Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7 Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will.
The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear... She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.
My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.
Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from a previous crime scene: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.
Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.
D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:Fear nothing.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 51 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 07, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #33,972 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#869 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#933 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,898 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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What part will these sisters play in solving these copycat crimes?
I was immediately drawn into this cat and mouse tale, and am writing this review immediately after reading the last page. I refuse to even look at the clock, because I know it's late but the book was so good I couldn't stop reading. Four stars.
Forty years ago, a serial killer named Harry Day utilized a similar signature in his killings. And although he is dead, he has left behind two daughters: Shana Day, who has been in prison for thirty years for killing a boy in the neighborhood; and Adeline Glen, a psychiatrist, who was adopted in childhood by a researcher who was open about her background.
Adeline also has a strange condition: she feels no physical pain. A condition diagnosed after her sister Shana took the scissors to her bare arms in one of their foster homes.
Back to the present, we see D. D. checking out the crime scene afterwards, in the middle of the night. And suddenly, she senses a presence...and then finds herself catapulting backward down the stairs. Her injuries are serious, including a very painful avulsion fracture, and they keep her off active duty, but after going for physical therapy and seeing a therapist for pain management, who happens to be Dr. Adeline Glen, she is eagerly helping to find the killer whom they have dubbed the Rose Killer. He/she uses chloroform to kill them, and then strips the skin. A rose and a bottle of champagne rest on the nightstand nearby.
As the killer adds more victims to his list, the detectives search out every possible suspect, narrowing the quest until it takes them back to what was happening in the neighborhood, thirty years before, trying to determine if the past is informing the present.
Narrated alternately in the third person voice of D.D. and the first person perspective of Adeline Day, we also see occasional snippets from the unknown killer, ratcheting up the suspense as we peek inside the "heads" of them all.
What are the connections between the killings today and those enacted by Harry Day? What, if anything, connects what is happening now with Shana Day's crime? And who, among many possible suspects is "staging" these scenes, almost as if he has a grand plan of some sort? Why is any of this happening now, and does a website for serial killer memorabilia figure into the chain of events? Finally, will D. D. and her crew find him/her before he settles upon his greatest target yet?
Themes of seriously dysfunctional families, foster care, nature vs. nurture, and the prison system are predominant in Fear Nothing: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel , and remind us of the dark side of life that has only intensified with the passage of time.
I like how the author reels in the reader with the multiple perspectives, and moves the story along by building the suspense and adding new red herrings at every turn. Definitely a read for those who love psychological thrillers and this series. 5 stars.
There was was too much dialogue in this one. Unlike most her novels I actually fell asleep more than once while reading this one.
I really had to suspend my need for believability on a number of occasions while reading “Fear Nothing.’
I failed to see the need for Detective Warren’s injury other than helping to develop the Dr. Adeline Glen’s character.
This is a tale about two sisters, Adeline and Shanna Day, the children of a serial killer and dysfunctional mother. While the sisters were very young, their mother assisted their father in committing suicide while the police were on the verge of arresting him.
Shanna is a sociopath who ended up in jail for a murder she may not have committed; however, she made up for it by killing several people while incarcerated.
Adeline had a rare disorder that prevented her from having a sensation of pain. A doctor adopted her to research her medical condition, but eventually grew to love her and help her survive and prosper beyond the the normal mortality rate of others who had this condition.
Adeline becomes a doctor specializing in helping people cope with their pain. She reconnects with her sister through once a months visits to Shanna Day.
Authorities don’t know how the reclusive Shanna Day could be connected to the “Rose Killer,” but believe she is somehow communicating with the copycat serial killer.
In the meantime, someone is committing copycat murders and going be the tag of “the Rose Killer” and using the style of the sisters’ father who has been dead for over 40 years.
The 378 pages in this tale seemed much longer and took way too long to piece together who “the Rose Killer” really was and why. When the author finally revealed the killer, the why of it was way too far fetched for me buy into.
