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The Beached Ones

The Beached Ones

By Colleen M. Story
Categories: Fiction, Paranormal, Ghost, Literary
Imprint: CamCat Books
Hardcover : 9780744305340, 400 pages, July 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744305456, June 2022
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744305470, 592 pages, July 2022
Paperback : 9780744305388, 400 pages, June 2023
Audiobook (Unabridged edition) : 9780744305555, June 2022

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After a stunt jump gone horribly wrong, Daniel finds himself lost far away from home without knowledge of the accident. Haunted by disjointed memories, all Daniel knows is that he must get to his younger brother before time runs out.


“Share with fans of atmospheric literary fiction in the vein of Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library or Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life.” —Library Journal

“A major achievement in fantasy and paranormal novel-writing.” —Nina Romano, Pushcart Prize nominee and author of The Secret Language of Women and The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley

He came back, determined to keep his promise.

Daniel and his younger brother grew up in an abusive home, but Daniel was the only one who escaped. Now an established stunt rider, he intends to go back to rescue his brother. But then one jump goes horribly wrong . . .

He recovers to find himself in Iowa, unscathed, yet his life falls has drastically changed. His best friend won’t answer his calls. Even his girlfriend is hiding something. Increasingly terrified, he clings to the one thing he knows: He must pick up his brother in San Francisco. In five days.

From the isolating fields of Iowa to the crowded streets of San Francisco, Daniel must fight his way through a fog of disjointed memories and supernatural encounters to pay a debt he didn’t know he owed.

For readers who enjoy Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah, The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.


“A suspenseful ghost story that takes the reader on an existential tightrope walk to an emotionally charged ending.” —Lance Thompson, Ghostwriter and Script Doctor

“Promises, grief, letting go, and the power of aiding others are all prominent themes here. Those who wish for closure or to know what happens when a loved one dies will empathize strongly with Daniel and Jolene as they struggle to face their truths and pay their debts.” Booklist

“Story has penned a work that is at once spellbinding, enigmatic, yet literary. It’s a book that mesmerizes—you won’t be able to cease following the emotional saga until the very end, despite feelings of anguish and enormous heartache.” —Nina Romano, Pushcart Prize Nominee and author of The Secret Language of Women and The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley

“A fascinating journey that blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Story deftly treads the razor’s edge between life and death and the in-between with sharply drawn characters and an ending that will touch your heart.” —Doug Copsey, Writer/Producer/Director; Founder, Idaho Writers Guild 

“In my opinion, The Beached Ones is author Colleen M. Story's strongest work of fiction to date.” —Marilyn R. Wilson, Book Reviewer, Published Author and Speaker

“[Colleen M. Story's] captivating prose successfully mixes an emotionally rich tale of love and forgiveness with supernatural twists that will keep you guessing to the very end. Part ghost story and part literary drama, the final chapters will leave you breathless.” —PJ Dempsey, Freelance Editor and former Senior Editor, Random House and John Wiley & Sons

“This profound and heart-rending novel satisfies on multiple levels. It’s an inspiring story of a brotherly bond that only strengthens when tested, a chilling glimpse into the heart of evil, and a riveting exploration of the mysteries and possibilities of the afterlife.” —Beth Castrodale, award-winning author of Marion Hatley, In This Ground, and I Mean You No Harm

The Beached Ones . . . [is] a tour de force of world-building prowess . . . From mermaid fountains in Sin City to fog shrouding the Golden Gate bridge, the world building alone compels you to stay on this journey. And you won’t be disappointed.” —Scott Driscoll, writer and creative writing instructor (University of Washington), winner of nine Society of Professional Journalists awards

“VERDICT This haunting audio deserves a wide audience. Share with fans of atmospheric literary fiction in the vein of Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library or Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life.” Library Journal

“A poignant tale of forgiveness and redemption that reaches beyond the grave. Story deftly weaves the paranormal into this touching and heart-wrenching novel that will have you staying up late to accompany Daniel on his journey to the end.” —Melissa Payne, bestselling author of The Secrets of Lost Stones and A Light in the Forest