Desperate for better ratings, radio psychologist Madeline Blair tells her listeners she’s being stalked, unaware that her long-time listener and biggest fan, Seth Brown, will do anything to protect her. When her publicity stunt is revealed, Seth becomes enraged by her deceit and dangerously unhinged.
When her friends mysteriously begin to vanish and damning evidence points to Madeline, she turns to private investigator Lizzy Gardner for help. Lizzy knows her way around a murderer’s mind, after surviving her own horrifying ordeal at the hands of a serial killer years ago.
As Lizzy closes in, Seth Brown is undeterred. Madeline wanted a stalker and now she has one. Nothing is going to stop him. He’s obsessed.
©2014 T.R. Ragan. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
This book was really good and would fall in the top half of my books as opposed to the bottom.
I thought Kate Rudd did a fine job narrating. Although sometimes a little whiney, I can picture the character she is performing being the same.
OMG the END! I will not say more.
I think this was the best in the Lizzy Gardner series. Great plot, characters fleshed out, backgrounds filled in and a really twisted seriel killer who is OBSESSED. If you listened to the first 3 in the series and liked them, then there is no reason to even hesitate for a moment. This is certainly worth the $.
Books are a big part of my life. Happiness is a beautiful evening on the houseboat with a good book :)
Tried to get into this book but no luck. Dragged and was not believable. Too many characters that were BORING.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
T. R. Ragen's Lizzy Gardner series keeps getting better. It would be difficult to imagine a more evil villain than the one in this book. Abducted, the first of the series, was a mild disappointment, but others are much better. Kate Rudd's narration is stellar.
Radio personality psychiatrist, Madeline Blair's, ratings are slipping. In a desperate attempt to draw attention to her show, she has her audience believing that she is the target of a stalker. But one listener takes her seriously - he thinks he has to protect Maddy. When the listener finds out Maddy has been lying to her listeners, his focus changes from protecting to teaching her a lesson. He becomes obsessed in his relentless pursuit.
If it would have worked, it would have been great! Unfortunately, it doesn't so I had to read the book. It's so much easier when I can carry about my day and listen.
Loved the book! T.R. Ragan writes phenomenally! I'm a big fan! I'll read all the books in this series eventually.
Awesome book!!!! Of course hate the ending. Getting ready to listen to the next book in series. Can't wait.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
3 1/2* When a radio personality fakes her own stalker one of her unstable listeners starts knocking off suspects only to find out she had been making the whole thing up. This sends him on a killing frenzy of anyone close to her. She hires Lizzy Gardner to protect her, however, after Lizzy finds out she has been lying to her she try's to drop the case.
For me, this was not a stand alone and this series should be read in order because a good deal of the book was about previous events. The narration was excellent.
I stopped listening after a few hours. I was attracted by the excellent plot line -- a radio show ditz decides saying she has a stalker will up her ratings, but this deceit enrages one of her unbalanced fans, and presto, now she really does have a stalker, a murderous one.
Unfortunately this is not a stand-alone novel, but No. 4 in a hate-men series in which the bulk of the female characters are abject failures. They all seem to have spent time in jail; one had her head shaved with one long dreadlock coming out the back like an oldtime Chinaman's pigtail. One is anorexic and rude and asocial but pretends to take care of the 4-year-old boy of some woman who she describes as "doing better," though she leaves him starving while she goes out prostituting and drugging, presumably. Not much care is on offer by Substitute Mom, as there is only food in apartment if some other friend brings it in. I can't understand why the author thinks I'd want to identify with these losers! Is their continuing failure supposed to make them "interesting," like the spate of women protags who drink like fish that we are treated to nowadays? Clue, authors: failed females are not interesting. They are just the refuse of society. Your characters don't read and people who do read are unlikely to want to identify with them.
I gave up when some of these types walk into a street gang and demand to get to kill one of the members who did a drive-by shooting (of a young girl, of course). That wasn't the improbable part: that was it being described as an "equal opportunity" street gang. They would be raped by a Korean, a black, and two white "gorillas." Now, the one thing anyone knows about street gangs (the city was not specified) is that they are rigidly segregated by race. Obviously the author decided that was just not politically correct and made up this fantasy gang that is carefully balanced for all possible population groups. This is unbelievably dumb and I stopped listening directly. There is also WAY too much back-story about all the other losers besides the main female private eye; this would have been far better as a stand-alone novel and leave all that out. I think most of these long, boring series novels would be better as stand-alones, especially if the authors are committed to undesirables as characters.
These novels are available free in both audiobook and ebook form if you are on the Amazon KindleUnlimited program for $10 a month. This is not a good sign as few are given away free in both formats. The KindleUnlimited stuff is usually pretty awful in any case, new and poor writers who aren't selling, so be warned.
I love reading and listening to these tales that T.R. Rage has so beautifully woven. Thank you for another thrill ride. Kate Rudd is amazing in her ability to really bring the characters to life with her voice!
This is not something I can answer because I did not read it beyond the first chapter
Find someone else to narrate it.
She made all the players sound like ditsy college kids, not like serious investigators
disappointment that I could not keep listening because if I did I would have just gotten too irritated
"Women with machetes. and they are the good guys."
Narrated really well. Seat of your pants ride. High body count. Where is the next one?
"I'm still unsure if I like it"
I listened through to the end of this but I'm not sure if I enjoyed it or not. I felt like it was much longer than 8hours or so. It didn't keep me engaged much, another one where my mind wandered off.
The narrator was ok. Characterisation via giving them voices was rather lame.
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