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I started reading this book a few weeks ago, home alone whilst himself was in the US at a conference.

Big Mistake.

It was way too creepy to be reading at home alone.  It really is a very chilling book - not just because of the subject matter, but the manner in which the book is told is very disquieting.

From the blurb:

Claire is a Dunedin freelance writer who is hired by a dodgy lawyer to write a biography of a serial rapist at present in prison. She's wary, but she's a solo mother with a teenage daughter and desperately needs the money. The rapist's very name, Travis Crill, inspires revulsion from everyone she approaches, but despite many warnings she forges on. Crill himself, when she interviews him in prison, is chillingly charming. A rapist?

Initially there are few clues to how this man became a violent psychotic rapist, but slowly Claire begins to unravel the story. What are his parents hiding? Why did the rapes occur only every October? And how does he seem to know so much about her? If Crill is locked away in jail, why is Claire so paranoid? Could she be Crill's next victim? In the style typical of this genre, the novel explodes into a final terrifying climax which forces Claire into a violent confrontation with Crill.

Opening Lines:

Janine, 1994. 

She turns into the street.  It's October.  There's the tulips and daffodils, there's the lilac and every evening it's a bit lighter.  She's started sitting out in the courtyard till quite late though it's not warm enough for that tonight.  Tonight's a bit cooler and, anyway, she's later than usual, she wanted to catch up with everything in her office so she's got a clear desk after the weekend.

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ISBN
9780143010029
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BLURB

Claire is a Dunedin freelance writer who is hired by a dodgy lawyer to write a biography of a serial rapist at present in prison. She's wary, but she's a solo mother with a teenage daughter and desperately needs the money. The rapist's very name, Travis Crill, inspires revulsion from everyone she approaches, but despite many warnings she forges on. Crill himself, when she interviews him in prison, is chillingly charming. A rapist?

Initially there are few clues to how this man became a violent psychotic rapist, but slowly Claire begins to unravel the story. What are his parents hiding? Why did the rapes occur only every October? And how does he seem to know so much about her? If Crill is locked away in jail, why is Claire so paranoid? Could she be Crill's next victim? In the style typical of this genre, the novel explodes into a final terrifying climax which forces Claire into a violent confrontation with Crill.

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Submitted by Karen on Tue, 12/05/2009 - 07:14 pm