Ten little girls sat at their computers
Wondering who they'd find on line
One entered a chat room with a killer
And then there were nine....
On the eve of the new millennium, thousands of people logged on to the Internet for the first time every day. Some were looking for love. Some were looking for victims.
In The Killer Net, courageous police department secretary, Jennifer Warren, matches wits against a genius who lures women in under the pretense of looking for a relationship. He boldly taunts the police with e-mail poems about their murders sent from the crime scenes. The cops continue to arrive only to discover another dead body and no way to find a killer who has disappeared without a trace.
©2014 Matthew W. Grant (P)2015 Matthew W. Grant
Set in 1999 when the internet was really taking off and online dating was becoming popular, a killer is using the internet to select his prey. There are lots of short chapters giving insight into the killers and the victims minds. I thought the plot was fairly predictable and that I had it all figures out halfway through, then the twists started. I kept changing my mind over who I thought the killer was and never knew until the end. The suspense build through out the book and I found myself quite involved by the end.
I listened to the audiobook edition of this book, which I received free in exchange for an honest review. The narrator was fabulous and really made the book for me. She put so much emotion into the characters and used a few special effects which added to the story.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
I listen to a TON of books....and although this is not in my top ten...I still rank it as an excellent listen...and for an Inde production it was very well done!
I cant compare it, because this is not my usual genre....but I loved it!! and Now want to check out more murder mystery books!!
I have not, But she is excellent and I would totally listen to her again!
I don't like this question and will continue to say so...but this would make a great movie! Or episode of Law and Order...maybe one of those cross over events!!!!
This was a super great book! It was fast paced and detailed....I liked the characters and the story itself was fabulous....The Narration was spot on and the time went by so quickly because you didn't want to put it down! This is about a serial killer who basically feels women are sluts and all deserve to die because he had a bad childhood...He leads the cops on a mystery chase and taunts them over the internet....there are some twists and turns and just when you think you know who the killer is...BAM it catches you off guard...and you are like...WOW! I never saw that coming.....If you are looking for a quick and awesome listen...this right here is a winner all the way!!! 2 thumbs up!!! Well worth a listen and even a credit...so add it to your cart now! LOL
***I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review***
OH MY GOD!!! This book had me on the edge of my seat. This story is about a disturbed psychopathic boy who grows up to be a net killer. Someone is finding women on the internet, setting up dates and murdering them 1 by 1. With each murder comes a new poem.
Jen always wanted to be a police officer, just like her father was. Jen knew risks came with the job as her father had died answering a police call. Even though the police academy had denied Jen enrollment, it isn't going to stop her from playing cop. Jen asks Matt to help her with his computer expertise for clues. Read along as Jen and Matt try to discover the identity of the Net Killer.
I loved the poems that came attached to these murders. I loved the whole book actually. The author, Matthew W Grant had me gripping the arms of my chair in the very end. I couldn't do anything but listen as the words echoed...One got Nosy and then there were none! What a great writing job this author did. The plot had me wondering the whole time who it could be. With each time I just knew who the killer was, I learned once again I was wrong! There are so many twists and turns in this book. The narrator, Jeannie Lin did a fantastic job on at delivering this story to us. I loved all the multiple voices and the sound effects added in where freaking fantastic. The amount of emotions this narrator added to the story only amplified my fear! A definite 5 star read!!!
8 out of 10
The Freezing Zone because of their similar contents
Jeannie Lin did it again!!! I think she is an incredible book narrator. This is the 2nd audible book I listen to narrated by her and just love her crisp and clear voice and how comfortable and natural she feels while taking you thru the story.
I have to admit I didn’t have high expectations for The Killer Net when I finally started the audiobook. I picked it up on a whim when I was searching for a bloody, gory audiobook to read. I expected to enjoy the read, but I never expected it to be so unpredictable and complex. It’s such a short listen, I thought I had the killer figured out by chapter five, but I really couldn’t have predicted such an intricate ending. I have never been so pleased to be proved wrong! This goes to show, I really should stop judging books by their appearance (but let’s be honest, that’s not happening any time soon).
Instead of giving us one clear point of view, Grant gives us multiple – I loved the peeks inside the killer’s head, his victims, and the cops trying to track him down. I was so surprised when I realized how closely interwoven all the characters are, even the ones that don’t meet until the end! They all had a purpose in the book I finally learned why at the end of the book. I couldn’t have enjoyed The Killer Net more! It really was a unique twist to a slasher thriller and it boggles my mind the amount of talent one has to have to be able to piece together such a complex plot line and it make it work in such a short amount of time. *shakes head* I honestly don’t know many bestselling authors who could have pulled it off. Grant is a wizard and I can’t wait to read more from him.
