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'm not one for stories whose characters are mostly cops, FBI agents and detectives but for what it was it was a good one. If I'd based this solely on my particular preferences [I prefer a much darkly rooted mental sensibility a la Deliverance or We Need to Talk about Kevin] I may have given this a 3.5. The southern setting and creepy set up [arachnids, a serial killer and the deep south] is was attracted me to this story as I've been looking for good modern southern gothic. The setting, story and characters were all there but it did not have the deep seated eeriness that I was looking for. However, I did get the creepy crawleys and had a good few nights of bad spider dreams! Gardner weaves a fine story and if you like a good mystery this'll do ya.
No. I give this story 4 stars overall because I did listen to the whole thing and was interested in the development of Kimberly Quincy's character. However, there were issues that I found confusing that detract from the overall book. If I could I'd really give it a 3.5. SPOILERS The story unfolds from three different perspectives, but it's impossible to tell if two of them are the same person in different timelines, or if they are in fact two distinct people. This is due to the fact that one person's story is read by a man, yet the story of a boy is read by the female narrator who is also reading in Quincy's voice. It seems it ought to have been read by a third narrator but maybe that was too expensive. The abduction of a young boy isn't clear if its a current abduction or an old one....leading me to wonder just who was who through most of the book until it is explicitly diagrammed toward the very end just who the players in the story were, and then we find out there are really 4 "generations" of bad guys/abductees, not the 3 we've been hearing about for the entire book. Don't even get me started on Ginny Jones.
I'm sorry, the name Dinhcara was pretty lame in my opinion. He couldn't think of something more clever than spelling arachnid backwards? For goodness sake's, "despair" is an anagram of "a spider", he could have been called Mr Despair which seems a lot more fitting for his horrific activities. Maybe it is supposed to be a testament to his stunted emotional development. I don't know.
I'm sure I've heard them on other books but I can't recall. They do a great job with material that is generally lacking.
Not in a positive way.
The whole thing was just a bit disjointed, confusing and frustrating. Given that the subject matter is horrible (child abduction, rape, murder and spiders) this didn't help the story. I will be taking a break from Lisa Gardner for a little bit because of this.
Avid audio book listener with over 1600 books in my library!
The best way to describe this book is incredibly intense! A very good listen but at the same time almost too realistic! Lisa Gardner is amazing. She must have done some incredible research for this book because it is almost like the author is telling the story from personal experience. Not for the weak at heart that is for sure. A little over the top with the spiders, but worth it!
I primarily listen to books in my car on my way to and from work. But this one was SO good, I had to bring my IPOD in the house and listen on the weekends! It's that good! I hope Audible continues to provide more of her books.
This was an excellent book! Lisa Gardner never disappoints and I am so happy I chose to get this one to add to my collection! I read other reviews of this book and was prepared for the disturbing storyline - it was fabulous, gut-wrenching, twisted - but I have to warn anyone who doesn't like creepy-crawly things...don't listen to this book while doing something you shouldn't be easily distracted from (ie. driving, working out on a treadmill etc)! That's all I'll say so I don't ruin it but be warned!
this was a great book!! Disturbing...but anybody who loves thrillers would love it. It was one of the best I've listened to, of late as far as keeping you with the earpiece in your ear...all day.
Lisa Gardner is a new author to me...but I'm now a fan. "Hide" was a great read..and this book is the first I've listened to.
The different characters make it easy to follow and the Narration is perfect for this story!
listen to it....!
This book, as disturbing as it was from an evil perspective was great. It was an emotional and heartbreaking story that was extremely well written. Lots of twists, turns and surprises, and the end is riveting! The narrators were exceptional and I would highly reccomend this.
Yes. Kept you interested from start to finish.
All the characters tied into each other.
I thought they did an amazing job. They kept my interest but I think I would have been just as interested if I had read the book.
Every time I heard Lincoln's voice.
This is a very interesting book. The subject matter is tough but very well written. The ending was surprising.
I think this book is out of character for Nora Roberts. I thought it was confusing and conflicting, and couldn't make out who was who....Re the Burger Man. I wouldn't recommend this book even if it were free...it was a wast of money...Sorry, and for the spiders, they were a stupid part of the book and could have been left out...Very Dissapointed.
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