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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Never Game and the Lincoln Rhyme novels comes a twisty psychological thriller packed into a terrifying 24 hours....

When paranoid schizophrenic killer Michael Hrubek escapes from an institution, there’s no doubt of where he’s headed: to find the woman who put him away and to finally get his revenge.

Lis Atcheson knows he’s out there - the man who killed two of her students. He’s haunted every sleepless night ever since she testified against him. Now, the nightmares are coming true. He’s watching...and waiting...and he’s going to take Lis to hell with him.

With a massive storm coming - in more ways than one - Lis can barely prepare for the dark cloud that approaches, threatening to take everything away from her in one horrifying sweep....

©2001 Jeffery Deaver (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Scary, smart, and compulsively readable." (Stephen King)

"An entertaining thriller...palpable suspense." (Publishers Weekly)

"Nightmarish...harrowing suspense." (James Paterson)

"Undeniably throat-clutching." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Arwyn B.
  • 2020-04-12

Better than most Jeffery Deaver

There have been a couple Jeffery Deaver books I’ve not been able to make it through, but this one held my interest throughout in a very interesting way with its twists and turns.

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  • Carolyn P.
  • 2020-12-11

Not for Audio reading

This may work as a book read, but as an audio book I was constantly having to back up and re-listen and still had problems. It's hard to believe this is written by the same author who came up with Lincoln Ryme and Katherine Dance. The narrator was also a poor choice and I found it difficult to differentiate between characters. I give it 3 stars only because I've enjoyed so much of Deaver's work.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 2020-06-23

Too many disfunctional people here

I'm not used to complete sex scenes in Deaver's work. I didn't need that. I listened to about 2 hours, enough to know if I want to continue, and there are about 5 story lines going on here. I trust that Deaver can macrame all the threads together into a good story, but this is not for me. There's enough weirdness in the world that I don't need psychopaths and cheating family members in my books.

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