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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Robards Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dr. Charlotte Stone Series Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780449012246
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Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not.

A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life, no doubt because when she was sixteen, she herself survived a serial killer’s bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie’s best friend, Holly, then left the girl’s body on a seaside boardwalk one week later.

Because of the information Charlie gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground. She kept to herself her eerie postmortem visions of Holly and her mother. And even years later, knowing her contact with ghosts might undermine her credibility as a psychological expert, Charlie tells no one about the visits she gets from the spirit world.

Now all-too-handsome FBI agent Tony Bartoli is telling Charlie that a teenage girl is missing, her family slaughtered. Bartoli suspects that after fifteen years, the Boardwalk Killer, or a sick copycat with his MO, is back. Time is running short for an innocent, kidnapped girl, and Bartoli pleads for Charlie’s help.

This is the one case Charlie shouldn’t go near. But she also knows that she may be the one person in the world who can stop this vicious killer. For Charlie, whose good looks disguise a world of hurt, vulnerability, and potent psychic gifts, a frantic hunt for a madman soon becomes a complex test of cunning, passions, and secrets. Aiding Dr. Stone on her quest to catch a madman is a ghostly presence with bad intentions: the fiery spirit of seductive bad boy Michael Garland who refuses to be ignored, though in his cat and mouse game they may both lose their hearts.

Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. And she sees the Boardwalk Killer coming for her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent…This story is going to haunt you.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “Tantalizing.”

    Library Journal

  • “Thrilling…A fun and sexy read.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/17/2014

    " As always with Karen Robards books, I was hooked from the first paragraph. Michael, as with all the characters, was amazing. Would like to hear more about Charlie and his story!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debi | 2/11/2014

    " Light reading, some parts a little far fetched "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 2/8/2014

    " Didn't even finish. Predictable and boring. Found the whole "I see ghosts and can't let anyone else know" thing to be irritating and overdone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regan | 2/7/2014

    " This is a totally do not miss book. It is soooo good. Michael Garland can haunt me anytime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabre | 1/16/2014

    " Incredibly scary! This is one of those books that scares me so bad I can't sleep at night, yet I can't seem to put it down and stop scaring myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KC | 1/9/2014

    " Interesting characters and enjoyed most of it. Dr. Stone's relationship with a ghost wasn't the highlight for me. There will a follow up to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari Beh | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this book. It was a little weird that she had a love affair with a ghost but the story was great. Can't wait till her next dr. Charlotte stone book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 12/6/2013

    " i really good mystery and cannot wait for the next book to see where the ghost goes from here!! Has anyone else read this book-if so, what are your thoughts?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 8/27/2013

    " i quite enjoyed this paranormal romantic/suspense book.It's the first in a new series and ends on quite a cliffhanger.As soon as the last page ended i screamed "no!!!!".I so hate it when books end like that.The romance between a living psychiatrist and a ghost can be quite hot....and creative lol "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marcia | 7/10/2013

    " I quit after the 4th chapter....to dark for me....which is unusual cause I like her books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/29/2013

    " I almost put this down a few times and wasn't going to finish it, but I'm glad I did. The whole relationship with Garland's ghost was bizarre. I'd rather have seen the relationship with Bartoli develop. Love the whole paranormal vibe though. Looking forward to the next in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Leyes | 11/27/2012

    " I loved this book!!! It was so gripping, I could not put it down. I can't wait for the sequel!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 11/5/2012

    " good book, keep me woundring what was next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 10/21/2012

    " Absolutely loved it! Again though...I wish they would let you know that there will be a sequel! Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ladymath | 10/15/2012

    " Fairly engaging fluff with too much sex. I had to skip 5 pages at a time of detailed sex descriptions. But the mix of paranormal, troubled pasts and cliches was entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 10/3/2012

    " I really liked this book! At first I was annoyed because what I thought was going to be a sub-plot was actually a vital plot. I can't wait to read the next! "

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About the Author
Author Karen Robards

Karen Robards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty books as well as one novella. The mother of three boys, she lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.