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Sarah Broughton has come a long way. She's the star of a hit cop show on TV. She lives in a beautiful California beach house. And–most importantly–she's put her dark past behind her… as well as her old name, Sally Bolton. No need for anyone to know about that.
When Sarah begins receiving letters mysteriously signed with the letter "M", she thinks they're from a harmless admirer… until her real name appears in the third letter. And then she finds that name inscribed in the sand near her home – next to a body.
The message is clear: Someone is watching Sarah's every move. Someone so obsessed with her that he won't stop at just one murder in order to prove his love.
Panicked, Sarah turns to Detective Arvo Hughes of the LAPD, a man who specializes in hunting down the most dangerous stalkers. But nothing in Hughes' experience has prepared him for the mastermind he's up against. For the killer, there's no cure for love. And for Sarah and Hughes, there's no way out.
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By notgillcup on 03-03-16
Buyer beware. This is not a new book.
This is not a new book by Peter Robinson. I am writing this review primarily to warn Audible customers and inform other readers this book is not indicative of Robinson’s current writing. It is not pleasant to give such a tepid rating to Robinson's work, which, had I rated them, would normally rate 4 to 5 stars.
It was an unexpected pleasure to see a new Peter Robinson book pop up so soon after his last. I was excited to pre-order it. (I believe my exact words were “Squeeeee!”)
Alas, I should have remembered the one about things that seem too good to be true.
As I began listening to this book, the first thing I noticed was the stilted prose and copious exposition. At first, I thought perhaps it was merely due to the jarring experience of hearing Robinson in “American” coupled with the odd narration. But, no. Surely it was more than that. Then it began to sink in when I mentally catalogued the seemingly anachronistic references: wall phone, pager, Mighty Ducks jacket, Married With Children, car phone, pay phone, renting a video ...
Wait. What? RENTING A VIDEO? Did the characters live in a time warp? Am I losing my marbles?
I looked up the Amazon reviews of the book, and lo! Answers. Evidently in the print version there is a forward by Michael Connelly which explains this is a 20 year old book.
Nowhere in Audible's description of the book did I see mention of this. Nor is the forward included in the audio version. Indeed, Audible’s description is arguably a tad misleading. Tsk, tsk, Audible.
I should say this early offering from Robinson is far better than some quite dreadful current selections I’ve tried to read from best-selling authors.
But, the odd narration on this one isn't helping matters. Thank the ear gods a different narrator was used for the Yorkshire segments in the book. While switching narrators back and forth seems bizarre for a story written in third person omniscient point of view, on balance I can only be thankful the narrator for the bulk of the book was not used for Yorkshire sections. To be fair to the main narrator, I gather mastering different accents is quite a tall order. In this respect, it may be regarded as fortunate there was so much exposition that the Yorkshire-turned-plummy-speaking Sarah/Sally, as well as the few other female characters, didn’t actually say much.
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By Animalhaven on 02-25-16
A little disappointing
As a Peter Robinson fan, I was excited about this new stand-alone novel based in the States, but I found myself disappointed. The story was ok, the characters were likable and interesting enough for the most part, but some of the dialogue seemed hackneyed and I was not fond of the narrator (which is the main reason for this review.) His voice is nice but he has this way of drawing out certain words that almost sounds like a masculine version of "Val Speak." I know the story is based in LA but still, I found the uptick at the end of every third or fourth sentence annoying -- especially when I heard myself do it once or twice.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful