Howard & Debbie
A novel by Max Mobley
Lonely loser Howard Feck has just fallen in love over the internet. His online paramour, the sexy and vivacious Deborah Fairchild, seems to be every man’s dream girl. Howard sure lucked out. But when he arrives in Deborah’s small town to consummate their digital relationship, he learns a dangerous truth: Deborah Fairchild is actually the fictitious online persona of violent sociopath Debbie Coomb. If only he had learned this before Debbie kidnapped him. Normally Debbie kills the men she lures into her isolated farmhouse, but Howard’s innocence and kindness has disarmed her. Soon their relationship evolves from hostage and kidnapper to husband and wife. Everything seems to be working out fine until a major event in their relationship unleashes painful memories of severe past abuses. She returns to her horribly violent ways, forcing an ill-prepared Howard to defend himself and save Debbie from herself.
Packed full of hope, horror, and humor, along with surprising twists, Howard & Debbie casts a strange and sensitive eye toward love in the digital age, domestic violence, and the dual price of loneliness and revenge.
Praise for HOWARD & DEBBIE
"A briskly paced, character-driven tale of deceit and betrayal... this imaginative work of fiction offers all the serpentine plot twists that thrill-seeking horror fans crave. Mobley demonstrates a distinct and remarkable knack for suspense." - Kirkus Reviews
"A unique, unusual, riveting, page-turner of a read from cover to cover, "Howard & Debbie" showcases author Max Mobley's impressive and distinctive storytelling style." - Midwest Book Review
"Howard & Debbie will take you on an emotional roller coaster, a Grand Guignol wild ride full of horror, humor, rage, and tenderness. It isn't always easy to read, but it's impossible to put down."
―Erik Tarloff, author of The Woman in Black
“Howard & Debbie is one of the most original novels I’ve read in a very long time. Provocative, meticulously crafted, and razor-sharp. A poignant, heart-wrenching tale told with a fresh breath of humor and style. Max Mobley is a name you’re going to soon hear a lot about.”
―Martin Jay Weiss, acclaimed author of The Second Son and Flamingo Coast