Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show - an ex-con billed as a serial killer - but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure.
When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she'll need to use all of her cunning to stop him...and rescue her daughter.
©2012 D. V. Berkom (P)2013 D. V. Berkom
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"Great Satirical Suspense Novel"
The audio quality was very high, and the fast paced story was suspenseful and satirical at the same time.
Absolutely. The combination of action, personal stakes, and just the right amount of romantic interest really held my attention. I loved the sardonic humor.
The narrator enunciated very clearly, his voice was moderated well and his expressiveness was entertaining but not distracting.
Yes, I almost looked forward to my 40 minute commute!
I can't wait for the next audio book by DV Berkom!
"Great Action with a Dark Sense of Humor"
Yes! The story keeps up the pace from the beginning to the end. With this countries strange obsession with reality TV shows, why not take it one step more! Creepy with laugh out loud moments. I love Leine, she is a kick butt character.
Dave Barry or Carl Hiaasen's Sick Puppy (one of my favorite books) DV Berkom has the same fast pace and wacky characters that keep you listening.
No, I haven't. It takes about 10 minutes for him to really take off with the characters and get into their heads.
Both, which is great. DV really fleshes out her characters to make them come alive in the eyes of the listener. Even sub characters you develop a love/hate relationship with them.
I can't wait to hear more audiobooks in this series from DV Berkom.
"Realty Show Nightmare"
Yes, the plot is so unusual yet believable, which makes it both intriguing and a bit scary. The possibility of this type of show eventually turning up are incorporated well into the story. It resembles Hunger Games in that way.
The climactic end with the police detective, Santa fighting to get to Leine in time to save her life. And also, the many moments between the two as their relationship grew.
I enjoy the way he brought the characters to life. The reader has a certain vision but the "hear" the characters speak in a way that sounds right to the ear is especially fun.
Serial Date is fast paced with an interesting cast of characters. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
"Just when you think you have it figured out..."
I think both versions are great!
The storyline of Serial Date is outstanding. Just when you think you have it figured out DV Berkom throws you another curve! This book will grab you from the start. Leine Basso is up to her neck in murder and betrayals in her professional life, and the sudden return of her teenage daughter and her antics in her personal life. The plot thickens as Basso's professional and personal life begin to meld into one.
I highly recommend Serial Date, Berkom has another hit.
This is the first.
"Great gritty suspense"
What a wonderfully engaging surprise this book was. Well written perfectly paced mystery. Leine is a real kick a$$ chick!! Plenty of wonderful twists to keep you on your toes. I love the book from beginning to end!! High suspense!!I would love to read more from this author!
The book is fast paced with a mixed narrative coming from several POV. Mostly it comes from Leine, who has a whole different sort of perspective! She is a tough as nails kind of gal, which is awesome!!! She really has a lot to work out from her past and the details of that past are handed out piece mail throughout the story. I really hoped for more info sooner.
The supporting cast is really great. A yummy homicide cop, a snarky daughter and a crazy serial killer. There are several dramas going on here other than the main plot, it is tricky to follow which intrigue is happening. lots of possible suspects along the way as well. It gets to be a bit much every now and again.
There is a bit of smexy action that is definitely open bedroom door!! Not full on erotic romance detail, but enough to get a gal hot 'n bothered. I could have done with a bit more of that action. It is a little early for the feeling though.
I would have liked more about this reality show. It has serious potential for chaos. There was also so much going on with Pete and the Senator. That probably could have been tabled to another book. It was distracting from the main plot of the serial killer. More with his crazy thought process and a bit of show on the taking/killing of the girls. It was pretty much all tell and no show.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by James Killavey, who I heard in other books. I enjoyed his read, but his bad guys sound very similar. Great pace that keeps the movement of the story, especially at points where things are slower. While I did not hate this read, it wasn't my favorite.
Overall, this was a great read and I am eager to see what happens next in the series. There is a whole lot of potential here. I can not wait to see how everything pans out in the next book.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
Good strong woman
For a man, he did a surprisingly good job with Leine..and the many other characters.
Excellent book..hope it's just the first of a series.
I could not get interested in this book till the 9th chapter. I did not enjoy this book and only finished reading it because I paid for the audio portion. Spend your time on a better read.
"I Thought It Would Be Funnier"
So I stopped listening about 20 chapters in because I decided I didn't want to waste any more of my life listening to it when I have other. more interesting books in my TBR list. The set up sounded like it would be quite funny and someone else might think it is. I was just thankful that I got this at a reduced price because it's not bad enough to return.
There's a reality show in Los Angeles run by corrupt men. The twist is that attractive women are dating ex-cons. The punters (and the women until they sign a contract with the show) are led to believe that the men are serial killers. Then a woman involved in the show is found dead and one of the show runners brings in someone he knows who was an ex governmental assassin as special security. The assassin who is retired also has a daughter that she is estranged from who is kidnapped by someone presumed to be the killer. The kidnapper tells her that in order to have proof that her daughter is alive she needs to engage in a sort of scavenger hunt with him naming the objects or tasks she has to perform.
Meanwhile the cops think they have the killer and the show runners try to hush up another murder.
The set up sounds like it would be good and maybe with another author or another reader it would be. However, the narrator was competent but that was about it. Ditto the writing. By chapter 20 out of 42 I had decided that I didn't care who did what to whom and what would happen to them so I stopped and deleted the audiobook from my iPhone.
Life's too short.
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