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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Minette Walters Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When British lieutenant Charles Acland returns home from Iraq, his serious head injuries are the outward manifestation of a profound inner change: he may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or it may be, as his psychiatrist suggests, "the prolonged destruction of a personality." Though previously well adjusted and known as an extrovert, Acland now withdraws into himself. As he begins his recovery in a dismal provincial hospital, crippled by migraines and suspicious of his doctors, he grows uncharacteristically aggressive—particularly against women, and most particularly against his ex-fiancée. Finally, rejecting medical advice to undergo cosmetic surgery—opting, instead, to accept his disfigurement—and cutting all ties to his former life, he moves to London. There, alone and unmonitored, he sinks into a quagmire of guilt and paranoia—until an outburst of irrational, vicious anger brings him to the attention of the local police: they are investigating three recent murders, all of them apparently motivated by the kind of extreme rage that Acland has exhibited. Now under suspicion, Acland is forced to confront the issues behind his desperate existence before it's too late: Has he always been the duplicitous chameleon that his ex-fiancée accuses him of being? Can he control this newly apparent sinister side of his personality? And why, if he truly hates women, does he in the end seek help from a woman—someone as straightforward and self-disciplined as he is unsure and seemingly out of control—to repair the damage to his mind? In its timeliness, its psychological complexity, and its unstoppable suspense, The Chameleon's Shadow is a thriller of the first order. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A gripping tale of suspense.”

    New York Times Sunday Book Review

  • An award-winning master of suspense...once again keeps things taut.... Strongly recommended. Library Journal Starred Review
  • “An award-winning master of suspense…once again keeps things taut…. Strongly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Simon Vance creates an amazing oral portrait of a British veteran of the Iraq War.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alexis Woods | 2/19/2014

    " A good airport novel; quick read & a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lorie | 2/4/2014

    " Terrific psychological suspense mystery that kept me entertained while I recovered from the flu. Just what the book doctor would have ordered, had the book doctor been consulted. Author was recommended by the presenter at mystery workshop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda Stoner | 2/3/2014

    " Walters' plots are so psychologically interesting that the mystery is almost a minor player. I listened to the CD version by Simon Vance in the car. It was so engaging I kept forgetting where I was supposed to be going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 1/3/2014

    " I haven't read Minette Walters in awhile, but I always enjoy her books and this was no exception. Set in London, a Iraqi war veteran comes home disfigured--physically and mentally.Circumstantial evidence links him to a series of recent murders. Is he the murderer or is he hiding information about the real culprit? "

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