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Nobody's listening. So, he'll just keep killing. 

Three massacres in the same city, the same month. Two detectives discover a link that can't possibly exist. One journalist unwittingly holds the answers. Zero clues to a killer who sends a deadly message. 

Kendall's usual freelance work consists of fluff magazine pieces until she scores an interview with the survivor of a horrific mass killing. Seven people brutally murdered with an axe at a cafe, with the killer left dead at the scene. 

Within days, more mass killings occur. Ten eldercare facility residents die in an arson-lit blaze. Then a mother attending a family birthday party embarks on a terrifying gun rampage. 

Investigating detective O'Grady wonders how it's possible that crimes so seemingly coincidental can be linked by just a single puzzling detail: none of the killers have a murderer's profile. Ordinary citizens with zero history of violence have suddenly become ruthless monsters. 

When Kendall crosses O'Grady's path sparks fly. And not the romantic kind. They will soon discover though that these killings are part of a plan greater than just these crimes. Someone is sending a message and if they can't decipher the meaning soon many more will die. 

Discover the audiobook listeners have called a terrifying, impossible-to-put-down thriller, by the author fans have named the new Stephen King. 

Narrated by Anne Johnston Brown, winner of the 2012 Audible Female Voice Award. 

©2015 Susan May (P)2016 Susan May

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I did not care for the narrator she sounded to robotic The storyline was very interesting. it was a very good read.

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pretty good..

I loved the way that the author showed both sides of the crime - one side was from the criminal's perspective - the other was how the police attempted to make sense of the clues and sometimes the lack of them. I also loved how all the pieces of the puzzle finally came into place for the big picture but not until towards the end.

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Interesting and fast paced

This book has a very original plot and is fast paced and exciting. The story behind how the mass murders are connected is great and really makes you think. It starts out right away with a killer entering a restaurant with an axe. The action keeps on going from there. This book has a great mixture of scientific fact and fiction. It is intelligently written and kept me interested and I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator did a great job bringing the different characters to life. This is my second book I have read from this author and so far I am very impressed.

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NOT Music to Fall Asleep by!

Author Susan May lovingly supplies every detail in exquisite depth as three separate mass murders occur in a very brief timespan. The actions are so portrayed that we feel sympathy for the perpetrators even as we leave their minds and observe from without the appalling aftermath of such violence. Add in a troubled journalist and a policeman with his own secrets and watch as human emotions and reactions are explored and possible pharmaceutical side effects revealed. Bordering on the thrilling edge of horror, this psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. I enjoyed the extremely well-read AUDIO version and would suggest this is NOT music to fall asleep by!

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Anne Johnstonbrown awesome narration made this an outstanding audio

I loved Deadly Messengers when I read it the first time. Listening to this narration brought the book to life. I found myself actually laughing out loud in a couple of spots. This is not a funny story but there are a couple of comical scenes. The narrator did an amazing job changing her voice for the different characters. Her narrative took on the character and that characters personality perfectly. I enjoyed this more than reading it. Certain lines just stay with you in this book. The narration enhanced that. The characters are really well developed. The plot will take you places you will not believe.
I will keep this one to enjoy again.

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Overall, a good read!

What made the experience of listening to Deadly Messengers the most enjoyable?

The killings were unique, well written and delivered.

Would you be willing to try another book from Susan May? Why or why not?

Yes. This the 2nd book I've read that was written by Susan May. I like her plots and the character development although I didn't find any of the main characters in this book to be very likeable.

What does Anne Johnstonbrown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love dialogue. Anne Johnstonbrown did a great portrayal of Beverly, a bystander/survivor of the first killing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The beginning and the end of the book were especially good. I found the descriptions of the killings to be interesting and I definitely wanted to know how the book ended.

Any additional comments?

I really liked the premise of this book. The story was interesting and well researched. However, I tend to get tired of living inside characters' heads. The story was told from the POV of several characters; I think the narration could have been better if a 3rd party POV was used more. I also felt as if the romance angle was unnecessary and didn't seem plausible.

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Reminiscent of a Robin Cook Thriller

An epidemic of unexplained serial killings. Killers with no apparent motives. Police Detectives desperately searching for answers before more people are killed. A writer with a troubled past caught up in the unfurling events.

