Homicide cops Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano take the lead on the case, uncovering a plethora of eerie clues, each more warped and spine-chilling than the last. Yet the identity of Karen's pitiless killer remains a mystery. Then the next victim is found upriver at an abandoned waterworks, posed with an unlikely object in her clasped hands. Struggling to link the victims and make sense of the madman's agenda, Byrne and Balzano follow his twisted trail, which stretches into a past of dark crimes forgotten by all but a few. Sifting through suspects and clues, they unearth a shocking secret history: a legacy of malevolence and cold-blooded retribution dating back 20 years.
This razor sharp and jolting thriller from acclaimed author Richard Montanari coils back in time to deliver a fiendish mystery, a shattering revelation, and one hell of a wild ride. Lock your doors and turn up the lights. Montanari's terrifying bedtime story will keep you up all night.
©2007 Richard Montanari; (P)2007 Books on Tape
I absolutely love the narrator Scott Brick because he brings the story to life. I love the characters in this book-you actually meet them in previous books. In Merciless, there is suspense, drama, action, comedy, dry humor and a feeling of knowing the characters. I am definately looking forward to his future books and hope that Scott Brick will be the narrator of them too.
This novel lives up to its title as a suspense novel. The bad guy is a bad guy, there are a number of intertwined plots that are mostly brought together well at the end and nearly all of the loose ends are tied up. Character development is only fair. That is the characters are strong with complex personalities but don't for the most part develop much further through the novel than at the beginning. Overall a most enjoyable suspense novel to listen to.
This was a suspenseful listen and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were several plots/subplots going on and I kept guessing who the serial killer of the central plot was going to turn out to be. I was wrong a bunch! I like Scott Brick as a narrator and he delivered a solid performance. You can always differentiate between his characters by his accent. It was nice to have Pennsylvanian city/countryside/river described--it was very believable and certainly reminded me of visits to the area.
I would like to read more about the detectives in the story. I think you will be happy with this novel.
This was a twisty turning and all together a great book to listen to. Suspensful plot and great narrator. I actually sat in my car in my driveway so I could hear the ending.
I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHY THIS BOOK COST ME TWO CREDITS. IT WAS NOT EVEN WORTH ONE. IT WAS REALLY THAT BAD. I HAD TO FAST FORWARD TOWARD THE END. THE FIRST BOOK OF THE SERIES, THE ROSARY GIRLS, WAS GREAT. GOOD STORY,INTERESTING CHARACTERS. THIS BOOK WAS PREDICTABLE AND THE CHARACTERS WERE CHEESEY. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME.
I forced myself to listen to this. The prose is overwritten to the point of being just plain hoaky. "She was the light of my life!" and "She was a woman now and that's why she was no longer a child." (or something equally ridiculous). Or how about a veteran police officer who weeps because a girl has been murdered? Sorry. I know veteran cops. They don't weep. Maybe they shake their heads or click their tongues, but weeping? I don't think so. Perhaps that one was ready for retirement.
The whole book is like that. I choked back a few laughs at everyone's self righteous indignation. The narrator didn't help, either. He seemed to play into every melodramatic turn of phrase like an afternoon soap actress. And his woman's voice needs work. I had a few silent guffaws over that one, too.
Don't waste your money.
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First - I highly recommend this novel! This is the third book in a series so I recommend starting with the first although it isn't necessary to enjoy this one. It is suspenseful and a mystery although the listener isn't given enough information to solve the mystery while listening, which allows for more plot twists and anticipation. I liked this book a lot, as I did the first two in this series. It is extremely descriptive which is mostly a good thing, although I could do with a bit less of that regarding the murder scenes and victims, but it seems to be the way Richard Montanari writes. Since I really enjoy his novels overall, I just deal with the horrific scenes as they come and get through them to the next part of the story. If you enjoy suspense novels with a strong plot and many twists that keep you guessing, you will really like these books. Scott Brick is certainly one of the best narrators and he does an excellent job with these novels. It's a very good fit.
This is the best of the series. Scott Brock does an excellent job as the reader, adding to the listening experience.
This detective/suspense story has some interesting characters in the partners who lead the investigation for a serial killer (Moon) who poses his victims in doll like situations near a watercourse.
While initially intriguing, especially the sections of the book in which Moon is the first peron narrator,the underlying mystery and its resolution rely on coincidences that stretch the imagination beyond belief and will leave you dissatisfied with the writer's plot line by the end.
The other disappointing aspect is the narrator's voice. He lacks a sense of the plot as he reads and so reads many of the lines with no sense of their meaning ie an overly dramatic tone for material that is simply boring plot update. His attempts at a female voice make the female characters sound like deflating barbie dolls - a real irriation. He might be easier to listen to if you speak North American accented English but I recommend that you listen to him first before you buy to see if you can tolerate him.
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