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Publisher's Summary

Drummed out of the army, Ryan Anderson is looking for a new career. When the opportunity to work for a Manchester gangland figure arises, he jumps at the chance. 

Retired DCI James Knight is arrested for a murder he swears he didn't commit. 

Scott Davison is recovering from a traumatic incident when Kelly Stone walks into his life. Is it a chance meeting, or is she part of the past Scott is trying to escape? 

Karen Harper has killed before, and she’s planning to kill again...and again. 

Their lives are entwined, and it’s up to Detective Inspector John Latimer to unravel the threads before it becomes personal. 

Motive is the latest thriller from million-copy best-selling author Alan McDermott, creator of the explosive Tom Gray and Eva Driscoll series.

©2020 Alan McDermott (P)2020 Alan McDermott

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The pieces all come together

This entertaining thriller features a rare antagonist, a female serial killer. The book weaves the stories of multiple interesting characters, including this blonde bombshell with no empathy who is introduced while executing a brutal and methodical killing. I enjoyed the different stories but was starting to wonder at a certain point if they would all come together. Rest assured, the puzzle pieces fit. I nearly said "Ah-ha!" aloud when I figured out where it was going. The characters are well developed, and the plot is intriguing. I particularly enjoyed Andy Stevenson's narration. He has a soothing voice, reminiscent of some of my other favorites like Tony Britton. He gave the characters distinctive voices that were easily recognizable. An excellent listen!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Suspenseful and unexpected. Crazy good!

First, this narrator is one of my favorites EVER. He's AMAZING!!!
Second, this story is fantastic. It switches from different characters, back and forth, and the threads just keep tightening more and more towards the end. By the last few chapters the suspense was real. I thought I'd figured some things out and really enjoyed how the storyline and the answers were laid out. I won't give away the plot, but this book is just crazy good. There's serial killer stuff, undercover agent stuff, really bad dudes and everything that makes a book exciting.
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Complex and thrilling story

A female killer, a framed detective, and coincidental encounters intertwine in this action packed story.

After hearing the first chapter, I was gripped and eager to hear more. However, the next few chapters confused me, jumping around various characters and timeframes I confess I was confused and struggled to follow the story. After about halfway I got how it works and it started being interesting again, though I fear I missed out on some details in the midst of my confusion.

It was not a bad story, it was different and I liked that there was a female killer for a change. The narration was very good and kept me entertained despite my previously mentioned confusion.

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An interesting twist to crime fiction

There's quite an unusual and innovative twist to this crime fiction novel. The characters aren't all likeable, but they are well developed and compelling. And Andy Stevenson's outstanding narration really brings this out and makes this an exciting and suspenseful listen.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-26-20

"The stand out candidate."

Ryan Anderson is hand with his fists and, after his background is checked, joins the employment of a Manchester club owner as one of his body guards cum subordinates. Meanwhiles, a serial killer is at work but others are becoming suspects of the murders from evidence found at the crime scenes. Running side by side as three intertwined but apparently separate stories, this is a thrilling, if slowmoving, thriller with well developed cbaracters. The intrigue is further enhanced by a distortion in the timeline presentation.
Narration by Andy Stevenson is excellent -clear, well paced and articulated, as well as giving individualized voice to various protagonists. A good performance.
This is my first encounter with the writings of Alan McDermott and I hope that it will not be the last. Although slightly confusing at times but predictable at others, this was still a sell written and enjoyable book which evolves as the reader progresses. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of Motive via Audiobook Boom. Recommended .

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  • SandraL
  • 01-23-21

Fast paced thriller

There is so much going on in this well plotted fast paced thriller! The different threads seemed totally unrelated and made me scratch my head a few times, but when they came together everything made sense. The last few chapters of the book had me on the very edge of my seat!

The characters are all so well written that you feel like you really know them. They're not all likeable but they do feel very real. It was nice to see a female serial killer too :-)

I enjoyed the narration by Andy Stevenson, and his voices for the different characters were great.

