Psychopaths & Sinners

Don't..., Book 5
Narrated by: Dan Calley
Series: Don't..., Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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“Because us? Psychopaths and Sinners...we don’t need fixing, Gray.” (Martin)

Three bodies, three mutilations, each one with something...unusual inserted into the wounds. The deaths are enough to leave Ash Thomas scrambling around to find someone to trust as the murders hit so close to home and heart.

For Gray Raoul, MI5 director of G-Branch, the deaths offer something else: A fall back into a familiar life where culling serial killers caters to his own darker mindset. But the farther Gray moves away from home, the more he realises serial killer games in the field are nothing compared to who he has locked up back at home. Sometimes walking the fine line between psychopaths and live-in lovers is a far darker game.

For Ash, that might just mean he’s on his own now, facing a killer who has a deadly fascination for dangerous young men and dancing holly blue butterflies over their skin.

©2019 Jack L. Pyke (P)2020 Jack L. Pyke

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Converging plotlines

The prequel to this book introduced me to Ash and Raif. One is a young man lacking a firm direction while the other is a grizzled older cop who has way too many secrets. One is an open book, and one needs a cypher to uncover their secrets. When Ash’s friend Johnny died, Ash was devastated and didn’t believe it was suicide. But believing and proving are two different things. In this book, Raif takes point in trying to find the man who is killing people and leaving insects in the mortal wounds. Entomophilia – sex with insects. Okay, now I think I’ve heard everything. Apparently being feasted on by fire ants while orgasming is a thing. Well, no kink shaming. But when this monster kills someone close to Raif, it’s not just devastating, it’s horrific. So many lives affected by one single act of depravity.

Paralleled to the Raif/Ash storyline is the Gray/Jan/Jack/Martin plotline. Note, Martin is still playing a central role with Jack virtually consigned to oblivion. I’m beginning to despair of ever having him back. But hope lives strong because the series isn’t over. Anyway, Jan is still having a difficult time coming with the aftermath of the kidnapping and rape. He’s managed to kick the heroin habit but only with the help of methadone. One missed dose and he’s back to being dope sick. Maybe kicked the habit is too strong a sentiment. It’s being managed medically. I want him back to health, but until he deals with the really tough stuff, he’s not likely to get better. Then there’s Gray. Stalwart and stoic Gray. Always sticking his nose into other people’s business. He’s MI5 so he can get away with some of that. But it’s dangerous work and not without risks to his and those he loves.

This book is as disturbing as the others, to be sure. And it’s a highly addictive series. I’m invested in these men. I despaired when Ash’s father hurts him. I sat on the edge of my seat when the serial killer had Ash and Chase in his grasp. I ached to soothe the hurt wrought by a damaged and deranged man. I have to say there was a certain level of satisfaction with the resolution of that plotline, but there are plenty of loose threads that have yet to be sewn together and resolved. There is still another serial killer Gray is tracking. I’d almost forgotten about the liquefaction of organs by noise emitted through headphones. I would say it was too far fetched, but these days anything is possible.

While Ash and Raif have their happy ending with their new makeshift family, there’s plenty left to resolve with the Jack/Martin plotline. If I sound repetitive, I think I’m justified. Jack was the central character in Don’t, and I’ve watched him endure so much. I want to believe he will come out the other side of this trauma, but with Jack Pyke, I’m never quite sure of what I’m going to get. This book was another mind f- – in a good way. I listen to these books expecting dark and twisted, and I’m never disappointed.

Again, the brilliant Dan Calley narrated this great book. He came into my world with these books, and I’ve heard him narrate several other books now and I’m even more of a fan. He hits every note perfectly, giving each man a distinct voice, carrying the tension through the story. I am always thrilled when I see he’ll be performing the narration on a book.

Okay, I’m poised for the next book. I know it’ll be a mind f- and I can’t wait.

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great book

Another great instalment in this series. I just can’t get enough of it. I loved the characters very much. I love getting to know more of Gray, who has always been such an intriguing character. It was mostly slow pace but the story was interesting enough to keep me hook to it all the time.

The plot was fantastic. I love the way the main character’s stories connect. Even though I love the characters, that mostly is only when I talk about Gray, Jack and Jan. I liked Ash and Raif but I can’t say I loved them the way I loved the others. Ash was particularly interesting. I miss Jack terribly. I guess it just reflect the way Jan and Gray feel, but it was so bittersweet the few moments when I get to see him.

