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Desert Places: A Novel of Terror (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite) Audio CD – Unabridged, November 3, 2015
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The first installment in the Andrew Z. Thomas Series and a prequel to Crouch's and Konrath's thriller Stirred…
"Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady's name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you'll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. Call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8:00 p.m., the police will receive an anonymous call. I'll tell them where Rita Jones is buried on your property, how you killed her, and where the murder weapon can be found in your house. (I do believe a paring knife is missing from your kitchen.) I strongly advise against going to the police, as I am always watching you."
Andrew Z. Thomas is a successful writer of suspense thrillers, living the dream at his lake house in the piedmont of North Carolina. One afternoon in late spring, he receives a bizarre letter that eventually threatens his career, his sanity, and the lives of everyone he loves. A murderer is designing his future, and for the life of him, Andrew can't get away.
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (November 3, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1511321504
- ISBN-13 : 978-1511321501
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,339,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I’ll not put the onus on the co-author, Jack Kilborn.
The novel delves, very deeply, into darkness and very descriptive violence. Albeit, this didn’t turn me off regarding the book. I’ll make this the first and last installment in the series.
Neither of the "protagonists" really interested me for long. I found myself not caring what they may be onto next. Though the idea and beginning of the book were very good, the main characters became two-dimensional and flat as the story went on. The “good” protagonist, Thomas, commits some ridiculous blunders. I became so weary of this chore I stopped before reading the Epilogue. A trilogy? No way
Crouch is a master. Period. I've read a few books from Crouch, from his brother, and his equally impressive side kick, J A Konrath, and I enjoyed their collaborative effort of Serial Uncut which I read last year, it has about twenty of their best, most twisted serial killers in it, few of them were in this book as well, Orson and Luther, and I have to say that this guy gets it even at the young age, he has the gift for the written word twisted around a story that will kick you in the spine.. You can read that book without reading Desert Places but once you get hooked you will probably seek out the rest in order to get all of it. That's what I'm buzzing through now with pure delight.
Cold shivers, sweat, adrenaline, Desert Places is not a joke..that one part in the house with Andrew creeping around had me at the end of my wits and I rarely lose it over a book, I had to close it and step away but still inside I was dying for the story.. I felt it, it's rare that a book will make me sick and scared since I have read horror for the past eighteen years ever since I was fifteen or so, and this still takes the cake... but don't get me wrong, this has substance, charm not just gore, you will care about the characters even the so called bad ones, it's a delicious gray area similar to that of the Game of Thrones story lines, you will feel ill to the pit of your stomach with pity even for monsters then be smacked back with a few typed words, it's intense. Addictive. I wont even talk about the plot, but it involves Andrew Z. Thomas who writes fictional crime books and someone who knows him well and who will turn his world upside down and inside out and then back through a mental and physical meat grinder, into the open flame and then back in the freezer. I cant even explain this book, it simply has to be read, and not plunging into the rest series takes some serious Orson style restraint on my part, minus cutting people's insides out, that is.
- Kasia S.
My point is, if you enjoy Blake Crouch, then you will enjoy this book. Is it his best? no, but its still a really solid freshman book! Something to be proud of. I bet not many of his peers can say the same!
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I also found myself on a few occasions getting lost at certain parts of the story as it seemed as though I couldn’t quite work out how we got to what was happening, almost as if I had skipped parts of the book. This is something I have never experienced in a Blake Crouch book, maybe I was just too tired when reading it and that could explain this strange situation. I would add though that by the end of the story, I had a good idea of what happened and I wouldn’t say I felt I had missed out on anything important. I would be interested to know if anyone else had this same experience.
So despite this book not hitting the heights of previous books I have read from Crouch, I am still very interested in seeing how the rest of this story plays out.
I’m writing the review having just given up half way through the first book.
I’m sickened by the violence and not captured by the characters. It might work for some readers but I find psychopaths distressing and it’s not for me. It’s unusual for me to give up on a book and when I like an author I often consume most of their work.
I won’t be reading any more Blake Crouch though now as it just too sick for me.