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Publisher's Summary

Considered "one of the masters of psychological fiction in America" ( San Francisco Chronicle), Kate Wilhelm serves up a chilling puzzle that will keep listeners captivated until the very end.

When Jud Connors, a successful writer, is found murdered in his isolated cabin in the woods of Oregon, his daughter Abby's world starts to fall apart. Who wanted her father dead and why? More puzzling is how anyone could have gotten to the cabin undetected. Was the murderer someone Jud knew?

As Abby embarks on her own investigation, she soon realizes that the clue to the murderer's identity is buried in her father's latest novel, finished just weeks before his death. But will she be able to see through the fiction in time, before the killer comes after her?

©2000 Kate Wilhelm (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"The star of the book, strangely, is the cabin itself, a perversely menacing version of a Thomas Kincade painting and a deliciously eerie setting for the mystery and murder, beckoning the reader to step inside." (Publishers Weekly)
"Wilhelm is a first-rate novelist. Her characters are well drawn, the setting is real, and the pace keeps the reader raptly involved to the last page." (Library Journal)

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    1 out of 5 stars

Tedious at best

The narrator does little to enhance the pace of this tedious novel. I was never convinced to care about any of the characters, waiting for the plot to develop was as much fun as waiting for paint to dry, and I stopped listening after part one. Not even my desire for some minimal entertainment while walking on the treadmill at the gym could keep me presing "play". This was my first book selection as a new Audible member. Needless to say, I was disappointed. Hopefully, I'll do better next time.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

predictable

Not one of her best, but readable and enjoyable. There's some interesting description and content sidebars, but, in the end quite predicatable. I'm afraid the narrator does little to enhance the text.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

I liked it

Unlike the other reviewers I enoyed the book and the narrator. I listen to a lot of books. A bit predictable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

extremely tedious

i have been listening to audio books for 3 years now and unfortunately this is the first book i stopped listening to after the first part; this is the worst narrator - a continuous low drone that is irritating along with a so so story line. I have enjoyed wilhelm's other novels but will be careful in future and make sure this i do not purchase any more books by this narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • 03-17-05

Too Dramatic...

the story may been a good one but the reader, Marguerite Gavin made this book to annoying to even listen to the first half hour. Unfortunately I usually really enjoy Kate Wilhelm but have to admit that I could not get past the first half hour due to the reader which ruined it for me. It was painful and irritating to listen to her narration of the story, unfortunately and a waste of money.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Worthwhile but had it figured out early

This was a good, but I had the killer figured out really early into the book. I don't think that took to much away from the book but it made some parts a little frustrating. It was still worthwhile and I will probably pick up another Wilhelm book, but it wasn't an amazing mystery.

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annoying and predictable

The plot was way too predictable. The characters were annoying and hard to relate to. Very little plot or character development. Writing was unoriginal and uninteresting.