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Publisher's Summary

Boston-based scientist Daisy Hubbard is driven to find a cure for the rare genetic disease that claimed the life of her brother. But her progress is interrupted when she learns her unstable sister Anna has gone missing from her California home. Once there, the situation gets worse; she's informed by the LAPD that a known serial killer has confessed to Anna's murder and insists upon showing her his handiwork himself. But is Anna dead? Teaming up with detective Jack Makowski, Daisy follows the killer's twisted logic, while trying to unravel the past 10 months of her sister's troubled life. Now, Daisy realizes her sister has become a pawn in a game with much higher stakes, and Daisy must summon all her resolve to stop the killer in his tracks, and to uncover his obsession with the disease she's been trying her entire life to cure.
©2005 Alice Blanchard; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Alice Blanchard writes so well." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Engrossing novel....The reader is...captivated by Blanchard's lucid descriptions, compelling takes on the challenges and heartache of degenerative disease, schizophrenia, and abuse, action-packed drama, and believable, believably conflicted, characters." (Publishers Weekly)

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Book OK but narrator???

I would rate this book as only an average mystery--plot fairly predictable and characters equally stereotypical. Don't think the author ever lived in Vermont since her descriptions are not entirely accurate--and always derogatory.
The narrator reads incredibly SLOWLY--a bit annoying at the beginning, she sounds as though she is reading to elementary age children...sample before you buy. Wish I had.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Long Beach, CA, United States
  • 10-08-05

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

This book has to have the stupidest cop I've ever known in Jack. He checks a serial killer out of prison---all on his own---then takes him out to the woods and gives him a lit cigarette? I was rooting for him to be killed for being so absolutely DUMB. I can't believe how bad this book was after listening to "The Breathtaker" by the same author. Yeeeeeesh!!!!!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • J.
  • Harriman, TN, United States
  • 02-28-13

Just a Bad Book

Would you try another book from Alice Blanchard and/or Susan Denaker?

Not Alice Blanchard

Would you ever listen to anything by Alice Blanchard again?

No

What didn’t you like about Susan Denaker’s performance?

Stiff

Any additional comments?

This was simply a bad book. The story line was incoherent with too many offshoots. It was like trying to visit Antarctica with a side trip to the Arctic. Was it a murder mystery? A psychological thriller? A medical mystery? A child abuse exploration? Hard to tell with the hash this book mixed together. Scene after scene didn't tie together smoothly.

The writing was trite with badly and overused adjectives. Frankly, it was simply boring,