Women are missing and dying in the Triangle area of North Carolina. One woman holds the key to why. With the conclusion of the Y-Man murders nine months ago and her resignation from the FBI, former Special Agent and Behavioral Analyst Rainey Bell has finally found peace and contentment she never thought possible - even if she remains a bit paranoid. Her wariness is justified when a monster from her past rears his demonic head. Rainey has faced death and evil before - alone. Now it’s different - she has a family to protect, her own. Only Rainey can keep them alive. Or can she?
©2010 Vicki W. Thomas (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
In this follow-up to Rainey Days, FBI special agent behavioral specialist, Rainey Bell has been called in to help solve a series of violent crimes against young women. This time, there's so much more at stake because she now has a family to protect (as well as one who's reluctnant to compromise!)
Mixed into this smart puzzle is brutal violence, yes, but also a sexy romance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Taking a lot of tired cliches and wrapping them around a lesbian character doesn't make the cliches any fresher. That being said there are moments of semi-brilliance when the author is able to bring the characters to life. Unfortunately these moments are interspersed with a predictable plot line and some dialogue worthy of network television. The overall book has it's moments and the information on the criminal aspects of the plot are good. Hopefully in the future there will be a time when her main characters actually appear three dimensional. As for the reader; the same applies to her. She has a good overall pacing and at times, the right tone. Other times she seems to think her audience is a class of fifth graders.
I would not consider the audio version better, just less work for my brain. I can run and have the story with me without having to really think.
I love Katie, she makes me laugh.
I think she did an awesome job on the voice characterization. There were a couple of places where it was a little slow, but that's due to me having read the book several times and heard it differently in my head. Overall she did a great job.
Not really, but I have read it several times before listening to it. So I was prepared for what was coming. I did laugh at the funny parts.
I want MORE! Please get all of the Rainey Bell series, as well as all of R. E. Bradshaw's works. I will buy all of them.
Great story and characters. The actual reading narrative is enjoyable as well. I was truely impressed with the quality of the writing.
Having worked in the prison system, it was great to listen to a book that wasn't filled with "no one is really THAT stupid" moments that are found in many others I have read.
Not that I remember.
Some of the murder scenes are pretty graphic, but there are not too many.
Great overall book, and I am looking forward to "reading" many more by this author!
The author should have developed the story instead of focusing so much on the love story... I THOUGHT this was a suspense thriller. Its really irritating to buy a book expecting action and its full of a bunch of boring love story crap. I buy these books to keep me away while driving, this one was a real snooze fest.
No, I barely got through it myself. Would not ask that of a friend.
No, this was my first read by R. E. Bradshaw
Fine, believable, but then irritating!
If you edit out the main characters relationship with her girlfriend, then maybe, but their relationship was immature and childlike.
I found myself rolling my eyes one to many times.
Story line kept may attention from start to finish. Hard to put it down.
I've heard better
Ending was a little predictable.
"One of the better lesbian authors out there"
The Rainey Bell novels are well written books, they have good plots and contain enough romance *without* falling into that trap of using sex that just seems to be a filler for a story without adding anything to a plot.
I also find RE Bradshaw one of the more professional lesbian writers out there, and that is also reflected in the quality of the editing.
The moment I saw that the second of the Rainey Bell books had been added to the audible store I instant purchased it, and I hope that the rest will follow because I would add them to my audible library without a single hesitation. In fact, I hope all RE Bradshaw books get added as I would be happy to buy them all.
The narrator was not somebody I had heard before, she's not as good at including the range of vocal inflections that some narrators have to help you recognise which character was talking, but she's not as bad as some I've heard.
"A detective story foremost"
Audible do this odd thing where they release the second or third novel in a series before the first. That is the case here. It makes it harder to enjoy the novel without the detailed background of the first, even if the author has back filled a lot of the first novel. This is mostly a detective novel with a strong female lead. Its very well written and an engaging detective story. It does has a female relationship in it, but it is primary a detective story. Its kinda not for me really I don't mind gentle detective stories, this is darker with a serial killer who does pretty gruesome things. Some images I would prefer not to have and still stuck with me two weeks later. Although its not my thing I know many like this genre. Its very well written and a good story with a strong female lead, so I rate it highly, but not really they type of story I would have selected but I may read another one, if Audible decide to release the the first, but really I would prefer to avoid these darker detective stories. Ive still intentionally not seen Silence of the Lambs.
The story starts of well but then becomes predictable and rather boring. It's a shame as the thriller side of the book was intriguing to begin with but then falls apart. It was overly descriptive for my taste and when I heard the word 'always' being repeated I wanted to scream. I will not be rushing to buy any more of Bradshaw's books.
The narration was fine
"A great thriller"
This is a well written well paced thriller and well narrated. The second book in the Rainey series but works very well as a stand alone book too.
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