Come into my parlor...
For Kimberly Quincy, FBI Special Agent, it all starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delilah Rose tells Kimberly about her johns is too horrifying to be true; but prostitutes are disappearing, one by one, with no explanation, and no one but Kimberly seems to care.
Said the spider to the fly...
As a member of the Evidence Response Team, dead hookers aren't exactly Kimberly's specialty. The young agent is five months pregnant - she has other things to worry about than an alleged lunatic who uses spiders to do his dirty work. But Kimberly's own mother and sister were victims of a serial killer. And now, without any bodies and with precious few clues, it's all too clear that a serial killer has found the key to the perfect murder...or Kimberly is chasing a crime that never happened.
Kimberly's caught in a web more lethal than any spider's, and the more she fights for answers, the more tightly she's trapped. What she doesn't know is that she's close - too close - to a psychopath who makes women's nightmares come alive, and if he has his twisted way, it won't be long before it's time for Kimberly, too...
©2008 Lisa Gardner; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
I've read other Lisa Gardner's so I have a thick skin. But this one goes too far. The book graphically describes child sexual abuse, rape and murder. The author has become as bad as the pornographers and exploiters of children she depicts. This is not fiction, this is pornography.
This is an intense, intelligent thriller. One reviewer wrote "not for the feint of heart" and I dismissed it , however I found it describes it perfectly. Rough and riveting scenes stay with you. Days after you have finished the book you are still pondering long term affects of nurture and nature. It is disturbing but and excellent listen.
Lisa Gardner is messed up. This book is really good, but creepy creepy creepy. Did I say creepy. You want to take a shower and scrub yourself after you listen. I don't know how she thinks of these things. Its really good, but doesn't leave you feeling too good. Great narration - makes it even creepier.
Say something about yourself!
This is a very graphic story about one of the most heinous crimes in our country. Gardner presented it without the intent to educate the reader or to raise awareness. She created a griping, shocking story of the worst predators - man - to the most innocent victim - child.
If you are familiar with Gardner you know that she has several detective series. Gardner's protagonist does a lot of introspection. My favorite series is the D.D, Warner. The Tessa Leoni, Pierce Quincy, and Rainie Conner series are not worth the credit.These series deals with detectives who have survived a traumatic experience, which have left them with PTSD; that is my medical opinion. Every story you read with these characters is a rehashing of their past with very little detective story.
This story's features the daughter of famed ex-FBI profiler, Pierce Quincy, Kimberly, who is newly married, pregnant, and a FBI agent. Gardner takes a fresh approach and tells the story from the view of the antagonist. You walk with victims as they endure the depravity of a predator and the lost lives they will never have. You feel helpless as the victims are stripped of their humanity and debased to commit abhorrent acts on others.
I found the story compelling, gripping, and at some points disturbing, yet, I could not stop listening. I did not need to know as much about spiders but it did add to the breadth and depth of the story.
Approximately 3 hours into the book the pace accelerates and all kinds of surprises happen. This book features the most compelling antagonist Gardner has ever presented. Out of all the Gardner novels I have read, this is the best! None of her other books compare to this one.
Sorry to say, this is the only Gardner book worth the credit. Now with all that praise, I feel Gardner did a flimsy job with the linchpin of the story. It is kind of lazy for a writer to keep you for 7 hours with a story and then someone has an out of the box epiphany. That is the reason I gave it a 4 star instead of 5.
I spend a lot of time in airplanes and on the LA freeways. I love my "down time" while working because I am an avid audible listener. I tend to read thrillers, psychological and political are my favorite.
As others have said, the content is disturbing - At times I had to remind myself that this was fiction. This fictional plot is in the news every day. I am not going to write a spoiler but there are two narrators and I didn't realize there was more than one male character. It was a bit confusing at one point and I had to back up a couple of chapters because I felt like I had missed something big leading up to the critical ending of the book.This may have been intended by the author, but I was a bit confused until I remembered another reviewer mentioning something similar. I might have considered either bringing in a third narrator or, possibly change the accent a bit for the other male.I don't like the fact that this format asks for what you would change first and not what you loved about the book. I did really enjoy the plot and it kept me listening as I wanted to know what would happen next. The bad guy is really bad and you never doubt that this character type could actually be real! This is not just some bad guy made up in the author's imagination.The female main character was well developed and I really felt that I knew and understood her. Any normal woman can relate to her life struggles and the author seems to make sure she reacts in a very human (as opposed to super-human) way.
I am usually pretty good at figuring out the endings of these types of books but I didn't get this one right. That is a good thing. The only part of the ending that I thought may have been too over the top was the relationship between Sal and one of the bad guys! Can't say more without spoiling the ending.
I have never heard these narrators before but they were both very good. There is some very disturbing dialog and these two nail it - very realistic.
Actually it did. I discussed the issue of children and child abduction, abuse and the internet as a means for evil to get into our homes, with a friend of mine. This is something I wouldn't have thought about as my children are grown and I never had to deal with this issue when they were young.
Worth the read.
Very enjoyable story
The twists and turns as well as the characters...
Excitement of a real life drama....
This is a very good mystery with suspense, romance, and the unexpected twist...
For sure, however it would depend on my friends personality, I would gauge what they watch on tv. If they only watch love stories and comedies, then ABSOLUTELY NOT hahaha. You would probably find THEM curled up in a fetal position in the corner.
Absolutely, All of the characters had something going on. The intense situations, the twists the innocence and evil of the characters. Situations where help is so close but so far.
They really capture the characters voices. Amazing, narration almost like listening to a great movie.
Again, I don't get why this question is asked, I have never found anything to laugh or cry about. Cringe, say "Oh God" in total horror for the victims absolutely.
It truly is not for everybody, very very graphic in portraying the atrocites against children.
Everything you can ask for in an audiobook.
I am lost for words on how great and well-written this novel is. Top-notch thriller and it was delivered well by Ann Marie Lee and Lincoln Hoppe.
Simply the best especially when the story of the boy is being told. It was spoken simply but affects you deeply.
I wish more books are created and converted into audio like this. Lisa Gardner is one of the greatest thriller writer in my humble opinion. After listening to this audiobook, I just want to feel grateful about my life and said a little prayer for the children who are in real-life unspeakably abuse. I hope that the banality of heroism supersede the banality of evil in human beings.
It was very sad to me. that what the children went thru and what they turn out to be. That every thing the sick sexual predator does to a child kills them even if they survive.
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