A serial kidnapper known as the Piper spent years snatching children from San Francisco’s wealthiest families. When crime reporter Scott Fleetwood got himself involved in one of the cases, the Piper went from kidnapper to murderer…and vanished.
Now, after Fleetwood has languished under crippling guilt and public scorn for eight years, the Piper emerges from hiding to kidnap Fleetwood’s son. He’s demanding $2 million, but it’s not really about the money: the Piper wants blood - and he’s going to use Fleetwood to get it.
In the pulse-pounding tradition of Harlan Coben and Gregg Hurwitz, Simon Wood hangs listeners on hooks of suspense and action, leaving them white-knuckled until the bloody, bitter end.
©2012 Simon Wood (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I never felt the intended suspense. The storyline was sound, but the execution was lacking. This is my third Simon Wood novel. The other two, Did not Finish and The One That Got Away, were much better.
I've read a lot of very good books, but I don't believe I have read one that quite meets this standard. James Patterson, Michael Connolly and the like write with similar style.
I don't know that I have a favorite.
In "Paying the Piper" by Simon Wood, we have a serial kidnapper who becomes active again after a 9-year hiatus - or at least that's how it seems. In reality, nothing is like it seems. There are enough twists, enough heart-stopping moments, and enough intrigue to keep your heart pounding, your breathing labored, and your mind racing from start to finish. I could not put it down. Amazing tale from an amazing author!
the plot was believable, kept you wanting to read more and the twists and turns kept you guessing.
I'd say it was near perfect except that the narrator used the same voice technique on a couple of different characters and I would get confused about who was talking.
Loved the story line!
I like the character development and suspense. The author did a great job telling a story that kept me glued to the pages. Tension, suspension and excitement highlighted each chapter.
Enjoyed the storyline struggled w the execution. All the plot twists were far too obvious in my opinion. I called it really early.
Reads like a pissing contest and those are old and boring, not thrilling. I absolutely love Wood's other novels I've read and that is a considerable number. Still one of my favorite thriller writers, even overtaking James Patterson of recent. I will certainly continue to work my way through his considerable body of work. It is such a joy when you discover a gifted thriller writer who is also prolific. Off to devour another. I believe Piper is just an anomaly, or maybe just too much testosterone between main set of male characters.
My biggest disappointment was the voice given to Scott. The narrator did not give Scott a range of emotions. As the father of kidnapped boys, he would be, in turn, anguished, despairing, frightened, hopeful, etc. Scott consistently sounded either unemotional, bland, or helpful in a high school tone. Two other main characters both had the same voice. The story itself was ordinary, with plenty of predictability, cringe moments when you just knew people in real life just didn't sound like that.
yes, but I truly kept wanting to slap the "heroes" of the book silly.
With all the truly feckless blunders and stupid moves by ALL of the "good guys" in this book, it is a miracle all came out OK in the end.....I kept wanting to reach through the speaker and slap SOMEBODY.....
"Had me shouting in my wellies!"
I couldn't stop listening to this one and in the garden one day in my wellies and headphones in, I started shouting at the different characters. Had me gripped and I really enjoyed the story.
Disturbed me slightly that I found myself liking a certain character.
Story was engaging but I really disliked the narration, intonation was like bad acting and voiced adopted for the characters was laughable.
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