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Hysteria

An Alexander Gregory Thriller, Book 2
By: LJ Ross
Narrated by: Hugh Dancy
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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From the international number one best-selling author of the DCI Ryan mysteries. 

Hysteria is the second instalment in Ross' brand-new Dr Alex Gregory series, narrated by actor Hugh Dancy.

Recently returned from his last case in Ireland, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the French police that he can’t ignore. It’s Paris fashion week, and some of the world’s most beautiful women are turning up dead, their faces slashed in a series of frenzied attacks while the world’s press looks on. 

Amidst the carnage, one victim has survived, but she’s too traumatised to talk. Without her help, the police are powerless to stop the killer before he strikes again - can Gregory unlock the secrets of her mind before it’s too late? Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set in a spectacular Parisian landscape.

©2019 LJ Ross (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers." (The Times)

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disappointing

I loved her previous books but this and the Imposter very disappointing. Maybe this character will get better

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Fantastic

I love LJ Ross's writing style and believable characters and this book does not disappoint and I am growing very fond of the damaged Dr Alexander Gregory!

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Hysteria

This was ok sort of strange about double personalities. I’m not sure I would suggest anyone read it but ........

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  • Avid Reader
  • 18-12-2019

Amazing story and narration

Alexander is an intriguing protagonist and I was very excited to read the continuation of his story from Imposter. The story is suspenseful and well-written. I did not expect the twist at all and I can’t wait for the next book!

Hugh Dancy is a fantastic narrator. Top notch narration, wonderful portrayal of each distinct character along with his mastery of different accents make this series a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Cathy J Hunter
  • 23-01-2020

Disappointed

The first few chapters of the book seem to be just filler and self-serving as the author went back-and-forth from French to English we’re very glad that he knows how to speak French but really didn’t do much to further the story it wasn’t till closer to the halfway mark that it became more about the murder victim and the procedures which saved the novel I think but disappointed in this book by Ross

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  • barbara
  • 20-01-2020

Hysteria

As usual I found this book to be excellent, slowly getting used to the new Alex Gregory, as I am a staunch fan of DC Ryan. I am sure I will get to love him as well. The story was excellent and gives an insight into the minds of split personalities. Hope to read many more books, just please don't give up on DCI Ryan. The narration was excellent.

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  • elaine birchall
  • 08-01-2020

Don't miss this one!

I loved the interplay between Alexander Gregory and the French Police officer. Very touching relationship being rolled out and developed with his mentor. Great story lines with rich layers of differing relationships makes the protagonist a 3D personality.
Great to have been given an insight into his vulnerabilities so that we can work our minds around figuring out the effect of each new character in the upcoming stories.
I am really excited to see what LJ Ross has for us next.
If she keeps this up she is going to make heself a classic.

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  • Kristen Petendra-Tomin
  • 05-01-2020

Worth the listen!

Good story line.
Love the narrator voice!
Would definitely recommend this as a listen or read!

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  • Catherine
  • 04-01-2020

I dont speak French!

I love Louise Ross's books. But very disappointed in this one. I have never been to France nor do I know the language at all. So after 15 minutes of struggling I was going to give up. But I decided to give it a little more time. Sorry, I am going to return it as I cant get past trying to understand any of the references to geography or the french legal system. Ruined the book for me.

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  • Trish R.
  • 30-12-2019

Good listening..

Great book! Alex Gregory was in Paris to give a speech when he was asked to help solve an attempted murder, and then a murder.

He did meet a girl that he got involved with, but his guilt is so strong he refused to let it go anywhere. And speaking of guilt, I’m getting tired of this guilt-trip he’s been on in the beginning of this new series. If this continues, I will definitely quit reading the Alex Gregory books. I’ve listened to all the DCI Ryan stories, all 14 of them, and never had to suffer through Ryan suffering through all kinds of guilt and I don’t want to do it in this series.

There was no romance or sex and no swearing.

As to the narration: Hugh Dancy is a good narrator, both his voices and his reading emotions.

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  • Smallbo
  • 03-01-2020

Ross does it again

I really enjoyed this book and it’s twists and turns. I listened to it on Audible so didn’t have a problem with untranslated French. The character of Alex is developing nicely and I look forward to more in the series.

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  • Lizzy
  • 01-01-2020

A series going from strength to strength

I have enjoyed Dr Gregory’s second outing every bit as much as I enjoyed the first! A great story that resonates with today’s society, a bit of romance and a satisfying conclusion. This story is definitively finished, but Alex has more to share and I hope that a certain French lady can make a reappearance - after all, London has jazz clubs too! The only complaint I have is that the story ended too soon! I would have very much liked it if it had been a little longer, but I still very much enjoyed what we got

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  • Gilly
  • 21-12-2019

Love this author

The characters and story lines never fail. Fresh every time. Can’t wait for next one.

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  • Jemimajenni
  • 14-01-2020

Brilliant

Another excellent book in this series with again an unforgettable twist at the end. LJ Ross really makes you feel that you are living the story with her description. Totally different writing style to her DCI Ryan series that I also thoroughly enjoy.

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  • janet riding
  • 26-01-2020

Brilliant

What a good listen, fabulous narrative to a good story! Fully believable characters. LJ Ross comes up trumps again! Cannot wait for next listen!

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  • D Purdy
  • 24-01-2020

Another great by L J Ross

L J Ross has done it again! Yet more twists and surprises with Dr Gregory. I am loving getting to know this character more and more with each book.

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  • Mrs Natalie Smith
  • 22-01-2020

great

please can we have more books narrated by Hugh Dancy? He is so perfect.

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  • Shell Baker
  • 13-02-2020

addictive

Hysteria is the second instalment Dr Alex Gregory series which is narrated by actor Hugh Dancy. With it only being 6h 47m long I actually listened to this in one day. I loved the fact that it is a shorter audio compared to what I normally listen to.

After loving the first book in the series I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this and catch up with Dr Alexander Gregory. In this story we are transported to Paris and follow a case that is set around Paris fashion week. With women turning up dead one victim manages to survive the attacks but cannot remember a thing! With the help of Gregory can she unlock the answers?!

LJ Ross draws a perfect picture of Paris, in fact this story took me back to my college days when I studied Fashion and I visited there. It certainly brought back some memories.

I must admit this is the first time that I have listened to an audio all in one sitting! It is very very addictive. The style of the story is very similar to DCI Ryan Mystery. So there is plenty of mystery in this. I did however miss the darker side that the author brought to the first book, Imposter. And also the character development after that NO WAY ending! Something which I am dying to know more about.

Hugh Dancy has done a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. You wouldn’t know it is one narrator with all the accents he brings to this audio. Which I found very entertaining making me feel like I was watching it on TV.

This is another addictive read which I highly recommend.

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  • Judith
  • 11-02-2020

Disappointing

These are books in a series, and yet there seems to be no correlation between them. Yes the main character has the same name, apart from that there seems little connection. This one is set in France with a narrator who seems determined to prove what a great french accent he has! I feel Ross is getting lazy, her other series became poor after a great start although that series took 1-11 books to do so first! This is yet another very short book 5+ hours, so not good value anyway. The characters need more development in every way.

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  • judy
  • 28-01-2020

QUIRKY

Sorry, just didn't like this story, found it difficult to keep up, too much French! Can't say I liked it.