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  • Margaret
  • 01-21-21

WOW, what a book

Review  of MOTIVE written by Alan Mcdermott

Thank you again to the our wonderful group and Alan for giving me the opportunity to listen and review this book.
Wow what a story !!! I loved it. It took me two attempts to get into the book, I managed to get to chapter 5 and had to start again, what with my hubby working from home and keeping interrupting me, it  is such a pain having to stop, start take the head phones  off then put them back on again, plus I did not jell with the narrator straight away, I think David Thorpe would of been a really good fit for this book. 
As with all my reviews, I am not going to spoil the story and give away the plot, but wow, what a story, I was totally hooked, and fast moving there is a lot going on this book, several stories that come together in the end, it keeps you wondering all they way through how they are linked. 
All the character were really interesting and you felt as thou you really got to know them, I can't wait for the next book, I am looking forward to hearing about Ryan's next adventure.
Alan Mcdermott is not an author I have chosen before, but having listened to this book is someone I will definitely consider again, when choosing my next title.
I can honestly say well worth a listen, If I was giving stars, it would be 4.5 out of 5 just dropping half a point for the narrator, he was just not quite manly enough for me ( sorry Andy Stevenson if your reading this)  and I think the book deserved a really strong voice. 

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  • Bethany Gordon
  • 01-20-21

Great thriller

Starting off with a few different characters and their stories, you wonder where this thriller will take you and how their stories become entwined. Keeping the characters separate until a way through the book you just get into one character and then you're off on the story of another and then to another. It certainly keeps your attention. The narration was great, capturing the characters well. The story started off slowly but gradually built pace as it progressed. Alan McDermott skillfully weaves the stories around each other until the thrilling climax.

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  • Andrew Howard
  • 01-11-21

A master craftsman at his best

An excellent story which keeps you guessing to the end, as apparently individual story-lines become intertwined with some brilliant surprises. This is suspense in the hands of a master craftsman, as Alan McDermott creates very believable characters and a story which really sucks you in. I listened to the audiobook version which was superb, with Andy Stevenson bringing the characters (and so the story) to life. I love the way the story evolves to create an extremely fluid and exciting read. I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend, with special praise for the audio version.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 01-06-21

Intriguing

A really interesting plot line. Three separate scenarios which ultimately have a common thread running through them. Really well written and thought out, an intriguing and enjoyable read.

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  • DocRev
  • 01-01-21

Great! A solid 4.5 stars from me!

I really wanted to give 'Motive' 4.5 stars but that's not an option unfortunately so 4 stars it is.

I listened as an audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator, Andy Stevenson, was great and his voices for the different characters really added to my enjoyment of the book.

The characters are well drawn and interesting and all piqued my interest leaving me curious to know more about them and where their place was in the whole story. Ryan is my favourite with the serial killer a close second! The things which happen to them and their reactions are all quite plausible which added to the enjoyment for me.

The plot is slow to begin but quickly gains pace and momentum with some super twists and turns. I will definitely be checking out some of the author's other books.

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  • VK
  • 01-01-21

A great plot

DCI James Knight has been arrested for murder
Meanwhile Scott Davidson is recovering from an accident when he meets the lovely Kelly Stone.
Meanwhile Ryan Anderson has been thrown out of the army and is looking for a new job and he’ll do anything.
Meanwhile Karen Harper is killing and totally enjoying it
Detective John Latimer is a friend of DCI James Knight and he vows to help his friend.
This has been an amazing audible book. I released my detecting brain to the stories of all these fascinating individual stories and I was not let down.
The twists and turns of this plot are both clever and surprising.
I would most certainly recommend this book
Last but not least Andy Stevenson is a great narrator.

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  • Caryl Spurdin
  • 12-30-20

Brilliant story, sensational narration!

Alan McDermott has written a unique crime thriller which brilliantly intertwines various characters and situations with clarity and detail. The characters are well-defined, the tension builds and the plot weaves in various directions, cleverly arriving at the same destination with many twists and turns on the way and outcomes that you will not have seen coming.

At the same time, Andy Stevenson’s sensational narration brings an already superb story to life. Each character’s voice is well crafted to create a unique personality that is believable and realistic. Unlike many narrators, Stevenson doesn’t just read the dialogue, he absorbs himself into it, creating characters that sound real, leading to a compelling and believable listening experience.

If you like crime thrillers, then do not miss this one – it’s one of the best!

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  • Roberta Vella
  • 12-28-20

My first but definitely not my last A.McDermott book.

Well this was a very interesting read, fast paced and a very good story line. I had never read any Alan McDermott books before but I will be definitely be on the lookout for them now as I loved how believable his characters are and how he brought the story together.