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From New York Times bestseller Tess Gerritsen and acclaimed thriller writer Gary Braver comes a sexy murder mystery about a reckless affair and dangerous secrets.
Taryn Moore is young, beautiful, and brilliant…so why would she kill herself? When Detective Frankie Loomis arrives on the scene to investigate the girl’s fatal plunge from her apartment balcony, she knows in her gut there’s more to the story. Her instincts are confirmed when surprise information is revealed that could have been reason enough for Taryn’s suicide - or a motive for her murder.
To English professor Jack Dorian, Taryn was the ultimate fantasy: intelligent, adoring, and completely off limits. But there was also a dark side to Taryn, a dangerous streak that threatened those she turned her affections to - including Jack. And now that she’s dead, his problems are just beginning.
After Frankie uncovers a trove of sordid secrets, it becomes clear that Jack may know the truth. He is guilty of deception, but is he capable of cold-blooded murder?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 33 minutes|
|Author||Tess Gerritsen, Gary Braver|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 01, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#5,512 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#141 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#191 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#596 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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At least to me.
I found the book itself an interesting read, aside from this creep factor. The authors chose to lead with the young woman’s death and work backward, from the perspectives of the student, the professor, and the detective investigating her death. The authors did a good job having the student’s thesis mirroring the theme of the book, with echoes of the #MeToo movement thrown in for good measure. I didn’t particularly like Taryn (the student), yet the authors are skilled enough to make her empathetic despite this. Chapters ended on mini-cliffhangers, propelling the story forward.
But, given the subject matter, location, and the profession of one of the co-authors, I couldn’t quite get past the “ick” factor.
I received an ARC of this book, but that did not affect my review.
There are themes of unrequited love and betrayal that play out in the story, and the fact that one of the characters is an English professor that is teaching about these very same themes, creates some clever meta situations that made me appreciate the attention to detail. At times the pacing of the story seemed a little slow, but the parallel themes and character development kept my interest enough to keep me reading. The tension starts ratcheting up about two thirds of the way through the story, and I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. Even though I had predicted the ending, I wasn't disappointed in the execution.
Overall, I found this to be an entertaining and cleverly written suspense/mystery novel; and I would imagine that fans of the genre will enjoy this book as much as I did.
It is a short and fast paced book that surprisingly contains a good amount of character development. Told from three different viewpoints, the story gets increasingly more interesting as the various personalities reveal themselves.
The story illustrates that, despite best intentions, moments of weakness can occur especially when there is a strong physical attraction. Unfortunately, depending on circumstances and the reactions of others, those weak moments can have devastating consequences. Nothing in this book requires one to suspend disbelief and both the actions and the dialogue ring true.
This is a stand alone book with a strong ending. The plot kept me guessing until close to the end. It’s a really engrossing police procedural and recommended for those who enjoy a mystery.
I found it more disturbing than entertaining, frustrating than thrilling, and just not a appealing idea for a story. It's not so much the crime that bothers me, because if you choose to read a thriller/mystery you expect a grisly crime, as the authors' choice to develop each step leading to the affair as if that itself was the story not the solving of the crime itself.
The chapters switch back and forth between 3 main characters, the student, the professor, and the police detective. There are two timelines, "Before" and "After."
A little profanity but not excessive, and although the entire premise of the book involves a taboo relationship, graphic descriptions are not included.
Personally I didn't find the "mystery/thriller" aspect strong or interesting enough to justify the subject of a disturbing, adulterous, student/professor relationship. Its pretty clear early on who is the real predator here and the death of the girl itself wasn't interesting or mysterious enough to merit the storyline for me.
If you want a quick read and enjoy manipulative, unstable characters and domestic drama then you may enjoy the book more than I did.
The suicide/murder and police investigation is secondary to the domestic drama, which involves stalking behavior, adultery, sexual seduction, inappropriate sexual relationships, and OTT emotional turmoil. However, the domestic storyline was straightforward and predictable, given the proclivities of the murder victim. That predictability helped eliminate red herrings, and made it easier to choose the murderer, who needed a particular skill set. I skimmed through over 2/3 of this book, because the domestic drama morphed to melodrama, which I didn’t enjoy. Overall, 3 stars.
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Detective Frankie Loomis is called to the scene of an apparent suicide. Victim Taryn Moore seemingly has a lot to look forward to,excelling at her studies and at a very young age being asked to collaborate with a hero of hers in her chosen field. She's young,beautiful and her life seems to be fast-tracking to great things.
Loomis's intuition has her,despite all the evidence,questioning the belief of colleagues that Taryn has taken her own life. As a middle-aged female detective she reminded me very much of Ann Cleeves' "Vera" with her insight and empathy giving her the edge. She's convinced that Taryn's death is linked to her love life ,with former boyfriend Liam and her English Professor Jack Dorian finding themselves on her radar.
This is more than "just a thriller" with plenty for the reader to ponder as through their characters the authors reflect on societies attitudes to relationships,obsession,mental health,trust ,responsibility and not least relationships amongst others. Toryn is a highly intelligent ,if flawed,young woman and her being in Jack Dorian's "Star Crossed Lovers" seminar is an integral part of the story with some cerebral overlapping of the classic stories she studies and her own life.
A great thriller that's a bit more intellectual and deep than most. I did guess the outcome way before the end but that's more a reflection of me spending far too much of my life reading thrillers than of it being predictable.
This is a tale where women take the lead. The suicide-but-maybe-not victim is young, intelligent and beautiful but seriously screwed up romantically. I had my bet on her sarcastic and privileged classmate for a while but she just slipped off the radar screen. The other 'wronged' woman also delivered some surprises, but the police woman was the most likeable of the bunch.
Not overly complex or too intellectually challenging, but after reading a few books recently that REALLY dragged, I was happy to gallop through this one.
The tale starts in the present, told in the present tense, and features the female detective investigating the death of a student, Taryn, who’s split from her boyfriend, and who may or may not have been seeing a married professor. Add in the ex, who’s a bit of a sleaze and another guy who had to settle for friendship, as she’d never see him as anything else, and there are enough red herrings to make for a half decent tale. In the past parts of the tale, told in past tense, we learn about Taryn’s roots, about the professor’s family and history and you get the usual backstory of most of the characters, including the detective’s.
Taryn was particularly unlikeable but felt one dimensional, as if she couldn’t live without a man in her life, though she professed to be a feminist. She came across as a user and very, very selfish, and the woman scorned aspect just didn’t ring true in someone so young. I’m not sure if readers were meant to feel for her, but her actions just made her like one of the mean girls that featured in the tale. She had nothing appealing about her personality, so I couldn’t understand her hold over not one but three men. She claimed to be stronger than the scorned females in her studies and yet she debased herself publicly over her ex and threw herself at the professor, who seemed equally personality-less.
It is a readable tale, but there was nothing gripping about it and it dragged in parts.
I actually guessed who'd done what in this book which is extremely rare for me but no matter, it doesn't spoil the story. I had expected to be wrong, anyhow ! And I totally agreed with what the killer stated near the end that Frankie disagreed with....the story itself wasn't anything too new or nothing we've not heard/seen before but it was written very well indeed and kept my interest the whole way.
It's also not full of errors, either, which makes a splendid change these days. Oxford and Luminol both needed capitalising but that was all I spotted. Loved the cover as well on my version.
(Surprises me too how many reviewers misspell Gerritsen when the book's open in front of them here on Amazon) !!