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From the author of the Sunday Times number one best seller Hunting Evil comes the next compulsive thriller in the Robert Hunter series.

A serial killer will stop at nothing.... 

The Killer

His most valuable possession has been stolen.

Now he must retrieve it, at any cost.

The Girl

Angela Wood wanted to teach the man a lesson. It was a bag, just like all the others.

But when she opens it, the worst nightmare of her life begins.

The Detective

A journal ends up at Robert Hunter’s desk. It soon becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose. And if he can’t stop him in time, more people will die.

©2020 Chris Carter (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, UK

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 "Carter is now in the Jeffery Deaver class." (Daily Mail

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Not quite as riveting as expected

I am a huge Chris Carter fan, but this last story just seemed to miss something. Don't get me wrong, it is good, but just not up to the standards I have come to expect from Chris' books.

Perhaps I shouldn't be too harsh, considering the terrible loss he suffered recently. It must have been really hard to pen a book whilst enduring such pain.

So, what was missing for me? I cannot quite put finger on it. Perhaps I just did not find the killer convincing, or was it the lack of pace. Carlos' character also seemed to have become a bit puny.

Not wanting to give away any spoilers, but the lead female character was rather annoying. I found myself at one stage wishing that she would.... let's leave it at that. For someone so supposedly smart, most of her actions were damn stupid. This led me to feel that the book was not as polished as some of previous ones in the series. It felt like a rush job.

While definitely the least enjoyable book in the series so far, it still isn't too bad. Hopefully Chris is already busy writing the next novel as he is still one of my favourite authors along with Tom Clancy.

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  • Billy
  • 08-11-20

Disappointed, I'm usually a big fan of his books

Chris Carter's books started off SO good. I was looking forward to this new one and I was absolutely bewildered by how bad it is. It's just bad writing, I don't understand what went wrong, his first few books were excellent.

Every character, every conversation, every detail is inane and states the obvious, and a lot of the paragraphs about Detective Hunter are copied and pasted from previous books (his history, education, job, sleep, whiskey etc).

The narrator is excellent and reads it brilliantly, but that's the only good thing I noticed.

ALERT: SPOILER! You mean to tell me that the one witness to a serial killer and is brought in for questioning (who becomes over familiar as if they're instantly best friends) spends a full half hour describing how she is so good at picking peoples pockets, and demonstrates to the detectives who are amused and then delve into her brothers history instead of TELL US WHAT THE MURDERER LOOKS LIKE.

Things like the Murderer tracking down the witness who stole his murder book, only for the witness to be puzzled and comes to the obvious conclusion, "Wait, could I be in danger here, you really think he could be after me?". And then she complains she can't get drunk while under police protection just because she is annoyed and inconvenienced and the inane back and forth between them was just cringeworthy. His partner Garcia is as dumb as a box of rocks and just enthusiastically agrees with everything the detective says.

We don't need irrelevant details to fill a page, like EVERY time a character gets into a car.. "The road from the Police Station to the witnesses house took exactly 46 minutes in typical LA traffic" every single time. Or a mention of Whiskey whenever the Detective wants a drink, going on and on about single salt's and how refined his palate is.

Its like a parody of police investigation books, a very dumbed down version of a murder series, and as if a 5 year old had been asked to write down a conversation he thinks an adult might have.

You know how on a TV series where something changes and they suddenly have two characters who never interact try and build a strong friendship in one episode to change the course of the show, and how forced it is? This is every interaction in the book.

Terrible. It annoyed me that much I had to write this, don't waste your credit and if you did find this review helpful, please click the helpful button!

Great narrator though!


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  • Buyergalore
  • 07-31-20

Possibly worst book I have ever read

Inane characters, plot holes like the Grand Canyon.. don’t know how it got published. I have to finish books, so I pretended it was a skit on Dragnet. If rolling your eyes is a form of exercise, its a full on workout my first thought when a serial killers journal is found, was FIND THE LAST ENTRY, SAVE A LIFE! Totally missed! People call our police names, but thank goodness these detectives are fictional, they cant solve a child’s crossword! Very disappointed but makes me grateful for REAL writers’ skills.

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  • SyntheticRequiem
  • 07-24-20

The fear is real.

It starts as any other Hunter novel; simplistically builds up the plot device and then the ball starts rolling.

This is the most realistic of Hunter. The most human and psychologically abundant. The writing is stylised perfectly and drags you in straight away.