I alternate the reading and listening. I’m very impressed by the narrator abilities to create all this different characters. It was so easy to say who was who and they were so many that I was worry I would get confused. Perfectly paced. I loved the accents so much. Great narration. So perfect for the book. I keep thinking Gray is the one who has the prettiest voice.

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Excellent story. Excellent narration.

So that was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. A very exciting, tension filled, ride. We get to see the consequences of events in Ash, book 4.5. We also get to see how Gray is connected to these events, and we get to know him a bit better.

Just when you think you know who all the bad guys are, you are reminded that this is a psychological thriller... The next audiobook can't arrive soon enough.

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Best Psycho MM series!

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Narrator Dan Calley absolutely fulfilled every expectation of this highly anticipated psychological thriller. He filled every page with buckets full of suspense and intrigue. His deep dark voice is simultaneously scary and sexy, as he has an extraordinary talent to switch between multiple English dialects. When he narrates a book, I submerge myself in the story and forget that I’m listening, while I get sucked into the craziness of the circus.

Book 5, of the Don’t series was filled with one dramatic scene after the other. I am in love with all these conflicted characters. This book felt like the crossroads. The coming together of Gray, Jan, Jack/Martin plotline including Ash, Raif and Chase and the butterfly killer. There were many twists and turns, filled with light bulb moments. I absolutely love longer books, the character development is always so much more deeper which increases my enjoyment thereof .

I do recommend this audiobook, but it should be enjoyed in listening order, otherwise you won’t have a clue what is going on. I can not wait for the next book and hopefully it’s not the last in the series. I am already worried about missing my favorite sick bastards. I am nominating this series for a Blue Encore 2020!! It is definitely something I would like to listen to over and over as the creative writing and the weaving of the men’s damaged life story live up to its captivating synopsis.

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  • Louisa Mae
  • 03-12-20

What an amazing ride

First of all, no spoilers in this review.

It’s always hard to know what to say when reviewing one of these audio books other than “WOW”, Between Jack’s complex and enthralling story line and then adding Dan’s ability to give voices to and bring to life the formidable cast of characters, Jack L Pyke and Dan Calley make a formidable duo, and one I can’t wait to hear more from.

This is a book which pulls so much together from the older Don’t characters and the new kids on the block and intertwined them so well it’s as if they’ve always been there in the wings, waiting for their chance to step forward.

The opening chapter literally pulled at my heartstrings, making it ache as the events unfolded. The way my stomach dropped hearing one particular character speak was something that will stay with me, and as I’ve already said it’s the combination of brilliantly portrayed events and emotions, and the right person breathing life into them while I was reduced to nothing more than a spectator. This set the stage for what would be an amazing ride which didn’t let up until the very end.

While this book centres around the “Holly Blue” killer, don’t thinks you’re going to miss out on the characters you love as you’re treated to all the “Don’t” favourites characters while being introduced to who new set of people. Every chapter brought something new, from Ash and Raif, to Gray, Jan and of course Martin who has lost none of him usual “charm”.

Some secrets are uncovered while others remain buried deep, waiting to be revealed. The range of accents in this are also amazing, from real local and colloquial to my person favourite, Mr Raoul’s clipped tones. While there were so many players on the board in some scenes, it was so easy to detect who was talking without losing track of becoming confused.

While this isn’t a short book (a total positive for me!), the ride is well worth taking, and I actually can’t wait to be able to embark on my Don’t marathon listening session.

Thank you for bringing not only these men into my life, but for breathing life into them.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 03-24-20

as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, I’m over the half, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • Crazy lady adams
  • 03-16-20

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The best so far

This book introduced more characters which gave it a slightly different feel than the other books, it was truly one of the best books in a long while.

The characters are so intriguing and interesting their personal and professional battles are really well depicted and I’m in awe of the Jack L Pyke

Dan Calley has out done himself with the performance, it was strong, compassionate and a powerful performance. Dan’s voice is compelling and I couldn’t stop listening, if you don’t listen to any other book than this one you will not regret it

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  • MaryD
  • 03-15-20

What a thrilling suspense

I know when I start listening to Jack L Pyke’s books I can’t do anything but sit open mouthed with surprise and eagerness to find out what happens next. This suspense driven story was no different. I would definitely recommend listening to Ash (book 4.5) before this one. Ash introduces the characters that are central to this story. There are a lot of twists and turns with parallel storylines, involving Jack/Martin Jan and Grey. I am so caught up in these stories and I can’t wait for the next one. I will be listening to the series over again, they are so involved I know I’ll always find something new in them.
Dan Calley performs this book perfectly. I am drawn into the story and the characters he has given a new dimension to. I look forward to listening to books narrated by him.