From number-one best-selling crime and thriller writer Peter James comes Want You Dead, the 10th book in his multi-million-copy selling crime series featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace. If he can't have her, then nobody can.
Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead.... Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship, and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming, and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her, too.
©2014 Peter James (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
"James ratchets up the tension to an almost unbearable level in his 10th Roy Grace thriller as Bryce’s game of cat and mouse works towards a terrifying conclusion." (Bella)
"Peter James has written another gripping and authentic police procedural which his fans will love." (Sunday Express)
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
I rarely give 5 stars which I save for the very, very best. This did not quite deserve 5 stars but was better than my normal 4 star reads; wish you had ½ star ratings Audible. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend who enjoyed a good thriller. It was an all rounder; a well fleshed out book and the ending was perfect.
Yes, the plot did keep me 'on the edge of my seat' so to speak. James, cleverly built up the suspense from one chapter to the next, but interspersed each heart thumping moment with a bit of softness and love to do with our policeman's personal life which was a wonderful contrast to the crazy protagonist who stalked nearly every page.
Pretty well all of them, but he did Detective Inspector Grace pretty well, and also his yankee accent wasn't too bad with the Bryce character either.
Don't date on line and die......
Well written tight plot, terrifically narrated by Daniel Wyman. Character development was excellent, this book contained all the necessary elements of a good and very satisfying thriller suspense novel. Absolutely recommend!
I haven't read the print version so can't tell.
I really enjoy the characters in this series and love watching them develop. Add that to a brilliant storyline and there's nothing to dislike.
He seems to get across the different personalities very well.
Predictable flat characters, cliched bedroom scenes, too long to reach the end only to find I guessed the ending two chapters in!
It is quite the worst novel he has written - almost as though he has run out of new ideas. Sad because I have really enjoyed his work in the past.
Yes the poor chap made a reasonably good job of what he had to work with ( apart from the 'husky' women's voices!)
On this occasion - all of them!
The main character is a woman called 'Red' apparently her real name. She advertises for a date in the personal column, he turns out to be your friendly neighbourhood psychopath ...
Yes as this is the only one of the series that I have been disappointed with
I have been purchasing 2 audiobooks a month on Audible by subscription for the best part of 10 years now including the complete set of the Roy Grace novels.
This one is, by a country mile, the worst book that I have ever bought.
A massive disappointment!
That the story remains a constant roller coaster throughout, there isn't needless downtime or lengthy overtly descriptive passages. Just good solid story that keeps you gripped.
Bryce, the nasty piece of work! He is THE baddy in this book. I loved how quick and clever he was to get what he wanted from Red. How he faltered on the edge of insanity, and it chilled me to the bone to imagine there are very well people like him out there on the internet.
This is my first time hearing Daniel and he read the book wonderfully!
The worst in the series by some margin. What an anticlimax to the long drawn out scenario about his ex. Nothing original about the plot.
"Thriller with a fiery theme"
Threads in Roy Grace’s personal life are interwoven and add depth to the story of his latest case, which is a fast-paced action-detection-horror-warning against thoughtless use of social media. Daniel Weyman’s performance develops the suspense well.
Red Westwood lives to regret meeting Bryce through a dating site. Eventually the obsessed lover becomes a hunter who keeps her in his sights while he eliminates all around her whom he considers to be his enemies. At first it seems that Roy and the team are not going to be able to track the man down – he has some very tricky moves – and that Roy may not survive to stay on the scent, but a satisfying conclusion is reached after many plot twists and turns.
Although this is another heart-pounding journey, following a terrifying criminal, of the kind we are used to from Peter James, I must say that I am tired of the character Pugh who is developing into another of the ‘unworthy, self-seeking, dumb officer who rises to the top’ stereotypes that litter the police procedural genre. This grumble aside, I thoroughly recommend ‘Want You Dead’ to all lovers of a good thriller
"Time for Roy Grace to retire"
This book was awful. I used to really enjoy the Roy Grace series but it has been a case of diminishing returns for some time now. I've hung on because I wanted to know what happened to Sandy, and I also hoped maybe things would improve. However, I think it's time to give up on this series. This book had an unbelievable plot, a victim for whom I had no sympathy and a villain who was annoying beyond believe and had a portfolio of skills that defied belief! The actions of both the police and the victim were often so stupid they had me shouting at my iPod - drawing a few strange looks on the bus. (I'm being stalked by a super human psycho so I'll go off on my own to show someone around a house and I won't leave the real contact deals. For goodness sake.) The Sandy plotline has been drawn out for so long I have stopped caring.
All in all, this is a book to avoid and I think maybe it's time Roy Grace calls it a day.
After reading all of the Roy Grace series and Peter James' other books I was severely let down in Want You Dead. The plot was weak and the characterisation poor. As a former Sussex officer I would not want to see any of my former colleagues act like the enquiry team under Roy Grace. Mr James is well known for his association with Sussex Police but his advisors have badly let him down on this occasion.
Yes of course I am hoping that was just a blip.
Absolutely not there are far better stories out there.
Starring Kermit and the Cookie Monster.
Kill off Roy and move on.
I really couldn't say, so much about the book; the main characters, the plot were so implausible.
Sat down and read through it after it was complete.
A complete waste of time and money
Yes, this book has put me off reading any more Peter James books.
"Not the best."
I like the Roy Grace series and this was fine but not the best. It did, however, move the whole Grace narrative on quite well with some resolutuioin on the German side which will obviously take Grace down some unexpected roads in future epidsodes. The main story was OK but fairly predictable and the villain not very believable. But it was a good read nevertheless.
No thank youMaybe
pretty good might try him with a better story
the whole lot
Waited in hope it would get better it just got worse. The character's are plastic stereo-typical cutout's lacking braincells. The style is like cheap journalism cut and paste. This is a book I will never forget for being dross. No star rating. In fact if possible minus stars should be brought in
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