Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Peter James' tenth Roy Grace novel, Want You Dead....
Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more?
When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.
Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her too....
©2014 Peter James (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
"James ratchets up the tension to an almost unbearable level in his 10th Roy Grace thriller as Bryce’s game of cat and mouse works towards a terrifying conclusion." (Bella)
"Peter James has written another gripping and authentic police procedural which his fans will love." (Sunday Express)
I found listening to the book entertaining and the performance of the reader was great. But there were some elements of the story I found very hard to believe and this undermined my overall enjoyment of it. Mainly, why would people not immediately make the connection between Red's recent romantic past and what happened to her new boyfriend, including trained police, a psychologist, her family, etc.? It seems highly unlikely. Secondly, I found Red not a very sympathetic character. Although I guess it can be explained by shock, her reaction to what happened to Carl seemed very selfish, as exemplified by her tantrum about not wanting to eat lamb when she visits her parents - I mean, in the scheme of things, it doesn't seem very important? But as I say, the book is OK - just not great.
I rarely give 5 stars which I save for the very, very best. This did not quite deserve 5 stars but was better than my normal 4 star reads; wish you had ½ star ratings Audible. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend who enjoyed a good thriller. It was an all rounder; a well fleshed out book and the ending was perfect.
Yes, the plot did keep me 'on the edge of my seat' so to speak. James, cleverly built up the suspense from one chapter to the next, but interspersed each heart thumping moment with a bit of softness and love to do with our policeman's personal life which was a wonderful contrast to the crazy protagonist who stalked nearly every page.
Pretty well all of them, but he did Detective Inspector Grace pretty well, and also his yankee accent wasn't too bad with the Bryce character either.
Don't date on line and die......
Well written tight plot, terrifically narrated by Daniel Wyman. Character development was excellent, this book contained all the necessary elements of a good and very satisfying thriller suspense novel. Absolutely recommend!
"This was just a boring, slightly skanky, book."
I would recommend that a friend NOT read this book. There is so much FILLER, so little plot. The villain endlessly reads and re-reads his old texts to the woman who rejected him ...I started skipping ahead. kiss, kiss, kiss...ad nauseum.
Yes, I like Peter James, mostly, although he does a terrible job with female characters. This guy doesn't get women, not at all. They're all slightly stupid and vengeful and shallow, even the ones he pretends to really like. But I can overlook that...usually I enjoy the Roy Grace novels. Just not this one.
He did an heroic job with terrible material.
I was disappointed...I always read reviews before I buy and this time it seemed as though everyone was either delusional or lying.
This book was better than the trilogy series which was very good that included Chessmen
"Peter James at his brilliant best"
I haven't read the print version so can't tell.
I really enjoy the characters in this series and love watching them develop. Add that to a brilliant storyline and there's nothing to dislike.
He seems to get across the different personalities very well.
Predictable flat characters, cliched bedroom scenes, too long to reach the end only to find I guessed the ending two chapters in!
It is quite the worst novel he has written - almost as though he has run out of new ideas. Sad because I have really enjoyed his work in the past.
Yes the poor chap made a reasonably good job of what he had to work with ( apart from the 'husky' women's voices!)
On this occasion - all of them!
The main character is a woman called 'Red' apparently her real name. She advertises for a date in the personal column, he turns out to be your friendly neighbourhood psychopath ...
That the story remains a constant roller coaster throughout, there isn't needless downtime or lengthy overtly descriptive passages. Just good solid story that keeps you gripped.
Bryce, the nasty piece of work! He is THE baddy in this book. I loved how quick and clever he was to get what he wanted from Red. How he faltered on the edge of insanity, and it chilled me to the bone to imagine there are very well people like him out there on the internet.
This is my first time hearing Daniel and he read the book wonderfully!
"Thriller with a fiery theme"
Threads in Roy Grace’s personal life are interwoven and add depth to the story of his latest case, which is a fast-paced action-detection-horror-warning against thoughtless use of social media. Daniel Weyman’s performance develops the suspense well.
Red Westwood lives to regret meeting Bryce through a dating site. Eventually the obsessed lover becomes a hunter who keeps her in his sights while he eliminates all around her whom he considers to be his enemies. At first it seems that Roy and the team are not going to be able to track the man down – he has some very tricky moves – and that Roy may not survive to stay on the scent, but a satisfying conclusion is reached after many plot twists and turns.
Although this is another heart-pounding journey, following a terrifying criminal, of the kind we are used to from Peter James, I must say that I am tired of the character Pugh who is developing into another of the ‘unworthy, self-seeking, dumb officer who rises to the top’ stereotypes that litter the police procedural genre. This grumble aside, I thoroughly recommend ‘Want You Dead’ to all lovers of a good thriller
"Time for Roy Grace to retire"
This book was awful. I used to really enjoy the Roy Grace series but it has been a case of diminishing returns for some time now. I've hung on because I wanted to know what happened to Sandy, and I also hoped maybe things would improve. However, I think it's time to give up on this series. This book had an unbelievable plot, a victim for whom I had no sympathy and a villain who was annoying beyond believe and had a portfolio of skills that defied belief! The actions of both the police and the victim were often so stupid they had me shouting at my iPod - drawing a few strange looks on the bus. (I'm being stalked by a super human psycho so I'll go off on my own to show someone around a house and I won't leave the real contact deals. For goodness sake.) The Sandy plotline has been drawn out for so long I have stopped caring.
All in all, this is a book to avoid and I think maybe it's time Roy Grace calls it a day.
"Roy Grace escapes death again; for how long?"
Yes; Peter James' books are well-researched and have the ring of authenticity.
That is hard to say. Roy Grace is appealing but I do find Glen Branson interesting. Also, there is a kind of fascination with Sandy, the presumed-dead wife.
He has a good voice and gets into the parts well.
Some of it made me laugh, but I did not want to cry. I am eager to find how the Sandy Lohmann story line continues.
I am looking forward to the next Roy Grace novel, which is probably the best recommendation.
The worst in the series by some margin. What an anticlimax to the long drawn out scenario about his ex. Nothing original about the plot.
Yes as this is the only one of the series that I have been disappointed with
I have been purchasing 2 audiobooks a month on Audible by subscription for the best part of 10 years now including the complete set of the Roy Grace novels.
This one is, by a country mile, the worst book that I have ever bought.
A massive disappointment!
Yes but with caveats.
A rather implausible story but enjoyable. I don't listen to the Roy Grace books expecting a forensically detailed account of a police case.
This book is part of a series, another one would be nice.
I found the mechanisms and styles used to create suspense rather irritating. I don't recall being irritated by the previous books in this manner..
"Worst one of Roy Grace Series"
It finally solved the problem with Sandy
Gives the characters an identity
no, far too much of the book on the killer and at times the actions of the intended victim was unbelievable
Not sure if I will buy another Roy Grace unless the story line looks very goood
I've listened to all of Peter James previous Roy Grace "Dead" books, which is a great series following a similar format about a crime-fighting detective in Brighton. It would be advisable to listen to the books in the right order.
This latest book "Want your Dead" has a far-fetched and one-dimensional storyline about a woman being stalked by a crazy previous lover. Although Grace's impending wedding features, plus the rather tedious saga of Sandy (his previous wife) who decides to turn up at the wedding, the events follow a predictable format, and the ending just as you might expect.
However, the narrator was excellent, he has a brilliant range of voices.
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