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Summary

Jasmine Marcks was a teenager when she discovered her father was a killer. First, there was the strip of bloody duct tape; then, the bloodstain on his shirt; and finally, the long nights away from home that always coincided with gruesome deaths. Roscoe Lee Marcks killed 14 people before he was finally put behind bars - but, as renowned FBI agent Karen Vail soon learns, Marcks's reign of terror isn't over yet.

After writing a book about growing up as the child of a serial killer, Jasmine receives a letter - a single sheet of paper mailed from the maximum-security prison Marcks now calls home. The page hides a threatening message from a father who wants vengeance against the daughter who turned him into the police. So when Marcks breaks out of prison, Agent Vail calls in a legendary retired profiler to help her find the escaped convict - and keep him from making Jasmine his 15th victim.

©2017 Alan Jacobson (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • shelley
  • 21-12-17

Good Book, needs a better narrator...

At 14 Jasmine Marks went to the police with bloody duct tape and tried to turn her father in for being a serial killer, they didn't believe her. She tried again at 17. This time they believed her but had no evidence. When she was 21 her father was finally put in prison for life.
Ten years later she writes a book called The Serial Killer's Daughter and he vows to get her after reading her book. Roscoe Lee Marks escapes from prison and the hunt (and murders) are on a fast track right to the end. But all is not as it seems and it's up to the protagonist, Karen Vail to figure it out before the killer gets to her own son.
This is an excellent addition to the Karen Vail series. Lots of fast paced suspense and unexpected twists.
Daniela Acitelli's narration is ok but I think the book could be a better audio book with a better narrator. She does sad very well but exciting is rather monotone.
I recommend this book as well as the others in this series.
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  • Watching and Reading
  • 07-09-18

Not the most likable protagonist

I didn't click with the main protagonist, perhaps if I'd read some of the earlier books in the series I could have understood why she's so abrasive and full of herself. On top of that, for a supposedly brilliant FBI agent, she makes decisions that are real groaners that made me feel she was edging onto TSTL (too stupid to live) territory. I'd provide a few examples but I don't want to reveal the plot. The plot is the only reason I didn't rate this lower as I enjoyed the twists. As far as the performance, I couldn't really distinguish characters by voice and had to listen to the attributions in order to know who was speaking. There just didn't seem much life in the performance either. I think I'll take a pass on the rest of the series.

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  • C. Whitehurst
  • 01-07-18

Read the book!

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and characters in this story but could not enjoy the narration. The voice and inflection was really distracting from the story.

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  • DAWN
  • 11-04-18

terrible narrator

storyline was good however the narrator ruined the book itself. Very bad long drawn out words. made main character sound nothing like previous books. changed her whole personality

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  • Pam C
  • 04-01-18

One of the better 'who done it's' out there

The story is a good one. Lots of story, background, movement and excitement. Definitely made me think. I listened to the audible narrated by Daniela Acitelli and, at first, I was a bit put off on her narration. Seemed almost monotone, but wasn't. Not sure exactly what it was, but, she won me over. She does an excellent job of characterization of each person in the book, and when it came to a point where Vail was stressed, I felt the stress based on the intensity of the narration.
I definitely recommend this book and will look for more in this series.

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  • Dianna
  • 04-01-18

could not put it down

If you could sum up The Darkness of Evil in three words, what would they be?

real good book

What other book might you compare The Darkness of Evil to and why?

not sure what to compare to

Which scene was your favorite?

FBI agent getting free

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

Any additional comments?

page turner really liked this book

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  • Christian
  • 03-01-18

What a great ,Catch me if you can'

A very entertaining thriller about the hunt of an escaped convict. Only sometimes one cannot say for sure who is hunting who actually. Also there are some unexpected twists and turns....

I particularly like the way Daniela Acitelli narrates this thriller. It was a pleasure to listen to this audiobook during the Christmas season.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • blue_river
  • 29-12-17

The Darkness of Evil

The story was a little slow for me in the beginning, but once you get into it a little further it was very good. The twists in it were definitely not what you expected and the the suspense at the end was great. Very enjoyable listen.

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  • Building Guy
  • 26-12-17

Nail biter and edge of the seat action!

What did you love best about The Darkness of Evil?

I really liked the surprise ending, I never saw it coming! The cadence of the story was well done, it paced out very well and the author played it out bit by bit, not too fast or slow. Vale showed real character in being both an emotional and vulnerable person as well as being a hard nosed detective. I see a new series coming from the ending as well, well done Alan!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way the story and the telling of it left a lot to my own imagination, there was not a lot of in your face gore but rather the innuendo was left in clear form for your mind to fill in what detail you need for the story. I find this to be the most important trait in writing, to little information leaves a person with a blank canvas and too much makes the painting appear to be a child's finger-painting. This telling made for a full painting telling the whole story but with minimal brush strokes.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Daniela Acitelli?

Now we come to what I didn't care for. Daniela's overly slow diction in this book was just painful! I loved her narration of 'Lady Killer' and was looking forward to another great telling but her insistently whiny and whimpy version of Karen Vale was stressful and took away from the character immensely. After checking out several of her YouTube trailers, I now understand that this is her style. I'm sorry but it's distracting, I really liked the conversational tone over the drawn-out diction.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I gave her a normal upbringing, just like any kid!

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  • karina Larson
  • 09-01-18

great book.

I was not expecting that, and really enjoyed this book. I would and have recommended this book to friends. I love the suspense and mystery of it. it was well written and the Mayan was great.

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