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The Only Child

Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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What makes us monsters?

A psychotic patient with two impossible claims.

A leading forensic psychiatrist on the edge.

It's not just Dr Dominick's career that's in danger....

As a forensic psychiatrist at New York's leading institution of its kind, Dr Lily Dominick has evaluated the mental states of some of the country's most dangerous psychotics. But the strangely compelling client she interviewed today - a man with no name, accused of the most twisted crime - struck her as somehow different from the others, despite the two impossible claims he made.

First, that he is more than 200 years old and personally inspired Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson and Bram Stoker in creating the three novels of the 19th century that define the monstrous in the modern imagination. Second, that he's Lily's father. To discover the truth - behind her client, her mother's death, herself - Dr Dominick must embark on a journey that will threaten her career, her sanity and ultimately her life.

Taut, terrifying and impossible to put down, The Only Child is perfect for fans of Lauren Beukes and Stephen King. Read by Laurence Bouvard.

©2016 Andrew Pyper (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Pyper is a master architect of dread.... Compulsive and nerve-jangling." (Lauren Beukes on The Damned)

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  • Rachel Bridgeman
  • 07-14-17

Sounds better than it is

intriguing concept but the story was poorly executed. Would not listen to again I don't think.

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  • JD
  • 10-18-17

Not Pypers Best

It just did not read one Andrew Pypers work. As if he let someone else ghost write it for him. Not an overly entertaining story either. If you're a fan of Pypers books, I would not recommend this one for fear of tarnishing your view of his work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-17

Not what I thought it would be

I didn't even bother finishing this book. I actually went back and re-read the overview at the half way mark to see how I got it so wrong. The monster (father) is a vampire and no where in the synopsis did it mention that. It dragged when it should have gone fast and moved way too quick when it needed detail. 'Impossible to put down?' I wouldn't bother picking it up!