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How do you catch a killer who knows your every move?

She drew the curtains and returned to the kitchen where she removed the bottle of vodka from the freezer and reached for the large kitchen knife. If he dared to come back, she'd be ready for him.

When a body is found hanging in the remains of a dock-side warehouse, detective Kate Matthews is called to the scene. Recently transferred following the death of a colleague, Kate is yet to see a successful prosecution over the line. But this won't be an easy win....

Someone is watching her: leaving her clues in her home, taunting her to throw the case and threatening the life of her little girl.

As more bodies begin to surface and Kate's stalker closes in, her instincts tell her that there is a link hidden among the victims' missing pieces. This is a killer with a message and Kate must race against the clock to solve his twisted riddle.

But at the end of this impossible puzzle lies an impossible choice....

A dark and compulsive cat-and-mouse thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Sarah Hilary, and Patricia Gibney.

©2017 Stephen Edger (P)2017 Bookouture

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  • L_McC
  • 09-16-17

Not terrible but not great either

I found the main character annoying. Her decisions were stupid and selfish. I find it hard to believe a mum would run out of the house after receiving a threat on your child and 'forget' to check on her until ages later! Obviously written by a man as women wouldn't react like this.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 12-04-17

Not my favourite listen

Usually I enjoy books that stretch my imagination, books that most people declare too far fetched to fully enjoy but this one is a step too far.
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Kate acquires a stalker not far into the book who threatens her daughter so the first thing Kate does is LEAVE THE FLAT leaving the threatened child sleeping alone. The stalker later breaks into her flat, not once but several times, still Kate refuses to report this or seek protection for her daughter.

Once we hit the final run, we find out who the real killer is, now I don't want to post spoilers but the killer is the most improbable candidate considering all the physical activity that has surrounded his crimes! I wasn't surprised though, I was beyond surprise by this point, I felt only relief that it was all going to be over soon. Although the Saw theme music kept bouncing around in my head whilst the bad guy made his dreadful speech. The literal end was even more stupid, he wanted a last cigarette but did not have time as the police would certainly soon be arriving, but he was very definitely in a position to have that last smoke given what his next move was going to be.

I do not like Emma Newman's narration either, she speaks too slowly but this may suit some people.

Overall, Kate is the most irritating person and a dreadful Detective, all of the characters in this book, with the exception of Chloe and the childminder, are obnoxious people, maybe it's a Southampton thing, or maybe it has something to do with them all being petty minded, unprofessional idiots. Now, we all have different opinions of the British police force but I'm sure they can't possibly be that blundering or petty in reality (even in Southampton).

I did not like this book BUT others seem to like it well enough so go ahead, try it for yourself and see what you think.

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  • Shell Baker
  • 11-21-17

will have you hooked from start till fin

Every now and then, when the moment is right I do love to listen to an audio book. Dead to Me was perfect for a four and a half hour flight. For me it's not just about the story it's about how the narrator tells it. When reading a book you picture the characters and their voices in your head but I have to say a massive shout out to Emma Newman who has done a brilliant job of narrating this and really brought this story to life with the different characters voices/accents and descriptions. Absolutely amazing stuff and I will definitely be listening to more audio by Emma.

So the story itself. I have to say that is this the first book that I have read by Stephen Edger and certainly won't be my last….seriously I could kick myself for not reading any of his books before. Dead to Me is without a doubt an OMG book! I freaking loved it. So my plan to listen to half of it going on holiday and the second half on the way back totally went out the window. It stayed with me until the very end of the story. I was well and truly hooked. It’s a good job I had a power bank with me lol

In this story we meet Detective Kate Matthews she is called to the scene when a body is found hanging in the remains of a dock-side warehouse it's not long until she realises someone is watching her every move. With more bodies surfacing.her instincts tell her that there is a link hidden among the victims' missing pieces. This is a killer with a message and Kate must race against the clock to solve his twisted riddle.....OMG what a story!

I cannot wait to find out more about Kate. some readers won’t agree to decisions she makes but at the end of the day we all have to do things that are right for us at the time. But I loved her, In Fact I am really excited that I have found a new Detective series and a new author.


This will have you hooked from start till finish and guessing until the very end. It is fast paced and full of twists and turns.Not forgetting it is dark and gruesome. It certainly ticked all the boxes for me which I highly recommend giving it 5 massive stars.