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Editor reviews

The tenseness is palpable in Want You Dead, Book 10 in the Roy Grace Mystery audiobook series by best-selling crime writer Peter James. With millions of copies sold worldwide, English actor Daniel Weyman continues his suspenseful narration leaving fans gasping throughout as the terrifying mystery unfolds. A sadistic young man uses an online dating site to hunt for his victim. Broken-hearted beauty Red Westwood is looking for new love. Enter a nightmare that will see Red in the ultimate fight for survival. Available now from Audible.

Summary

Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Peter James' tenth Roy Grace novel, Want You Dead....

Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more?

When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.

Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her too....

©2014 Peter James (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic reviews

"James ratchets up the tension to an almost unbearable level in his 10th Roy Grace thriller as Bryce’s game of cat and mouse works towards a terrifying conclusion." ( Bella)
"Peter James has written another gripping and authentic police procedural which his fans will love." ( Sunday Express)

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  • Mrs
  • Luton Beds, United Kingdom
  • 19-06-14

Very disappointing

What disappointed you about Want You Dead?

Predictable flat characters, cliched bedroom scenes, too long to reach the end only to find I guessed the ending two chapters in!

What was most disappointing about Peter James’s story?

It is quite the worst novel he has written - almost as though he has run out of new ideas. Sad because I have really enjoyed his work in the past.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Daniel Weyman?

Yes the poor chap made a reasonably good job of what he had to work with ( apart from the 'husky' women's voices!)

What character would you cut from Want You Dead?

On this occasion - all of them!

Any additional comments?

The main character is a woman called 'Red' apparently her real name. She advertises for a date in the personal column, he turns out to be your friendly neighbourhood psychopath ...

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • TheMacs
  • sunderand, United Kingdom
  • 09-06-14

poor

The worst in the series by some margin. What an anticlimax to the long drawn out scenario about his ex. Nothing original about the plot.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Riveting Read!

What did you like most about Want You Dead?

That the story remains a constant roller coaster throughout, there isn't needless downtime or lengthy overtly descriptive passages. Just good solid story that keeps you gripped.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bryce, the nasty piece of work! He is THE baddy in this book. I loved how quick and clever he was to get what he wanted from Red. How he faltered on the edge of insanity, and it chilled me to the bone to imagine there are very well people like him out there on the internet.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Weyman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first time hearing Daniel and he read the book wonderfully!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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It's not a Kind of Magic

Another outing with Grace and company. This one isn't the worst audiobook in the series but it suffers from a villain who is just a bit too difficult to believe. There is some exciting action but the way that the characters act to contrive it really does push the boundaries. While after ten books I'm still a Roy Grace fan of course if I was his boss I would fire him and half of the enquiry team for the way they handled things towards the end.

I'm still enjoying these to be fair and unlike many I really like the author's patience with the Sandy storyline. However, the quality has been variable on occasion. Taken as a whole it is a very good police procedural series but it does have odd books within it that are not up to the overall standard.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Dog Lane, Kelsall, United Kingdom
  • 12-03-15

Enough!

What would have made Want You Dead better?

Not Reading it.... - I will explain below....

What could Peter James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it!! - I will explain below....

What didn’t you like about Daniel Weyman’s performance?

He was great, not a problem with narration...

What character would you cut from Want You Dead?

All of them......- I will explain below....

Any additional comments?

I totally love the Roy Grace series and have read all 10 of them.... However Book 9 was enough (and by the way was the best book of the series)

The story line really was struggling to keep up the great intrigue of the past series, to be honest it started to get so far away from reality I gave up listening at the farce that unfolded!
Example: Red (female victim) after losing her boyfriend in a vile way, had her potential flat purchase burnt to the ground, had, had a visit to her home by the known predator, leaving his calling card on the mirror, was then kidnapped told what a violent way she was going to die, escaped from her kidnapper, running into several barbed wire fences, saw in the dark her kidnapper bring down a helicopter in a fireball killing all on-board from his crossbow that he had been firing at her just minutes before. only to suggest to a old boy drunk driver she was picked up by "can you take me home, I need a shower" Farce, big spoil! - Sorry Peter, but enough don't spoil for the sake of Roy Grace....

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Worst ever!!

Would you try another book written by Peter James or narrated by Daniel Weyman?

Yes as this is the only one of the series that I have been disappointed with

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter James again?

yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

profound disappointment

Any additional comments?

I have been purchasing 2 audiobooks a month on Audible by subscription for the best part of 10 years now including the complete set of the Roy Grace novels.
This one is, by a country mile, the worst book that I have ever bought.
A massive disappointment!

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  • Dr
  • 17-06-14

Emotional cops and stupid stalker victims

What disappointed you about Want You Dead?

