Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you....
The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender....
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed 'Shoe Man' and was believed to have raped five women before murdering his sixth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced?
When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that they are dealing with the same man. And that by delving back into the past - a time in which we see Grace and his missing wife Sandy still apparently happy together - he may find the key to unlocking the current mystery. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to identify and save the life of the new sixth victim....
Dead Like You is the sixth novel in the multi-million copy bestselling Roy Grace series from number one author Peter James.
©2010 Peter James (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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"Great story but very disturbing"
Another good book in the Roy Grace series. Anyone who has read other Peter James books will expect disturbing subject matter as previous ones feature snuff movies organ trafficking being buried alive etc.
This one focuses on a serial rapist with additional perversions which James outlines with some detail. I found it uncomfortable at times and my wife found it quite unpleasant with the level of detail and the plausibility of it all, but the plot is compelling and the scenes are not gratuitous but important to the story.
As other reviewers point out there is not much development of the back story of Grace, Cleo or Branson with more of a focus on the suspects and victims, but thats fine for me. This book will work as a stand alone book, though it does follow on in sequence and so it probably makes more sense to read/ listen after books 1 to 5
Im getting used to the narration by David Bauckham , whilst he is definitely not the best narrator I have encountered (he is no Sean Barrett ) I think he does a reasonable job and doesn't spoil the book for me. Not sure he adds anything over the printed copy though.
"fantastic storyline "
this book left me waiting for the next installment. thrilling Peter James at his best...
"Another good one from Peter James"
I always like a Peter James novel and this didn't diappoint
I dont have that sort of life
"Another great one"
Good narrator. Listened to this one really fast as it was so enjoyable. Bit sordid with the shoe angle and the attack bits hung on your mind for awhile after.
"Like this series of books. Maybe not my favourite."
This book was gripping but I didn't like the subject matter and the amount of sexual violence against women. Actually made me feel a bit nervous getting out of my car in the dark evenings.
The whole shoe theme was just creepy.
"Another fab story!"
My 6th Roy Grace book and I think they keep getting better! Gripping from start to finish.
"Brilliant story once again from Peter James"
Really enjoyed this book. a bit grisly to listen to in some parts but James' books always keep me hooked to the end.
I'm reading the books in order and like the way all the books have a connection.
"Contrived, awful narration."
I mistakenly bought this book, as once it got going I recalled how awful the previous one was. I thought it was never going to end, and it didn't. Far too much left hanging, presumably to get you to buy the next book - no thanks! The narrator was as bored as me I think.
Typical Peter James: hooky plot, great momentum. Shoe talk a bit far fetched but that kind of fitted in. Personally I tend to struggle with the dialogue in all his books - it is too writery to be plausible at times and that jolts me out of things a bit. Not terribly keen on this narrator's 'woman' voice - he makes all women sound infuriating. Pronunciations of local places is always funny - especially the river 'adjure' which we call the Aider round here. And a copper would definitely know local names. :-).
I am new to Peter James books, but am now reading his DS Roy Grace books in order. I started with book 4 and got hooked, my husband and I were traveling a lot and his book kept us interested and wanting to hear more. Complicated plots to listen too but keeps you on your toes. I am even enjoying housework as I can listen to my book and feel like I am not wasting time. Well read and sometimes a bit gory but so good, the twist and turns keep you guessing.
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