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Perfect Nightmare | [John Saul]

Perfect Nightmare

Every parent's nightmare becomes a reality for Kara Marshall when her daughter, Lindsay, vanishes from her bedroom during the night. The police suspect that the girl is just another moody teenage runaway, angry over leaving behind her school and friends because her family is moving. But Lindsay's recent eerie claim - that someone invaded her room when the house was opened to prospective buyers - drives Kara to fear the worst.
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Publisher's Summary

Every parent's nightmare becomes a reality for Kara Marshall when her daughter, Lindsay, vanishes from her bedroom during the night.

The police suspect that the girl is just another moody teenage runaway, angry over leaving behind her school and friends because her family is moving. But Lindsay's recent eerie claim - that someone invaded her room when the house was opened to prospective buyers - drives Kara to fear the worst: a nameless, faceless stalker has walked the halls of her home in search of more than a place to live.

Patrick Shields recognizes Kara's pain - and carries plenty of his own since he lost his wife and two children in a devastating house fire. But more than grief draws Patrick and Kara together. He, too, senses the hand of a malevolent stranger in this tragedy. And as more people go missing from houses up for sale, Patrick's suspicion, like Kara's, blooms into horrified certainty.

Someone is trolling this peaceful community - undetected and undeterred - harvesting victims for a purpose no sane mind can fathom. Someone Kara and Patrick, alone and desperate, are determined to unmask. Someone who is even now watching, plotting, keeping a demented diary of unspeakable deeds...and waiting until the time is ripe for another fateful visit.

©2005 John Saul; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A creepy stalker story becomes a shrewd whodunit as Saul's latest tracks a move from tranquil suburbia to the big city....solid suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"Susie Breck and Dick Hill narrate in tag-team fashion, both shining for separate reasons - Breck for her portrayal of both the girl and the girl's mother and Hill for the kidnapper, whose distorted view of reality is horrifying in its plausibility." (AudioFile)

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    Derek Loganville, GA, United States 04-05-11
    Derek Loganville, GA, United States 04-05-11 Member Since 2002
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    "A little bit predictable"

    A Perfect Nightmare is more of a crime thriller and not what I expected based on previous Saul novels. It was an enjoyable "read" but not one of his best. It was a bit predictable. Also, while I am not one to normally complain about the narrators, I was not a fan of Dick Hill's narration. I did not think some of his voices for different characters were distinct enough. Also, the interplay between Hill and the female narrator, Susie Brock, was almost like an audio play. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it was a bit jarring. This type of production is what we normally expect from Brilliance Audio but this is not one of their best efforts either. Overall, not a bad book, but there are better crime thrillers out there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Midland, Tx, United States 04-29-12
    Brenda Midland, Tx, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't finish this one"

    Dick Hill can be such a good performer but when he decides to go over the top he's just annoying. I listened to almost half the story and then just gave up..it was a cliched story, but I knew it probably would be just from having listened to and read John Saul books in the past.
    Too much filler dialogue delivered in a too irritating performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    amber United States 04-01-13
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    "narration doesn't even match written words!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    the book is fine, the immersion narration sucks!!!! they don't follow punctuation correctly, the accents stink, and they don't follow the scripted wording of the book correctly! buy the book, but don't pay extra for narration. you will be disappointed!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the narrator's did a poor job and the voice of the killer sounded like some harmless guy at the counter of a cheap book store, not like a sick psychotic killer!!!! sad...


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    nope


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    THATZLIFE PASADENA, CA 05-17-10
    THATZLIFE PASADENA, CA 05-17-10 Member Since 2006

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    "As Usual..great suspense..."

    As always,you are left wondering whats going to happen, and it doesnt get too dull. Only problem, is towards the end (without giving any of the plot away)a lady breaks a glass, and I just felt that was so weak of the author. Its like, sometimes an author needs for something to happen, so the character does something that just doesnt fit! When she broke the window pane, I was like, now wait a minute! What?!?! Who would do that?! That makes no sense whatsoever! That just wouldnt happen! So yea...but other than that, it was an ok book. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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