When Mak travels to Sydney on assignment and discovers her best friend brutally murdered, she unwittingly opens a Pandora's Box of suspicious photographers, hired thugs, and mysterious lovers. She also encounters Andy Flynn, the handsome, cloyed detective investigating the Stiletto Murders, the most violent signature killings Australia has ever known.
In her quest to uncover the truth behind her friend's death, Mak falls headlong into a deadly game of cat and mouse, unaware she has become the obsession of a sadistic psychopath. She is driven into a corner, an evil place where she must suspect everyone and everything.
©1999 Tara Moss; (P)2000, 2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"A steamy, fast-paced romantic thriller....Marks the arrival of a bold new female voice for American crime-fiction fans." (Publishers Weekly)
The first thing to say is that I could only manage to get a couple of hours through this audio book so there's a slim chance it gets better later on. Doubtful though.
The incredibly clich?d main character, a model who happens to be studying forensic pathology with a retired detective father, doesn't seem to have any redeeming features and certainly nothing to make you empathise or connect with her. More character clich?s are evident when we meet the detective in charge of the murder investigation who just happens to be un-conventionally attractive, going through "woman trouble" and won't take our heroine seriously.
But the worst element is not the characterisation, nor even the mundane, uninspiring plot ... it's the narration. There's a reason why most writers stick to writing and this is exactly what this author should have done. Flat, monotonous and seeming to find it impossible to inject any kind of life into her own novel she wades though it like she's reading a shopping list.
Seriously, unless you are after a cure for insomnia, avoid at all costs.
While this is an enjoyable book, it is very clearly a serial killer crime novel and has little if any connection to erotica other than the title. It follows a fairly standard formula for novels of this type, and would probably make a fairly good screenplay.
What lets it down most, however, is the reading. While clear and competent, Tara Moss reads, rather than narrates, her own work, with little characterisation, and a distinct lack of emotion. It has not reached the standard of narration I have come to expect from Audible. While one can sympathise with authors who wish to retain control of the "voice" of their characters, the listener requires a degree of acting of the narrator in order to understand the character, and this aspect is sadly lacking in this title.
Really enjoyed this audio, full of suspense and kept you guessing. My only regret is that I had not listened to this novel before seeing that there were follow up stories and that various characters lived to "fight" another day! Well worth a listen - recommended.
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