Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels


Twin brothers Ty and Cory Bic are on the run. When they encounter a dying deer in the middle of a remote mountain road with fresh tire tracks swerving down into a ravine, they know they have to help. But when they reach the wrecked car the vehicle appears empty, with signs that the driver escaped.Until they hear a sound coming from the trunk.Ty and Cory are escaping demons of their own. But what they discover in the trunk puts them in the crossha...

Details Deadfall

Release DateDec 10th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Deadfall

  • Marco Morano
    Review to come!
  • Cheryl
    Hard-hitting thrillerTRIGGER WARNINGS: Emotional, physical and sexual abuse, implied rape, sex trafficking, violence.This was a dark, difficult book for me to read. Don't get me wrong - it's an excellent book. But know that just because this book has two teen brother protagonists, that doesn't make it a teen book.It bounced back and forth between the past and present events in Ty and Cory Bic's lives, which I thought was handled very well by the ...
  • Ruthsic
    Warnings: child abuse, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, violenceThis mystery thriller delivers its story in two timelines- the present where these twins find a girl trapped in the boot of a car in an accident, and their life 16 months before, counting down to how they came to be on that road. Both timelines are through Cory's perspective, but the present is in first person, and the past in the third person, a choice that felt a bit jarring in...
  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    I really, really liked this book! I read the author's other novel, Bad Call and liked it as well. But Deadfall was on a whole new level of awesome.Deadfall is told by alternating between Cory and Ty's current situation (finding a car accident with someone tied up in the trunk) and the events leading up to it. If Hatchet, The Outsiders, and Breaking Bad had a baby, this would be it. I loved the slow buildup of tension, the alternating timelines, a...
  • Gina Adams
    This story was a good survival story and a good story about trauma in children and overcoming bad circumstances. Mind you, it’s a very dramatized story about that, but nonetheless it worked. The actual thriller aspect was a lot less heavy than the synopsis suggested. However, the writing style of flashbacks was great storytelling and the characters, especially Cory, were pretty well-rounded. I really enjoyed this one, even more than the last St...
  • Alicia
    The change in chronology from about sixteen months ago to the present is what kept the action moving as twin brothers discover a girl in a trunk and are then part of a more sinister plot that leaves them battered and broken when that sometimes seemed tame to the things they experience from their deadbeat and abusive father. It's a bit bloated but felt action-oriented and thriller-esque for fans of this mystery thriller genre with typical elements...
  • Jennifer
    Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels is a book about twin brothers, their horrible father and how they ended up in the foster care system. My above description of this book sounds vague and that is because I want it to be. This is one of those books where you need to read everything in order to understand all the events and I don't want to spoil that for anyone so I will keep it vague. I will say, however, that the beginning of the book was pretty slow...
  • Maureen
    I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this slow burn, psychological thriller. I found myself heavily invested in the characters, hoping against hope for the Bik brothers. Cory stole my heart. My other favorite character was Benny. He was unpredictable, terrifying and spot on. The scene with Benny and the brothers on the bridge is horrifyingly realistic. The tension never flags and the pace picks up when they discover the girl in the trunk, but wit...
  • Stephanie Ward
    3.5 StarsDeadfall is a thrilling new young adult mystery that fans of survivalist fiction are going to love. Here's what I liked and disliked about the book: Liked:Characters - The twins, Ty and Cory, are completely different in almost every way but they stick together and have each others' backs no matter what. I liked getting to know both of them throughout the story, especially Cory who we get to know even better in the 'present' part of the b...
  • Alexander Highfield
    Deadfall began with real promise, its structure – alternating between the increasingly recent past and the present in the style of a film noir – plus some choice ‘reveals’ along the way meant I was keen to keep reading and find out how the increasingly complicated plot would tie up in the end. However, it proved far too long with too many confusing passages which served to undermine its own ending. The plot revolves around twin brothers C...
  • Kathy Martin
    This story begins when Benny Bic takes his twin 16-year-old sons Cory and Ty on a road trip for their birthday. Benny is a drunk who has taken to physically abusing Cory since his wife left the family a couple of years earlier. Ty is the one who is the most like their father, including his anger issues. Cory is more sensitive. He's fat, bright, interested in cooking, and is coming to believe that he is gay. The road trip isn't something either of...
  • ElphaReads
    Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book!If you advertise a book that involves two brothers on the run who find a kidnap victim in the trunk of a car, I will probably be enticed. Given that reality, it's not surprising that I was interested in DEADFALL by Stephen Wallenfels. I was lucky enough to get an eARC from NetGalley. So I dove in, hoping for something that would keep me on the edge of my seat.Cory and Ty, twin ...
  • Jackie
