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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (334 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jan Burke Narrator: Eliza Foss Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Irene Kelly Series Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781461804093
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Investigative reporter Irene Kelly risked everything in a near-fatal encounter with serial killer Nick Parrish—and broke a chain of deadly violence in Southern California when Parrish landed in maximum security. Now, life has almost returned to normal, both at the struggling Las Piernas News Express and, with the help of a good therapist, for Irene and her husband, Frank. But the terror is far from over. 

Rumors among the Moths, Nick Parrish’s online fan club, suggest the killer has recovered physically, escaped with someone’s help, and he’s targeting the person responsible for his imprisonment: Irene Kelly. It starts with an unnerving prank, a clear message that someone wants her to be afraid. And when a young woman’s body turns up—naked, frozen, and decorated in elaborately painted moths—Irene must confront the twisted hunter whom she knows all too well … or does she?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Burke is among the most reliable performers in the thriller genre…She’s in top form with this shrewd blending of nightmarish suspense and taut police procedural.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “It doesn’t get more suspenseful than this superb thriller. Jan Burke’s villains, more terrified of each other than of anyone else, will stick in the reader’s mind. Grade: A-”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Burke shows a wickedly realistic touch in her villains—killer Parrish and his three sons, who all but define ‘dysfunctional family.’”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “In Disturbance, Burke has written another nail-biting, adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping novel that will have her readers wondering how Irene Kelly will ever survive this viper’s nest.”

    Dayton Daily News

  • “Tautly written and suspenseful…Irene [is] a strong, likable protagonist.”

    Booklist

  • “Featuring a killer whose diabolical plans are laid out years in advance, this chilling novel is rife with terror and suspense. Another keeper for the shelf!”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 2/18/2014

    " I always enjoy Jan Burke's Irene Kelly novels. I hadn't read one in a long time so I found myself trying to remember the details of previous books as I read this one. This book reminded me of Fox's The Following- it has a lot of the creepy elements of that TV show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla Blythe | 2/16/2014

    " I'd missed Irene Kelly and really enjoyed the book. It wasn't the best of the series, but it was well written and captivating. Without revealing any spoilers, I'll say the end was a little too neat and without any real surprises. I like her characters and writes equally well for the heroes and the villains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deshay | 2/4/2014

    " I liked this latest Irene Kelly book but I really loved the earlier ones. And it has been long enough since the last book that I didn't remember all of the characters that well. Still, it kept me turning the pages. I, also, wonder if this is the last of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Jewell | 1/21/2014

    " Ehhh. Although it had a satisfying ending, I didn't find this one of the best of Jan Burke's Irene Kelly books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisella | 1/21/2014

    " Wow, this was incredible! Irene Kelly and Frank Harriman are wonderfully created, and the minor characters are engaging and well put together. The ending was completely different, and this was so much more fun to read than some of the other mystery/suspense books out there. Very real, very believable, and a very good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viccy | 12/19/2013

    " Irene Kelly is recovering from her PTSD caused by being kidnapped by Nick Parrish. He is is jail, paralyzed as a result of actions happening in Bones, so she feels safer. Then she gets the news, Parrish is walking again. The Las Piernas News Express closes and Irene is out of a job, too. When Parrish escapes from prison, aided and abetted by The Moths, his online fan club, Irene knows he is coming for her. Another well-written, suspenseful book from Jan Burke. I love Frank and Irene's relationship; they love each other, but give each other space and each understands the other well. The ending seemed a little pat, but satisfying, with lots of ends tied up. I got the feeling this may be the end of Irene and Frank's adventures which would be too bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Beirne | 12/4/2013

    " I have missed this series and enjoyed the return of Irene Kelly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 11/13/2013

    " I didn't want to put this book down- and read it during baseball games- which is my stamp of approval!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 11/6/2013

    " Pretty good Irene Kelly story. A little too wordy in spots and Nick Parrish, serial killer from the past is a little unbelievable. People like him are broken and then don't change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 8/30/2013

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Irene Kelly; an imprisoned serial killer, his offspring, and "fans" are out for murder and revenge - including against Kelly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy S | 4/7/2013

