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It is three days before Christmas, and two young girls have disappeared from the local academy. This hasn't happened for 15 years, since Rouge Kendall's twin sister was murdered. The killer was found, but now Rouge, 25 and a policeman, is forced to wonder: was he really the one? Also wondering is a former classmate named Ali Cray, a forensic psychologist with scars of her own. The pattern is the same, she says: a child called out to meet a friend. The friend is the bait, the Judas child, and is quickly killed. But the primary victim lives longer. . .until Christmas day.

Rouge doesn't want to hear this. He's spent the last 15 years trying to avoid the memories. A little girl has haunted his dreams all these years - and he has three days to finally put her to rest.

Filled with rich prose, resonant characters, and knife-edged suspense that have won so many fans, Judas Child is Carol O'Connell's most powerful novel yet.

©2009 J.T. Ellison; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Good book, bad narrator..

I had a hard time getting through this book only because of the narrator, Erika Leigh. She should read children's books. She doesn't have the voice for this kind of book.

I really like Carol O'Connell's books and have listened to many of them and alway gave a four star rating. Not this time. The narrator was terrible in my opinion

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 12-27-10

WOW

My 40 year old daughter and I both enjoyed this book very much. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very begiinning. I loved the two young girl characters - espectially the one with the "actress" personality. What a slam bang ending. I don't think you will see it coming.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Horrible narrator

I would really like to have heard this book, but I just had to stop. The narrator sounds like she is reading headlines for the six o'clock news. I kept checking my iPod to see if perhaps I had set it to the fast speed. Nope. So, I tried to correct by putting it on slow speed. That didn't work either. I finally had to give up. The sing-song staccato with no sense of pacing is just too maddening. Too bad. Sounded like a good story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Heather
  • Buckeye, Arizona
  • 01-19-10

WOW!

I know this book deals with a dark topic but that said all I can say is wow! I really liked this book. There were more than a few idintifiable characters. I especially like how much time was spent developing the character of the two girls. I especially liked Sadie as the protagonist. This book is a page turner and will not dissapoint.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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just okay

Spoilers. be warned. the book left me feeling dissatisfied. to many unanswered questions. the ending fell flat because she didn't do a good job of accounting for what happened in half the book. the book felt unfinished to me. why did the priest and fbi agent have same eyes? was sadie's body in that grave the entire time? the priest was the only priest the doctor could confess too? didn't like the character development. needed more to understand why the main characters acted add they did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kara
  • Haleiwa, HI, USA
  • 09-06-14

Absurd procedural plot hole is infuriating

Most of this book was enjoyable and I was certainly interested. However, much of the plot and character activity focuses around the fact that a psychiatrist will not reveal the name of his patient who is the likely suspect. This is portrayed as some sort of noble code of medicine when in fact it is the opposite. Patient doctor confidentiality is protected EXCEPT when it is suspected that the patient will do harm to themselves or others and then it is actually illegal not to report it. So much dialogue and effort was put into trying to convince this doctor to do what he is legally required to that it was infuriating. This was a glaring oversight.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I am still confused! Is is over?

I have the strange feeling I have already read this book... but can't be sure. It's not in my Kindle library - so maybe not?!? I digress... I find myself at a loss. I am not really sure what to say. I liked the plot, but it all seemed a bit too shallow for me. You never really got deep into anything... things were just left dangling - like say David, mono-zygotic twins, the "shadow" under the bed, the whole story about the scar... and did they say they "buy" kids for scholarships?? It all seemed to be explained, but in a way that left you wondering if that was all there was to it. I feel like I missed A LOT about this book that should be important. It's like something evil this way comes, then bibbity, bobbetiy, boo! It's all fixed or just disappears all together - not to be mentioned again.

I did get the last twist... I had that pegged. Again, that feeling I had read this before. I do not really understand the dynamic between all the doctors or the doctors and Allie. Now, I did listen to this book - so maybe I just zoned out and missed something crucial, but after reading this in other reviews, I tend to lean toward my first instincts about the book. I think I may need to listen to the last few chapters again.

As for the audio version... the narrator verged on annoying, especially in the presentation of the "doctors".

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • adrienne
  • EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States
  • 07-10-12

This book hooked me on Carol O'Connell !

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this book to several friends. We all had the same reaction. Many twists and turns and didn't foresee the final outcome.

What about Erika Leigh???s performance did you like?

It was a decent performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end left me gasping.

Any additional comments?

I went from this to all of O'Connell's other books available on audio. I have not been disappointed and always get the new releases. Audible would be smart to pick up the missing Mallory series books.

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  • CBDC
  • Washington, DC USA
  • 10-13-10

Haunting - it stays with you

When I finished reading the book, I didn't know how to rate it. It resonated with me personally, but in ways I felt I would do better to forget. So I forgot about it (I thought) and last night, it came back fresh and alive. It's a powerful book and haunting. Yes, it's about child predators, but it's also full of friendship and a very timid (and ultimately courageous and resourceful) young girl.

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Loved it.

A murder mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. Shed a few tears at the end.