When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go and victims to sacrifice before their work is done.
For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of corpses - women abducted, tortured, and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them - has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she's losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens. But the slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn't quite go according to plan. There was a survivor - Rowena's 10-year-old daughter, Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more terrifying than what she's running from.
©2015 Glen Duncan (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
What an engrossing book; so well written and the narration with all the characters was excellent. A disturbing insight into evil and the minds of the characters. Highly recommended for those with a strong stomach who want an insight into how people develop.
"Outstanding narrator, horrifyingly good crime"
One of the very best
I've read this novel before, and rank it among the very best crime I've read. The author wields language and perspective to heighten the fear and urgency of a time-sensitive investigation.
Absolutely! But it wasn't harmed by breaking it up.
The narrator was exceptional. By altering the tone and cadence of her voice, she was able to differentiate between characters and states of mind, without ever becoming cheesy or overacting. I'll be looking into her other books for sure.
Great book. suspense from start to finish. would make a great movie. The reader was excellent too.
"A lesson well taught"
Above average serial killer tale...Grim and gruesome,fast paced,good characterization....and Very well narrated by Christina Delaine
"Absolutely brilliant! Scary as hell!!!!"
A disturbing delve in to the mind of a serial killer. Best thriller I've read since Mo Hayder's 'The Treatment'. Fantastic narration too. 5 star audiobook!
"Great book, well read"
Really great listen - good characterisation, well written plot, and appropriate reader. Recommend to all murder mystery fans. You'll want to finish it fast!
"Too much back story"
This is a decent book, that is very well read and the story is pretty good. The big issue for me was the amount of back story each character had, or more to the point, the authors insistence that before any character did anything there was a 5 minute description of how they were feeling before they did it. I know this is important in books, but in this book it's overkill. Two hours into the book and almost nothing has really happened and by the end of the book I found myself shouting "I don't care how you feel" just get on with it. Some of you might love it, but ruined the book for me.
I found this very disturbing and as such, wouldn't listen to it again.
I understand that the story involved murders, but to go into such graphic detail with them and in cases, the baddies' language, wasn't necessary. Maybe I'm going all Mary Whitehouse but it was a bit much.
Various, random people are being murdered and it's up to an alcoholic cop with issues to stop the three year old cases.
I have never read the print editon so I do not know but I probably would not have read it if the only option was hard copy.
The lead character- she is a strong intelligent woman working in a tough working environment- she is not typically girly.
Good, Varied, Chilling
It made me feel tense and open to things I did not want to hear about
The serial killing premise was good and that part of the story I enjoyed. The detective part was like walking through treacle, too wordy, and as seems the norm these days the female character desperately in emotional turmoil......sigh
Far to wordy, sometimes less is more, so many descriptions of feelings, the snow, the heat the air like reading a high school English paper
Nothing. Her voice grated on me but the story held enough promise to continue
"Good bits but overall quite long winded"
I listened to it all, but at times did switch off a bit as everything seemed to be over explained. What I didn't really believe was why the killer was killing. I thought overall it was ok but nothing that really will stay with me.
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