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The Profiler's Daughter

Sky Stone, Book 1
Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
Series: Sky Stone, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (1,690 ratings)

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A grisly murder. A six-year-old eyewitness. A gun from the grave.

The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner.

Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate. Thirty-six hours into the investigation, Sky's world turns upside down when she is fired from the Homicide team. They pin the murder on an innocent man, forcing Sky into a life-threatening game of cat and mouse with the real killer. From the stately mansions of Beacon Hill to the flat scrubland of central Texas, Sky keeps the reader on a razor's edge, culminating in a no-holds-barred shoot-out.

The Profiler's Daughter, the first in the Sky Stone Thriller series, introduces a moody, enigmatic, and brilliant female sleuth with the fierce bite of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. As adeptly written as Martin Cruz Smith's complex Arkady Renko novels, this thriller offers an intriguing plot, richly detailed characters, and an astonishing conclusion guaranteed to leave the listener begging for more.

©2012 Paula Moser Steffen (P)2014 Paula Moser Steffen

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What a great find

Would you consider the audio edition of The Profiler's Daughter to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version. My wife did and told me I had to download Profilers Daughter as my next listen. I didn't need much of a push as I could tell from how she was reacting when she was reading, it was a real page turner. At least there is one thing we still agree on after 25 years of marriage - Profilers Daughter is a great read!

What other book might you compare The Profiler's Daughter to and why?

Defending Jacob

Have you listened to any of Gabrielle de Cuir’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm not sure but I will look for others. It was a good performance. As you know if you listen to many books, a poor performance can ruin a great book. That did not happen hear.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't want to stop listening. iI was frustrating at times as I listen in my car. When I arrived at my destination I would be frustrated because I had to stop....or I would keep listening as I did one night in my drive way from mi-night to quarter to one!

Any additional comments?

I was impressed with the character development. Including one particular character I did not like. Steffen really made me despise the character. Not because of something they did...just the way the character"s personality came across. My wife said it was because it reminded me of my old boss. She is probably right. Steffen is descriptive - yet does not over do it just to impress us with an excess of words. The story flows nicely and I was never wondering "OK where is she going now and why is she telling me this" without soon getting the answer.

38 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • sonia
  • Alexandria ,Virginia, United States
  • 04-08-14

Hooked on Sky, next book, quickly,please

If you could sum up The Profiler's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, interesting, fun

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

For most of the book. In a few places it lagged but picked quickly and easily.

What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

Sometimes it was hard distinguishing characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The pain of losing a child, was heart wrenching.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to listen to more of Sky Stone. I hope the author writes quickly

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Joy
  • Annapolis MD United States
  • 03-31-14

Excellent

I am looking forward to more from PM Steffen and I am anxious to read the next installment of this series. While I remember the beginning to be a tad slow, somewhere along the way this story totally sucked me in and I had to make myself put the book down and get to sleep. Lucky for me I can listen to a book and work otherwise I think work would have been put on the back burner.
Even though I think any reader will know who the culprit is, there are enough twists to make you wonder if what you think is right and who the bad guys really are.
Well worth the credit.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Next?

Where does The Profiler's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 5% of my library.

What does Gabrielle de Cuir bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Although the male character's voices were somewhat off, the narration for Sky was right on the mark. I demonstrated a genuine understanding of the regret and angst, as well as the uncertainty, experienced by Sky.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next installment!

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great title, poor production value

Some wrongly believe you need to suffer through the entire performance, because that's what an audiobook is, before rating it. I couldn't get that far. I'd like to encourage Audible editors to keep its acquisition standards 'high', if not 'higher' to avoid narrators who are terrible at the accents they're attempting, to protect Audible customers from low-quality production values where, for example, the audio editor doesn't take the time to erase the sound of a narrator swallowing between each sentence or dramatically stating each and every sentence to such an extent that it all becomes the same over-dramatized pitch, etc. When Audible does this, we can be more assured of quality (like Breakfast at Tiffany's, say). Because even with the exchange policy, our time is worth something that can not be replaced. Please Audible, be discriminating, offer more guidelines, whatever, but protect us from the poor execution of books.

61 of 71 people found this review helpful

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  • Susannah
  • Corona, CA, United States
  • 03-16-14

Wonderful first novel

Would you consider the audio edition of The Profiler's Daughter to be better than the print version?

Well, sometimes the writing ran a bit long; so I think it's better on audio.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Profiler's Daughter?

