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Summary

Fallsburg, New York, has a killer on the loose - one who's leaving their sadistic, telltale marks on innocent victims.

A pretty teenage girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later, a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion. Who would do such a brutal thing - and why? Is there some sort of psychopathic monster lurking out there, preying upon vulnerable females? Or are the victims being targeted by someone they know?

It's up to two of Fallsburg's finest - Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal - to find out who's responsible for the grisly crimes. When she starts digging up clues, Jean is startled to learn that the crime has hit uncomfortably close to home. The victims - and many of the potential suspects - are classmates of Jean's 14-year-old daughter, Bethany. To make matters worse, Bethany's behavior has drastically changed. Jean's sweet, loving child has become a sullen, secretive stranger. How much does Bethany really know about the victims - and the crimes that are taking place? Does Bethany's hunky new heartthrob have anything to do with the crimes? And why does the mounting evidence keep pointing to a popular parish priest?

Suddenly deprived of her longtime police detective mentor and friend, Jean is forced to take the lead in this latest investigation, while breaking in a new partner. As they dig deeper into the case, Jean encounters threats to her career, her family relationships...and quite possibly her own daughter's life. Through it all, Jean and Marty must unravel a multi-layered mystery and put a face on the unseen villain, before anyone else ends up dead...and faceless.

©2016 Dawn Kopman Whidden (P)2017 Dawn Kopman Whidden

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Faceless is a well written crime novel over with characters that I spend time with. This is one of those times where the motto 'don't judge a book by its cover' comes in to play because I was not attracted by the cover.

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Faceless s a well written crime novel over with characters that I spend time with. This is one of those times where the motto 'don't judge a book by its cover' comes in to play because I was not attracted by the cover

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Entertaining

Even though this was book 2 in a series, I was able to pick up the back story easily and it did not feel disjointed at all. An entertaining listen, though the accents were a bit jarring.

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Gripping

Enjoyed the gripping story of this mom and cop as she tried to solve this mystery. Fast paced and i listened to it whenever i had a chance. Kept me coming back for more twist after twist. Did not enjoy all the accents but it did not deyract from my listening experience.

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Brilliant thriller

Having listened to the first book last week, I was hopeful that the second would be as good, but if anything, it was even better.
A killer on the loose, and so many potential suspects. The author puts a lot of breadcrumbs out to lead you to the suspects but even so, I didn’t guess who dunnit until almost the last chapter.
The characters are well rounded and likeable (except most of the teenage girls, as is correct!), meaning I was super keen to keep going and find out what was happening with them. I really hope there are more books with these detectives, because these two are great.

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great story

Fallsburg, New York, has a killer on the loose - one who's leaving their sadistic, telltale marks on innocent victims.
great crime story could not stop listening from start to finish

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Fast paced

The second book in the Whitley and Keal series, which built on the characters in the first so you get to know them better. Who killed two young girls causing them horrific injuries, that is the question the detectives face this time, whilst at the same time having personal issues to deal with. The book moves at a fast pace bringing the pieces of the puzzle together. I look foward to listening to book three.

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An enjoyable start.

An enjoyable start to a new, to me, series. The characters were interesting and the story was intriguing. I would have liked a few questions answered at the end, which felt just a little rushed. I think this was one of those unusual books that I would have enjoyed even more if I had read the book rather than listened to it. Although the narrator has a pleasant voice with clear diction her change of accents, characters and sexes could be improved, in my opinion.
I’ll definitely follow Jean and Marty some more, but I will read the stories.

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Gripping story

I enjoyed the story and the narration was much better than book one. The plot is good and doesn't get side tracked like some authors do. It is set in America and read by an American so some pronunciation is different than English but it didn't affect my enjoyment. I am liking the main characters and find them realistic. I would recommend as an easy listening thriller.

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Creepy title page!

This is my 3rd Dawn Kopman Whidden book. I've loved every one so far.

The change of narrator for this one (Book 2) was a plus and I really liked 99% of her narration. But.... her Australian and Irish accents made me roll on the floor with laughter. It is a good thing that the main characters are American is all I can say!!! That aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I listened straight after Book 1 which was deliberate and I think I got a lot more out of both of them that way.

For a police procedural style book there's a LOT of backstory - way more than you'd get in most examples of the genre but for me that's a strength. It is like 2 books in one and I love the characters as I said in my review of book 1. So definitely a thumbs up from me!

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  • Lia
  • 03-02-18

Great Thriller

I recently finished Dawn Whidden’s Faceless. I really like her main character, Detective Jean Whitley. This story progresses at a good pace, moving back and forth between the home front drama of dealing with a teenage daughter turned surly and the race to find a killer who literally defaces his victims. The tenuous balance Jean has previously maintained between home and work is unraveling and distracting her from the investigation. This is so realistically portrayed that I felt I was inside her living room as she tried to talk to her daughter as well as inside her car with her as she raced to the next crime scene. Kudos to Ms. Whidden for an excellent page-turner.
I was provided this book free of charge for an honest and unbiased review

Amy Deuchler was amazing with the delivery of the story

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 23-03-18

I was completely addicted to the story

“Faceless” by Dawn Kopman Whidden is the second book in the Whitley & Keal series. I definitely recommend that you read or listen to the first book (“A Child is Torn”) before moving onto “Faceless.” We meet back up with all the characters of book 1 and delve deeper into their lives while a killer is on the loose. The killer seems to be attacking gorgeous girls that are only a few years older than Jean Whitley’s daughter Bethany. They seem to have some activities and friends in common, even with the age difference.