The only reason that I rated this book as high as I did is because I know what this author is capable of and I saw that talent dispersed intermittently in this tale.
I have now read 7 of the 11 books in this series and this is only the second that I did not find completely spellbinding. Accordingly, I will read one more to see if this one was an anomaly to this authors greatness.
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I feel D.D's injury could have developed the storyline quite well, and been an interesting side story. Instead, it seemed to only pop up when convenient, and does not prevent Superstar D.D. Warren. Seriously, she has the most painful injury known to man apparently, cannot shower or dress herself, and still catches the bad guys by "holding her arm protectively against her side"?
I agree also with another poster who said that the addition of her child is pointless.The child is always with a babysitter or sleeping, and likewise Alex only pops up to be a good husband giving sage advice, and neither of them have any real "air time" to add to D.D.'s character.
I don't think endless patience for your quite frankly selfish wife is something all that relatable, regardless.
There were too many strands of the story thrown in as filler instead of properly executed as red herrings e.g. the funeral home or alternative killers.
I was very confused when we finally reached the climax of the book and there were only about ten pages left to wrap everything up. I was hoping to be proven wrong, even left on a cliffhanger or something, but no, the books just wraps up in a matter of minutes. It is very unsatisfactory. Pacing was way off.
It is a psychological thriller as well as a crime book and the plot races and twists, with background given by insights into the main characters. The whole related to a killer plot has become rather hackneyed but I felt this writer really brought a breath of fresh air to it and made it thought-provoking. I did not manage to guess `whodunit' until late in the book. Word of warning - I have never felt this before but some of the descriptions were so gory I simply could not read them. I have never read this author before but I will now look out for her books as I really enjoyed this one .
Our favourite detective DD Warren is injured and in extreme pain. She receives therapy from a woman who has a strange physical condition in that she can feel no pain herself. Adeline is the sister of a serial killer and the daughter of another and she becomes embroiled in DD's investigation following the appearance of another killer who appears to mimic the others. There are lots of plot strands here which weave together nicely into a coherent plot. What Adeline does near the end of the book stretches the boundaries of believability more than a little but it makes sense within the narrative of the book as a whole. I didn't find it easy to guess the killer nor to work out what would happen next and I very much enjoyed the twists and turns of the storyline.
This is a book about powerful women (DD, Adeline and even the prison governor) but it is not a "woman's book" - it is a great crime/suspense novel which is quite graphic in its descriptions of the crimes and thus not for the very squeamish. I never felt, however, that the author was revelling in the violence but rather displaying it as a destructive force. I was also pleased that, although the author had obviously done a considerable amount of research, the technical details of the injury which DD has and the condition suffered by Adeline and their consequences were nicely embedded in the story.
There are lots of themes here - the role of pain, nature versus nurture, the destructiveness of rage, the consequences to many of the actions of one, the bonds within families - and the author doesn't give us any real answers to any of this but poses many questions. The themes are there and they make you think, but overall what you will remember is that this is a gripping and clever story.
The story has a few layers to it and we meet Dr Adeline Glen, who is a somewhat oddity to the norm as she has a condition meaning she feels no pain. The secret she holds is that her sister is a notorious child killer and is serving the rest of her natural life in prison. In addition to that their father was an infamous serial killer, and although dead for many years still has a rather sick cult like following. There seemed to be no room to breathe when I was reading this, as no sooner had one thing happened, the story took you to a different element and drew you straight back in.
I was thoroughly engrossed from start to finish and although I had a sneaking suspicion (which proved correct) about who was doing what, the suspense and writing itself kept me hooked from beginning to end. Lisa Gardner has consistently produced great crime thrillers and this latest one is no exception. There is plenty of action, plot twists and suspense to keep you up until the early hours. She has once again left me swallowing the bitter pill that I now have to wait a whole year for the next instalment. Other than my ridiculous impatience, a first class book which shows just how talented Lisa Gardner is. This one is highly recommended.