The killer. He is terrifying. And highly disturbing.

And once again the impressive narration is on point and very believable in thinking these individuals are real people.

By far, the best Robert Hunter has been.

The fear is real.

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  • D. Charlton
  • 08-02-20

Worst book in series, and narration was terrible.

I'm not sure if its the book or the narration, but this was a huge disappointment, and I think the author has ran out of ideas for these type of books, It seemed as though it was written by a child and things were explained in too much detail all of the time as if the reader or listeners were so stupid they couldn't work anything out. The dialogue was very poor between characters and its getting boring now the fact Hunter knows everything about everything, its verging on superman.
This will be the last book I read in this series unfortunately and I'll be giving the narrator a wide berth in future.

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  • molly68
  • 07-29-20

Not a bad story but poorly written and narrated.

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story itself was ok but the writing left me cold. It’s so procedural as if we have to know every detail of investigative procedure in order for o understand the story. Added to that the dialogue was terrible. Really clumsy. The procedural stuff added to that because characters were constantly explaining why they’re doing the most insignificant thing, as if it’s some kind of training tool. I really didn’t like the narration either but to be fair he didn’t have a lot to work with so it might not be a fair reflection on him. I wouldn’t choose to read another by this author.

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  • clb0307
  • 07-25-20

Amazing

Chris carter's newest book.
Written in blood kept me gripped to my seat got through the book in less than two days. Amazing

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  • ollie king
  • 08-13-20

Wow. And not the good kind

Awful. Normally Robert Hunter books take me a day or 3. This took me a couple of weeks. He Seems to have run out of ideas. This series is what got me into audio books. I listened to the caller and then all off them after that. Ive loved everyone of them. But this book. WTF. Narration is as good as usual but the story itself and especially the ending with the main antagonist is just terrible. I look forward to these books maybe not so much from now on. The last one was the worst of the series. This has topped that. Its not the best trajectory looking towards the next one.

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  • Lee
  • 07-27-20

Hunters on the hunt again!

Simply excellent! Chris Carter can’t write these books quickly enough for my liken. There isn’t another author who can scare the bejeezus out of me like he can and keep me glued to my buds.

In this book there’s a serial killer on the loose but this one has a twist. Mr Carter takes us into the dark web and we meet some evil people but Hunter and Garcia are on the trail.

Thomas Judd again narrates like no one else can he is Robert Hunter!

Do yourself a favour start at the beginning and enjoy the ride.

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  • Simon
  • 07-27-20

Cracking Chiller Thriller!

The Robert Hunter series has never been one for the faint of heart and this one is no exception. It's a riveting story with a seriously bad, bad guy at its heart. It's also bang up to date and a serious reminder of the downsides of some of today's modern technology. The killer that Hunter takes on is as twisted an evil as he's faced before and once an 'innocent' pickpocket steals his personal bag containing something most precious to him things are not set to end well. What follows contains plenty of action, intrigue and clever plotting that leads to a dramatic finale which is delivered in a forensic style which very much put me in mind of classic Jack Reacher.

The performance by Thomas Judd almost matches the story line but the audio did not seem quite as clean as normal. It's perfectly clear but during the pauses there are faint clicks and sounds, not something that bothered me personally but I can imagine might be slightly off-putting to some, check out the sample if such things tend to bother you. It wouldn't stop me recommending this.

If I have any quibbles on the plot it is probably the Detective Garcia character who I thought was weak being used mostly as someone for Hunter to explain things to, even when he does reach his own conclusion we are usually reminded that Hunter had got there before him . . . as if we didn't already know. Garcia needs to be pepped up with more of his own personality rather than just being a prop for Hunter.

That though is more a quibble than a complaint. 'Written in Blood' simply crackles with energy and tension and delivers a very satisfying finale.

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  • Deirdre
  • 07-25-20

Hunter gets better and better

Robert Hunter is one of our most beloved chiller thriller detective series. This one is less chiller and more in touch and human. Read it so quickly because I wanted to get to the end but feel the need to start the series all over. Chris Carter never disappoints


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  • elizabeth b.
  • 12-08-20

Bloody fun

I don’t usually read books that are so violent but I persevered and really liked it. Mr Carter’s sure can write races and fights. Yes this was terrific

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  • Pene Charles
  • 08-19-20

Written in Blood

Great story, descriptively written. Good characters with little romance . This made it more which made it more believable.