In Richard Montanari's chilling new suspense tale, a sealed-off network of secret passages connects all of Philadelphia to the killer hidden within.
Luther Wade grew up in Cold River, a warehouse for the criminally insane. Two decades ago the hospital closed it doors forever, but Luther never left. He wanders the catacombs beneath the city, channeling the violent dreams of Eduard Kross, Europe's most prolific serial killer of the 20th century.
A two-year-old girl is found wandering the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night by detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. She does not speak, but she may hold the key to solving a string of murders committed in and around Priory Park.
As the detectives investigate, more bodies are found at Priory Park, and they're drawn closer and closer to the doors of Luther's devious maze and the dark secrets of Cold River.
©2014 Richard Montanari (P)2014 Hachette Audio
I don't know what is going on with some of my favorite authors these days. They come up with a winning author/narrator combination and then they switch narrators. All of Montanari's previous books have been narrated by Scott Brick who I thought performed them perfectly, Why the change to someone else?
This was really a good book. Richard Montanari's Bryne/Balzano team is always an exciting roller coaster of a book. From page one the listener or reader is on the edge waiting to find out "who done it". This book however gives one final shock at the end. When I thought the book was finished and was listening to the epilogue wrap everything up the last line in the book BLEW ME AWAY!!!! I had to go back and listen again, I could not believe what I was hearing. I will not spoil this for anyone and don't get me wrong, the rest of the book is good but this was GREAT!!! It's worth the credit.
I would 100% listen to this novel again. It was as I said, totally awesome. Twists at ever turn, and you are guessing until the end. The narrator in my opinion is also very good-- he actually does the voices of the characters pleasingly AND when he speaks as the criminals, he is haunting!
I could almost guess what was happening, but then I would be wrong. It was highly entertaining and creepy. You could also relate to the characters on an emotional level since they are quite likable which makes the storyline even better.
The end! The last three sentences. Just great.
I was in shock! And it kept me up some nights since the thought of how the murderer reached him victims was just utterly terrifying to me.
Read it! But maybe not when you have to get to bed early.
The story was overall good. Not to much rehashing over Colleen & Jessica's lives. However, how in the world could every single character sound bored in the story. Another, thing that bugs me about the character Colleen is they never said she was a deaf mute....so why not gave her some type of voice. Yes, yes I do know how someone's voice sounds that was born deaf but if she could have said some things as a child growing up that would have been really cute. Since, every book had to rehash her life. Overall, the series did bore in certain places when characters went on monologues however, the series all together deserves a 4.
Story best, performance least
Story is fine
Stay away from this producer
The narrator is capable, but the producer allowed him to pronounce words like City as "Sit-tee" (sometimes - other times he got it right), Conshohocken as "Chonshowken" and compost as "compahst". If you are going to take a producer credit, then that's your fault. The narrator shows he is capable and his various accents are good, but such blatant inconsistencies really take away from the story. It's the narrator's job to read ... not to be smart. That's the producer's job and this one failed.
The story was along the same vein as other books in this series and the story was pretty good but the narrator killed it for me.
author and narrator team is superb! another great murder whodunnit kept me guessing until the very end!
Yes. I found this storyline to be different, which kept me interested throughout
His narration was flawless. He brought the different characters to live, which is one of the reasons I prefer audiobooks over books.
I have read and listened to all the books in this series and they never disappoint. My only issue with this installment is that the first third of the book is very slow which made it hard to engage with the story and characters. But once I got past the first third I couldn't put this book down. Very strong finish which left questions of dream vs reality with one of the characters.
I cant spoiler alert- but I want to re-read #8 to see if I missed end of #7 left open.
I actually chose to listen to this book because of previous experiences with Richard Montanari's work. I have read/listened to The Doll Maker which is one of my favorite audiobooks to date. In that book he did a fantastic job of pulling the reader along and tying up all the loose ends.
When I got to the end of this book, I was confused and frustrated because I felt like everything wasn't tied together or explained well. I do not need my book tied up in a perfect bow at the end, but some stories are intentionally left open to help you imagine your own ending - however I felt like this was just a complete unplanned disaster. I'd definitely give him another chance or maybe I just need to re-read this book, at this point it's just a little bit of a disappointment for me.
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