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Publisher's Summary

Jasmine Marcks was a teenager when she discovered her father was a killer. First, there was the strip of bloody duct tape; then, the bloodstain on his shirt; and finally, the long nights away from home that always coincided with gruesome deaths. Roscoe Lee Marcks killed 14 people before he was finally put behind bars - but, as renowned FBI agent Karen Vail soon learns, Marcks's reign of terror isn't over yet.

After writing a book about growing up as the child of a serial killer, Jasmine receives a letter - a single sheet of paper mailed from the maximum-security prison Marcks now calls home. The page hides a threatening message from a father who wants vengeance against the daughter who turned him into the police. So when Marcks breaks out of prison, Agent Vail calls in a legendary retired profiler to help her find the escaped convict - and keep him from making Jasmine his 15th victim.

©2017 Alan Jacobson (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Good Book, needs a better narrator...

At 14 Jasmine Marks went to the police with bloody duct tape and tried to turn her father in for being a serial killer, they didn't believe her. She tried again at 17. This time they believed her but had no evidence. When she was 21 her father was finally put in prison for life.
Ten years later she writes a book called The Serial Killer's Daughter and he vows to get her after reading her book. Roscoe Lee Marks escapes from prison and the hunt (and murders) are on a fast track right to the end. But all is not as it seems and it's up to the protagonist, Karen Vail to figure it out before the killer gets to her own son.
This is an excellent addition to the Karen Vail series. Lots of fast paced suspense and unexpected twists.
Daniela Acitelli's narration is ok but I think the book could be a better audio book with a better narrator. She does sad very well but exciting is rather monotone.
I recommend this book as well as the others in this series.
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Narration is awful! Very bad “acting”.

The story and plot is GREAT!! Having a really hard time with the audible version. Onside ring returning it and just reading it myself. This is terrible so far!!!! Only 11 chapters in

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Spoiler alert

Karen Vale Series, FBI profiler. Rosso Lee Mark is serial killer in jail, at Potter Correctional, Fairbanks County CA. 20 something Daughter, Jasmine, writes a book and looks like her dad is after her. Karen wants to protect Jasmine. Rosso fakes injury. With help of nurse escapes. Rosso kills both nurse and two guards.

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Not the most likable protagonist

I didn't click with the main protagonist, perhaps if I'd read some of the earlier books in the series I could have understood why she's so abrasive and full of herself. On top of that, for a supposedly brilliant FBI agent, she makes decisions that are real groaners that made me feel she was edging onto TSTL (too stupid to live) territory. I'd provide a few examples but I don't want to reveal the plot. The plot is the only reason I didn't rate this lower as I enjoyed the twists. As far as the performance, I couldn't really distinguish characters by voice and had to listen to the attributions in order to know who was speaking. There just didn't seem much life in the performance either. I think I'll take a pass on the rest of the series.

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Read the book!

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and characters in this story but could not enjoy the narration. The voice and inflection was really distracting from the story.

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terrible narrator

storyline was good however the narrator ruined the book itself. Very bad long drawn out words. made main character sound nothing like previous books. changed her whole personality

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One of the better 'who done it's' out there

The story is a good one. Lots of story, background, movement and excitement. Definitely made me think. I listened to the audible narrated by Daniela Acitelli and, at first, I was a bit put off on her narration. Seemed almost monotone, but wasn't. Not sure exactly what it was, but, she won me over. She does an excellent job of characterization of each person in the book, and when it came to a point where Vail was stressed, I felt the stress based on the intensity of the narration.
I definitely recommend this book and will look for more in this series.

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could not put it down

If you could sum up The Darkness of Evil in three words, what would they be?
real good book

What other book might you compare The Darkness of Evil to and why?
not sure what to compare to

Which scene was your favorite?
FBI agent getting free


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
no

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page turner really liked this book

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What a great ,Catch me if you can'

A very entertaining thriller about the hunt of an escaped convict. Only sometimes one cannot say for sure who is hunting who actually. Also there are some unexpected twists and turns....

I particularly like the way Daniela Acitelli narrates this thriller. It was a pleasure to listen to this audiobook during the Christmas season.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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The Darkness of Evil

The story was a little slow for me in the beginning, but once you get into it a little further it was very good. The twists in it were definitely not what you expected and the the suspense at the end was great. Very enjoyable listen.