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Publisher's Summary

From the Amazon best-selling author of Hide Away comes the gripping second installment of the Rachel Marin Thriller series.

Rachel Marin is in a good place. After years of struggle, the single mother has found both a stable, loving relationship and a new purpose: putting her investigative skills to work solving crimes for the local PD. But just as the pieces of her life are finally starting to fall into place, her teenaged son’s teacher is gruesomely murdered, starting a domino effect that shatters her peaceful existence. 

When Rachel discovers an ominous email the teacher sent to her just before his death, she knows she must help bring his killer to justice. But soon a figure from her past reappears, threatening to expose Rachel’s darkest secrets if she doesn’t tread lightly. And when her son is recruited by a shadowy businessman who may be connected to the murder, Rachel knows this has just gotten very, very personal. 

Someone out there is dead set on keeping this grisly cover-up good and buried, which means if Rachel’s not careful, it’s only a matter of time before her dream life becomes her worst nightmare.

©2021 by Jason Pinter. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Beneath the brutality in this suspenseful thriller lie bone-deep fear and a genuine concern for justice.” (Kirkus Reviews)

A Stranger at the Door is a worthy successor to Hide Away in the Rachel Marin series. Chilling and suspenseful, a page turner in the best sense.” (William Landay, New York Times best-selling author of Defending Jacob)

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  • shelley
  • 14-01-2021

Excellent Edge of Your Seat series...

This is book 2 in the Rachel Marin series. I suggest listening to the first book as well. That book is an edge of your seat mystery that grabs your attention with the first line. It also fills in background that you won’t get by listening to this book alone. This book picks up where the first leaves off. It can be listened to as a standalone.

The publisher’s summary is excellent and if I add more it would only be spoilers. I don’t want to do that as it would only ruin a great book for some. Others like to know the ending like Wayne (Matthews, NC). I haven’t seen any reviews from him in months and he is normally a very prolific reviewer. I hope he is ok.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • Empress Karen
  • 12-01-2021

For Angela Dawe Fans and Author Too

Great sequel to book 1. As a fan of Ms Dawe, (I have over 100 of her reads), I found this author for Hide Away. That was such a fast pace listen and this book is no exception. So glad author proved he can write fast and well to his book 1 best seller. Author’s dialogue is clear in the Hemingway's style. Publishers summery is spot on so no need to add to it. I do use the 1.2 speed to match the mystery. Give it a try.
If you enjoyed this book, check out Marcia Clark’s Samantha Brinkman series, excellent listening too.
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  • Reggie
  • 22-02-2021

Sometimes you can’t outrun your past

Rachel Marin and her two kids are settled into their new home, with new identities. All seems to be going well until one of her son’s teachers is horrifically murdered. Rachel, as a consultant for the police, begins to investigate, but then, someone from her old life appears and Rachel’s teenage son is a target. It’s a race against time as Rachel and a former friend try to save a missing teen. Great procedural drama. Enjoyable series.

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  • dkay
  • 21-02-2021

Walk to read.

This is the second book by Jason Pinter. I have enjoyed both books.
It’s is graphic but well done. A quick fast forward relieves area that are too much for me.
Strong female lead putting family ahead.

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  • Health Coach
  • 12-02-2021

Not as good as first book

I really enjoyed the first book. Rachel‘s character in the second book was whiny and sometimes condescending to the wrong people. I admired Rachel’s intelligence and physical abilities in the first book, but when she throws a tantrum because the detectives have to arrest someone who murdered two people, I lost respect for her character. Did she really think these detectives had the authority to “not arrest” a murderer? Of course not. I hope there will be a third book and Rachel’s character goes back to being the smartest person in the room not the person with the smartest mouth.

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  • nan
  • 05-02-2021

Liked it!

Another great story by Jason Pinter. Kept me interested to the end. Interesting
characters. Good story. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

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  • Book Bug!
  • 31-01-2021

Great Sequel!

I read a large selection of books that I normally rotate the genres. When I was introduced to the 1st Rachel Marin book, I read the second book immediately. I was so enthralled with the story and the struggles of her life I could not put off reading the sequel immediately. This is a must read! I hope the author continues with this series!
The narrator Angela Dawe did a great job also!

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  • Dtmurphy1
  • 29-01-2021

nothing special

I struggled to finish it. there were a lot of procedural things that were just wrong like an officer shooting her gun as a distraction that made the story amateurish. also the use of metaphors was too much. the story made jumps that make sense.

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  • Trish R.
  • 27-01-2021

Awesome series..

Excellent murder mystery but I don't understand where the name of the book came from. No stranger went to any door in the entire story. HUH!>>>>>>>>>>

I do like Rachel Marin. She can really kick some ass. Serrano and Tally are great cops, too. And Evie was one of those characters you didn't know if you liked or not. The Spivak brothers were definite sociopath's. Overall, I loved every word of this book.>>>>>>>>>>

Some romance and the F-bomb was used 2 times.>>>>>>>>>>

As for the narration: Angela Dawe is a wonderful narrator, with voices and emotions.

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  • Tracy T
  • 25-01-2021

Okay book, good narration.

This was a okay second installation of this series.

I liked it for the most part. I did get kind of annoyed with the kid Eric. He just sulked and was angry with zero personality. So basically he sucked.

Also, I found it odd that Rachel what constantly tell the police what to do, rather demanding.

Otherwise it was an okay book. I hope the author chills out a bit on Rachel acting like she owns the police dept. Kind of annoying.

I still don't understand what exactly this Brice character was doing for kids and how they made money. It was very confusing.

The best part of the this book was Megan and her Sadie Scout series!

As for the narration, it was great. I am a huge fan of Angela Dawe. She does a great job on all the voices and has a good reading voice. She reads with emotion as called for.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-2021

superb writing and telling.

really enjoyed it like the first one. each one has it's own flavour but great 👍

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