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Summary

There were 54 victims before this. Who is number 55?

A thriller with a killer hook and an ending that will make you gasp!

Wilbrook in Western Australia is a sleepy, remote town that sits on the edge of miles and miles of unexplored wilderness. It is home to Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins, who is proud to run the town’s small police station, a place used to dealing with domestic disputes and noise complaints.

All that changes on a scorching day when an injured man stumbles into Chandler’s station. He’s covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel. He tells Chandler what he remembers.

He was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 55th victim. 

Heath is a serial killer.

As a manhunt is launched, a man who says he is Heath walks into the same station. He tells Chandler he was taken by a man named Gabriel. Gabriel told Heath he was going to be victim 55.

Gabriel is the serial killer.

Two suspects. Two identical stories. Which one is the truth?

James Delargy has written one of the most exciting debuts of 2019. He masterfully paints the picture of a remote Western Australian town and its people, swallowed whole by the hunt for a serial killer. This novel has been sold in 19 countries so far and has just been optioned for film.

©2019 James Delargy (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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Very gripping story!

I have enjoyed listening to this audiobook thoroughly. I was completely hooked on it from the first chapter. If you like murder mysteries with a twist, then this is for you. A real page turner. It was like no other book I’ve read! Five stars. I applaud you James Delargy

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Engrossing, very engrossing

A fantastic debut that paint the harsh of environments beautifully with some twists that will thrill.

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Not Good Narration

The story was ok. I could see it being made into a film but the narrator was pretty poor, very flat, which made it very, very long and meant I didn’t much care about any of the characters. Could have been a lot better.

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One very clever story

This is one of those books that I simply had to read after reading all the rave reviews. There were 54 victims but who is the 55th! is what this book is all about. I was hooked from the start ,Set in Wilbrook in Western Australia when we follow the story of Gabriel who turns up at Chandler's station covered in dried blood. and tells his story. and what a story it is! Then a man called Heath walks into the same station claiming he was kidnapped by a man called Gabriel......Two suspects. Two identical stories. Which one is the truth? 55 is one very clever story that will have you hooked and guessing until the end. It is jam packed with suspense and mystery has well has some nail biting descriptions.

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dark and disturbing

some clever twists based around an original idea . lots of surprise and suspence as the plot unravels. edge of seat ending .

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Unsatisfying and unbelievable

The plot was not credible. I found it difficult to have any empathy with any of the characters and just wanted it to end. The ending however was less than satisfying.