From New York Times best-selling author Wendy Corsi Staub comes a gripping novel of psychological suspense, as a young foundling’s path to her biological parents leads to a killer with a chilling agenda.
On a murky pre-dawn Mother’s Day, sinister secrets play out miles apart in New York City. In Harlem, a church janitor finds an innocent newborn in a basket. In Brooklyn, an elusive serial killer prowls slumbering families, leaving a trail of blood and a twisted calling card. Cloaked in lies, these seemingly unrelated lives - and deaths - are destined to intersect on a distant, blood-soaked day.
Reeling from shocking personal discoveries, two strangers navigate a world where nothing is as it seems. Amelia Crenshaw embarks on a search to discover the truth about the birth mother who abandoned her, never suspecting she’s on a collision course with a killer. Detective Stockton Barnes, a brash young NYPD detective, trails a missing millionaire whose disappearance is rooted in a nightmare that began 20 years ago.
The past returns with a brutal vengeance as a masked predator picks off victims whose fates intertwine with a notorious murder spree solved back in ‘68 - or was it?
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Not Up To Staub's Standards
The book is set in 1986. I don't really understand that. The realities of 1986 are jarring and unnecessary. Why not set it in 2018?
The book jumps around from event to event and character to character. I'm halfway through and I'm still confused. I can't figure out why that's necessary. I understand the story but it's getting harder to keep up with the story.
The narrator is very good and does the different people well. The only thing I don't like about her, and this is something she does in all the books she narrates, is lowering her voice for asides. When the character "thinks" something, as in a separate opinion, she lowers her voice to the point I have to go back, up the volume, and listen again. This is annoying.
To sum up, the book is ok, the narrator is good except for the asides. But not $14.99 worth of ok. I'm not totally absorbed in this book.
Edit of my above review: I continued to listen to this book all the way to the end. The narrator continued to annoy. The book continued to jump around. I had to play the ending last because I couldn't figure out what was going on. Unless I slept through the character at the end, I had never encountered him in this book. Totally confusing. I think I'll pass up Staub's next book.
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- Anonymous User
I absolutely loved this book! She is one of my favorite authors and I was so excited to read the new novel! She did not disappoint!