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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"A good continuation of the Roy Grace series"
Just finished listening to Dead Like You and I found this Roy Grace story entertaining as usual. These books make a very easy and involving listen, and I have found them to be consistently of good quality. Although I was not disappointed with this one in the least, I think it is one of the weaker ones in the series, and the twist towards the end is a little unbelievable - without giving the ending away I don't think it rings true to the character portrayal that was established earlier in the story of the particular character involved in the twist. The end of the book is also a little limp. Nevertheless, I would not wish to give the wrong impression - I still found this to be a good story that is well narrated and which kept me looking forward to the next time I would listen to the book. It was still a very enjoyable listen.
"FAR TOO LONG"
DLY starts quite promisingly, however, it never seems to get going. Everyone is a designer shoe fetishist which quickly becomes snoozerama. The ending is very unsatisfying. I have grudgingly awarded two stars, it sort of deserves that rating (just). IMHO I would choose another book.
I enjoyed this novel, it is well narrated and fast moving. I did find the assumption that so many people have shoe fetishes, to be a bit irritating, and the story was absolutely obsessed by this. Mainly I enjoyed the story, although I find that some of the main characters have a very odd way of responding or behaving.
"More of a horror novel than a crime novel."
Wasn't at all what I expected. The book is largely first person narratives from various men who fantasise about raping women, killing women and women's' shoes. There is very little detection or suspense. I found it boring and unnecessarily filled with poor descriptions of women in distress and men wanting to cause distress to women. I suppose some people look for that in a book and if you normally read horror novels perhaps this one is for you. Not great for those who like either character development or detection in their crime novels.
It was a very enjoyable listen. It would probably have been far better to have gone through them in the correct order but I went out of sequence after the first one so it didn't seem to matter after that, as they are complete stories anyway. All in all I would recommend whether you have read any or none of the previous ones in the series.
"Well up to Peter James usual standard"
This is an excellent story, perfectly narrated by David Bauckham - more from both please!
"brilliant & the narrator is excellent"
ive listened to all the 'roy grace' books and this one is probably 'one of the best'. though they are all excellent. like the narrator - not always easy to be 'sleazy & pervy'. but this reader manages it very well! well worth a listen. much recommended
"South Coast thriller"
Peter James writes about the seedier side of a lovely town, Brighton. The descriptions of the places is fascinating as I have been to many of the places described in the book, so it makes the story more personal. The style and pace of the book is not relentless but is definitely a page turner, or in this case, just listen till then end of the chapter. A fantastic commuting book, pace, pathos and flashes of humour. Surprisingly, the romance in the novel adds a piquancy that I think all male listeners will appreciate.
"Crime by the sea"
As a native Brightonian living in Australia, I really like this series of novels. Peter James describes the town and the way it feels to the locals very well.
Dead Like You is another superb narrative and the plot thinkens and turns to the end.
"Three-dimensional suspense thriller"
Builds upon the Roy Grace franchise with a complex plot and detailed insight into the mind of a fetishist. Kept all the plot options open for as long as possible and left a satisfying twist hanging at the end.
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