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Forgive Me, Alex

Narrated by: Kevin Scollin
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

Two personalities, two attitudes, two goals, two methods - one darkness.

Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster's release. Seventeen years after Mitchell Norton, the devil, terrorized Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison.

Tony longs to charge across the street to destroy Norton - no remorse - as if stepping on a cockroach. Only sheer force of will prevents his doing so.

The devil walks the world again. What shall Tony do about it? Aye, what indeed.

After all, this is what Tony does. It's who he is. The devil himself long ago made Tony into this hunter of monsters. What a sweet twist of fate this is, that he may still, finally, administer justice.

Will FBI Special Agent Linda Monroe stop him? She owes him her life, so how can she possibly put an end to his?

Two men are inexorably linked in the wake of devastation, ripped from the comfortable world they know and thrown into a dark place previously unimaginable. One is driven to evil, to seek a world where unfathomable misery and unbearable pain are the rules of the realm, where the look of death is upon all who practice the wicked craft, and it is a joyful grin, indeed. The other is driven to a gray path where he seeks merely to destroy such incomprehensible evil, to do what the law is not always able to do, to remove from the world the men who become monsters.

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A great book if not a little confusing

Although I really enjoyed this book I did find I got confused with the jumping backwards and forwards through the years

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wow

My first listening to this author and was impressed. Gripping story This book started a bit slow but then it takes off and moves very quickly. The characters are interesting. It leaves you wanting the next book.

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  • Karenique
  • 19-06-20

A dark and terrifying tale

Author Kane Diamond’s narrator Kevin Scollin is pure perfection with his very different voices, one with rich, confident and deep tones; the other a simplistic, nervous and seemingly frightened man; and the last one that made me shudder in fear. The disturbing graphic violence and going back-and-forth in time had me reeling. It is a psychological and deep study into a troubled and gruesome time in the Midwest that will keep you on the edge of your seat if indeed you can stay in said seat. I took breaks here and there and listened during the day, stopping as darkness approached. Get ready for jaw-dropping surprises, twists and turns. Recommended. The narration is one of the best I’ve listened to in a long time and I look forward to more.

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  • Heather C. Cox
  • 12-05-14

has you clinging to the edge of your seat!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to friend. It's very well spoken and one hell of a story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Tony Hooper, he's the guy you want to root for the entire book!

What does Kevin Scollin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kevin Scollin brings an intensity to the book. He knows how to capture the 'voice' of each character.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook sucked me in from the first chapter! At first, I thought the format of jumping back and forth between different years would bother me but it all made sense! While a thriller, there were definitely parts that tugged at my heart strings. Overall, I loved this audiobook and can't wait for the sequel!!

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 04-06-20

Not my thing.....

This one was a bit much for me. I was not a fan of the back and forth in time and it became irritating. There are scenes that are a bit aggressive and too violent usually with Mitchell in them. I have read other books and can usually tolerate such descriptions but this was too much for me. The characters were good maybe if this was told differently I could have enjoyed it. I did listen on audio. Kevin Scollin did a good job.

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  • Candido
  • 18-05-20

Terrific story!

Great story, and exquisite performance from the reader really drew me in. Listening to this felt so real. Beautifully listen. A sincere novel that dresses some hard problems in a very natural way.

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  • NotYourMothersBookLover
  • 15-11-18

Suspense with Grit

This was a different type of mystery/suspense novel, but one that I enjoyed. Diamond writes with a unique style that comforts you in one moment while shaking you in the next. What I enjoyed most was the fact that I didn’t know what was going to happen next. He kept me guessing, and the ending was another nice surprise. I gave it 4.5 stars and recommend this for anyone who likes suspense books with a bit of grit.

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  • Tracy H.
  • 07-05-14

A fast paced, edge of your seat thrill ride

Would you listen to Forgive Me, Alex again? Why?

Absolutely! I have read the book 3 times and now I can listen to it in the car whenever I want. The story is just amazing and so suspenseful, that you can get so into it that you forget what comes next and anticipate it every time

What other book might you compare Forgive Me, Alex to and why?

Maybe I would compare it to Psycho Inside Me by Bonnie Paulson. They are both about getting revenge for the ones you love, both suspenseful and amazing stories.

What does Kevin Scollin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

While I enjoyed listening to Kevin Scollin and appreciate the emotion he added to the book, Mr. Diamond wrote the story with such detail and passion that I don't feel I NEEDED the audio version to convey that to me, but I will be listening to it over and over anyway!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had 10 plus hours to listen to a book, definitely!

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  • Tracy Riva
  • 30-04-14

Narration Adds to the Scope and Quality

If you could sum up Forgive Me, Alex in three words, what would they be?

Frightening, Enthralling and Suspenseful

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The story kept me on the edge of my seat by providing a constant flow of imagery and action that kept my mind actively engaged and me wondering exactly what was going to happen next.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is when our hero leaves his younger brother Alex at home for just a few minutes before their dad is due home so he can go help an elderly friend. I envisioned all kinds of things happening here.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It really isn't that kind of book, though there were plenty of moments that left me totally creeped out as we got into the characters heads.

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* I received a copy of this audiobook in return for my honest and frank review *

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  • Lynn Lopez
  • 07-12-17

Awful narration!

I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. The reading as the “bad guy” just made me cringe. I’ll return it and get the print version.