Serial killers have always repelled and compelled us with their antics and over the top deviant behavior. Charles Manson once said, “You know, if I wanted to kill somebody, I’d take this book and beat you to death with it. And I wouldn’t feel a thing. It’d be just like walking to the drug store.” Well, I’m sure Manson wasn’t referring to The Magician, but the public’s serial killer fascination continues to be fed with TV, movies, and books. Thanks to The Magician, written by first time author David Pupa, the Jersey Shore now has it’s own psychotic, brilliant, and oh-so-evil, serial killer in a well crafted character. Thankfully he’s a fictional character, the author’s own creation. But as I read the book, this character felt entirely too real for me – but that’s a hallmark of a great book as far as I’m concerned. One aspect that made the book come alive for me was the many locations mentioned right in Monmouth County and that I could personally relate to Hurricane Sandy. I loved the book and definitely encourage you readers to get your copy now — but don’t plan on going any where until you finish the book. OMG — the ending blew me away and I’m sure you’ll have the same reaction too. Then there’s the graphic book cover which does set the tone for what’s in store for the reader. The blood splattered cover is intentionally unsettling — you won’t be disappointed with this read. Follow David Pupa on Facebook for updates, and purchase the book at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. Want a copy of The Magician signed by the author? Head to Booktowne in Manasqaun. After you read the book, consider this question — which actors should play Frank and James in the movie? Let me know your thoughts on that; I’m gonna want to interview those guys for sure.
The Magician is the first novel from the pen of NJ's D. A. Pupa. A psychotherapist by trade, D. A. undoubtedly uses his knowledge of the human psyche intertwined with a love of thrillers and mystery to create some magic of his own in this page-turner set at the Jersey Shore. Though it takes place during the biggest storm to hit the NJ coastline in almost a century, Super Storm Sandy, the storm was not the only thing wreaking havoc with these Spring Lake residents.. a serial killer was on the loose.