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Fallsburg, New York, has a killer on the loose - one who's leaving their sadistic, telltale marks on innocent victims.

A pretty teenage girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later, a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion. Who would do such a brutal thing - and why? Is there some sort of psychopathic monster lurking out there, preying upon vulnerable females? Or are the victims being targeted by someone they know?

It's up to two of Fallsburg's finest - Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal - to find out who's responsible for the grisly crimes. When she starts digging up clues, Jean is startled to learn that the crime has hit uncomfortably close to home. The victims - and many of the potential suspects - are classmates of Jean's 14-year-old daughter, Bethany. To make matters worse, Bethany's behavior has drastically changed. Jean's sweet, loving child has become a sullen, secretive stranger. How much does Bethany really know about the victims - and the crimes that are taking place? Does Bethany's hunky new heartthrob have anything to do with the crimes? And why does the mounting evidence keep pointing to a popular parish priest?

Suddenly deprived of her longtime police detective mentor and friend, Jean is forced to take the lead in this latest investigation, while breaking in a new partner. As they dig deeper into the case, Jean encounters threats to her career, her family relationships...and quite possibly her own daughter's life. Through it all, Jean and Marty must unravel a multi-layered mystery and put a face on the unseen villain, before anyone else ends up dead...and faceless.

©2016 Dawn Kopman Whidden (P)2017 Dawn Kopman Whidden

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 02-03-18

Great Thriller

I recently finished Dawn Whidden’s Faceless. I really like her main character, Detective Jean Whitley. This story progresses at a good pace, moving back and forth between the home front drama of dealing with a teenage daughter turned surly and the race to find a killer who literally defaces his victims. The tenuous balance Jean has previously maintained between home and work is unraveling and distracting her from the investigation. This is so realistically portrayed that I felt I was inside her living room as she tried to talk to her daughter as well as inside her car with her as she raced to the next crime scene. Kudos to Ms. Whidden for an excellent page-turner.
I was provided this book free of charge for an honest and unbiased review

Amy Deuchler was amazing with the delivery of the story

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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a great great story

the book is fantastic! I loved it! loved it! loved it! so very much.. it manage to surprise me with the twist.. definitely will wait to the second book

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great mystery!

Excellent mystery listen! Engaging story, complex characters, and a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. Great narrator, she had a tone and voice for each character. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a good mystery. I received a free review copy of this Audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book

I enjoyed the story but didn't care for the narration. The voice did not match my image of the character and emotions. However, the story is very well written and enjoyable.

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Faceless

What a good book! It has the mystery and a little bit of the suspense you expect when reading about murders. You may think you have The Who’s done it figure out, but you have no idea until the end. A very nice surprise with that. I love trying to figure it out but hate when I did all too soon. This one kept you engaged until the end just as all mysteries should be. A great recommendation for anyone who enjoys mysteries.

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Kept Me Guessing!

When pretty girls are murdered and their faces burned off, Detective Jean Whitley has a personal stake in finding the killer. The girls were classmates of her daughter's and she's tutoring the primary suspect. Suddenly very secretive, is Bethany just helping a friend or putting herself in danger?

This was a great mystery and I loved the rapport between Jean and her new partner, Marty Keal. The side stories provided additional layers to the characters and showed the human side of the two detectives. With clues constantly pointing to different people, I was kept guessing until the end. The thrilling climax was certainly one that I didn't see coming and I love when a mystery does that. Well done! The narration was excellent and added to my enjoyment. I really enjoyed this and would recommend it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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it was great,

I totally didn't expect that ending. I love the writing and conflict in the book. the narration was fabulous. I have already recommended it to friends.

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Keeps You Guessing Until The Very End!

