It's hard to recognize the devil when his hand is on your shoulder. That's because a psychopath is just a person before he becomes a headline... Psychopaths have preferences for Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts coffee, denim or linen, Dickens or... well, you get the point.
Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn has seen more than her share of psychopaths. She is ready to put all that behind her, building a new life in Tucson with a husband, friends, and some nice quiet work as a private investigator. Sure, she could still kill a man half her age, but she now gets her martial arts practice by teaching self-defense at a women's shelter. But sometimes it isn't that simple.
When her sister-in-law dies, Brigid take in her 17-year-old niece Gemma-Kate. There has always been something unsettling about Gemma-Kate, but family is family. Which is fine, until Gemma-Kate starts taking an unhealthy interest in dissecting the local wildlife. Meanwhile, Brigid agrees to help a local couple by investigating the death of their son - which also turns out not to be that simple. Her house isn't the sanctuary it used to be, and new dangers - including murder - seem to lurk everywhere. Brigid starts to wonder if there is anyone she can trust, or if the devil has simply moved closer to home.
Becky Masterman's Fear the Darkness is the masterful follow-up to the Edgar Award and CWA Gold Dagger finalist Rage Against the Dying.
©2014 Becky Masterman (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
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I chose Rage Against the Dying (the first book in the series) on a whim. I loved the narrator, Judy Kaye, who read the Sue Grafton's Alphabet mysteries. I enjoyed the first Brigid Quinn mystery and was looking so forward to the 2nd. When I found out there was a different narrator, I was disappointed but because I enjoyed the story; I gave it a try. Even better than the first. Suzanne Toren does a marvelous job narrating this story. She gives life to each character, and the story is wonderful. Brigid is a "retired" agent trying to settle down but something or someone always keeps her in the game. At first the details seem so wide apart that you think there is no way everything can be related. Once again, Masterman does a splendid job weaving a story web of twists. I truly didn't see it coming. Looking forward to the 3rd in the series.
Humor - Brigid (through the narrator) just makes you crack up constantly. As hard as she tries, she will always have her career as a part of her life.
All were splendid. She gives life to each one. Brigid and Mallory were definitely my favorites. She does a great job differentiating between them.
Who Can You Trust? Brigid's niece comes to live with her after her ailing mother dies. Like Brigid, Gemma Kate is definitely a Quinn to the bone. Is Brigid going crazy or is GK a psychopathic nut job?
The narrator deserves so much of the credit in these books. They truly make the Audible experience enjoyable.
I was a little disappointed after enjoying book 1 so much. I found myself getting increasingly annoyed with the characters. Too much suspending my disbelief.... How everyone else noticed Brigid looking terrible and walking oddly - except for her own spouse? How no one cared about her driving while acting odd? Faces into airbags don't create concussions?
I love this character but don't make her so dumb!
Finally, the wonderfully narrated voice of Brigid which I enjoyed in the first book seemed to break in & out of a strange southern drawl in book 2. Where did that come from?
Please write book 3. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...
I don't remember how I heard about the author's first book, Rage Against the Dying. Maybe it was fascination with the title. But I loved it. And anxiously awaited another. This is it and I loved this one too. I'm a tough rater too.
So often in audiobooks, it seems hard to keep characters straight. Not so with Masterman's writing.
Protagonist Is a female retired FBI agent with a long history of violence, in both her personal and professional lives, now married to a former priest. This is a really intriguing match which stands firm through some real tests.
Except for husband Carlo and two dogs, there weren't carryover characters from the earlier book. (Except for one phone call with a former colleague and discussion with the local ME.) I hope in future books she develops a wider circle around her.
Again I look forward to the next chapter in the life of this woman.
Someone with lower standards? And I'm telling you, I truly lowered my bar in order to enjoy these thrillers/suspense books I have gotten into reading lately.
This is what bothers me. I really like the premise, I think the story had so much potential. It was pretty original compared to other books I have read. I liked the idea of the main character and I think it could have been great if it hadn't been for the author's childish need of inserting ridiculous, retarded stories(basically bragging) of her previous work in the bureau. For example, the story had many moments of great suspense in which i was really caught in it and then out of the blue she would say something like: " I am not one to scare easily, having infiltrated in the Mexican cartel once blah blah" ughh ruining the moment. But I did find the story interesting and suspenseful and I wanted to know what was going to happen ( I am not one to stick with a book even if I don't like it, I just stop reading it) and kept me "on the edge" until the very end when a useless, totally unjustified. amateurish, twist is shoved into the story. Just for the sake of the twist. I don't want to say more and add spoilers but I felt cheated by the ending. Even with the bragging I would have still given it 3 stars but adding an illogical twist to a story is condescending and insulting to the reader.
MMM I guess, yeah I would try another one.
The unnecessary bragging and cheap stories of her job in the bureau and the ending.
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