Hell Comes to Hogtown by C.D Gallant-King
I also did not expect the people who died to die. One in particular really shocked me. (If I had been near my computer C.D. would have gotten an angry tweet from me.)
As for the characters, I liked the MC well enough. Dee was a bit of an asshole and I didn't find him likeable, but I think that was on purpose. The detectives (or special agents or whatever they were) were interesting, but sometimes I felt like I could use more information on them. I didn't feel like I really got to know them the way I did the MC and Dee. There were some definite creepy moments and the MC's fear was very believable. The main baddie's motivation was truly messed up and I really liked that.
This was an excellent read by a talented author. You can grab it on Amazon for $2.99.
Surprise Bonus Book: Not Until Tonight by Jessica Sankiewicz
There were things I really enjoyed about the story, but others annoyed the crap out of me. More than once I wanted to smack Haley for being too cautious about Skylar. Of course, if she didn't, it wouldn't be much of a story! I enjoyed the cast and from my understanding other books in the series will focus on them. I would have LOVED to get into Skylar's head and have the story be longer with a dual POV. One thing I did enjoy was how the author didn't go too cliche.
One big complaint I have is the description says "pretending is proving to be more difficult than she thought" Haley was pretending, but early on she decided to go for it, so she was hoping it would become real. I feel like that makes the description misleading.
Otherwise, the novella is a fun read. It's lighthearted and nice for a bit of before bed reading.