    A trapped in the wilderness thriller that seems to be Wallenfells go to has just enough intrigue to keep you guessing as the past and present meet resulting a bloody conclusion. “Deadfall” goes back and forth in time telling the story of twin brothers Ty and Cory trying to make a life with an absent mother and deadbeat dad whose get rich quick plans go from bad to worse. I’m the present, the brothers are in the woods in a stolen car when th...
  • Elisquared
    I'm not typically a big mystery/thriller fan; I prefer my books a little bit more fantastical. But there sometimes comes a book that peaks my interest, and I pick it up. Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels was one such book, and is going on my small thriller shelf after reading this tense survivalist rollercoaster.At the heart of this story you find two brothers trying to survive and overcome obstacle after obstacle, who grew up within very abusive ho...
  • Tamara Morning
    Title: DeadfallAuthor: Stephen WallenfelsGenre: Thriller, YARating: 4 out of 5Ty and Cory Bic are running away from the danger and drama in their lives when they come upon a dying deer in the middle of the road, and tire tracks swerving off the road beside it. Though they need to disappear without a trace, they follow the tracks and find an empty car. The banging from the trunk reveals Astrid, so traumatized she doesn’t speak, and they realize ...
  • Kasey
    CNF at 60%. Probably one of the better books in my CNF folder, but still in the folder nonetheless. This story dragged out and could not hold my interest. The author lacked voice and an engaging MC to the point where the mystery of the story and the continuous cliffhangers couldn’t even keep me turning the page. I tried to finish it, I really did, but 2019 is not going to be the year I force myself to read every uninteresting novel I pick up.
  • Shaunna
    The alternating timelines were interesting at first, but lost their luster (hehe) about half way through. What liked most about this book was the relationship between the twins. What I didn’t like about their relationship was how manipulative and hotheaded one of them could be. Overall the writing style was good, but the story was predictable and didn’t seem very ‘thriller-esque’ because of it.
  • ReD
    The change of perspective was confusing in the beginning; first few chapters, it was hard to tell that it was Cory narrating. This is a nice, contained book. It doesn't deviate from the plot described. I got exactly what I was promised on the inside cover flap.3.5I have mixed feelings but overall it was a good way to pass the time. I feel like I could recommend this one to some of my reluctant readers when I worked at the library. It was blissful...
  • Erin Schmidt
    So I would give this book 3.5 stars if that was possible. I cant believe with the adult content in the book that it is considered YA, but I would recommend this book for kids maybe 16 and older. The story itself was pretty intriguing, albeit it took me a few chapters to get into it. I think the ending is weak and everything is too clean by the end. Everything was just a little too far fetched to be real, but it was still an entertaining read.
  • Lectus
    I didn't find the narrative interesting. The story starts in the past, 16 months ago, and then jumps to the present. For some reason, I wasn't interested in the past though I know it was somehow tied to the present. In short, this book was not for me.Thank you Netgalley for providing mt with a free copy of this title.
  • eta
    Actual Rating: 4.5whew...i’ve never been so stressed out by a book before. (which is totally a compliment in this case)it was suspenseful, had realistic characters, and a very well plotted thriller. The ONLY reason I docked .5 is because the ending felt a little rushed + I wasn’t SUPER shocked by some of the twists, which doesn’t personally bother me. Other than that? Great!
  • Dianna
    I received a copy of this book for the blog tour. Opinions shared are mine. I loved the edgy back-and-forth mystery of Deadfall. There are a lot of dark topics included in the plot, but they’re not so detailed that I wouldn’t let my teen read it. Fast paced and sometimes frenetic, this book will have you turning page after page trying to read just one more chapter.
  • Isabella Hardester
    A little slow at first but when it really picked up it has me in its hooks. A great story about running away from demons of the past, brotherhood, and getting into the middle of things you weren't meant to see. Glad I stuck with it and finished it.
  • Becky Price
    This book kept my interest and kept me reading until the end, but I did feel it was playing the topics brought up a little too safe. I did like that it had me guessing and that I didn't guess correctly (which rarely happens), and I also liked that I was able to relate to Corey so well. I usually have a harder time getting into books with male leads, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I was expecting a much darker book so that was a prett...
  • Allysa
    Interesting story, a little slow but developed into a solid action suspense story.
  • Andrea Dillon
    Started off pretty strong but quickly became muddled. The bouncing timeline and strange correlations made it just blah.
  • Curtis Davenport
    While the premise grabbed my attention because it deals with brothers (twins even), the writing style wasn't for me.
  • Derek Ford
    This is a solid book! Drugs, murder, a stash of money....a secret shelter? Told in a back and forth style that works, Wallenfells had me hooked from the beginning.
  • Randie
    3.5 stars. Not sure how I feel about this one. I guess I thought it would be better than it was. Will try something else by this author, but definitely not one that would be on my gotta read it list.
  • Amber Dawn
    A dual timeline that jumps between explaining the boys history and what they are running from in the present. It does a good job of keeping with the suspense and adding some light hearted moments in a very dark book.