The narrator was enthralling
In my short time listening to audiobooks, I have stumbled upon some awesome, okay, and downright terrible narrators. But Jeannie Lin was magical for The Killer Net. She performed impeccably and clearly distinguished characters (and she had a lot of character’s to portray!) so that it was easy to identify them. For some narrators, it can appear awkward when they have to cross gender boundaries, but it was clear that Lin put in a lot of hard work to give an entertaining and smooth listen for us readers. I found her narration soothing and can’t wait to listen to more of her performances!
All-in-all, I had a fantastic time within the pages of The Killer Net. It was short and sweet and completely satisfactory. If you are a beginner to the world of audiobooks, this thriller is the perfect story and length to try your hand at listening to books. I recommend The Killer Net to all thriller fans!
This book was quick paced and kept the reader captivated right until the very end. Set back in the early years of the Internet it intertwines the need for vigilance with online dating with a thrilling detective mystery. Jen is a wanna be cop who uses her position as the admin for chief of police to become involved in the investigation of a series of murdered women. Little did she know close she would become to the investigation.
Jeannie Lin was able to create an abundance of characters and has a fantastic voice. She can create men and women equally and really adds depth to the story.
I received a free copy of this story in exchange for a review.
Set in 1999, internet dating is starting to gain in popularity. This serial killer finds it the perfect way to both hunt his victims and taunt the police. Jennifer Warren has been trying to get into the local police academy, yet her application keeps being denied. Until she succeeds, she works for the police commissioner. Pretty soon, she is swept up in the hunt for the Net Killer.
The story starts off by showing the reader the soon-to-be-killer growing up, without giving away the identity. This is done in small scenes and then the bulk of the story is set in 1999, told from several different points of view. The author did a good job of keeping the identity of the killer secret for most of the story. Of course, as things start to wind down, I couldn’t help but start eliminating suspects. I found this as much fun as listening to the tale. I had it narrowed down to two people and I was gratified when I wasn’t completely off the mark.
Jen is an interesting character. She’s working in a man’s world at a time when workplace harassment of various types was not just the norm, but also expected, especially for a woman trying to break into a ‘man’s role’. Again, the author did a great job of showing the various forms of harassment and misogyny – everything from totally in your face ‘get out of here’, to the patronizing head pat, to the let’s get a cup of coffee and date idiocy. It was really well done. Despite all these obstacles, Jen holds onto her father’s memory, who was a cop as well. She wants to make him proud, even if he is no longer alive.
So the killer meets these various women through internet dating sites. He’s charming and has them hooked right away and then he kills them, typically at their place or a ‘his’ place. He picks a homey apartment or house and tells his dates it’s his place. I really liked that the various women all reacted a bit differently. Some did their best to smash the guy in the face and then run and hide. Some improvised weapons and tried to fight him off. I liked that they weren’t all a bunch of silly fainting geese. Once the deed is done, the killer sends a taunting email with a poem in it to the police.
This book was better than I expected. It wasn’t some simple slasher movie or a gore fest or a Women Haters Anonymous groupie movie. It was actually pretty good and had several clever moments. I liked that I didn’t know right away who the killer was and that it took most of the book for me to narrow it down. I liked that Jen had so many obstacles to go over or around in order to track the killer, though I did find the final cat & mouse game between the killer and her to be a bit overly dramatic. I even liked that the various men and women reacted differently to Jen’s wish to become a cop.
I won a copy of another audiobook by this author via Audio Book Reviewer and the author tossed this one in addition.
Narration: Jeannie Lin had good character voices and kept them all distinct. Her male voices were believable. The volume for this audiobook did vary quite a bit so I don’t suggest listening with earbuds. Lin did take the time to add in computer sounds, like IM pings, and to make it really sound like a character was talking over a phone.
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Remember when the Internet was still new, when the potential dangers of Internet dating were practically unknown? This book won’t let you forget. In fact, Matthew W. Grant’s The Killer Net will make you realize just how close you are to killers on the Net.
I liked the concept of this book, especially since it takes place before the Internet became a “must”, and it was still a bit new. The opening sequence shows us how the serial killer was bred, which is a powerful prelude to the rest of the story. The first murder was a bit confusing – I had to rewind and listen again to make sure a murder had actually taken place. Many of the murders were very suspenseful, though, more so as the book went on and the girls being attacked became smarter.
