Psychologist Gary Schaade started receiving tapes and letters from potential killers soon after releasing his best-selling book, Psyche of a Serial Killer. When Gary received a tape at his office, he was sure it is another entertaining attempt to scare him and his wife. This tape was different: a confession to prove his theory. Gary always theorized that the deadliest of serial killers were ones without motive. As more tapes arrive, it becomes obvious that Gary may finally have the confession he's needed to prove it. But how far will he go? When the murders get more personal, Gary will have a difficult choice to make. Will he sacrifice the lives of those close to him to further his career? Is it truly possible to have No Motive for Murder?
Enjoyed the story and was totally surprised by the ending. The hero is a guy you love and hate, he's a doctor but also a best selling writer about serial killers when one contacts him with designs on getting his own chapter or two. Moral struggles and a rocky marriage are peppered in and added to the storyline. This had been in my wishlist for a couple of weeks and it's great to read for a review! Narrator did a good job as well and was easy to listen to.
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There were some disturbing movements in this book; however, that does not impact my review of No Motive For Murder. The story line was excellent and kept me glued to the book. I enjoyed the subtle music references thorough out the book. There were even some funny lines, mixed in with the gruesome scenes. I highly recommend this book.
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This was an extremely interesting, if not altogether satisfying, book. The basic idea that the most frightening type of serial killer is one who has no driving motivation or traceable patterns makes it a study in the darkest and most terrible aspect of human potential. I do not doubt that such killers exist, and have had successful long term “careers” and *that* could give one nightmares for years.
While I don’t have to like, or be sympathetic to characters in a book, the characters have to “feel” lifelike to me. This is difficult to explain. Their actions must seem as though they spring from the character traits the author provides, and the character must be consistent, even in his/her insanity, (if applicable). I need to get a sense of “personhood”, and I didn’t, quite, in this book. It was more like watching animations of character types move around the story, and this despite all the explanations of motivation provided. Of course, considering that I considered most of the characters absolutely despicable made this impression almost a good thing …because, to be blunt, I wouldn’t have wanted to interact with most of the characters in this book. That, however, is OK, because I think I understood what the author was trying to demonstrate ..the depths to which strong motivations such as greed and depravity can cause a person to devolve into something sub-human.
So, in that respect, this book was successful, though I did find it odd that people kept killing one another, seemingly without interference from law enforcement. I also found the idea that this psychologist could do what he did, and even hope to get away with it without consequences unbelievable. In short, he became what he studied, and the book left me with the impression he would be able to keep his freedom, his practice, and his reputation.
Did I like this book? Well, no …not much, but that isn’t the book’s fault. It has more to do with my own makeup. I did, however, find it instructive and interesting as a study in depravity.
The narrator did a truly excellent job. His phrasing, pacing and expression were all appropriate, and he delineated each character so well, that I knew who was speaking, even when the text wasn’t specific. I give this book 3 stars, and the narrator 5.
Really enjoyed this book but figured it out half way thru. Still was a unique concept and very much worth a listen.
What did you like best about this story?
This audiobook is a great thriller. It starts off with a bang and it goes on and on with suspense. Even when someone is just enjoying a relaxing day, that feeling that something is about to happen never leaves you throughout the book. It is worth your time listening
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I most definitely would. It was one of the best books that I have recently listened to.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
I most certainly did. I was completely surprised at the identity of the serial killer and I am usually pretty good at figuring this type of stuff out. It also had some twists and turns with a surprise ending. Just my type of book.
What does George Kuch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator did a very good job. One feels the drama and suspense more with a good narrator.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The ending really moved me.
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If you like a good psychological thriller, with surprises, some symbolism, turns and twists, then this book is a good choice. Very well done and written.
What a surprise! YEAH! Doug Hantke where have you been hiding? Wow, what a fantastic book! No Motive for Murder are 6 hrs and 53 mins with PURE goodness! Enjoyed the story and was totally surprised by the ending, and books don't often fool me! But this did! The story line was excellent, and excellent is a word i don't use often! Psychologist Gary Schaade is a good main character! I love and hate him,and i find his story gripping!
I love George Kuch voice work! His harsh and somewhat raspy voice fits this as a glow and a hand! I also love how he makes the story come alive in his voice work, and i thank him for making this fantastic book interesting! As people know that follow me: I am always honest in my review, and this is one of the best books i have had read for me!
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