Electrifying suspense, cutting-edge psychological insight, and an unforgettably sensuous love story - these are the trademarks of Karen Robards' sizzling novels. Now the New York Times best-selling author launches a red-hot new paranormal romantic thriller series featuring the fascinating Dr. Charlotte Stone, a serial killer expert whose extraordinary powers lead her from ecstasy to terror.
Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life - no doubt because when she was 16, she herself survived a serial killer's bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie's best friend, Holly, then left the girl's body on a seaside boardwalk one week later.
Because of the information Charlie gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground. She kept to herself her eerie postmortem visions of Holly and her mother. And even years later, knowing her contact with ghosts might undermine her credibility as a psychological expert, Charlie tells no one about the visits she gets from the spirit world.
Now all-too-handsome FBI agent Tony Bartoli is telling Charlie that a teenage girl is missing, her family slaughtered. Bartoli suspects that after 15 years, the Boardwalk Killer - or a sick copycat with his M.O. - is back. Time is running short for an innocent, kidnapped girl, and Bartoli pleads for Charlie's help.
This is the one case Charlie shouldn't go near. But she also knows that she may be the one person in the world who can stop this vicious killer. For Charlie - whose good looks disguise a world of hurt, vulnerability, and potent psychic gifts - a frantic hunt for a madman soon becomes a complex test of cunning, passions, and secrets. Aiding Dr. Stone on her quest to catch a madman is a ghostly presence with bad intentions: the fiery spirit of seductive bad boy Michael Garland who refuses to be ignored, though in his cat and mouse game they may both lose their hearts.
Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. And she sees the Boardwalk Killer coming for her.
©2012 Karen Robards (P)2012 Random House Audio
"Robards has a true flair for characterization and excels at adding large doses of humor to the spicy mix." (RT Book Reviews)
"One of the most popular voices in women's fiction." (Newsweek)
"Robards is one terrific storyteller." (Chicago Tribune)
The characters are interesting.
Yes, because I want to know what happens with Garland.
This book is just missing something. I don't know if it is because we only have Charlie point of view or what. The book just does not work for me. I like the plot of the book.
I get it - technically speaking - good writing. However - no interest in reading about HOPELESS romance. Way to close to real life for me. Sorry - too depressing for words. I don't want to be depressed at hopeless love - I can do that on my own time. I don't read ROMANTIC Suspense to be depressed. Big disappointment.
I can't honestly say whether the story was awful, or simply rendered almost unlistenable by the choice of a narrator who sounds almost like a little girl. It's frankly a little creepy to hear a sex scene read by someone so young, I'd want to see some ID before letting her see some of those words in print.
If you can tune-out the age issue, there remains a serious flaw in the narrator's interpretation of the key male character. He's described as having a sexy, smooth-as-honey Southern drawl. Unfortunately, the voice Lee gives him is a lot more backwoods than Rhett Butler.
Too bad. The story delivers an intriguing premise, with the psychic-medium heroine torn between a nice live guy and a life signs-challenged bad boy. I'm a little curious to know how it will play out in the series, but not enough to listen to more of this miscast production. If I can't resist the sequel, I'll be reading it in paperback.
It is ok Not sure I believe that this woman would be in love with a Ghost and think twice about a flesh and blood good guy. Just hard to believe
No not really. A ghost as a pretector maybe. Not sure I want a ghost as a lover. Especially not one that had been on death row.
She was fine.
If you value your credits, and love a good thriller, don't waste them on this. In this book, a "trained psychologist" who also sees spirits begins to flirt and become sexually aroused by a vicious dead serial killer's ghost.
This has nothing to do with real psychic phenomena. The "visions" of the dead serial killer aren't eerie or remotely believable, but just idiotic. He keeps getting sexier to her, with added "glistening muscle", and even a new suntan! He uses lame come-ons such as "you're so hot, baby", and she finally gets annoyed because he comes on to her in the shower. Although aroused by him, she feels guilty when she chases him away with incense, and it ticks him off. The reader sounds like she can't believe she is reading this junk either. I just want my credit back.
This is the worse book I have ever listened to. I have listened to and read other books by this author and enjoyed them, I JUST DON"T GET THIS AT ALL I'm more than 1/2 way through and keep asking myself WHY?Listen to something you enjoy . I have bought other books that I have not enjoyed this is the first one that I have written a review on
I can not find fault with the narrator she could only read what wwas written baaaad
Tell us about yourself!
I ENJOYED THIS LISTEN ,,I ENJOY KAREN ROBARDS BOOKS AND THIS ONE IS
RIGHT UP THERE!!
WOW... I do not know.. this story kind of through me off..
NO .. I love Karen Robards.. she one of my favorites..and always will be...i hope there will be a second part to this story...
narrator was great.. it was just the point of the story..
maybe less killings..
Karen Robards still great and hope there will be a second part to this story book..
I think this was Karen's last one for me it was that bad. There are no words to describe haw bad this one sucked!
The narration was good but that was it.
The characters were well developed, as usual.
This one is somewhat different than her usual stories. I don't want to give anything away but the ending didn't finalize the story for me ... series?
I wasn't as 'invovled' in this book as I have been in previous ones.
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