    " Irene Kelly faces her nemesis, serial killer Nick Parrish, in this page turning thriller. Good action and story line with a surprise savior. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vickie | 3/28/2013

    " I like Jan Burke's storytelling, but I'm just not a fan of thrillers in which the investigator/crime-solver also is the victim. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 2/4/2013

    " First time I've read one of her books. Think you needed to have read the previous novel to understand the characters and context of the story. Bit of a grind to get through it. Protagonist Irene Kelly could be an interesting character, but didn't love the story here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/2/2012

    " This is a sequel to Bones, and a remarkable addition to the series. If you've read Bones, read this one. I don't think it is as gruesome as Bones, however, so keep that in mind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 8/13/2012

    " Its been a while since I have read this series and I just recently picked this series back up. I think you just have to be used the writing style of this author which I'm not anymore. It was a very predictable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 3/30/2012

    " I like her Irene Kelly books. Irene almost died at the hands of a serial killer in the previous book in the series, and in this one, He escapes from prison and comes after her again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gouldma | 3/23/2012

    " Great story--well done. Reminded me of Patricia Cornwell but with a different set of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 2/11/2012

    " Irene Kelly is once again the protagonist. Parrish is beginning to 'torture' her again from prison with his 'Moth" followers. Then he escapes from prison and everything escalates. Lots of psychological action along with physical action. Good summer's reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 11/13/2011

    " Finally a sequel to Bones. My all time favorite Jan Burke story. I really enjoyed this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 9/19/2011

    " I'm a fan of her Irene Kelly series, but this newest book one was disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 9/4/2011

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Irene Kelly; an imprisoned serial killer, his offspring, and "fans" are out for murder and revenge - including against Kelly.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy S | 8/22/2011

    " Irene Kelly faces her nemesis, serial killer Nick Parrish, in this page turning thriller. Good action and story line with a surprise savior. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 8/19/2011

    " Irene Kelly is once again the protagonist. Parrish is beginning to 'torture' her again from prison with his 'Moth" followers. Then he escapes from prison and everything escalates. Lots of psychological action along with physical action. Good summer's reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 8/12/2011

    " I've been a fan since her Goodnight, Irene. And the main reason I read Goodnight, Irene was because the title brought back memories of my high school years when a song of the same title was popular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 8/5/2011

    " as usual, Burke rocked!
    Parrish is on the prowl again and he wants no one other than Irene. With his sons as terrifying as he is, or so he seems to think, can Irene manage to escape his clutches yet again? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna | 7/10/2011

    " It was great to read about Irene and Frank again. The story kept me on my toes, and I had to keep reading. Great addition to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deshay | 7/9/2011

    " I liked this latest Irene Kelly book but I really loved the earlier ones. And it has been long enough since the last book that I didn't remember all of the characters that well. Still, it kept me turning the pages. I, also, wonder if this is the last of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 7/9/2011

    " been waiting a long time for another Irene Kelly book. This was good--3.5 I guess--but I made the mistake of rereading Bones because this is the sequel and I had forgotten much of Bones--anyway, it was all too much of one particular character, won't say more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 7/8/2011

    " I didn't want to put this book down- and read it during baseball games- which is my stamp of approval!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vickie | 7/4/2011

    " I like Jan Burke's storytelling, but I'm just not a fan of thrillers in which the investigator/crime-solver also is the victim. "

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About the Author
National bestseller Jan Burke is the author of a dozen novels and a collection of short stories. Among the awards her work has garnered are Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar® for Best Novel, Malice Domestic’s Agatha Award, Mystery Readers International’s Macavity, and the RT Book Club’s Best Contemporary Mystery. She is the founder of the Crime Lab Project (CrimeLabProject.com) and is a member of the board of the California Forensic Science Institute. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two dogs. Learn more about her at JanBurke.com.
About the Narrator

Eliza Foss is an actress who has appeared in numerous theaters in New York City and around the country. She has narrated over thirty books and short stories, been featured in AudioFile magazine, and won five AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations.