Experience a new kind of terror. Meet Simon. This highly intelligent and deceptively charming physical therapist loves to touch people: "Inflicting pain through aggressive manipulation helped the healing process." Simon has a secret calling. He believes that God has given him absolute authority to purify his unholy victims through a ritual that ends in grisly crucifixions. Driven by twisted religious beliefs and guided by his dead mother, very much alive in his subconscious mind, Simon abducts "chosen ones" and holds them captive in a Room of Redemption. There, the victims helplessly await deliverance.
In this breakneck-paced, exquisitely horrific thriller, Detective Sami Rizzo is assigned to head a task force investigating serial killings in San Diego - brutal murders unlike anything the city has ever seen. Detective Rizzo urgently yearns to solve the case and gain the respect of her male colleagues, but her determination to apprehend the killer on her own clouds her thinking. When Simon outsmarts Rizzo, determined to make her his next victim, she must employ all her resources - both physical and intellectual - to beat the villain at his own game.
Really loved the story line takes you into the mind of the killer, kept me interested from start to end.
great story I was captivated from start to finish kinda predictable ending but so are most books!
Good story. It left me in suspense. I will buy the next book. The narrator has a voice too !
This novel totally met my expectations and turned out to be a great book. I highly recommend this novel! Enjoy!
This is a typical serial killer book. The killer is text book to how you've always heard they should be. All stemming from a terrible mother and upbringing and really..when did I figure the female detective would be a captured victim? Well within the first 15 minutes of course. It's very predictable..very run of the mill. The narrator..well let's say I would suggest she never try a male voice again. Its nails on a chalkboard, making some sound slow witted and I personally found it agitating. Some books never die quietly either...
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Oh yes. 100% yes with no qualifications. This was written in a fast-paced, exciting manner punctuated with some particularly gruesome torture murders. This novel handles the parallel existence of the protagonist and the serial killer and then throws them together as they are drawn to each other so well. The dialogue rings true for all characters and the story is vastly dark and interesting.The means of murder is unique and alarmingly evil. The killer is a true psychopath believable and relentless in his uncontrollable desires. The book just leaps from one acton scene to another at a blistering pace, holding attention to the incredible ending.It is so very rewarding to be able to write a review with zero negatives; it is just that kind of perfect book.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
More than any book in a long, long time. This book edges victims and the killer closer and closer together in an almost unbearable inevitability. You want to shout out to save the innocents. It all seems alarmingly real as you slip into the writer's work and the characters become real, human and so complex. The pace of the novel is fast and I like it. Each word moves you closer to the final confrontation with a roller coaster-like momentum.Finally, there are three significant characters in this book and they are fully developed as people and as persons caught in the web. These are real, people that you never lose interest and become emotionally engaged with.
Have you listened to any of Christina Traister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have never heard this narrator's work before. She does male and female voices exceptionally well with each voice seeming unique and ringing true. Christiana Traister has a naturally beautiful voice that makes the listening compelling. This is a real work of art in the world of Audible narration and worthly of the term performance.This is not some simple read-through, it is a live performance with perfect tones of weariness, anger, fear, etc. The narrator is spot on in each and every line. Of course, having a very well written plot that zooms along is a great basis for such an excellent performance.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, unfortunately I do not have that kind of time block. You find yourself listening to extra chapters which is a way of saying that you don't want to put it down (shut it off). This book comes highly recommended in book format and in a variety of reviews. It is an excellent thriller.