Perfect Nightmare

  • by John Saul
  • Narrated by Dick Hill, Susie Breck
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Every parent's nightmare becomes a reality for Kara Marshall when her daughter, Lindsay, vanishes from her bedroom during the night.The police suspect that the girl is just another moody teenage runaway, angry over leaving behind her school and friends because her family is moving. But Lindsay's recent eerie claim - that someone invaded her room when the house was opened to prospective buyers - drives Kara to fear the worst: a nameless, faceless stalker has walked the halls of her home in search of more than a place to live.Patrick Shields recognizes Kara's pain - and carries plenty of his own since he lost his wife and two children in a devastating house fire. But more than grief draws Patrick and Kara together. He, too, senses the hand of a malevolent stranger in this tragedy. And as more people go missing from houses up for sale, Patrick's suspicion, like Kara's, blooms into horrified certainty.Someone is trolling this peaceful community - undetected and undeterred - harvesting victims for a purpose no sane mind can fathom. Someone Kara and Patrick, alone and desperate, are determined to unmask. Someone who is even now watching, plotting, keeping a demented diary of unspeakable deeds...and waiting until the time is ripe for another fateful visit.

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What the Critics Say

"A creepy stalker story becomes a shrewd whodunit as Saul's latest tracks a move from tranquil suburbia to the big city....solid suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"Susie Breck and Dick Hill narrate in tag-team fashion, both shining for separate reasons - Breck for her portrayal of both the girl and the girl's mother and Hill for the kidnapper, whose distorted view of reality is horrifying in its plausibility." (AudioFile)

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A little bit predictable

A Perfect Nightmare is more of a crime thriller and not what I expected based on previous Saul novels. It was an enjoyable "read" but not one of his best. It was a bit predictable. Also, while I am not one to normally complain about the narrators, I was not a fan of Dick Hill's narration. I did not think some of his voices for different characters were distinct enough. Also, the interplay between Hill and the female narrator, Susie Brock, was almost like an audio play. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it was a bit jarring. This type of production is what we normally expect from Brilliance Audio but this is not one of their best efforts either. Overall, not a bad book, but there are better crime thrillers out there.
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- FinanceBuzz

Couldn't finish this one

Dick Hill can be such a good performer but when he decides to go over the top he's just annoying. I listened to almost half the story and then just gave up..it was a cliched story, but I knew it probably would be just from having listened to and read John Saul books in the past.
Too much filler dialogue delivered in a too irritating performance.
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- Brenda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio