Three massacres, two detectives, one writer, zero answers.
Freelancer Kendall Jennings writes fluff pieces for women's magazines. When a horrific massacre occurs at Café Amaretto, she scores an exclusive interview with a survivor. Suddenly, she's the go-to reporter for the crime.
Investigating veteran detective Lance O'Grady and his partner, Trip, are tasked with finalizing the open and shut case. Seven people are dead at the hands of an unprovoked killer wielding an axe.
Then another mass killing occurs. This time, arson and 10 eldercare facility residents die in the blaze. Then it happens again. Even more shocking: a mother with a gun goes on a rampage at a family birthday party. The crimes have no motive, and Lance O'Grady is left wondering how evil can strike twice in such a short space of time.The only connection is that the killers share one odd detail: none have a murderer's profile. Ordinary citizens suddenly just became killers.
Drawn deeper inside the crime investigation, Kendall finds herself not only clashing with O'Grady but also struggling with old demons. What Kendall and O'Grady don't realize is they are caught in a plot far greater reaching than just these crimes. Someone is sending a message. And unless they can decipher the meaning, very soon, many more will die.
Deadly Messengers, a pause-resisting thriller, poses the question: Does a killer lurk inside everyone? The answer may prove more frightening than the crimes.
Narrated by Anne JohnstonBrown, winner of the 2012 Audible Female Voice Award.
©2015 Susan May (P)2016 Susan May
An epidemic of unexplained serial killings. Killers with no apparent motives. Police Detectives desperately searching for answers before more people are killed. A writer with a troubled past caught up in the unfurling events.
In Deadly Messengers, Susan May has skillfully blended these ingredients into a thriller that keeps readers on the edges of their seats from the first page to the last. At times, this book reminds me of a Robin Cook thriller because May takes snippets of real-life research and then logically extrapolates them in ways that are not unimaginable in today's world. However, like Cook's protagonists, there are times where May's characters act in head-scratching ways that defy logic. Books and movies of this genre already require some suspension of belief to be thoroughly enjoyed and this book is no exception to that general rule. Overall, however, readers who like these kinds of books will not be disappointed in the tale that May has crafted. CAUTIONARY NOTE: This book does contain several scenes of graphic violence and squeamish readers should be aware of that when making their buying decision.
Anne Johnstonbrown, the 2013 Audible Best Female Audio Book Narrator award winner, adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the book for those readers who prefer to "hear" their books rather than read them. Ms. Johnstonbrown's voice is pleasant and she does a nice job of using vocal changes to differentiate characters. This audiobook also includes a brief bonus commentary by Ms. May, wherein she explains how she came up with several key plot points for her book.
"Deadly Messengers: Reader Alert, beautiful trumpet-shaped might ruin your South American vacation!"
Susan May's enthralling work certainly won't! This is one of the best books I've had the absolute pleasure to read/listen to in months. Journey into the heads of our stars as they attempt to unravel this mass murder mystery. All the necessaries are lurking about--drugs, bad guys, good cops, fast food!!! What more is needed? A great plot! Deadly Messengers had that; oh does it have that! Intriguing, fast-paced, surprising twists here and there and more! It's time for you to dive in---dare you....
It is easy to drop words like 'stunning' and 'unmissable' into a review, but in this case they truly are applicable. In addition to an intriguing story of mass murder and mayhem, Susan May has used her superb word building skills to draw vivid pictures in her readers' heads with delicious lines such as, 'blue ice traveling at light speed', 'eyes as white as dinner plates on the table', and 'Blood is thicker than oil. They don't mix.' From the novel's inception, the reader is looking through the eyes and mind of an obsessive, soon to be killer. But something is wrong, this isn't a straightforward crime in the making. The tension is palpable, the expectation intense, what happens is electric - and confusing.
I am new to the writings of author, Susan May, having previously only encountered one short story. This I will have to remedy as her writing skills are well above average, sentences carefully crafted. Her character development is skilful, too, creating three dimensional people to travel through her pages for whom we can feel empathy, sorrow or, simply, dislike. In this audio version she has been wonderfully assisted by narrator, Anne Johnstonbrown, who breaths life into each one of the protagonists whether in a leading role or just a bit player. Each voice is different and perfectly matched to the character. Her text reading, too, is well paced and , apart from an add pronunciation of three or four words, for example 'babble' instead of 'Bable', flawless. Hers is, indisputably, the best female narration I have heard.
There is a brief but interesting insert at the end of the audio, given by Ms.May herself, about how the book came into being and with a quick note on the contents. Only about five minutes in duration, it is worth hearing as well as acting as a cool down after the book's finale. My profound thanks to the author for gifting me a copy - I did not know what to expect and I would have hated to have missed it. So, for anyone who enjoys excellent writing, well performed, in the investigative thriller mystery genre, and isn't afraid of the spilling of blood, lots of blood, this Audiobook really is unmissable.
Love listening to audio books. The greatest invention
A suspenseful story that keeps you listening until the end. Three massacres, a detective and a reporter are all involved together somehow. The reporter is given the task of finding out more and it's definitely not easy. Danger lurks everywhere. Loved being able to listen as I could carry on with whatever I needed to do. The reading made the story so realistic.
Have iPod - will listen!!!
Police detective O’Grady and freelance journalist Kendall are thrown together after the first of several brutal mass killings. Investigation shows that none of the killers have the profile of a murderer, and yet, these ordinary people have committed heinous crimes. Surely there is a connection – after all, there is no such thing as coincidence, right?
A thrilling listen, with Anne Johnstonebrown (Audible Female Narrator of the Year 2012) narrating this intriguing tale of mass murder and the lengths people can go to, to get their message across. The twist is well plotted and the characters nicely portrayed. The short chapters keep the story moving at an exciting pace and Anne’s versatile voice is well suited to this story. Although there is some gory detail of the crimes committed, it is just enough for one to get the picture without being left with nightmares! My only gripe with this tale was the rather abrupt ending – I felt it could have been fleshed out a little more. I did however, enjoy the epilogue, which fulfilled my HEA need!
This book scores a solid four and a half stars from me and is highly recommended for those who enjoy the mystery / thriller genres.
I received a copy from the author in return for an honest review.
This is a book that grabbed me from the first sentence & never let go throughout the book.
The writing is wonderful, the characters well developed and the narrator is great!
If you love a thriller full of twists, surprises, tension & a surprise ending, then this book is for you!
Tell us about yourself! : I am an author who loves to read, more like loves to listen, since I spend so much time writing.
I first read Deadly Messengers in it's infancy and loved it then. I'm an audiobook lover and was excited when I discovered the book in audio. The story opens with a powerful scene in which a young man is set on murder, and he has no control over it. Susan has done an excellent job of keeping the reader in suspense. As each killer in the story approaches the intended victim's, I found myself holding my breath, even having already read the book. An added bonus to the story is the narrator, Anne Johnstonbrown, who has long been one of my favorites. Don't hesitate to read or listen to this story.
are those that are possible. This is one of those stories. Is there a killer lurking inside us? Can our dark side be released by a common drug? This book explores that possibility with terrifying realness. Is the person in line behind you someone who could suddenly explode, drawing a gun, or worse, an axe?
Excellent audio book would recommend this first class thriller. A freelance writer drawn into a mass murder investigation
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