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Length: 370 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (December 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H9TW6Z2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karelia Stetz-Waters is author of The Admirer (formerly titled Dysphoria), The Purveyor, and Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before, and Something True. She holds an MA in English from the University of Oregon and a BA in Comparative Literature from Smith College. Other formative experiences include a childhood spent exploring the Oregon woods, a job doing nothing but reading the Amherst alumni quarterly, and several years playing pool at dive bars in Northampton, MA. Now she teaches writing and literature and lives with her beloved wife, Fay, her dog, Wila Cather, and her cat, Cyrus the Disemboweler. Her interests include large snakes, conjoined twins, corn mazes, lesbians, popular science books on neurology, and any roadside attraction that purports to have the world's largest ball of twine.

More at www.kareliastetzwaters.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hebbard on February 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very intelligently written book. I personally loved it from page one. Incredibly intriguing and I absolutely loved the characters. One warning though, parts of this story were incredibly violent. No sexual violence but very descriptively violent in parts all the same. If this kind of thing bothers you, fair warning. I was thrilled to see that there will be a sequel to this in the future as well. I literally could not put it down. Highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Convert on April 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
I read this book when it first came out. Not because I usually read such things, but, I work for a mental hospital and was intrigued by the mental health parts of the story line. I was surprised by how quickly I was 'in' and I couldn't put the book down. The book has been floating around the house since then and recently my partner started reading it. Over the weekend, there it was, on the couch, corners slightly bent, in a little ray of sunshine. Before I knew it, I was settled in with a cup of coffee and "in" again. Give this book a try even if it is not your usual subject. You might be pleasantly surprised!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eh on July 30, 2014
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The Admirer is intense, one of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a very long time.

The sleepy college town of Pittock is the setting for this book but the nearby abandoned insane asylum plays a major role ramping up the tension throughout the novel.

Helen Ivers, the newly hired president of Pittock College is still recovering from her sister's recent suicide and hopes a fresh start will help her move on with her life. She arrives on campus just as two severed legs are found strapped to a nearby railway track. Is it suicide or murder? Will Ivers be able to keep this financially fragile college out of the news while dealing with a less than cooperative staff and local police force?

Stetz-Waters does a masterful job of introducing a strong cast of characters, suspects and possible love interests for the emotionally fragile Ivers. The author has a deft hand with her settings as well. The readers feels like they are right there walking across the campus common or sitting in a sleazy smoke filled road side tavern. Viewing many of these settings from the eyes of the killer just adds to the suspense.

Excellent tempo and tension build as the college president tries to sort out the real from the imagined and friends from those with motives and means.

Add in the enigmatic young and beautiful Professor Adair Wilson and The Admirer is a book I won't soon forget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelia Powell on July 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
Excellent book! Well fleshed out (no pun intended) characters! Great writing style. I love who-done-it's and this is a wonderfully written serial fetishist book with a huge and surprising twist. Way to go, Karelia! You kept me guessing and I loved it! I can't wait for The Purveyor to come out!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Violet on January 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a gripping thriller, with lots of unexpected twists and turns! It made my 10 hour plane ride pass by quickly. Besides the engrossing plot, the characters are well written and developed, and the description captivating. I look forward to more books by this author.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon.com. Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Helen Ivers has just become president of a tiny little college literally in the middle of nowhere. The college is out of money, and falling apart, and Helen is falling apart too. With a lonely set of legs greeting her on her first visit, and a VERY helpful secretary, Helen will be the next victim if she doesn’t get her act together.

This author knows how to pack a punch. I was blown away by the way Karelia drew me into loving her protagonist and then added as many things as possible to her life that made me want to cringe away – just like watching the metaphorical train wreck (haha).

It isn’t ever clear to the reader who the true culprit is, except that it is a man (from the pronouns used in the parts that . The ‘red herrings’ that another reviewer complained of didn’t bother me. I found that it only added to the suspense, as one by one the potential killers are crossed off the list, and yet the victims remain in danger.

The denied romance between Wilson and Ivers added another layer of tension. Even as you wished Helen would give in to her desires, she doesn’t, and refuses to accept anything. The people Helen trusts are few, and as the reader can tell the killer is not a woman, the reader is pretty much driven mad by Helen’s refusal to trust Wilson.

What I would have liked more would have been if I got more background on how the killer came to come away from the asylum, be educated, and then go back to living nearby. Small town politics are one thing, covering up years of history is another.

Something I didn’t get a sense for was the time period of the novel.
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