“Faceless” really played on my fears as a mother of a young daughter. She’s 8 years old now and I can see myself in Jean. I can see my daughter in Bethany. While this book still portrayed all the relationships and how they have changed and evolved, this book really focuses on the mother/daughter relationship. I was so pleased with the author! She really portrayed the feelings of a struggling mother; along with the raging hormones of a young girl who is trying to find her footing and who she is as she becomes older.

Not only do we have a killer on the loose but we have some major relationship conflicts happening in “Faceless.” Marty and Hope seriously made me laugh out loud through this book. I love how highly they think of each other. They think the other is so wonderful that they are too good for them! It cracks me up since they are both major catches! The amount of communication problems they have is hysterical as well as ironic with hope being a psychologist. The captain is also a perfect comic relief from such a heavy book!

Whidden brings up a huge societal problem in our schools, and honestly everywhere, bullying. We have a scene unfolding of one girl murdered and a second attacked and left for dead. Both girls are referred to as bullies and “mean girls” or as the book calls them “bitches.” Still, do they deserve to die? Who could be behind these nasty murders that are making these model-gorgeous mean girls, faceless? “Faceless” seemed to be much more of a thriller type book than the first one. It also seemed more suspenseful. I was completely addicted to the story and finished it much quicker than the first book.

The narrator of “Faceless” Amy Deuchler was fantastic! Deuchler was able to portray three different POVs flawlessly. She did a great job inflicting emotions, especially with the females. You could feel the devastation when she portrayed Jean’s character. The sounding was clean with no background noise. I appreciate that! Deuchler is definitely a narrator I would happily listen to again.

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  • Karen M.
  • 21-01-18

Kept Me Guessing!

When pretty girls are murdered and their faces burned off, Detective Jean Whitley has a personal stake in finding the killer. The girls were classmates of her daughter's and she's tutoring the primary suspect. Suddenly very secretive, is Bethany just helping a friend or putting herself in danger?

This was a great mystery and I loved the rapport between Jean and her new partner, Marty Keal. The side stories provided additional layers to the characters and showed the human side of the two detectives. With clues constantly pointing to different people, I was kept guessing until the end. The thrilling climax was certainly one that I didn't see coming and I love when a mystery does that. Well done! The narration was excellent and added to my enjoyment. I really enjoyed this and would recommend it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 16-01-18

Keeps You Guessing Until The Very End!

Faceless is a great mystery in that it keeps you guessing until the end. The Author does a great job dropping bread crumbs of hints along the way but you seriously will be guessing until the very end. Within the mystery we meet a cast of characters that are extremely relatable and you quickly become invested in them. The narrator was fabulous and bringing the story and characters to life. I look forward to more from this Author and narrator. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Wanda
  • 16-01-18

Great story

I loved this book from the beginning I just knew it would a great mystery aka who done it. Was it the mystery boy friend the priest one of the girls or some stranger?
I love how the author wove the personal lives of the detectives in to the story so that was more than one story line.
The narrator did an awesome job with so many different characters.
Thais was my first book by this author but it won’t be my last.
My thoughts on the author and narrator NAILED IT.
I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 15-01-18

It had its moments...

This one was not my favorite. This book is a stand alone but, I think, the 2nd in the series. I haven’t listened to the first but had no trouble getting to know the characters or understanding the story. Unfortunately, IMHO, the main character isn’t very likable. In fact, the only characters I enjoyed were the stand in partner, Marty, and his father, Captain. Not only did I not like the main character, but the reader also has to suspend belief, stretch the imagination, etc for a good portion of the story. The narration was okay but, again, not my favorite. I will probably pass on the rest of the series. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 31-12-17

a great great story

the book is fantastic! I loved it! loved it! loved it! so very much.. it manage to surprise me with the twist.. definitely will wait to the second book

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-09-19

This series just got better!

Right off the bat, the narrator of book 2 of this series, was definitely a much better choice.

It was good to catch up with some of the characters from book 1. This booked just flowed very well and the best part was that I didn’t even see or suspect who the killer was. All in all, well done and worth reading!

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  • Marisia Robus
  • 24-09-19

Really enjoyed this!

I had the killer all wrong! Kept me glued all the time and I couldn't put it down! I will be listening to more of this author. I am not a fan of female narrators, but this lady was OK.
Highly recommend this to thriller lovers

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  • Wanpakumono
  • 23-05-19

Good Book. Narration a little stiff.

Overall, I liked this book. It is a solid murder mystery story with a good cast of characters who have lives beyond what's happening in the main storyline. This helped me to be able to connect more with them and enjoy the book including subtleties not related to the murder case. I requested this book and agreed to review it when done. The narration was fine, however, it felt a bit stiff and forced at times. I felt that sometimes the narrator was reading to me; not acting.

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