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Dead Before Dark

Written by: Wendy Corsi Staub
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A psychic and a serial killer play a cross-country game of cat-and-mouse in this thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Kiss Her Goodbye.

The Night Watchman is ready to kill - again. After 35 years in prison, he is free to commit the same twisted atrocities that once made him as notorious as the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper. Now, at last, his moment has come. 

Through her television appearances, renowned clairvoyant Lucinda Sloan helps police capture America's most wanted. Unfortunately, she's also captured the eye of the Night Watchman. Once he learns that Sloan "sees" his crimes, it's time to play. 

The first victim is someone she knows - a personal shock that brings the psychic closer to her ex-lover, Detective Randall Barakat. Then two more murders in Chicago and Denver make her realize that the Night Watchman is toying with her. Each victim wears a wristwatch bearing a message...and each message is a warning for Lucinda that she'll soon be the next to die.

©2019 Wendy Corsi Staub (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Lia
  • 2019-05-19

Good Book With Some Issues

Let me start off by saying that I did very much enjoy this book. But I knocked a star off because of some formatting choices that I think the editors/author thought would enhance the listening experience, for me it was just distracting. There were multiple perspective shifts in each chapter but rarely were they delineated in any understandable way. Perhaps it was meant to keep the listeners on our toes but mostly it was just frustrating. You love the ones you are supposed to love & despise the ones you are meant to hate. The killer always makes me a little nervous. He is so methodical in his plan that it really makes you want to take a closer look at the people who are around you every day, this guy doesn't just pick someone at random & kill them- no he gets to know them first. Emily Sutton-Smith was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • MTVeronica
  • 2020-08-30

Worst narrator ever

This was a predictable story line that could have been moderately interesting if it been read by a decent performer. At the beginning I thought this was a computer generated read, as the narration was that stiff and stilted. Then I thought I must have the read speed messed up on my phone. Nope - just an incredibly poor performance. I do not recommend this story and will not listen to anything by this narrator again.

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  • littlesimone
  • 2020-09-05

Awkward and Weird

This was about 14 hours too long. Bad writing and strange narration. So glad it was free!

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  • Amy L.
  • 2020-09-02

Couldn't connect

Just couldn't connect with main character. I really tried to like her and the story, but I just couldn't. Too predictable and too much underlying back story drama to keep my interest. Maybe because it's unabridged.

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  • Jackie Champaigne
  • 2019-07-07

Little Disappointed

Was a very long book.. could’ve ended sooner then it did! Love her books but this one was too draggy!

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  • Susan
  • 2019-05-26

Very disappointed

I do not know what I expected, but book was not something that I could enjoy or even follow. Did not like narrator, boring and just reading lines off of a page. Also, the story was so scattered, and could not figure out who was where. I tried through 10 chapters, kept thinking it would get better. It did not. I usually love my audiobooks, but this one was so very disappointing.

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  • Sam the mom
  • 2020-09-25

Dead Before Dark

I started this book and when I heard that a main character was a psychic I wondered about it. We read/listened to it for our book club pick. Well, I would have listened to it all even if it hadn't been for my book club. I liked the characters and looked forward to finding out who was behind the murders. It didn't end the way I wanted it to, but it made me want to hear a sequel.

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  • Hollyb2
  • 2020-09-22

A little slow going, everything happened in the last couple chapters

Pretty good story, kept my interest going. Had just finished the book before this not realizing the two stories were related with the same characters. I was pleasantly surprised by that. However, I must say the romantic interest with the main character felt a little high school-ish. I found myself thinking “come on, come on, let’s get on with it!“ Every time the two of them had interactions And had to analyze their feelings. Good ending which leaves one questioning… However I kind of saw it coming. Will definitely try one of her other books too

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  • Brooke Sivard
  • 2020-09-21

Really?

The main character is supposed to be a psychic(one who is supposed to be good enough to work as a psychic detective). Well.. she’s the dumbest psychic detective ever... this book was hard to finish.

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  • Annette Cook
  • 2020-09-19

Love It!

Was a lil slow and confusing in the beginning. A lot of characters to remember and how they fit into the story. But, WOW after I got into it!!!! I couldn't stop listening to it......just another 5 minutes, just another 5 minutes.