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Viable Hostage

Emerald City Thriller
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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Malorie’s best friend is missing, but no one seems concerned about the wayward medical student's mysterious disappearance - until another student's partial remains wash ashore a Seattle beach....

When Malorie witnesses her best friend and roommate leave a campus bar with a mystery date driving a silver Mercedes, she suspects foul play, especially when Lani fails to return home the next day. Both women, med students in their final year at Elliott Bay University, have a lot riding on the line, but due to Lani’s wild past, no one in her family is worried. When Malorie’s fears for her roommate deepen, she turns to her Uncle Wade, a sergeant at Seattle Homicide. 

Within 48 hours after Lani goes missing, the partial remains of a brutally murdered young woman wash up on Alki Beach, and a human hand is found in a crab pot off Bainbridge Island. When one of the bodies is identified as a pregnant, fourth-year medical student, Wade believes there’s a connection with Lani’s disappearance. And, that they might be looking for a serial killer. 

Malorie suspects Lani’s kidnapper is someone they know, possibly even one of their professors at the university, a prominent Seattle anesthesiologist whose wife is the president of EBU. But when Detective Blake Stephenson discovers evidence that links another suspect to the professor’s Mercedes, he and Wade must act fast to attempt a wild rescue in the middle of Puget Sound.

©2019 Audrey J. Cole (P)2019 Audrey J. Cole

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Highly recommend

Story line had me guesting right at the start.

The narrators were good using different voices for each character.

Highly recommend this suspenseful thriller.

I received this audible free at my request. I'm happy to provide my honest review.

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Suspenseful and intriguing thriller

Malorie's friend Lani goes missing after a mysterious date. As one of many female med students that have gone missing from the same med program, Malorie reaches out to her uncle at the police to assist.

Audrey did a fantastic job creating a complex and interesting thriller that keeps the listener intrigued and on the edge of their seat. She did her "medical" research well for this book and it was so realistic with and excellent build up to a masterful plot. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

The narrators were great and i loved the energy in their performances.

I recommend this suspenseful and fascinating thriller.

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and i provided this objective review voluntarily.

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Short and suspenseful

This is a short but suspenseful thriller with interesting, fairly well developed characters.

The audiobook publisher chose to use two narrators,Marcio Catalano to perform the male characters and Veronica Pace to perform the female characters. Both narrators performed well, each giving their respective characters distinctive voices. I thought this actually worked out well.

This story grabbed my attention and kept me listening so that I finished it in one day.

Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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An intricately woven and exciting mystery.........

Viable Hostage is part of a series featuring Seattle police detectives, and, although it can easily be read as a standalone, I highly recommend all of the books in this series. The book begins with three seemingly separate mysteries: the disappearance of a medical student, the discovery of a woman's partial remains on the beach, and the discovery of a woman's hand in a crab pot across the Sound.

The story alternates point of view from the various characters investigating the mystery. These investigators include Malorie, the best friend of the missing medical student, her Uncle Wade, a police sergeant with Seattle Homicide, and Detective Stephenson, a detective under Wade's command, Although I thoroughly enjoy Audrey Cole's portrayal of the two police detectives, I was even more impressed with Malorie. She is an incredibly bright and hardworking student, but she is also completely dedicated to finding and saving her friend, even when nobody else in her friend's family seems willing to help. I was continually stumped as to the identity and motive of the killer, and I honestly didn't have any correct guesses on that until the very end. I can't say enough positive comments about this book other than it is absolutely worthy of an Audible credit.

Viable Hostage is narrated in the dual narration style, and both Catalano and Pace perform this tricky style with talent. Catalano reads all thoughts and spoken words by males and Pace does the same for females in the book. They both delivery a flawless, smooth performance and make an already fun story even more enjoyable as an audiobook.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Decent thriller, though a little predictable

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

This was a pretty decent thriller. My biggest complaint would be that it was quite predictable. The moment the antagonist made an appearance, I guessed that he or she would be the antagonist. The writing quality was pretty good overall, better than other thrillers I've evaluated.

The production quality was pretty good. The narrator did a good job of accentuating what was going on in the story.

Overall, a pretty good read.

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Excellent

Once I started listening I couldn't stop. I stayed up all night so I could finish it. Very moving, emotionally charged story.

Both narrators did a wonderful job.

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  • Julie
  • 11-15-19

You will become a hostage to this story

You will become a hostage to this story until the end, it is that good I didn't want to pause it for a second. I loved this book. I liked the suspense and spent the whole book trying to work out who the killer was. With plenty of clues I kept changing my mind and it is definitely a story you can listen to again. The characters were likeable and had you rooting for the good guys, I just hope the author plans to write about them a lot more.
When Malorie flighty room mate dumps her at a bar, she knows something is wrong. But Lani has pulled a disappearing act before and no body else is worried even when she fails to turn up for a big family event. Malorie turns to the one person she know she can always turn to her Uncle Wade. Despite his wife about to give birth the Seattle Homicide sergeant goes to the prescient to file a missing person case. Only to learn Lani isn't the only medical student to have gone missing and both girls had the same secret. A secret that only the killer knows about, that is until a body is found. Malorie tries to carry on with her every day life but everybody she use to call a friend begins to look like a suspect and someone doesn't want her or her Uncle looking to hard for the missing girl.
I liked the use of the male and female narrators it added another dimension to the story making it very easy to listen to and enjoyable.
I highly recommend this book.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-24-19

A fighting chance

When Malorie's room mate and friend, Lani, unexpectedly walks out on her when they were out for the evening, then fails to return next day, she is concerned that something has happened to her. No one else, not even her family, seem worried: Lani had pulled similar tricks in the past. But in recent months she had changed. So Malorie speaks to her uncle, a police sergeant, who takes her worries seriously, especially when body parts, later identified as other students from the same medical facility, are washed up or fished from the bay. They are right to be concerned: Lani had, indeed, been kidnapped.

This medical thriller is both well conceived and constructed and, although the actual perpetrator of the grisly procedures is overly easy to identify far too soon, the actual crimes themselves are an unexpected raison d'etre, with the blood and guts aspect fortunately more implanted in the reader's mind than in print. Ms.Cole's medical knowledge adds authenticity to her writing without becoming over technical and the main protagonists are well characterised. Narration is cleverly divided between Marcio Catalano and Veronica Pace, each reading chapters more relevant to the point of view of either Lani or Malorie (Ms.Pace) or the Seattle detectives and police (Mr.Catalano), additionally, giving voice to female or male protagonists within each other's chapters. It was skilfully done and added aural texture to the overall delivery. A good performance from both.

This is a gripping thriller to be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys murder mysteries and serial killers, medical or otherwise. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. Not overly lengthy, it was substantial enough to remain absorbing and gripping without getting snagged up with irrelevance. And although containing gory medical subject matter, sufficient to make anyone squeamis, the details, mercifully, are left to the immagination. Recommended