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I recently finished Dawn Whidden’s Faceless. I really like her main character, Detective Jean Whitley. This story progresses at a good pace, moving back and forth between the home front drama of dealing with a teenage daughter turned surly and the race to find a killer who literally defaces his victims. The tenuous balance Jean has previously maintained between home and work is unraveling and distracting her from the investigation. This is so realistically portrayed that I felt I was inside her living room as she tried to talk to her daughter as well as inside her car with her as she raced to the next crime scene. Kudos to Ms. Whidden for an excellent page-turner.
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Amy Deuchler was amazing with the delivery of the story
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“Faceless” by Dawn Kopman Whidden is the second book in the Whitley & Keal series. I definitely recommend that you read or listen to the first book (“A Child is Torn”) before moving onto “Faceless.” We meet back up with all the characters of book 1 and delve deeper into their lives while a killer is on the loose. The killer seems to be attacking gorgeous girls that are only a few years older than Jean Whitley’s daughter Bethany. They seem to have some activities and friends in common, even with the age difference.
“Faceless” really played on my fears as a mother of a young daughter. She’s 8 years old now and I can see myself in Jean. I can see my daughter in Bethany. While this book still portrayed all the relationships and how they have changed and evolved, this book really focuses on the mother/daughter relationship. I was so pleased with the author! She really portrayed the feelings of a struggling mother; along with the raging hormones of a young girl who is trying to find her footing and who she is as she becomes older.
Not only do we have a killer on the loose but we have some major relationship conflicts happening in “Faceless.” Marty and Hope seriously made me laugh out loud through this book. I love how highly they think of each other. They think the other is so wonderful that they are too good for them! It cracks me up since they are both major catches! The amount of communication problems they have is hysterical as well as ironic with hope being a psychologist. The captain is also a perfect comic relief from such a heavy book!
Whidden brings up a huge societal problem in our schools, and honestly everywhere, bullying. We have a scene unfolding of one girl murdered and a second attacked and left for dead. Both girls are referred to as bullies and “mean girls” or as the book calls them “bitches.” Still, do they deserve to die? Who could be behind these nasty murders that are making these model-gorgeous mean girls, faceless? “Faceless” seemed to be much more of a thriller type book than the first one. It also seemed more suspenseful. I was completely addicted to the story and finished it much quicker than the first book.
The narrator of “Faceless” Amy Deuchler was fantastic! Deuchler was able to portray three different POVs flawlessly. She did a great job inflicting emotions, especially with the females. You could feel the devastation when she portrayed Jean’s character. The sounding was clean with no background noise. I appreciate that! Deuchler is definitely a narrator I would happily listen to again.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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Faceless is a well written crime novel over with characters that I spend time with. This is one of those times where the motto 'don't judge a book by its cover' comes in to play because I was not attracted by the cover.
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Faceless s a well written crime novel over with characters that I spend time with. This is one of those times where the motto 'don't judge a book by its cover' comes in to play because I was not attracted by the cover
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