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2.59 out of 52.59 out of 52.59 out of 52.59 out of 52.59 out of 5 2.59 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Blanchard Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781415923894
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Research scientist Daisy Hubbard has one driving purpose in life: to find a cure for the rare disease that killed her brother. Her single-minded pursuit of scientific knowledge is just about to pay off when her sister Anna mysteriously vanishes from her Los Angeles apartment. Daisy must reluctantly tear herself from the security of her lab to track down her troubled sister.

The turbulent streets of L.A. are all the more disorienting after the quiet precision of Daisy’s lab, and Daisy must turn for help to Jack Makowski, an enigmatic, hard-drinking LAPD detective with his own personal demons. Together, they follow a string of clues to a sinister and manipulative killer who claims to know where Anna Hubbard is. But how does he know so much about Daisy’s scientific research? Can a single word of his be trusted?

When the killer’s revelations lead to unexpected victims, Daisy’s reliance on logic and predictability must end. And when Jack’s unconventional crime-fighting techniques fall short, it is up to Daisy to convert her scientific knowledge, strength, and instincts into a successful defense against a killer who threatens to turn Daisy’s hard-won research into a weapon deadlier than the disease it was meant to combat.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Enni | 3/8/2013

    " This book is a little strange and not my usual kind of read but it was interesting and kept me reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Sadler | 2/27/2013

    " Utterly predictable! I had to make myself finish it :-( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/5/2012

    " A suspenseful novel that touches a bit on Schizophrenia. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gemmoi | 8/5/2012

    " Not my cup of tea "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 7/5/2012

    " Somewhere between "didn't like it" & "it was ok." Don't bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/13/2012

    " Good suspense in some parts, but also very predictable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 11/27/2011

    " This book was okay and that is really all I can say about it. Not memorable, just a pleasant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rea | 9/14/2011

    " This book was sweet! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 11/20/2010

    " 3.5 -- research and medical mystery, degenerative diseases, schizophrenia, abuse, drama... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 11/14/2010

    " This one was okay as far as mysteries go. Still like her first one better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Moran | 8/31/2010

    " Good book but not as good as Breathtaker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Enni | 8/9/2010

    " This book is a little strange and not my usual kind of read but it was interesting and kept me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 6/10/2010

    " 3.5 -- research and medical mystery, degenerative diseases, schizophrenia, abuse, drama... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 3/8/2010

    " A suspenseful novel that touches a bit on Schizophrenia. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Markham | 1/22/2009

    " Really very engaging, and I say that grudgingly because the subject matter and genre are really not my cup of tea.

    Strikes against it:
    Some highly objectionable content.
    More than a few bizarre similes that just come out of nowhere like a chinchilla in a TIE fighter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/7/2008

    " Good suspense in some parts, but also very predictable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/15/2008

    " This one was okay as far as mysteries go. Still like her first one better! "

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About the Author

Alice Blanchard grew up in Connecticut and went to college in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied creative writing and filmmaking. In 1995, she won the prestigious Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction for her collection of short stories, The Stuntman’s Daughter. Her debut suspense novel, Darkness Peering, was published in 1999 to glowing reviews. Darkness Peering grossed over 530,000 hardcover and paperback copies combined and was published in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the UK. It was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the Notable Books of 1999 and was optioned by Propaganda Films. Blanchard has received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, a New Letters Literary Award and a Centrum Artists in Residence fellowship. Her short stories have appeared in such literary quarterlies as Turnstile, William & Mary Review and Alaska Quarterly, and her work has been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “The Sound of Writing” series. Blanchard’s second suspense thriller, The Breathtaker, was optioned by Warner Brothers–based John Wells Productions, the producers of White Oleander, One Hour Photo, The West Wing and ER.

About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.