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Publisher's Summary

FBI profiler Sayer Altair hunts a brilliant serial killer with a dangerous obsession in Caged, a gripping thriller audiobook from debut author Ellison Cooper. 

In a residential Washington, D.C., neighborhood, a young woman's body is found in the basement of an abandoned house - starved to death in a cage, along with the video footage of a dark and deadly ritual. The victim is identified as the daughter of a prominent D.C. politician, and it falls to the FBI to track down the unconscionable psychopath who murdered her. 

FBI special agent Sayer Altair would rather conduct research on criminality than catch actual criminals. But when she's offered a promotion hinging on her next assignment, she reluctantly accepts the "Cage Killer" case. Taunted by a photo of another victim at the mercy of this vicious killer, Sayer and her team are driven to put an end to these grisly homicides. During the investigation, clues emerge connecting the murders to Sayer's past. Now, the stakes are personal, and the deeper Sayer is drawn into the deadly web, the more she believes she is the only one who can uncover the killer's identity. 

Told with devastating detail, shocking twists and unrelenting suspense, Cooper proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.  

©2018 Ellison Cooper (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Caged is a pulse-pounding twisted thrill ride that will keep readers guessing - and plotting revenge - right up to its satisfying conclusion." (Chelsea Cain, New York Times best-selling author) 

"A dark and mesmerizing debut. Ellison Cooper channels equal parts Kathy Reichs and Thomas Harris in this fiendishly clever thriller that pits and up and coming FBI agent against an exceptionally cold and calculating killer. You will read till the bitter end... then sleep with the lights on!" (Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author)

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This new author should go far...

Debut author Ellison Cooper has written an outrageous police procedural. So glad I decided to give it a try.
The protagonist Sayer Altair is a strong, African American woman, neuroscientist who also happens to be a special agent with the FBI in Washington DC.
In this book young women of different nationalities are disappearing. They have other commonalities but I won't divulge what that is. Anyway, one woman is found murdered. She's in a basement , in a cage, starved and dehydrated with a dog in with her on the brink of death. The house is booby trapped and kills one cop and seriously injures another.
The next woman is found barely clinging to life along with a kitten. Then another goes missing.
The is a very well written book. The characters and the environment are both described vividly and the characters are believable.
Danielle Deadwyler does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Judy
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Waste of Time and Money, with Emphasis on TIME

I stuck with it, right to the end, but it was an ordeal. The plot was weak and riddled with holes. It might have survived as a forty-four minute episode of CRIMINAL MINDS, but just does not make it as a book. Cooper's constant use of literary devices such as similes and strained metaphors tries the reader's soul. ("Guilt wrapped its foul fingers around her like a ghost." Gag.)

And the narration: what can I say? Shouting lines at the listener does not convey emotion; it is merely annoying and fatiguing. Then there is the matter of her pronunciation: kill, (kee-ul) fill, (fee-ul) didn't, (ditt'nt) couldn't, (coot'nt) and so on. She even blows everyday words such as ambulance, (am-bu-LANCE) sieve, (seeve) experiment, (ex-PEER-a-ment) "systematic" when clearly, "systemic" is the required word. Teeth-grindingly awful.

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Wow! Loved this book!

Great book from a new writer,m. A truly compelling story, that supplied twists and unforeseenturns galore. An excellent read that was so hard to put down! Sequel please!?

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Narrator mispronounced so many words!

The story was pretty good. The narrator ruined it. It was so distracting to hear her repeatedly mispronounce words. She continually put a hard G at the end of every ING word. She could not pronounce ambulance correctly-several times. She could not pronounce the word kills and many others. Why would you let someone that ignorant narrate your book?

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Disappointing

It's hard to separate the narration, which was abysmal, from the story but I think that the story was okay for what it is. The narrator completely ruins any positives. The narration was overly dramatic, had much too much yelling, and badly delivered dialogue.

I can forgive plot-holes and bad science in an otherwise gripping book but this wasn't it - in this case it was just something else to be annoyed at.

If the author writes another book, I truly hope that they use a different narrator. I will never buy another book that she narrates.

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Incredibly cliche...

Not impressed with this author at all. How do you portray a tough female cop? Lived in the same apartment for 3 years but never unpacked, doesn't know how to take care of a dog, rides a motorcycle and forgets family events. Been done before. Nothing new or captivating. The serial killer story was pretty darn far fetched and had a lot of holes.

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Amazing!!

One of the best books I have ever listened to. I almost didn’t purchase this book due to the lack of reviews. So glad I did!!! This is my first review I have made for the hundreds of books I have purchased. I hope this turns into a series!!

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Really good story

You can tell a foundation is being laid down for a series to really help you understand the characters and their complex past but honestly great suspense and decently surprising ending. I gauge how much I really like a story by how often I listen and I was making excuses to continue listening. Enjoyable, interesting.

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Great book!

Had me guessing for quite a while, and that's not easy to do. I would write more, but I can't wait to download the next book in this series...if there is one! Ms. Cooper: well done!

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suspenseful <br />

you won't want to put it down. unique story line. well written. checking out other novels by the same author