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55

Narrated by: Douglas Hansell
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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There were 54 victims before this. Who is number 55?

A thriller with a killer hook and an ending that will make you gasp!

Wilbrook in Western Australia is a sleepy, remote town that sits on the edge of miles and miles of unexplored wilderness. It is home to Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins, who is proud to run the town’s small police station, a place used to dealing with domestic disputes and noise complaints.

All that changes on a scorching day when an injured man stumbles into Chandler’s station. He’s covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel. He tells Chandler what he remembers.

He was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 55th victim. 

Heath is a serial killer.

As a manhunt is launched, a man who says he is Heath walks into the same station. He tells Chandler he was taken by a man named Gabriel. Gabriel told Heath he was going to be victim 55.

Gabriel is the serial killer.

Two suspects. Two identical stories. Which one is the truth?

James Delargy has written one of the most exciting debuts of 2019. He masterfully paints the picture of a remote Western Australian town and its people, swallowed whole by the hunt for a serial killer. This novel has been sold in 19 countries so far and has just been optioned for film.

©2019 James Delargy (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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Seriously wasted talent!

Fantastic writing had me captivated. Then what? Couple of unresolved story-lines and then a most unsatisfying ending. Did the writer just say to himself “ok - sick of this so I’ll just stop now”? Vivid characters. Interesting descriptions. Disappointing lack of closure of a couple of issues that spoilt the whole experience and then ???? If this were television you’d be on the edge of your seat saying “ooooooo can’t wait for the next episode”. Maybe there’s another book coming to fill in the gaps??

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prepare to be short changed

I was totally absorbed by this original and well told tale. I was not expecting it to finish in such a completely inconclusive way. Books are not like a tv series. people pay for a book, and expect a conclusion. I was really wild that I had been conned into buying an audio book with no ending....buy the next is the answer. No thank you Amazon. This is a RIP off.

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Slow

Not bad. Interesting storyline but it just seemed to keep going and going and never getting anywhere!.

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Wasn’t a bad story but seemed to fluff around

The story is good, it’s just the in between stuff/fillers that seemed to be a bit of a waste. Also the narrators female voice made me cringe a little.

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A twisty Crime Thriller I couldn't put down

James Deleargy has a gift for writing, that's for sure! the whole time I was guessing and changing my opinion back and forth so it wasn't too predicatble Even so, the character development was great because we got to see into Chandler's past and why he is the way he is now I likes how the narrators voice was echoey when reading past events it really helped distinguish timelines and not confuse the listener I wont spoil the ending but James leaves us hanging for more! keep writing dude 👍🏻

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  • Maxine Griffiths
  • 18-05-2019

Unsatisfying and unbelievable

The plot was not credible. I found it difficult to have any empathy with any of the characters and just wanted it to end. The ending however was less than satisfying.

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  • Declan Mcnaughton
  • 10-04-2019

Very gripping story!

I have enjoyed listening to this audiobook thoroughly. I was completely hooked on it from the first chapter. If you like murder mysteries with a twist, then this is for you. A real page turner. It was like no other book I’ve read! Five stars. I applaud you James Delargy

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  • Top critic
  • 25-04-2019

Engrossing, very engrossing

A fantastic debut that paint the harsh of environments beautifully with some twists that will thrill.

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  • Jules
  • 14-10-2019

Not Good Narration

The story was ok. I could see it being made into a film but the narrator was pretty poor, very flat, which made it very, very long and meant I didn’t much care about any of the characters. Could have been a lot better.

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  • Shell Baker
  • 05-07-2019

One very clever story

This is one of those books that I simply had to read after reading all the rave reviews. There were 54 victims but who is the 55th! is what this book is all about. I was hooked from the start ,Set in Wilbrook in Western Australia when we follow the story of Gabriel who turns up at Chandler's station covered in dried blood. and tells his story. and what a story it is! Then a man called Heath walks into the same station claiming he was kidnapped by a man called Gabriel......Two suspects. Two identical stories. Which one is the truth? 55 is one very clever story that will have you hooked and guessing until the end. It is jam packed with suspense and mystery has well has some nail biting descriptions.

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  • yvonne
  • 14-05-2019

dark and disturbing

some clever twists based around an original idea . lots of surprise and suspence as the plot unravels. edge of seat ending .

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