Faceless is a great mystery in that it keeps you guessing until the end. The Author does a great job dropping bread crumbs of hints along the way but you seriously will be guessing until the very end. Within the mystery we meet a cast of characters that are extremely relatable and you quickly become invested in them. The narrator was fabulous and bringing the story and characters to life. I look forward to more from this Author and narrator. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Great story

I loved this book from the beginning I just knew it would a great mystery aka who done it. Was it the mystery boy friend the priest one of the girls or some stranger?
I love how the author wove the personal lives of the detectives in to the story so that was more than one story line.
The narrator did an awesome job with so many different characters.
Thais was my first book by this author but it won’t be my last.
My thoughts on the author and narrator NAILED IT.
I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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It had its moments...

This one was not my favorite. This book is a stand alone but, I think, the 2nd in the series. I haven’t listened to the first but had no trouble getting to know the characters or understanding the story. Unfortunately, IMHO, the main character isn’t very likable. In fact, the only characters I enjoyed were the stand in partner, Marty, and his father, Captain. Not only did I not like the main character, but the reader also has to suspend belief, stretch the imagination, etc for a good portion of the story. The narration was okay but, again, not my favorite. I will probably pass on the rest of the series. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • MEDY
  • 12-27-17

Book 2

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Faceless is a well written crime novel over with characters that I spend time with. This is one of those times where the motto 'don't judge a book by its cover' comes in to play because I was not attracted by the cover.

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  • med c
  • 12-27-17

Faceless

Faceless s a well written crime novel over with characters that I spend time with. This is one of those times where the motto 'don't judge a book by its cover' comes in to play because I was not attracted by the cover

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  • nerak
  • 02-23-18

Engrossing mystery

This book was given to me for free at my request in exchange for an honest review.

I am a huge audiobook listener, and have enjoyed hundreds of books over the years in this way. I've had some disappointing experiences, but this was definitely not one of them.

I've never read/listened to any of Dawn's writing before but I will happily do so again. She has used the mystery/suspense/thriller genre to create believable characters and a plot that can be understood by most people.

The dual perspective of both lead detectives is good and reminds me of other books I've enjoyed, Tim Ellis being one. It allows the listener to see things from more than one angle. The characters themselves are sympathetic but not one dimensional, they have lives, and not the cliche ones you would expect.

I usually love trying to work out who the villain is, but on this occasion enjoyed the writing and storytelling too much to try. I listened to the whole book in two sittings.

I thought Amy Deuchler did a good job with the narration and I only provided four stars rather than five because it took a couple of chapters to settle in with her voice. Her accents for Irish and Australian aren't perfect, but they're only used a couple of times thankfully. I would definitely listen to another book by both the author and the narrator.




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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 01-23-18

Wonderful

Unusually, I've listened to this series in the correct order. You know the author has a winning formula when you start listening to the second book and it feels like you're catching up with old friends. The characters lives' up and downs had a real impact on me. I was thrilled to discover who'd got married, who'd had babies, and, conversely, I was upset by any bad news. Dawn Kopman Whidden has a really upsetting murder mystery going on in this book. Whitley and Keal definitely have their work cut out, as well as all the activity in their private lives. Amy Deuchler provides excellent narration. When your emotions are roller coaster riding along with the ebb and flow of the story, that, for me, is a sign of a fabulous book. I loved every minute of listening and was sad when it finished. I can't wait to listen to book 3. 5 stars and a highly recommended from me.

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  • Raven
  • 01-22-18

Good mystery

This is a good mystery about a killer targeting teenage girls from the same school. There are quite a few suspects for the police to investigate.
The story is told from the points of view of the two detectives on the case. The pace is good and the narrator did very well with the characters.
Overall, a good listen.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 01-08-18

Fab

This audio kept me on edge the whole way through! The darkness and threats to the girls was rough and a real nail biter. The culprit well there’s another What moment! Really woven in well.
From the 1st book to this I still love the characters. They’re real and you feel for them all. Or dislike them as I did some of the not so nice ones. You’ll know when you listen to who I’m on about.
The extended bits from the families of the main characters was great. They’re padding out and I really want to hear more about them.
More please!