An FBI profiler recovering from a gunshot wound finds herself pitted against a serial killer whose violent history has ties to her own tragic past.
FBI agent Mary Cantrell has been called to Minneapolis to hunt down a killer. It's shaking her to the core, and reviving dreadful memories. Years ago, her best friend was murdered. Now the man convicted of the crime, Gavin Hitchcock, is free, and Mary's own sister Gillian, a local cop, has befriended him. As each clue leads them closer to Hitchcock, Mary and Gillian set themselves up as the perfect target - and the perfect trap. Unless Mary's own past is blinding her to an unimaginable truth...and plunging her into a waking nightmare.
©2002, 2013 Theresa Weir (P)2016 Theresa Weir
I absolutely loved this book. I am now an instant fan of this author. I "read" this book via audiobook and could not stop once I got into the story, by the time the tale was told the sun was coming up. The plot is so intriguing and really keeps you guessing with unexpected twists while giving you real insight into the characters. I was totally happy with the ending, especially the WOAH portion of the ending. Once you get to that Ah-ha moment you can recall the breadcrumbs that the author has artfully laid for us to follow as the story progressed. The narrator did a wonderful job and I look forward to more from both this extremely talented author as well as this narrator that brings even more life to a spectacular story.
Yes with a warning of how the reader is not up to par.
Narrator had awkward pauses, and loud breathes.
I couldn't even finish it. this narrator is terrible. I believe she also read a book called furious, which was also terrible. she has really awkward speech patterns that take you out off the story, like a less charming Christopher Walken.
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Wow just WOW from the author writing style of detail scenes to the emotional narration this is one book that will keep you on the edge leave you hanging there guessing to the outcome. This was an audio I had major trouble putting down I needed to know who the killer was. As with most it is never who you might think but lord you would never have thought…it never cross my mind of who the killer was many years ago of a young innocent 16 year old. The author gives you two stories inside one about the killer from long ago and the 2nd of the serial killer. Could they both be the same, could they be tied in together and did the right man go to jail so many years ago?
Mary hasn’t been home in many years she has been trying to outrun her youth and all the bad memories it brings. When she gets shot protecting her partner the FBI sends her home for some R and R. Knowing she can’t set still they bait her with helping on case where a serial killer is killing blonde hair woman. She doesn’t want to go home to face her past but she has no choice she has been ordered they need a profiler and she is the one. On her return to her home town she is faced with her sister who has been helping the killer of her dead friend. How could her sister not see he is the killer and might be the killer of the new women. She and her sister has been at odds since the trial now with Gavin free and new girls are coming up dead her sister is defending him. At this rate the sister will never see eye to eye and always be at odds. With each girl that comes up missing Mary and her sister are pulled deeper into the case will all eyes turning to Gavin. Could Gillian have been wrong if so what will it do to her when she has spent so many years helping, believing and caring for a killer?
Hollis did a wonderful job of narration from her power emotion she puts into the read to her tones and different characters. I do feel she needs more work on her male voices some are very close to others. Her female voices so fit each women character from her tones you have a vivid picture of what each character looks like. You get the feel of how they carry their selves down to how they walk. Her tones are right on the mark from excited to sorrow. You have no trouble feeling each characters emotion if she cries so does the narrator. If she is sad you can hear it in her voice. You have no trouble knowing what each one is feeling. I heard no background noise and no breaks. The audio was even with no parts being high or lower just a smooth rich listen. Hollis voice is clear and powerful making this a wonderful listen that I totally enjoyed. For me the narrator made this story more so than if I had read just the book.
The author has put a lot of time and thought to the plot giving you a heart beating exciting read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will go from I am sure he didn’t do it to OH YEAH he did. The author will keep you guessing on many parts in this story. This is a wonderful suspenseful read with a lot of twists, turns, thrilling and at times it’s chilling. There were times I had my mouth open and other times I was just so shocked I didn’t know what to do. I had a few funny looks at the noise I was making why shopping. She author throws in a little romance and a touching read of a family trying to find their way back to each other. There was not anything that I did not like in this book. I loved the authors writing style the way she kept my busy and entertained. This book with touch you in so many ways bring you into the mind of a killer who cares nothing for the people he takes. If one doesn’t suit oh well you return them for a refund kill one take another….
I really had trouble putting this audio down. I listened on my 10 minute breaks you think not much can happen in 10 minutes. You might be surprised. I usually read during my lunch but in this case I listened. Things that didn’t take me long to do I found took longer I just did not want to put it down. The author gives you entertainment at its finest. This is the first I have read or listen to by this author and narrator it sure will not be the last. The author has no trouble holding your attention leaving you waiting more.
I have bought and enjoyed several books by this author but this narrator's voice goes up and down like a game show host's voice. Very distracting.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
The book kept me interested till the end, but the narration was difficult to follow at times, and turned off the reader during intense situations.
I liked the characters and how they fit all together in the story. It was a thrilling suspenseful ride.
Disappointed in her attempt to capture the essence of the book. She missed the author's intent in the audiobook.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
Where to begin? I tried to give it a shot even after seeing what people had said about the narrator. The narrators style took me completely out of the novel more than once. I found the storyline jumps to be disconcerting and there wasn't enough time given to Gillian for the story to really work. Also, I would have liked to actually have the final scene be more than just a casual chat. It seemed that there was a huge jump to Mary figuring out what really happened to Fiona. Just not a good book. Go for Body Reader. Don't waste your credits.
I was offered a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Fiona, Mary's best friend appears dead on her sixteen birthday. Gavin Hitchcock was found guilty and convicted. Years later, Mary Cantrell, already an efficient FBI agent, is sent to her home town to investigate three murders, apparently executed by the same person. Gavin is out of prison, and Mary is decided to hunt him down, even if her sister Gillian is convinced of his innocence.
The story was compelling, and even though this is not the kind of book I use to read, it got my interest from the beginning. The author knows how to keep the reader's attention, and the characters were well developed, although at times it was difficult to understand their actions and motivations. There were a couple of details that I had problems to find believable. I also did not understand why the author decided to include some romance, it felt somehow forced.
There is an important twist to the story but I am not convinced about the execution. I think the truth should have been hidden to the reader a little bit longer, like it was for Gillian and Mary.
Hollis McCarthy's voice was captivating, and it reminded me of the narrator's voice from the series Desperate Housewives. She started a bit insecure but became more confident after a while. I observed a lack of consistency when interpreting voices, which made the character identification difficult at times. She also needs to work on the male voices, since most of them sound the same. Something that annoyed me was the audio production. It seems McCarthy did not hear about the proximity effect, since there's plenty of breathing, lips smacking and saliva noises. I agree the voice gains some quality when keeping the mic close but at least try to edit then those noises out. I even heard a page turn. I also would like to mention that she uses a sing song rhythm that it is more evident at the beginning of the book. I was not bothered by it but some people could find it disturbing.
All in all it was a good mystery/thriller book and if those gross noises were left out, it could have been a great listen.
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It truly needed a different narrator. The story seemed to go on forever and stalled in the middle.
Ms. McCarthy is wonderfully articulate and has a nice voice, but it does not fit this genre. Ms. McCarthy's delivery is sing-songy and would be nice in a children's story. The cadence of short short long was a little distracting. I kept picturing William Shatner, who has a distinct cadence as well. The characters were a little too close to one another when there were multiple females in the same scene. Some male voices were odd, but overall she did a decent job. It would have flowed nicer if the extra breathes at the beginning of sentences were omitted.
The author lead you to believe there is a developing story with Mary and Anthony. Plus another mystery to resolve.
I received a copy via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.
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