Sandman by Sean Costello


bySean Costello

Kobo ebook | December 6, 2014

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People put their lives in doctors' hands every day -- but in no other situation is this so literally true as the moment the anesthesiologist looks casually down at you and says, "You'll be going off to sleep now . . ."

What if the eyes that gaze down at you in that moment of trust and surrender belong to a madman? What if, as you feel yourself slipping away, you see something in those eyes so rank, so terrifying you want to leap off the table and scream?

But by then, of course, it's too late.

A novel of terror and medical suspense from the author of The Cartoonist and Here After.

Pray you never meet the Sandman!

Title:SandmanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 6, 2014Publisher:Red Tower PublicationsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another intriguing thriller by Sean Costello. This novel will keep you reading long after you know you should be turning the lights off. When you show up late for work, simply give your boss a copy of this book and within a couple of days (s)he will totally understand. If you don't like sitting on the edge of your seat, don't buy Sandman. I do recommend the next time you require surgery, look deeply into the anesthesiologists' eyes, they may well be the last you'll see.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not what I expected While the book was ok, and not a bad read, it was not the book I was expecting based on the title of the book and overall synopsis. It was less about the medical thriller part, and more about the crazy lives of the characters.
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Doctor Doesn't Always Know Best It's a question that may not be unreasonable. What if somebody in the operating room is, well, gone? Sean writes it really well!
Date published: 2015-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Evil Meets Innocence! The unimaginable is what horror is all about and Sandman is full of the unimaginable! This fast-paced thriller by Sean Costello will have you shaking your head in disbelief as evil meets innocence! Just before your surgery starts, if you hear these words, “You’ll be going to sleep now…”, GET OFF THE TABLE NOW!!
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SANDMAN Perhaps knowing Sean as author, physician and friend colours my judgement slightly, but this book weaves the reader to and from the brink so many times that one sometimes forgets which mini story in the grand scheme one is reading. Intricately woven, with cliff-hanging chsnges, makes this book a must. And I read it in hospital where Sean was my anesthetist. Wee done, brother. Keep 'em coming.
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Another excellent read. I love Sean Costello's books and I look forward to reading more of his works!
Date published: 2015-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to more from Sean Costello! Great job Sean!
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Novel Sean Costello nailed it again! This is a story filled with suspense, thrills and murder. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grabs you by the throat Don’t read any of Sean Costello’s books if you’re looking for one of those novels that sends the egghead crowd Ooo-ing and Aahh-ing. You know the type of book I’m talking about, the ones reviewers refer to as ‘multi-layered’ and ‘luminous’ or then tell you to ‘linger and savour’ the ‘quiet passages’. Damn, if it’s lingering and savouring you’re after then grab a slice of cheesecake and a nice cup of tea … but forget about Costello's novels because each one begins by laying down a long strip of rubber and then screams toward the far horizon. When you’re strapped into the passenger seat of one of these babies, you better hang on to the By-the-Jesus handle because you’re in for the ride of your life. And while the vector may seem like 180, you'll find the plot takes a sharp 90 before you can say boo. If you’re looking for an old-school good read, turn to Costello. Like Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard, Georges Simenon or John D. MacDonald, his prose is tough, his dialogue is tight and his action is swift. But hold on, just because I’m saying you can easily read his work doesn’t mean you can turn off the old brain box. I’m not accusing Costello of creating a cowboy world of white hats and black hats. Just like Stephen King, Costello creates believable protagonists with some likeable traits … and some very dark stuff happening inside their heads (dare I say, ‘souls’). Take Peter Gardner (Captain Quad), the high school wunderkind who after being paralysed descends into a hellish world of rage and blood-soaked revenge. Or how about Scott Bowman (The Cartoonist), the psychiatrist who kills a child and then falls victim to the worm of guilt that chews through his sanity? Or Peter Croft (Here After), whose obsession with finding his child’s kidnapper leads him into an alternate reality? All these guys (and they are all guys) started out ordinary but then something happened to them. But what? That’s the silent question Costello poses, just as he asks if you can draw the line between normalcy and insanity, between the brightly-lit everyday world and the nightmare. How much does it take to push us across that line? I don’t know, do you? Costello suggests all it takes is a porcupine crossing the road (Captain Quad), a sudden winter storm (Squall), a moment of inattention (The Cartoonist), or a call in the night (Eden’s Eyes). Like the anaesthetist in Eden’s Eyes, will you find yourself looking down at an inert body you’re keeping alive only long enough for the scavengers to swoop in and take the eyes, the kidneys, the….? As with Edward Albee, Costello asks if we live our lives in a delicate balance and, if so, how little might it take to tip us to the dark side?
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spine tingling AMAZING work by an even more amazing author! :) ...I couldn't help but have a tiny bit of trouble falling asleep during intervals of reading it!
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandman Great thriller excellent book, this book will leave you scared to death to be put under by an anesthesiologist. Shared this book with family and friends. Everyone loved it!!! Although the author Sean Costello seems to have a warped mind. I will continue to read all his books, thank you Sean.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get ready to be scared senseless! This is one of the most thrilling and scary stories I have ever read. This book takes your mind places you never imagined. Sean is such an articulate author and captures the sense of fear the characters bring to the reader. This is a psychological thriller that will leave you sleepless!
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Excellent book, could not put it down , well written even if you are not in the medical field, if you are well this one is a bonus ! I have shared this book with many people and i would read it again. Thanks Sean for this great book
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Author's imagination is just warped enough to come up with some great Stephen King like stories. Great story!
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do not read right before surgery This is one of my favorite of Costello's books. Partially due to his profession in anesthesia, which gives it the extra creepy edge of goodness. Strongly do not recommend reading shortly before you have surgery.
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrifying Thriller This is one of Costello's most disturbing thrillers. The "Sandman" in this novel is a psychopathic anesthesiologist whose darkness would chill the most seasoned of horror readers. Just when you think the tension and suspense can't get any worse, Costello cranks it up another notch, providing a break-neck and thriller roller-coaster ride of a tale.
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from At the edge of my seat! Loved reading this book. Being in health care, it was great reading! Very exciting! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Sandman will keep you up well past bedtime It’s the stuff of nightmares, a scenario to scare the hospital gown right off you: an anesthesiologist who decides he’d rather kill than cure. A visit to this doctor’s operating room will be your last sleep ever. The thing is, along with being a supremely skilled storyteller, Costello is an anesthesiologist by trade (I’ve often wondered how many of his patients cancelled their surgeries after reading this book!) So the combination of his vivid prose and consummate knowledge of his subject matter makes for a read you just can’t put aside…much as you might sometimes wish you could. A spellbinding book, but not recommended for patient waiting rooms.
Date published: 2014-12-17