The first installment in the Andrew Z. Thomas Series and a prequel to Crouch's and Konrath's thriller Stirred...
Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady's name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you'll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. Call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8:00 P.M., the police will receive an anonymous call. I'll tell them where Rita Jones is buried on your property, how you killed her, and where the murder weapon can be found in your house. (I do believe a paring knife is missing from your kitchen.) I strongly advise against going to the police, as I am always watching you.
Andrew Z. Thomas is a successful writer of suspense thrillers, living the dream at his lake house in the piedmont of North Carolina. One afternoon in late spring, he receives a bizarre letter that eventually threatens his career, his sanity, and the lives of everyone he loves. A murderer is designing his future, and for the life of him, Andrew can't get away.
Dear Reader: Please keep the light on tonight. What happens next will scare you. Guaranteed.
©2004 Blake Crouch (P)2014 Blake Crouch
I generally love Blake Crouch but could not get into this. I didn't even like the main character. Lots of death with a pretty unlikely story. Could just be my taste but certainly not for me.
"LIONSGATE NEEDS BLAKE"
I'm simply in love with the entire series, the narrator made me have to stop listening, cause I thought I was looking at TV, couldn't get any darn work done. What a great listen, kudo;'s to you both. used one credit then had to purchase the others out right, but they were worth it
"Hooked from the beginning"
Yes, because it's original and hard to forget.
The beginning of the story.
His tone and ability to disguise his voice without becoming annoying.
Can't say without revealing bits of the story so I won't commit :-)
"One of the Best Mysteries I've Read!"
Blake Crouch is one of my favorite authors. In Desert Places there is much more of a suspenseful mystery going on. The protagonist is perfect as are his cohorts. Not saying it's not creepy, but still a new favorite . For fans of suspense, a must listen !
"Too much strong language!"
I don't like the strong language... I love the plot & the story, if Blake would just leave out the filthy language!
I really enjoyed this book. I think that Blake Crouch and Eric G. Dove are paired nicely with their style of each of their crafts. I think that Blake did a good job with establishing the seriousness of the violent capacity of the characters without being unnecessarily disgusting about it. I thought the sexual abuse scene was a bit too graphic though. Still loved the book overall. ~JTC~
"Book > Narration"
I did enjoy this book, and I look forward to the rest of the series, but I am just not sure why the author chose the narrator that he did. I'm sure Mr. Dove is a fine narrator for some kinds of books, but I felt as if he were reading a text book a lot of the time. There just wasn't much life or emotion in his reading. Everything was told as a matter of fact, rather than trying to convey the emotion that I felt the author was going for. Just my opinion.
"Blake Crouch knows thrillers!"
**Warning** Spoiler Alert - Read at your own risk!
Andrew has some serious skeletons in his family closet. Well, at least one. His twin brother Orson vanished years ago. Now, he’s back. He has been a busy boy since his disappearance and wants to get reacquainted with his brother. Evidently, calling and grabbing a bite of lunch was too easy. Unless, of course, it was going to be liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. Ahhhh, the joys of family. They were so close when they were kids. Like peas and carrots, peanut butter and chocolate, cigarette burns on clam hammers.
Blake Crouch knows how to write thrillers. It is impossible to deny his skills. It feels to me like he writes with the big screen in mind though. Not small time productions, but big ass summer blockbustery type movies. Doesn’t really matter, I guess, because I already mentioned that dude can write. Desert Places is no exception and this one is a non-stop thrill ride of violence and suspense. There are some classic characters here and I am looking forward to more from this series. 3.5 Stars.
I did not care what happens to anyone in the book ,and did not care for the relentless brutalizing. I don't understand .I have been a fan of most of his books ,but this one was unlistenable .
He was fine
I actually skipped through many of the early scenes that were too much for me hoping there was some story I could get invested in , but it never emerged.
"Perhaps a different narrator?"
I looooved dark matter, and the wayward pines books, but this did nothing for me. The narration really got on my nerves, but the writing, compared to the books mentioned seemed clumsy to me.the story was rather tired, but then straight up murder type books are not my cup of tea. Not for this gal.
"Good 2 book series"
I enjoy this author. Most of this book was pretty good a writer discovers his long lost twin is setting him up for murder and ends up torturing and putting him through hell. when he gets back home he tells his best friend he tells him what happened and then that puts his friend and his friends family in danger so they devise a plan to kill the murdering twin brother. Of course this goes awry. The narration on audio was good.
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