Five years ago Elizabeth Piccioni's husband was arrested for being a serial killer. Her life suddenly turned upside down, she did what she thought was best for her newborn baby: she took her son and ran away to start a new life.
Now, living in a quiet part of the Midwest with a new identity, Elizabeth is ready to start over. But one day she receives a phone call from a person calling himself Cain. Cain somehow knows about her past life. He has abducted her son, and if Elizabeth wants to save him she must retrieve her husband's trophies - the fingers he cut off each of his victims.
With a deadline of 100 hours, Elizabeth has no choice but to return to the life she once fled, where she will soon realize that everything she thought she knew is a lie, and what's more shocking than Cain's identity is the truth about her husband.
©2011 Robert Swartwood (P)2014 Robert Swartwood
"This is a scary, thrilling, page-turning, race-against-the-clock novel if ever there was one, with a true shocker of an ending. Miss this one at your own peril." (Blake Crouch, bestselling author of Pines and Wayward)
"An explosive summer thriller. Robert Swartwood is a sharp writer, his prose lean and mean as a razor blade. He notches up the tension from chapter to chapter like a master storyteller, keeping you reading long into the night." (The Man Eating Bookworm)
Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)
In the top ten, I read it in one evening.
Absolutely, the mother having to go from person, and what happens as as a result of it.
No, but she did a great job. Needs a little work with her male characters.They all started to sound the same.
*On the church steps
** In the rental, at the end
Excellent book, from beginning to end! Couldn't put it down, started at 6:00 pm ended at 5:00 am. (I'm an immersion reader.)
This story was really good. I enjoyed the mystery that kept me guessing the whole way through, all the way to the end. I liked Elizabeth for the most part, she did do a couple stupid things but the rest of the story made up for it.
I don't want to say too much to give a way the mystery. But this was a good one. So just know if you want read\listen to something to keep you guessing this is one. Things were constantly happening and there was lots of dialogue throughout the entire book. There is no sex in the story.
As for the narration, it was great. I am a Tanya Eby fan. The men sound like men and everyone gets their own distinct voice.
This book catches your attention from the very beginning, with teachers sitting around talking about a child molester who just moved into their neighborhood, and one teacher trying to figure out a way to murder him. And then, with a phone call to Elizabeth/Sarah the story really gets going. The bad guy, Cain, sends her to the child molesters house, where the first awful thing happens, (you’ll have to read the book to find out what happened.) Then she goes to the bar she used to work at to see a friend of hers, (the second awful thing happens there.) All the while Cain keeps calling and leaving her texts about her kidnapped son. Her boyfriend, Todd, is with her during all her traveling, to do Cain’s bidding, but I wasn’t too impressed since he told her he was “scared” when she told him what was going on.
Elizabeth and Todd head to Philadelphia and there’s a trail of dead bodies left along the way, while trying to reach her imprisoned husband to find out where his trophies are. It was a sad and exciting trip.
My biggest problem with this book, and I really didn’t see any point to it, was that Elizabeth thought about killing her infant son because her serial killer husband’s blood ran in the child’s veins. Really? And when she couldn’t do that she started cutting herself, leaving 100+ scars on her stomach and chest, as punishment. I really didn’t get that part of the book at all. And later, when she bit down on her tongue until she made it bleed. Seriously? Geez author. Bite down on your own tongue and see how quickly you stop before it bleeds. That’s always the stupidest things I can ever read, and authors write that crap all the time.
And then at the end of the story? OMG, I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. That was the best crazy twist I’d ever read. It made the couple of silly things about the book quickly forgettable. I stayed up until 3:10 in the morning reading the book then laid awake thinking about the end for another hour. I just couldn’t get over that unbelievable ending.
There was no romance or sex in this book but the F-bomb was dropped 44 times.
As to the narrator: Tanya Eby did a great job. As long as she make the men sound like men I’m very happy. There’s nothing worse than a female narrator who has a man sounding girly because she doesn’t even try to sound manly.
~Bead Goddess Mary~
This book was one that will keep your attention, and keep you listening/reading when you should go to bed (I am writing this review at 2 am because I had to see how it ended), it's that good!!! Just when you think you have a handle on what is going on, something else is thrown at you and the story gets better, and you cannot wait to see what happens next!
I will be looking for more from this author for sure!! His work ranks up there with James Patterson.
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