Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn't have to question you - he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night - the voice of a woman begging him to save her.
Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.
©2016 Abbie Roads (P)2016 Tantor
"Dark and delicious. Race the Darkness makes your heart race!" (Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times best-selling author)
I don’t normally read/listen to these types of books; I like my sweet HEA, but this one . . .
Abbie Roads uses such vivid descriptions that several times I had to close the book to clear the visual from my mind. It’s that good.
Xander Stone, after being hit by lightning, was given the gift, or curse, of being able to hear people’s thoughts. The police use this ability during their interrogations. For years Xander was plagued by an internal voice begging him to save someone, an unknown woman. He drank until the voice was silenced.
Isleen Walker and her grandmother had been held captive and tortured for eight years. The only thing that kept her alive was her frail grandmother’s promise that her savior would come and save them. It was too late. The last stabbing in her side would be the end of her, if not Queen would finish it in the morning. Grandma lied, he wasn’t going to rescue her.
The story is so involved and intense that you don’t know where she is going to take you next. Your heart starts to calm down and she scares you with something else.
Roger Wayne was an exceptional narrator.
There were several, but I pick Isleen Walker. She went through so much but never gave up hope. Xander the hero because how he protected her, and Rowena for being the mother neither of them had.
This was a scary story, and Roger's inflections fit the type of story.
I can hardly believe this was a first novel! Well written--a true page-turner. It gripped me from page 1 to the very last word! Well done, Abbie Roads; excellent narration, Roger Wayne!!
Good grief! This is about a woman and her granddaughter who were held captive, and tortured and starved for 8 years. Isleen was described as being skeletal, with her skin transparent and her hair chopped off like a butcher having hacked at a piece of meat. Four days later she’s having sex with Xander. Yeah, I’m not believing that. I would also like to believe her hair grew 3 inches in those 4 days, but that’s not going to happen either. If she could heal that fast why didn’t she do it while she was held by that nutcase Queen. Why was she almost dead when Xander finally listened to the voice in his head and went after her? Hmmm? I love paranormal books so I was able to overlook some of the things that didn’t make sense. It was partly a page turner but I did skim a lot, too.
I did find myself laughing out loud when Xander, who could read peoples thoughts, questioned a bad guy and answered the guys’ thoughts. The guys were so surprised that they wondered if they’d said their thoughts out loud. It was quite funny, and it happened a couple of times.
Anyway, I’ve heard of some dysfunctional families before but this had to be the most dysfunctional family EVER. Xander’s family was pretty unfeeling but they weren't anywhere near Isleen's. Alex was cracked for the longest time, Matt was mean and hateful, until he got things together, Row was awesome, Kent was kind nice, as time went on, Camille was a mean and vicious slut, BUT there was no help for Isleen's family.
My biggest gripe? Another author who chose the word “baby” and went with it through the entire book. Xander called Isleen “baby” a total of 44 times. No sweetheart, darling, sweets, honey, nothing but “baby.” A reason I will not read this author again. I hate when a word of endearment is used over and over and over again. Geez! Change it around occasionally.
There was explicit sex in this book and the F-bomb is used 176 times.
As to the narrator: Roger Wayne was very good. None of the men had goofy voices and all the women sounded like women, and his inflections and emotions were nearly perfect. I would definitely listen to him again.
Firstly, this is my first book by Abbie Roads. I didn't know what to expect. At first glance, the cover is what made me stop and say, "hmm, what's this?" Then the blurb grabbed my attention but I had no clue that I would be sucked into the world she created.... and love every second of it.
Zander. Oh man, where to start. Hot tempered, brooding and all around badarse CBI interrogator has a secret. A gift really. There is no secret he can't find, all by simply asking you a question.
Isleen and her Gran are being held captive, tortured and all the while awaiting a knight in shinning armor to rescue them.
Both Zander and Isleen have many demons and skeletons in their closets but both are drawn in by the connection they both share. The connection is what leads Zander to her and her Gran.... but what unfolds from there will send him and his family into a tailspin of anger, concussion and an emotional ride that leaves them all in a haze of dust.
Isleen is more than she knows. Zander is a man tormented by things he can't change. Together they're a pack of dynamite waiting to go off... all the same they're just what each other needs.
Time will be the only one to know if what they have can save them both from certain death....
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