Sometimes the main female character was frustrating or acted in a way that didn’t seem realistic. I found her character to be inconsistent to a certain degree, and I also found some dialogue in general to be stilted and cliched. The killer, however, was well written and I thought all his moves, motives, and strategies were consistent and suitably clever. He was not infallible, he was believable, and we got to see some of his reasoning from his own POV, which was very enjoyable. I also thought I had the killer pegged from the beginning, but Grant does a fantastic job making various males in the story seem like the murderer to the point that I really wasn’t sure who it was.
The audio talent, Jeannie Lin, has moments of perfection, like when she reads the part of the travel agent. I have never heard such great acting that really sounded not only just like the character was described, but incorporated things like the sounds of the character talking while her mouth is full. That sounds gross, but it wasn’t, it sounded absolutely perfect. I couldn’t get over how well that was done. I do wish the whole recording had been done with that amount of commitment and excellence. There are parts, even during action sequences, when the narrator sounds bored, which detracts from the excitement. The main thing that bothered me was the production quality. There were times when the voice was quiet and others when suddenly it was so loud it hurt. Even when a character is supposed to be screaming, it’s common practice to adjust the volume in the recording so the listener’s ears aren’t blown out. Unfortunately that wasn’t done here, and that made it literally painful at times. I did appreciate the sounds, like email bleeps, that were inserted into the story to give it an almost movie-like feel.
All in all, I think this book is worth a listen, especially if you like mysteries and some gore or anything about serial killers. And pay special attention to the small part with the travel agent – so well done!
Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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This thriller was unique in that it took place in the past, while utilizing a very modern horrific scenario: a killer who targets online daters. An amazing story! It will keep you guessing until the end.
I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, so here it is:
The way the book began was slow for me. Then I realized I better pay attention since it was, I thought, the moment a killer was created. As I thought about the term that entered my mind, "a killer was created," I realized I was wrong. It takes many and varied factors to create a psychopath. What you will find out when you listen to this book is the psychopath inside this character is being revealed for the first time for those who choose to see it. The way he was revealed in those last few moments had the true thrill that I long for in all thriller and suspense books.
I was disappointed after that thrill because the pace of the story seemed to slow back down. It became a regular story and no longer the thriller or the suspense tale that I was expecting. This part of the book contained quite a bit of predictability. Even toward the end the heroine did that I've-got-to-do-this-alone-and-prove-it-to-everyone routine. When heroes or heroines of any book, movie or TV show do this, I just want to shake them and say, "Good grief, snap out of it!! You know you're only going to get killed or at the very least maimed in some horrible way."
There was one part in this section that surprised me. The heroine puts all the clues together and discovers why the killer choses the women he wants to kill. I had missed that. I love it when I overlook a clue or fall for a red herring or two. That makes the book so much fun.
The best part of this book is that the killer fooled me. I never saw the true face of the killer until it was revealed to the heroine as the final scenes are played out. Once she finally sees the killer's face and the cat and mouse game between them begins, the killer reveals the answers to all questions regarding how he was able to fool everyone. I truly enjoyed that part.
There was one particular red herring that I immediately dismissed earlier in the book. Then I began to doubt myself. It seemed too obvious to be true, but was it? As the story continued I flip-flopped on this particular red herring. This only added to my being unable to see who was and who was not the killer. Even at the reveal, a few red herrings were thrown in just to shake us up some more.
Once the reveal and all the questions were answered, it began to drag for me again. The action in the book kept going, but by then I was losing interest. After the dust settles, the story fast-forwards to a future that to me felt as if everything had to be put together in its own special place and a nice bow had to be tied on it all. When I was incredibly young and naive, I enjoyed endings like that. Now I know better and I just do not like this type of ending.
The narrator did an excellent job and I would have given her performance 4 stars if it wasn't for the horrible audio. Jeannie Lin has such a nice soothing voice when she was describing the scenes and also when two characters would have a quiet conversation. She did a really great job on the voices of the male characters. However, when she would become excitable and would be doing such a fine portrayal of the emotions involved in the scene her voice would become so loud it would hurt my ears. I kept having to adjust the volume and that distracted from the enjoyment of the story. She did this with one particular male character as part of his personality -- gruff and loud. Every single time she'd portray him and I didn't have advance notice he was in the scene, I'd nearly jump out of my skin.
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