because of Cain who's got no soul (the Nothing rules him)and you can see author put seriously much effort in this characther. What to expect from man without a soul? ANYTING! But most interesting were his thoughts and "feelings".Well done!
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!Wow, this book was so thrilling and original! I liked the two main characters but I felt so bad for Cain. Here he was living a normal life and in love with his family and then Poof! he died and has no soul, however this helped Joey live when she was born. What annoyed me was the whole Joey and Ren drama, it was so obvious they were in love with each other. Plus I hate nonbelievers so I wanted Ren to get his head out of his ass about the soul thing. In a way, Cain Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!Wow, this book was so thrilling and original! I liked the two main characters but I felt so bad for Cain. Here he was living a normal life and in love with his family and then Poof! he died and has no soul, however this helped Joey live when she was born. What annoyed me was the whole Joey and Ren drama, it was so obvious they were in love with each other. Plus I hate nonbelievers so I wanted Ren to get his head out of his ass about the soul thing. In a way, Cain was finally put to rest because once he got his soul back I knew he wouldn't be able to live with himself. Linda being invited to family dinners with Joey was so cute though! Good read and going to recommend this to others!
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  • Adam
    January 1, 1970
    I am extremely grateful to have received this book for free from the Goodreads Free Book Giveaway contest. For those considering reading this, stop. Quit thinking about it and just do it. This depraved, sick and twisted, darkly humorous, insane book is fantastic! Make sure you leave yourself some time because once you begin you will not want to stop. This book grabs a hold of you and refuses to let go. The story was fast-paced, inviting, and completely crazy! Cain (what a name) has, what some mi I am extremely grateful to have received this book for free from the Goodreads Free Book Giveaway contest. For those considering reading this, stop. Quit thinking about it and just do it. This depraved, sick and twisted, darkly humorous, insane book is fantastic! Make sure you leave yourself some time because once you begin you will not want to stop. This book grabs a hold of you and refuses to let go. The story was fast-paced, inviting, and completely crazy! Cain (what a name) has, what some might call, "problems" and when he no longer attempts or even cares to intercede between what he wants and what the Nothing demands, let the games begin. Mr. Sherman, thank you for a twisted, psychotic character and a truly demented story. I loved it!
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  • Cindy Rawlings
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author. This was a very interesting book. I loved that this was a new concept. It started out capturing your attention straight away...accidents, deaths, etc. I must say, I didn't that coming! Really drew me in!My only con, once the initial events happened, things seemed to slow down...a lot. And then, the end of the book seemed to go almost too fast. :) I really enjoyed the book and the concept. Wish the middle part was a bit more f I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author. This was a very interesting book. I loved that this was a new concept. It started out capturing your attention straight away...accidents, deaths, etc. I must say, I didn't that coming! Really drew me in!My only con, once the initial events happened, things seemed to slow down...a lot. And then, the end of the book seemed to go almost too fast. :) I really enjoyed the book and the concept. Wish the middle part was a bit more fast-paced and the ending was a little more detailed. Overall I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. Thank you, Beck Sherman, for the opportunity to read this book!
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    From beginning to end I enjoyed Goodbye Nothing. It's two main characters Cain despite what he does throughout this book, and Joey were interesting to read about. An entertaining, suspense filled story with a great ending.
  • nrgitha
    January 1, 1970
    My first Adult Horror Novel. My first Beck Sherman's novel.Well, not my favorite genre, but i love the story.
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! deliciously scary!
  • April (The Steadfast Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    Two words: Violent and gory. This book is was purely middle of the road for me. It felt like a cross between Silence of the Lambs and The Mayfair Witches with less writing talent. If you enjoy horror and suspense with a dash of the supernatural then this might be an enjoyable read for you. Sherman is skilled in his attention to detail but the plot and the ending are a bit stilted and forced. The title is unfortunate as well, it conjures up thoughts of Goodnight, Moon. Perhaps that's an intention Two words: Violent and gory. This book is was purely middle of the road for me. It felt like a cross between Silence of the Lambs and The Mayfair Witches with less writing talent. If you enjoy horror and suspense with a dash of the supernatural then this might be an enjoyable read for you. Sherman is skilled in his attention to detail but the plot and the ending are a bit stilted and forced. The title is unfortunate as well, it conjures up thoughts of Goodnight, Moon. Perhaps that's an intentional juxtaposition with the violence.I really don't have much to say about this one, super helpful in a book review, I know. It's a middle of the road novel for the most part with it's outstanding feature being that it's only a half step down from what I would classify as 'ultra-violent'. With Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained being a ten on the violence scale and Goodnight, Moon being a zero, Goodbye Nothing probably ranks a 6.5. This review is based on an advance review copy supplied through NetGalley by the publisher
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fascinating horror novel. What do you do when you lose your soul? When a man who has everything looses his soul, he quickly looses everything else by his own hand. When he realizes what he must do to regain his soul, and he finds out where it`s gone, things get even darker and more disturbing. This was a really great book. I can`t wait to see what is next from Beck Sherman. This was a fascinating horror novel. What do you do when you lose your soul? When a man who has everything looses his soul, he quickly looses everything else by his own hand. When he realizes what he must do to regain his soul, and he finds out where it`s gone, things get even darker and more disturbing. This was a really great book. I can`t wait to see what is next from Beck Sherman.
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  • Kirsty Bicknell
    January 1, 1970
    I think I'm leaving this book unfinished, not because it isn't well written, but because I have no desire to keep reading. This book is a horror, it is a frightening world; made more so by the descriptions of events which Beck Sherman creates for her reader. I hope this is a book I can return to.
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  • Dani
    January 1, 1970
    I need this book right now!
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