In Deadly Messengers, Susan May has skillfully blended these ingredients into a thriller that keeps readers on the edges of their seats from the first page to the last. At times, this book reminds me of a Robin Cook thriller because May takes snippets of real-life research and then logically extrapolates them in ways that are not unimaginable in today's world. However, like Cook's protagonists, there are times where May's characters act in head-scratching ways that defy logic. Books and movies of this genre already require some suspension of belief to be thoroughly enjoyed and this book is no exception to that general rule. Overall, however, readers who like these kinds of books will not be disappointed in the tale that May has crafted. CAUTIONARY NOTE: This book does contain several scenes of graphic violence and squeamish readers should be aware of that when making their buying decision.

Anne Johnstonbrown, the 2013 Audible Best Female Audio Book Narrator award winner, adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the book for those readers who prefer to "hear" their books rather than read them. Ms. Johnstonbrown's voice is pleasant and she does a nice job of using vocal changes to differentiate characters. This audiobook also includes a brief bonus commentary by Ms. May, wherein she explains how she came up with several key plot points for her book.

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Deadly Messengers: Reader Alert, beautiful trumpet-shaped might ruin your South American vacation!

Susan May's enthralling work certainly won't! This is one of the best books I've had the absolute pleasure to read/listen to in months. Journey into the heads of our stars as they attempt to unravel this mass murder mystery. All the necessaries are lurking about--drugs, bad guys, good cops, fast food!!! What more is needed? A great plot! Deadly Messengers had that; oh does it have that! Intriguing, fast-paced, surprising twists here and there and more! It's time for you to dive in---dare you....

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"His little seeds ...His windup toys."

Any additional comments?

It is easy to drop words like 'stunning' and 'unmissable' into a review, but in this case they truly are applicable. In addition to an intriguing story of mass murder and mayhem, Susan May has used her superb word building skills to draw vivid pictures in her readers' heads with delicious lines such as, 'blue ice traveling at light speed', 'eyes as white as dinner plates on the table', and 'Blood is thicker than oil. They don't mix.' From the novel's inception, the reader is looking through the eyes and mind of an obsessive, soon to be killer. But something is wrong, this isn't a straightforward crime in the making. The tension is palpable, the expectation intense, what happens is electric - and confusing.

I am new to the writings of author, Susan May, having previously only encountered one short story. This I will have to remedy as her writing skills are well above average, sentences carefully crafted. Her character development is skilful, too, creating three dimensional people to travel through her pages for whom we can feel empathy, sorrow or, simply, dislike. In this audio version she has been wonderfully assisted by narrator, Anne Johnstonbrown, who breaths life into each one of the protagonists whether in a leading role or just a bit player. Each voice is different and perfectly matched to the character. Her text reading, too, is well paced and , apart from an add pronunciation of three or four words, for example 'babble' instead of 'Bable', flawless. Hers is, indisputably, the best female narration I have heard.

There is a brief but interesting insert at the end of the audio, given by Ms.May herself, about how the book came into being and with a quick note on the contents. Only about five minutes in duration, it is worth hearing as well as acting as a cool down after the book's finale. My profound thanks to the author for gifting me a copy - I did not know what to expect and I would have hated to have missed it. So, for anyone who enjoys excellent writing, well performed, in the investigative thriller mystery genre, and isn't afraid of the spilling of blood, lots of blood, this Audiobook really is unmissable.

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Suspenseful

A suspenseful story that keeps you listening until the end. Three massacres, a detective and a reporter are all involved together somehow. The reporter is given the task of finding out more and it's definitely not easy. Danger lurks everywhere. Loved being able to listen as I could carry on with whatever I needed to do. The reading made the story so realistic.

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  • Neville Townsend
  • 02-07-17

Recommended read

Excellent audio book would recommend this first class thriller. A freelance writer drawn into a mass murder investigation

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  • Faouzia Benkhoud
  • 09-22-17

an interesting thriller with unexpected twist

Where does Deadly Messengers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audiobook was another interesting experience with Anne Johnstonbrown, i think it is my favorite by her voice. I enjoyed listening to the book and remembering details of the story and feeling all the emotions all over again. Hearing the story made all the scenes seem more vivid and real and more intense.

Which character – as performed by Anne Johnstonbrown – was your favourite?

My favorite character is definitely Kendall Jenning. She was when i first read the book and she remained such after hearing it. Anne Johnstonbrown did a really ood job with her, i could almost see her.

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The voices for all the other characters were also really good, it was a bit odd with Lance O'Grady, i imagined him differently but still it was interesting to listen to him! Again Ms Johnstonbrown did a good job narrating a really good book!

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