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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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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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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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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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Great premise. Disappointing Story.

So it was only after listening to this book that I found out the author wasn’t Australian and it explained so much.

I AM Australian and there were so many things that bothered me from the get go.
1. The reference to ‘state police’ and them being different to the police in the small town of Wilbrook. Yeah nah, it’s all the same police force.
2. One of the Constables apparently transferred from Melbourne to the Western Australian outback - that’s two separate police forces and he’d have to be re-trained in the WA academy.
3. Huntsman spiders don’t spin webs.
4. Inspectors and their ‘team’ don’t wear suits. They’re still in uniform they just have fancy jackets for formal occasions.
5. Procedural issues that were just flat out wrong on multiple occasions. Please, do your research on police procedure if you’re going to write a police procedural.
6. The intro with didgeridoo soundtrack made me wonder if there would be Aboriginal characters or people of colour - nope. Why use that soundtrack? Because it’s stereotypically Australian? Please don’t.
7. The overly descriptive introduction to characters. And way too many references to Mitch’s ‘unnaturally blue lips’ - also I’ve never seen this in a person and it sounds like Mitch might have asthma or something. If you’re describing a character’s lips as ‘cardiac blue’ then they should be dead or dying, not giving instruction to a team of police officers 🤦🏼‍♀️
8. Australian outback doesn’t have ‘woods’ and there are significantly less trees than the author describes there being during multiple searches of missing people.
9. The ending was bad, that is to say if you can even call it an ending. I was so surprised at the sudden playing of the didgeridoo (again, really?) that I had to skip back and make sure I didn’t miss anything. I didn’t, it just ended abruptly.
10. It was pretty early on I was able to pick who the killer was out of the two.
11. There are so many clues and procedural issues that didn’t get investigated or followed up on.
12. The narrator’s voice of Mitch was that of a petulant child when I feel like it should have been more of a stone cold asshole type.
13. I didn’t care for any of the characters, except maybe the new Constable Nick.
14. On that note, probationers aren’t ‘kept behind a desk until the Sergeant trusts them to go out on the road’ - in the WA police they need as many bodies out on the road as possible. It’s stupid to force an operational officer to man the desk. Mate what?
15. For a town that size there’d be 2 cops not 5
16. The author says that the station has been threatened to be closed down, or to lose officers and that WApol had fought to keep it open. It’s more likely Wapol would want to close it down and the town would argue to keep it open. Just inaccurate politics.
17. The falling out between Mitch and Chandler makes exactly zero sense. They disagreed with how a search for a missing person should go and one wanted to promote and leave town and the other didn’t? Since when did that pit two friends against each other?
18. Two constables wouldn’t stay with the father and brother of a missing person to search endlessly until the family gave up. Wapol just doesn’t have the resources.
19. On that note, after four weeks (already longer than most searches go on tbh) there’s no way Wapol would be choppering them in and out every few days? What?

Anyway I’ll stop there because I’m getting on a roll but I wish I’d read reviews before I bought this audiobook. Many regrets 🙄

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Frustrating!

Omg - what a very frustrating and disappointing ending!!! Almost like the author ran out of steam and couldn’t be bothered to finish

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Poorly written and cliched

I listened to four chapters hoping that the writing would improve. The clincher for me is when one of the characters body language was described as ‘curdled’. Action sequences were improbable and lacking in finesse. I guess the setting and story explain to some extent this novels success. Not for me.

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could not finish

it seemed like it would be interesting but the story line just became dull and the characters and setting were very poorly developed.

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Honestly the worst ending ever

So disappointed with this book, started great and built and built then crumbled.
Honestly the WORST ending I have ever read/listened to.
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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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  • Maureen
  • 03-04-2021

Expectations dashed by the unexplicable ending.

This started so well, but gradually degenerated until the complete shambles of an ending.
What could have been a great book spoiled by the second half, and that terrible abrupt ending! Had to listen to the last few minutes three times to make sure I hadn't missed something important. Not clever, sorry.
I was hoping all might be explained in the next book, but it seems to be a completely separate story, so not wanting to be disappointed again, think I'll give it a miss, unless I read a review telling me the ending of this first book is explained.
I've read a few books now which begin really well and then are completely ruined as the second half worsens, shame when a little thought by the author would mean a better book!

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