“I want to talk to Smoky Barrett or I’ll kill myself.” The girl is sixteen, at the scene of a grisly triple homicide, and has a gun to her head. She claims “The Stranger” killed her adoptive family, that he’s been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her. No one has.
Special Agent Smoky Barrett is head of the violent crimes unit in Los Angeles, the part of the FBI reserved for tracking down the worst of the worst. Her team has been handpicked from among the nation’s elite law enforcement specialists and they are as obsessed and relentless as the psychos they hunt; they’ll have to be to deal with this case.
For another vicious double homicide reveals a killer embarked on a dark crusade of trauma and death: an “artist” who’s molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victim – and the ultimate weapon. But Smoky Barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Stranger – an adopted daughter and a new life that are worth protecting at any cost.
This time Smoky is going to have to put it all on the line. Because The Stranger is all too real, all too close, and all too relentless. And when he finally shows his face, if she’s not ready to confront her worst fear, Smoky won’t have time to do anything but die.
©2007 Cody McFadyen (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
A different narrator.
Changed the narrator. This one was a bowl of oatmeal.
Her cadence was off. Her male voices were absurd.
Not sure. I may listen from time to time when I can tolerate the narrator just to hear how it ends.
I guess you can't always get the real picture from reviews. I doubt I will try another Joyce Bean book.
I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..
Omg..tis book wasso good! One of my best pick thus far. I actually read Abandoned first and I really didnt like it as much as this one. But I found this story amazing to the very end. The story line wasso different from anything I read. The ending and the how and why the killer did what he did was brilliant..the ending..OMG!
I will be asking for a return on this book. I could not finish this and would not wish this on my worst enemy. When I listened to the first chapter of this book I actually laughed outright and immediately paused the book to share with my daughter the ridiculousness of what I had just heard. The author of this book seems to think that every person in law enforcement has either been shot; has shot someone; has killed someone; has had a friend or family member killed in front of them because they were a cop; or has had a partner die and/or commit suicide. This is just a really bad book. I would suggest that you not waste your time.
This book was particularly dark and disturbing, even for a thriller. While the overall plot had potential, there were scenes that went into specific detail about child abuse and torture. I love a good thriller, but this wasn't even entertaining, it was just twisted.
I enjoyed this book, however, it didn't grab me from the start as the first book in the series did. It had a good story and surprise ending. I look forward to the next book.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A psychopath is after FBI Special Agent Smokey Barrett and he is using innocent people to get to her.
Sarah is a young girl who has been haunted her whole life by a man who has chosen to kill everyone she becomes remotely attached to. At his most recent killing of the family she had been fostering with, Sarah is found unharmed but despondent and keeps asking for Smokey. In the past atrocities the authorities have not believed Sarah about what had happened because of her young age and over whelming evidence, however, this time it is very evident that the killer wants to change that. Sarah has been composing a diary of her horrendous life and it is up to Smokey's crack team to read between the lines before it is too late for other innocents.
I am getting more attached to the characters of Smokeys eclectic team, they each have very specific strengths that are vital in helping her to solve her cases. Looking forward to our buddy read of book three.
More mystery solving, less graphic, detailed, unnecessary torture descriptions.
Doubt it, too disturbing to get past this.
Too much detail which to me wasted time. Perhaps it was written prior to when FBI profiling was a household word. But it took too long to get to the meat of the story.
You didn't know "who it was" until the very last. I also did not care for the main character's name. "Smokey Barrett" silly.
Nope. Her regular voice was fine. But she did not do men's voices well, and I found it annoying when someone would "call" on the phone - the steps taken to make it sound like an actual phone call. Distracting and annoying.
Maybe, but I would be surprised if this book could be made into a full length movie
Gave it a try, probably won't seek out others by this author, OR narrator.
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