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Darren O'Neall is one pretty scary guy! Whooo. Reminds me quite a bit of Ted Bundy...fairly similar methods. Hunting for his desired prey, kidnapping if need be, and then raping and beating them to a bloody violent death. Besides being VERY viscous in his brutal attacks, he moves *SO* quickly into killing mode, that his female victims never expect, nor see it coming. He is also such a slippery fish that is nearly impossible to apprehend, as immediatly afterwards, he is changing his appearance, identity, location, car, etc. Because of this, witnesses seem to be describing a different person every time. It's a wonder they ever found him!
One particular scene seemed all too real to me as I recall in my younger days doing the same thing - attending an "after hours party" amongst people you did not know that well - and in this story, the young lady never suspects that something horrendous is about to happen to her. I could almost feel that heart pounding moment when things turned from strange to sinister.
One of the victims' mother, through her own personal determination to locate her daughters body, uncovers considerable evidence (and remains) that helps to convict Darren - just when it seemed like he was really going to get away with murder(s). Her tireless efforts are admirable, as many others in her situation would have simply given up or waited for the police to "do their job", however long that took. I cannot comprehend how it must feel to discover your own childs bones.
Some of the other reviews have me baffled. A surprise *wtf* ending?? Can't tell what's real and what isn't?? Too much paranormal activity?? Whaaaat-Hunnnh?? With all due respect, did we read/listen to the same book? Because THAT version sounds totally awesome! Hahaaaa :-) As for the phrase "occult phenomena" mentioned in the book subtitle, there really wasn't enough of that element in this case to justify even putting that on the cover in my opinion. But, it certainly was a well written "cat and mouse" thriller for sure. You'll be convinced this guy is never going to be stopped! And as the author says, he does NOT spare any details (Bravo!) as to exactly what Darren did to these women! It was unbelievable. I was wincing.
I really liked this narrator too. The tone of his voice was quite pleasant, yet serious. I thought he was a wonderful match to the subject matter. Two thumbs up! I was gifted this audiobook by the publisher/narrator/author at no cost in exchange for an honest review, and I can truly say that I was not disappointed. Not one bit. Leave the lights on, lock the door, and listen!
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As a lover of true crime and stories of the supernatural/fiction variety, I really enjoyed this book! That said, the "paranormal" elements to this book are so minimal (and honestly, seemed more like the reaction of a grieving family trying to make sense of a tragedy than anything other worldly) I wouldn't have even mentioned it in the subtitle.
This is a heart wrenching tale of a sadistic killer who eludes authorities based on his ability to change his appearance. Gary C. King spares us no details and the details are pretty gruesome. I found the "after hours party" scene that took place at a strangers house to be particularly chilling. In my youth, I attended parties where I barely knew anyone and where I could have easily fallen prey to a stalker such as Darren O'Neall. These parties happen. These killings happen. This idea plays out throughout this book and it is truly haunting. I would recommend this book to any true crime lovers!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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