When Sly dons the Balenciaga gown that belonged to her grandmother. Magic.

What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

Just about everything. I really enjoyed the sections where she talked about Sly's panic attacks and insecurities; the narrator is good at handling these emotional moments without going over the top, and yet she fully explores the emotions. Her accents were very good; having to juggle 5 male Boston cops was amazing; I loved the Grandmother, too. Great Brahmin attitude.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The grandmother made me laugh; as did her sidekick cop who keeps calling her "Darlin." I very much disliked "Jake" her former husband, and really think Sky should move on. But then again, a lot of us want the "bad" guy or gal.

Any additional comments?

This should be a TV series. When's the next one?!?!? ;0) So rarely do we get a strong female lead in a novel who has personal issues, too. Knocked one star off story because in the writing there were sometimes there were repetitive phrases (i..e Sly kept putting things in her pockets.) Also, I really disliked Jake. I hope she gets a new boyfirend in the next installment.

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  • Debbie
  • United States
  • 06-09-14

Perfect Title! Exciting Psychological Thriller

What made the experience of listening to The Profiler's Daughter the most enjoyable?

It is the whole package: exciting plot, characters one feels they know, appealing character interactions which are accretive to the story line.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Profiler's Daughter?

Quite a few of them - I do not believe I can identify them without giving away too much of the story.

What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

Just fine

Any additional comments?

I could not stop!! A sleepless night!! And where is the next book by this author??

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • 04-19-14

Where is the next one?

I loved the story. An easy listen with fun characters. Waiting for the next one...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Bad Performance

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The narrator really made this a hard listen. She made all characters other than Sky real hard to like and it was very distracting. I might have liked the book with someone else reading it.

22 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Self-Indulgent and Poorly Executed

I have never given a book this few stars, but I couldn't possibly be more favorable. I felt trapped when, only 2 minutes after the sample portion that I listened to - the author includes a scene of a child molesting a corpse. Um, what? That's not what I thought I was downloading... Hmm. I listen to the entire rest of the book hoping that the little perv will turn out to be essential to the plot. But - SPOILER ALERT - nope. Mere self-indulgent shock value from the author. Who, by the way, may be a psychologist, but you wouldn't know it from the way her cardboard characters behave. She throws in a hypnotist and rats to show off her psych knowledge, yet we never have an actual scene in which hypnosis takes place. And the main character is a psychologist, an expert, who doesn't believe in therapy. Huh? Like a dentist with bad teeth?

The author takes us down numerous rabbit holes that turn out NOT to be red herrings, but random backstory info dumps about minor characters that are completely unnecessary. The main character is so unbelievable that it is comedic. And when she went to Texas, this book had me guffawing. She meets a woman on an airplane for 5 minutes, lies to her, and yet the woman (who realizes she's been lied to) spills her deepest, darkest secret to this Yankee stranger, and then conveniently tells her the town's hidden secrets too. Sure, that would happen. Then the most eligible bachelor in the county falls in love with her in 2 seconds flat. Of course.

But the strangest part was the "dream" sex scene that apparently was supposed to be real between the MC and her ex. It was bizarrely mentioned, but skipped over making me think it was a "dream." They didn't say a word to each other about it, and I kept waiting for the ex to tell her she dreamed it. But nope. Weird because the author has no problem writing a sex scene with her and Mr. Texas near the end of the book.

The author probably had some good ideas when she wrote this book. However it really needed a good editor! I thought I might jump out a window if the narrator (as a male Boston detective) said, "Darling" one more time. The narration was over the top, but I she had to read what was given to her so I don't blame her totally.

Skip this one and pick up some C.J. Lyons, Lisa Gardner, or Tami Hoag instead.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • flower girl
  • 05-05-19

lovely narration

Really enjoyed the characters coming to life with this entertaining and skillful rendering. lovely narration, which helped in some of the more boring and in many ways un-necessary back story to the heroine.

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  • Gail
  • 10-24-14

Awful narration = poor story

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I couldnt get past the first few chapters. The narration was awful... the voices of the characters were way over the top in tone and characterisation. It would be interesting to know why she felt the need to do this. On top of that the main character narration is told in a quiet whiny voice that made me want to slap her.........

Has The Profiler's Daughter put you off other books in this genre?

no

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Oh gosh yes completely

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I wasnt able to listen long enough to know if the story was any good