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Rothaker: A Dark Psychological Suspense Novel

Brooke Walton Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Stephanie Dillard
Series: Brooke Walton Series, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It takes the perfect student to commit the perfect crime. 

Brooke Walton is a thriving medical student at Rothaker University, until she has a serious conflict with Rachael, a rival classmate. When Rachael mysteriously disappears, detectives descend on the campus and the hunt for the truth begins. 

Warning: This is a dark thriller. Brooke Walton is brilliant, ambitious, and twisted.

©2016 Jenifer Ruff (P)2019 Jenifer Ruff

Critic Reviews

"A fascinating peek into the mind and machinations of a sociopath.... Absorbing, at times gory thriller featuring an oddly compelling killer 'heroine.'" (Kirkus

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Solid Follow-On To The First Book

This story picks up smoothly from where the first book ended. Some time has passed by and Brooke has moved on to Med school. While this could stand alone, it is best following the first book so that you understand all of the context. You will definitely enjoy this story more listening in order. Unlike the first book this one just ends so you will need to keep on with the story to find out what happens.

The flow of this story is much like the first one with the exception that I didn’t find this story nearly as suspenseful. I didn’t really feel like much happened in this book and seemed more like a setup for the next chapter. The tension and action that was prevalent in the first book seemed a bit lacking here, although I liked this story line a bit more. It seemed a bit more mature than the previous story, but I would still put it into the YA category. That didn’t stop me from enjoying it. I was quite disappointed when it ended and look forward to getting the next story.

The characters again were my favorite part. I wish it wasn’t just Robert making an appearance from the first story, but I liked Xander a lot more than I did Ethan. His struggles coupled with Brooke’s dark passenger really make for an interesting pair. She develops a lot more in this and I didn’t really see the direction that her development was heading. The character relationships and development continues to be something the author excels at in her story telling. I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes and am excited to find out how Robert’s meddling will play into everything.

Stephanie Dillard does another amazing job. I am glad she continues to be the narrator as I really like her character voices. She does a great job adding tension and suspense to the story and really brings it to life.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wow, this was very good!

First, I have to say I didn't listen to book one so I know I missed a little background on this series. That being said, this was still a very good book and it can be read or listened to without the first book. The characters feel very real and the storyline is excellent. The narration is also wonderful. Overall, this is an excellent book and if it sounds like something you might like, I definitely recommend it! I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 02-02-19

Good narrator

This series keeps getting better
This picks up shortly after Everett with brooke now in med school she’s trying hard not to repeat her past but nothing will stop her from realizing her dream
I liked how this book was darker really shows brooks lack of empathy
Stephanie does a great job narrating both books
Looking forward to book 3 on audio
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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • bluepits73
  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 04-08-19

Creepily Captivating

In Everett we see what a psychopath Brooke is and how she will stop at nothing to become a heart surgeon. We get a similar experience as we follow this character to the medical school Rothaker. It is fascinating how calculating she is, I can't help but be entirely captivated. There are some gruesome moments, but mostly it's a captivating listen. Her logic is bizarre but at the same time I see how she decides to do what she does. Also, I can't believe her obsession with Rachel's mole. Very well written story, can't wait for the next one!

The narrator does an excellent job in this performance as she did in the last one. Her acting is a perfect match for Brooke as a character.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Rothaker

I absolutely love Brooke!She is just a college girl trying to get her surgical degree.She lets nothing stand in her way.I can't wait to listen to book 3! Stephanie Dillard is an excellent narrator.

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dark and very twisted

well okay I haven't listen to the first book because I requested this book but I did went to Kindle and read the first book I will say the performer did a very good job for me to describe the characters the first book was very dark and very twisted and this one wasn't worth it was very interesting in very darkish wait and I loved it I don't usually read books because of lack of time but I am very happy that I did
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Twist OF The Knife and Get Stabbed

This book will play with your head and the thoughts will not be able to escape you. I have not listened to book 1, however, this book was a perfect stand alone

Brooke is a medical student at Rothaker who will stop at nothing to achieve her dream of becoming a heart surgeon. And when I say nothing, I literally mean nothing. This includes, lying, using people, completing homework assignments for classmates (cheating) and even murder. Her mind is not right.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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Was All In

I was all in with the love story presented in this book. A girl with a dark secret and a man with a rough past. It worked well. And then the added element of murder and suspense? Yeah. A good read for sure. Narrator killed it! Pun intended. ;)

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Not Dark

Rothaker: A Dark Psychological Suspense Novel.. A good read the book takes it's time getting started But once it does it is a good mystery.
It isn't dark and there isn't much suspense in it. So the title is a bit misleading.
But it is a good read and quite entertaining, the series is going somewhere and I will be reading book 3.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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just okay

nothing really special with this story. I know it has a part one which I did not read but I was just didappointed with this book. It lacks so much and I wouldn't even call it a thriller. it was actually very predictable and most of the time I found myself watching the time to see how much longer I had left. I did find the narrator to be very good but the writing was just mediocre. don't waste a credit unless you're just looking for something to pass the time.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-10-19

There are lines you don't cross.

Still obsessively pursuing her ambition to become a surgeon, Brooke enters the first of her four year academic stay at Rothaker Teaching Hospital. Despite working several shifts leading various exercise cllasses, she has serious debts already accrued from her education so far, with more in prospect to see her through this college. She works hard, is meticulous and very good. But she has to be better than good. She has to be the best if she wants to win the surgery scholarship in her fourth year which will pay off all of her last debts. In this she has two main rivals, chief of whom is the annoying woman, Rachel, beautiful, comlassionate, clever, hard working, outspoken and very much liked by all of her fellow students except one: Brooke. Rachel cannot be allowed to threaten Brooke's future...

The reader is taken inside the mind of the devious Brooke as she navigates the murky waters of achieving her goals. Although and is not a particularly pleasant character, author Jenifer Ruff builds a tension which draws the reader's empathy towards Brooke in much the same way that Patricia Highsmith did for Ripley albeit in a lesser way. Narrator Stephanie Dillard enhances this with her admirable performance, her reading faithfully following the emotional nuances of the text as well a giving good, individual voices to all of the protagonists. Her narration is clear and well intoned also.

An interesting book, the second in this series, which does not depend on acquaintance with book one to succeed. My thanks to the rights holder of Rothaker for freely gifting me with a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It is a story, easy and fascinating to read, which reflects the outlook of a talented self obsessed sociopath who truly believes that her person right to succeed will benefit others. Quite mesmeric, and recommended

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  • J Smith
  • 02-05-19

Loved it

My usual genre is fantasy and I prefer a male English voice for my narrator, so you can imagine my joy when I found this thriller narrated by an American female absolutely brilliant!!
A great story that draws you in, with an almost Dexter quality too it, read by Stephanie absolutely brilliantly; perfect character differentiation and pacing throughout.
My only gripe is that, although a perfectly balanced story in its own right, I wish I’d read book 1 first as it would have laid out Brooke’s character for me and it this book frequently makes reference to her past antics!
5/5, well deserved!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.