Customer Reviews of Murder Behind The Closet Door, by Christopher Pinto
“Retro-culture impresario and swingin' scribe Chris Pinto has created a vibrant, entertaining, compelling and imaginative portrait of a very specific time and place - South Jersey in the late 1970s - with a grisly ghost story at its center. The reader delves into a richly depicted world where one keenly tastes, feels, smells and lives the sensations of the Wildwood boardwalk area and its residents throughout a series of mysteriously macabre events. The characters are so well drawn, the dialogue so true, and the incidental and environmental descriptions so vivid that the internal horrors and fantastical elements around which the complex outer narrative swirls seem that much more realistic and credible in context. Pinto achieves a Stephen King-like mixture of mundane, suburban angst spiked and punctuated with sudden, terrifying intrusions from beyond the grave. As someone who grew up in the area, during that era, I could relate to every person and scene in this sprawling epic. The many pop culture references only add to its overall appeal as a literary time capsule. I very much look forward to Chris's next hardboiled but heartfelt endeavor.” "You can taste, feel, smell, hear and see everything in this book and there's a LOT. It's a feast for the senses." - Will “The Thrill’ Viharo, CA
“From the very beginning it grabbed me and didn't let me go. I recommend to anyone!” - Sandie Perez, Hollywood, FL
”Murder Behind the Closet Door is an interesting combination of the paranormal and mystery genres with the added twist that the story takes place over thirty years ago. That last aspect greatly enhanced my enjoyment. So many changes to society and technology have occurred in the past three decades, reading this book was like traveling through a time capsule to a far earlier age.
This novel is a throwback in several respects and, in fact, resembles 1970s fiction, thus matching the era of the story. The book is thick, around 600 pages, and doesn't have a lot of white on its pages. The narration isn't quite omniscient, but there is quite a lot of head hopping from one character's point of view to another. I was a bit put off by that initially, mainly because I'm no longer used to reading that style. The dialogue also threw me at first. All of it sounds realistic, but perhaps a bit too much so. Many of today's novels limit dialogue to only that which advances the plot. The characters in this story sometimes talk for the sake of talking, just as we all do.
While many readers will enjoy author Chris Pinto's story, what I like most is his literary-quality descriptiveness. I was pulled into each scene, forgetting my own surroundings as I wandered from one of his haunted locales to the next.” - Joseph M. Fraser, Brookfield, WI
“GREAT BOOK!! Started reading it Friday night, barely could put it down, till I finished it Sunday!!!! Highly recommend!!!!! :)” - Susanne Faust- McDevitt, Philadelphia, PA
“If Stephen King and Mickey Spillane had a son (in a bookish kind of way, that is), Christopher Pinto would be that son. He effortlessly blends the paranormal thriller with the hard-boiled detective in "Murder Behind the Closet Door." Add to that, healthy doses of mystery and romance, and you've got the literary equivalent of a ride through an amusement pier haunted house. And what a fun ride! I loved being scared silly as I stayed up late (much too late) to finish reading another chapter of this book. Let's just say I'll never look at my closet the same way again. ;) Can't wait to see what Mr. Pinto offers up next!” - Miss Cherrybubbles, Meshoppen, PA
“What a GREAT read! This book keeps you wanting more from the first page to the last. The authors character development is excellent, I feel as I know every character personally. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of mysteries or ghost stories this novel gives you both , without ever seeming unbelievable. I can't wait for this author to give us another literary treat!” - S. J. Conover, Atlantic Beach, FL
“I just finished reading Murder Behind The Closet Door and I loved it! Can't wait for this author to write another murder mystery. Overall I was very impressed!” - Molly Besiak, Fort Lauderdale, FL
“Murder Behind the Closet Door is one of the best mysteries I have come across in decades. Between the winter snows of the Jersey shore and the ice cubed chilled white wine there moves something sinister and intelligent. A master production by Detective Pinto, it is wonderfully portrayed with vivid detail and character builds. By the end of this meaty novel you will know these people better than your own neighbors, but be careful, you might consider whether it is wise to go inside their house or not.
"This novel embraces the storied past in a way that makes you feel it is your own. Read it now, and prepare to send out copies for the holidays, but only to your most worthy of friends and family.” "I've never been to the Jersey shore (I know, my loss) but in Pinto's book I felt like I was in a twisted reality show of babes, bad guys and spooks. Don't close your eyes for a week after reading this.. or some of these characters will reach through from these pages and grab you! - Everett Peacock, Hawaii
“I have to admit I've know the author for a long time, but this is really the best thing he's ever done. It grabs you in the first sentence and keeps you glued to the pages to the very end, and let me tell you 600 pages is a lot for an old geezer like me to get through, but I loved it. His characters seem so real you'll think you've met them before. The descriptions really put you in the places. And he really captures that late 70's feel, the way things were back then, on the jersey shore. I really like the way different parts of the book are told from the perspectives of the different characters, and are written the way each charachter talks and thinks. I've always liked ghost stories, and this is one of the creepiest, spookiest ones yet, without being too gorey or corny. Like he says, if you like Stephen King novels, you'll love this.” - Crystobal, Gothic Artist (The Vampire Killing Kit Guy)
"I loved this book...from beginning to end it kept me riveted. The mystery, the supernatural angle, the twists in the story that take it in totally different directions from where I thought it would go. A definite page turner! I stayed up late a cpl nights because I couldnt put it down! Being a HUGE fan of mysteries, crime novels AND the supernatural...this was everything i could want in a book. I'm on my second time reading it now and I'm already finding things I missed the first time...this will be in my re-read pile for a long time!” - Cameron Shepherd, Cherry Hill, NJ