Forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago. Working on sheer tenacity, she sets out to prove it.
Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate's arrival knocks his world on its axis. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with this pathology is bizarre. Together, they work to find a killer whose roots began in a small town in Bigler County, but whose violence spread across the nation. Soon, the Janus-like killer, more monster than man, fixates on Kate and wants nothing more than to kill her "again."
©2011 Jo Robertson (P)2013 Jo Robertson
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"Would have been 4 stars but sex got in the way!"
Not a bad story, with good characters, but the story kept taking a back seat to the author's need to turn this into a steamy sex novel. I found it hard to believe that anyone as driven as Kate was to find this killer could continually get so derailed by working with a sexy partner. Could have been a much better book with a more subtle approach to the couple's sexual escapades.
Keeps your full attention. Well done narration. Never a dull moment and full of suspense. Will listen to this author again.
"Creepy and great!"
Great story keeps you wondering. The bad guy was super creepy and the narrator made his laugh send chills down my spine.
"Good read and OK narration.."
This was a book about “watcher” a serial killer that killed Kate’s twin sister, about 20 years ago. What I didn’t understand was why she told Slater about all the other victims and it wasn’t until almost 50% that she finally told him about Kassandra, her sister. Why? That didn’t make a bit of sense to me. And THEN when Slater didn’t tell her about his crazy ex-wife or his dead son Kate was PO’d at him and told herself she could forgive him but didn’t know if she could ever trust him again. What? What was the difference in the two things? His was just a personal matter while hers was part of a serial killer investigation. And THEN when she searched Sheriff Marconi’s office and found stuff and felt bad about not telling Slater, making excuses why she didn’t tell him. Really? WTH? This book was nowhere as good as book #2, which I read first.
Except for the above stupidity it really was a good story. I liked Kate and Slater, and Bauer. And I was sorry about Marconi. The last 15% was the most exciting. The race to find out who the killer was, putting all the clues together, getting a search warrant, racing to the killer’s house, searching the house and not finding him but knowing he was there somewhere. All of it happened so fast I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
Again, as with 90% of authors who don’t know how to write sexual tension or sexual attraction, there was none in this book either, unless you consider Slater thinking there was sexual tension between them enough. Then just a couple of sex scenes plopped into the book.
There was a swearing and the F-bomb was released 5 times.
As to the narrator: He has a very nice reading voice but he’s nowhere near as good and Sebastian Fields, who read the second book in this series, The Avenger... Mr. Forge had only a few emotions through the entire book, but not nearly enough. When someone would say something and the next line was “he or she laughed,” there was NEVER a laugh, and that tells me a lot about a narrator. He’s not the worst narrator I’ve ever listened to but he certainly doesn’t compare to a lot of them. I wouldn’t go out of my way for something else he read but I wouldn’t NOT listened to a book he narrated.
"Watcher the best book for audible"
I found that this story was not at all what I expected. I figured it would be another missing person suspense. Not so. The book involves a wide range of characters with believable personalities. It is a very suspenseful story with so gruesome details. Yet it also involves an unlikely couple that both have been through there own life devistations. This brings into play unexpected romance. Very much enjoyed this book in audible. Highly suggest.
"I LOVE A SEXY MYSTERY"
This was a really good story. This is more of a mystery than a romance.it was a true love story and I loved it. I read one reviewer say the sex got in the way of the story WTF🙄🙄🙄🙄. I don't want to follow this listener because he/she has no clue that for there to be romance THERE WILL BE SEX!!!! Thank goodness. Very Good Listen
Edge of your seat thriller that you can't stop listening to. Narrator was excellent. Be sure.to read or listen to this book!!
I liked some aspects of this book but it seemed so choppy to me. The author seemed all over the place without direction. Perhaps it was just the way it was put together. The inflection in the narrators voice didn't help the story. It was hard to tell when there was a change in character due to short pauses.
I don't like writing reviews when I have to write 20 words but this one is worth at least 20 words! awesome book
Because of this book I don't think I could read another book by this author or the narrator.
No. I love mysteries- thrillers with a little romance!
I think a duo of narrators a man and a woman would have worked for this story. The man just couldnt make the story interesting. In other books I have listened too Carla Mercer Mayer has done an excellent job posing as multiple characters.
Disappointed. This story has all the elements to be good. It is just portrayed horribly.
I do believe this story was confusing. There is to much running around between characters but because of the narrator you can hardly tell the difference between them.
"too much romance for me...but the rest was good."
a mix of violence, detective work and romance of which the detection was best for me.
Very good read and you can not put it down. Enjoyed it to the ending
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