The Night Hunter

Anderson and Costello, Book 5
Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Series: Anderson and Costello, Book 5
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Elvie McCulloch's sister, Sophie, has been missing for 57 days. She went out for a run - and never came home. Several young women in the area have disappeared in similar circumstances, and Elvie's family fears the worst.

Teaming up with retired detective Billy Hopkirk, Elvie determines to find out the truth. But as the pair alternately collaborate with and infuriate investigating police detectives Anderson and Costello, they find themselves up against a terrifying enemy. Someone they call The Night Hunter.

©2014 Caro Ramsay (P)2016 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Ramsay's insights into tortured psyches makes for compelling...reading." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Perfect audio pace. A thoughtful, gripping novel

I strongly disagree with the reviewer complaining about the narration speed. After encountering the enigmatic Elvie in another Ramsay book, I found it fitting for both the character as well as the overall atmosphere.

Great story, deeply atmospheric with unpredictable characters and interesting twists.

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Great story, good writing, some weird backstories

From time to time, I would stop listening because the backstories were odd. Once the story brought Costello in, however minimally, the narrative seemed more focused. I like the Caro Ramsay Costello and Anderson books over all. This is my third and I'm sure that I'll read them all!

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absolutely spell-binding to the last page

I really enjoyed this book. It was almost painfully suspenseful, and I didn't know what to expect from minute to minute. The only reason that I gave the book 4/5 is because at the end, I realized that there were some sub-plots to the story that did not seem to be fully explained. I felt that the story ended too abruptly and perhaps needed more epilogue because there were so many characters involved in the plot. The narrator is outstanding, and I would definitely recommend the book. But, I would also say to be prepared to reach the end of the story and wish you knew a bit more detail.

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spellbinding - big scary beasts

Would you listen to The Night Hunter again? Why?

yes I would. fabulous reader. so many amazing twists and details.

What did you like best about this story?

the mystery is woven so incredibly well.

Which character – as performed by Cathleen McCarron – was your favorite?

Elvie is an amazing characterization by Cathleen. Cathleen gave her the right amount of oddness yet like-ability.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Big eyes are following you

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  • 10-03-16

What a disappointment

Would you try another book from Caro Ramsay and/or Cathleen McCarron?

Loved the previous books in this series. Not so this one. Anderson and Costello are on the edge of the story. The narrator is slooooow.

Would you be willing to try another book from Caro Ramsay? Why or why not?

Since I loved the previous books in this series, I will try the next one.

How could the performance have been better?

noooooot soooooo slooooooow.

Any additional comments?

Make this into a free standing book.

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  • Gillian
  • 12-04-17

Disappointing

Have listened to the first three Anderson and Costello novels and given each of them five stars. This, however, can’t really be called an ‘Anderson and Costello’ novel since they are minor characters who rarely put in an appearance, let alone solve the crime. Cathleen McCarron’s narration would be fine if she had narrated the previous novels in the series but she didn’t and it’s not. Audible, please stick to the same narrator when presenting a series by the same author. After all, you wouldn’t go to the theatre and expect the cast to change after the first act would you?

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  • Scorpio
  • 08-09-18

Different to what I expecte

Not a lot of Anderson and Costello but still an excellent book just the same. I loved it.

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  • Heather Jean Jack
  • 08-21-17

really good book

Really exciting stomach churning book. Very dark book but very much worth a listen. Good reader

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  • mollyeyre
  • 12-13-18

What a disappointment

I didn't have a problem with the different presentation, that is, the first person point of view of a new character.
I DID have a problem with: The awful characters, and disfunctional families and relationships. The private detective who is forever wiping snot on the back of his sleeve, or coughing up phlegm and spitting. Various upstanding members of society who beat their wives up and rule with rods of iron. Also the self depreciation of the main character, Elvie, the number of times she mentioned her acne, her facial hair and how ugly she was drove me insane. And finally, The very strange idea that murder detectives will discuss the details of their investigations with members of the public, and defer to their opinions and actions, and be beaten by their investigative powers.
The second star is because I did actually want to understand what had happened, even though I was thoroughly cheesed off with the characters. I didn't enjoy this book, I wasn't impressed by the weak narration and hated the characters.

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  • Marjory Lamb
  • 01-18-17

don't buy!!!

I am so disappointed as I have listened to all the other books in this series and loved them. I lasted thorough the first three chapters but had to give up before tearing my hair out. The story is soooooo boring. Shame on the author.

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  • Anne
  • 12-10-16

great story

enjoyed the plot but preferred the other books in this series told from the detectives point of view. Found this a little tedious at times.