Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning....
Lizzy Gardner was just 17 when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.
Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a successful private investigator and self-defense instructor. Wracked with guilt over being the only victim to survive, she's devoted her life to helping others protect themselves from the horrors she endured. But a single phone call brings the terror of the past crashing back. Spiderman has returned and this time, he has no intention of letting Lizzy go. So begins a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, a terrifying, heart-pounding hunt for vengeance that only one will survive.
©2012 T. R. Ragan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Enjoyable story, easy to listen to. Hold your attention to the end BUT the torture scenes are quite disturbing.
I did like this book BUT, the narrator was almost robotic at times, a couple of times sounding like she was reading a Dick and Jane book, so simplistic were the words/sentences. I got past it but it would creep up again in the next chapter so it never completely went away. Sometimes it did feel like you may have missed something and I didn't really find the reasoning of the killer that enthralling. There wasn't much depth there. And everything seemed a little too convienient with certain things. I felt at a point that it started to loose direction and things got a little more convienient and not told real well. I also didn't care too much for the ending. Anti climatic. Overall tho, I didn't shut it off, the story kept my interest, even with all this other stuff I didn't care for. I gave it a borderline 3.
I just couldn't get in to this book. The author seems to be cramming info in your brain so fast, as to get all the info out there. Kinda like an outline put on paper with no fillers. All the characters have dysfunctional families and she keeps piling one fact on top of the other about them. I just couldn't get attached to any of her characters. Lizzy is just plainly stupid sometimes and Ragan makes the FBI out to be bumbling idiots.The whole story just doesn't flow well. I kept wanting to give up on the book, then kept giving it another chance. Made it through this one, but wasn't happy that I bought the other 2 in the series. I'll go back to John Sandford, Michael Connelly, and James Lee Burke for a good crime mystery. Now, those guys know how to write a good book.
This book is definitely an edge of your seat "what happens next" page turner kind of listen. I thought the characters were well developed and I liked the way the past was tied to the present. I was not prepared for the finale when the antagonist's identity is finally revealed and why he did what he did. I think Kate Rudd's voice although whiney at times suited the part she was reading since the main character does complain about memory loss and nightmares having to do with her abduction. I hesitated purchasing because of the low price but am happy I finally purchased it. I will read the rest of the series.
The developed characters with a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
It had the twists and turns of a Patterson or Grisham book.
This is a great book that I would recommend to anyone who is looking to get into a good book. It definitely keeps your attention from start to finish.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
I've listened to much better in this genre...it was on sale so I tried it. I probably will not continue on with the series. I still have a hard time listening to Kate Rudd, I am trying to like her style but just can't get there.
Married "mom" of 3 crazy dogs and 1 cat! I developed a love for reading just after college & only recently for audio. Loving it so far!
The story is good... I didn't want to like Lizzy, but I did. I also think the ending was clever.... Karma!
It was interesting & I liked the idea of it! Some of the thoughts came out of no where, but it is just a story - for entertainment purposes, so it doesn't really have to be logical.
The narrator almost RUINED this for me!! More than once I wanted to turn it off!! Her hard pronunciation of "TO" made it almost unbearable!! Other times, her narration makes a tense moment almost seem silly. She is either too sickeningly sweet sounding or robotic! My curiosity (the reason I like mysteries) about the ending is what made me continue listening. If I had the e-book along with this book, I would have stopped listening and started reading, but I only have the audio for this one, so I finished it. I found myself wondering if this was her first narration....
I gasped aloud once or twice.
My main complaint is that the author seemed to run out of cliches and repeated them over and over.... "for the record" for example!! I think it was repeated about 8 times in the first half of the book! It got on my nerves. I did enjoy this book - and in the end, I bought the next two - even with the same narrator. I hope she gets better with each book.
Once again a promising start of an audible selection fades into an uneven; sometimes excellent piece of literature. But at other times her dialogue is often reminiscent of a predictable network crime show. Ragan's third person writing is the strength of this work and is at times very good. Unfortunately all too often she falls back on cliches; particularly in regards to her dialogue. This is a selection that I recommend with reservations. There are enough positive aspects in this book that i'm willing to purchase her next work. Ms. Ragan is a talented writer and hopefully her future works will reflect the natural growth of most writers.
I really liked this book, but its beginning was creepy. The character is abducted and the villain likes to instill fear in his victims, particularly with creepy, crawly, poisonous critters. The author's descriptions are good enough for you to feel like you're there, too. Eeeeww.
I liked the main character Lizzy, and I appreciate the way Ragan has not rushed her (in this book, nor the next 2) through the healing process of a traumatic event and the subsequent PTSD and flashbacks that revive themselves as her nightmare, Spiderman, returns.
The plot was interesting and suspenseful, and the characters were engaging. I no sooner finished this one when I raced through the next 2. Now I must wait until July for book 4, but I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
This is a stand-alone mystery, but the characters continue in the series and you'll want to find out how they are handling themselves after (this) crisis subsides.
"Want a page turner?"
A page turner!
Hayley was like many if the children/young people that I taught.
I wanted to know more!
This book was one to keep interest and moved at a fairly fast pace. How realistic didn't come into it. It isn't a deep read but I should imagine a painful one if you have been involved in any of these types of abuse.
"Predictable and dull"
I really wanted this to be good. I'd had to give up on the book I was listening to before this and needed my faith restored. It sounded a safe bet. In fact, it really should have been good, the concept is good but it's just not gripping. There's little or no tension and I found myself really not caring about any of the characters.
"good but could be great"
I don’t usually listen to this kind of book and only got it because it was on offer. Saying that I don’t feel that I wasted my money and enjoyed it very much.
I felt that most of the women appeared strong and very self-reliant which is a nice change to the usual kidnapping and assault stories. The plot kept me engaged and needing to know what’s next. So much so that I read it with-in 3 days, a bit of a recorded.
The only complaint I might have is that the ending left me feeling rather flat. This my be because the rest of the book is so fast moving or it might be that everything seemed to be so neatly rounded and finished so fast. A bit like having a steak meal followed by an after eight chocolate instead of a big sticky steamed pud.
A good idea for a story, but I have to confess to feeling disappointed. The story is based around the main character building her life back up after being abducted whilst the abductor begins stalking her after a gap of a few years. I expected a bit more suspense and drama, and felt the sentimental side of the book was the main focus and not to my taste. I found I couldn't connect to the main character at all, and although well read felt the style of the narration played up to the sentimentality.
A reasonable book but won't be rushing to listen to it again. Pity.
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