It was predictable and boring there was so much conversation with reptiton of emotional garbage, I mean when did British cops kiss colleagues on ther cheek, where was the stiff upper lip. When did stalker victims become so stupid the story was really bad, and as for the narration well I kept rolling my eyes very disappointing how did it sell 14mill copies?

Has Want You Dead put you off other books in this genre?

Yes and I want to return the other one I have by the same author

How could the performance have been better?

The book should not have been written like a romance novel its supposed to be a gritty thriller!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Mainly irritation

Any additional comments?

Can I have my money and time back

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Time for Roy Grace to retire

This book was awful. I used to really enjoy the Roy Grace series but it has been a case of diminishing returns for some time now. I've hung on because I wanted to know what happened to Sandy, and I also hoped maybe things would improve. However, I think it's time to give up on this series. This book had an unbelievable plot, a victim for whom I had no sympathy and a villain who was annoying beyond believe and had a portfolio of skills that defied belief! The actions of both the police and the victim were often so stupid they had me shouting at my iPod - drawing a few strange looks on the bus. (I'm being stalked by a super human psycho so I'll go off on my own to show someone around a house and I won't leave the real contact deals. For goodness sake.) The Sandy plotline has been drawn out for so long I have stopped caring.
All in all, this is a book to avoid and I think maybe it's time Roy Grace calls it a day.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

What did you like best about Want You Dead? What did you like least?

After reading all of the Roy Grace series and Peter James' other books I was severely let down in Want You Dead. The plot was weak and the characterisation poor. As a former Sussex officer I would not want to see any of my former colleagues act like the enquiry team under Roy Grace. Mr James is well known for his association with Sussex Police but his advisors have badly let him down on this occasion.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter James again?

Yes of course I am hoping that was just a blip.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Daniel Weyman?

Yes

Could you see Want You Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Absolutely not there are far better stories out there.

Starring Kermit and the Cookie Monster.

Any additional comments?

Kill off Roy and move on.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not the best.

I like the Roy Grace series and this was fine but not the best. It did, however, move the whole Grace narrative on quite well with some resolutuioin on the German side which will obviously take Grace down some unexpected roads in future epidsodes. The main story was OK but fairly predictable and the villain not very believable. But it was a good read nevertheless.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Janie
  • 31-03-15

Top Thriller

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

I rarely give 5 stars which I save for the very, very best. This did not quite deserve 5 stars but was better than my normal 4 star reads; wish you had ½ star ratings Audible. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend who enjoyed a good thriller. It was an all rounder; a well fleshed out book and the ending was perfect.

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

Yes, the plot did keep me 'on the edge of my seat' so to speak. James, cleverly built up the suspense from one chapter to the next, but interspersed each heart thumping moment with a bit of softness and love to do with our policeman's personal life which was a wonderful contrast to the crazy protagonist who stalked nearly every page.

Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favorite?

Pretty well all of them, but he did Detective Inspector Grace pretty well, and also his yankee accent wasn't too bad with the Bryce character either.

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

Don't date on line and die......

Any additional comments?

Well written tight plot, terrifically narrated by Daniel Wyman. Character development was excellent, this book contained all the necessary elements of a good and very satisfying thriller suspense novel. Absolutely recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • 02-07-18

Best one yet!!!

Have listened to several in the Roy Grace series & this one is at the top of the list!

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  • Christine A Saunders
  • 02-02-17

Tedious story. Bland performance.

Oh my... Let me start by saying 'Less would have been ALOT more'. Remove 3 hours of unnecessary 'stuff"...very tedious police procedure, violence in needless detail, dialog so mundane it had me reaching for fast forward - Enliven the main character (who was entirely devoid of personality) - Ditch the awful American accent, and the book might have been passable.

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  • Michele B
  • 09-05-16

This was just a boring, slightly skanky, book.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend that a friend NOT read this book. There is so much FILLER, so little plot. The villain endlessly reads and re-reads his old texts to the woman who rejected him ...I started skipping ahead. kiss, kiss, kiss...ad nauseum.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter James again?

Yes, I like Peter James, mostly, although he does a terrible job with female characters. This guy doesn't get women, not at all. They're all slightly stupid and vengeful and shallow, even the ones he pretends to really like. But I can overlook that...usually I enjoy the Roy Grace novels. Just not this one.

What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

He did an heroic job with terrible material.

Was Want You Dead worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed...I always read reviews before I buy and this time it seemed as though everyone was either delusional or lying.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • barry
  • 09-04-15

Great read

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

This book was better than the trilogy series which was very good that included Chessmen

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Ozifarmer
  • 21-10-14

Peter James at his brilliant best

Would you consider the audio edition of Want You Dead to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version so can't tell.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoy the characters in this series and love watching them develop. Add that to a brilliant storyline and there's nothing to dislike.

What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

He seems to get across the different personalities very well.