For Gwen Farris, the nightmare commences with the flash of a knife in a darkened parking lot.… That’s where Stephen Tarbell begins to exact his revenge against her for giving him a poor performance evaluation, for getting the promotion he believed was rightly his, and for being the woman who finally drove him over the edge. The threat escalates to an onslaught of physical and psychological intimidation so relentless that it threatens to destroy everything Gwen holds dear. And with the authorities unable - or unwilling - to help, Gwen has to take on Tarbell herself. But how do you stop a madman whose hatred knows no limit?
In a world where workplace insecurity meets violent obsession, only one thing is certain: Someone’s going to get terminated.
©2012 Simon Wood (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Gwen Farris had only been head of the Quality Assurance department at Pace Pharmaceuticals for six months when it came time to do the employee performance evaluations. All was going smoothly until she reached Stephen Tarbell. His performance did not meet Pace's minimum level, and when she explained this to him, he was livid. He had been at Pace longer than anyone in the department and was up for the head position, only to have Gwen snatch it away from him. A clear case of an equal opportunity hiring if ever there was one. The bad evaluation pushed this borderline sociopath over the edge.
Gwen was working late and was the last person to leave the building. As she approached her car, the only one in the parking lot, Tarbell jumped out from behind the dumpster wielding a knife. He threatened to kill her if she did not change his evaluation to one more acceptable to him. Gwen, fearing that Tarbell would follow through on his threat, agreed to his demands. However, once she was safely at home, she called the head of Human Resources and told what Stephen had done in the parking lot. Gwen agreed not to call the police and let Pace's in house security firm, Private Security International, investigate the matter to build an iron-clad case against Tarbell and ultimately terminate his employment.
Once the investigation was under way, it became clear that Tarbell was a very smart and diabolical criminal. He had avoided the security cameras in the parking lot and there was no record of what had transpired there. Additionally, Tarbell discovered that Gwen had turned him in. This infuriated him even more because Gwen had reneged on her promise. He vowed to destroy Gwen - first her job, then her family, and after she saw everything she held dear vanish he would take her life.
What followed was a methodical dismemberment of Gwen Farris' life. Tarbell was a sick and twisted man, and as the novel progressed became even more so. Gwen was ultimately forced to sink to Tarbell's level to save what was left of her life.
This was a very fine and well crafted story, and the scary thing is that people like Stephen Tarbell actually exist in our society. Some of the events in the book seemed a bit far-fetched to me, hence only a four star rating. Other than those small details, the book was enjoyable and hard to put down. The climax was very exciting and tied all the loose ends together. All in all, it was very much worth my time.
Daughter, wife, mother, feminist, equestrian, vampire enthusiast
Right from chapter one the heroin of this book does the stupidest thing. And a seasoned cop of 30 years does a stupid thing? I swear you will barely care when some of the characters get bumped off. Very predictable story twist.
Not unless it's free, or maybe you pay me...
All but the youngest kid. Her "little girl" voice was grating
Do better Simon
This was my first Simon Wood read. While the narrative was entertaining, it kept my interest only because of my curiosity. The action scenes were realistically written and got my adrenaline flowing. However, these postives are nowhere near adequate to counter the one very serious shortcoming, that of the basic premise of the plot stretching credulity to the point of complete disbelief: without spoiling the read for others, the number of characters who are too afraid to inform on the villain in the storyline - one of whom is a retired police officer who doesn't even carry a weapon - results in their complicity in the villainous events, merely by keeping quiet. The author would have been well advised to have modified the plot to eliminate this very serious shortcoming. I mostly blame his editor for not advising him to do so. Although not yet published myself, I would have been embarrassed had I written this particular plot, as it defies belief.
While I might read/listen to another Simon Wood tale, it must stand in line behind the 1,500 or so books I have backlogged, and it will be only because it is a 99 cent special or a gift from someone. I certainly will not waste an Audible credit to purchase it.
Sorry to say this was just too silly, I really like some other books by this author but this one was just too far fetched
"amazing listen :)"
loved every moment and it had me captivated through out the story. couldnt wait to get back to the audiobook at night as i really wanted to find out what happened to the main characters. I have bought a few more simon wood books and audio , he's become one of my fave authors. the characters have a lot of dimension and you either really love them or really hate which is great. There is no indifference to what happens to them. The narration is top notch aswell. definately recommend this simon wood audio book as well as his others. Great buy ;)
"Superb story, awful narration."
This book had me from the minute it started till the very end.
The only thing I would change about this audio book is the way the narrator does exactly the same silly gruff voice for the males of the book. I don't feel the narrator did the book justice by over exaggerating the speech. People just don't talk in that robotic way.
Great story line, very exciting but narrator spoilt it immensely.
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