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The Admirer [Kindle Edition]

Karelia Stetz-Waters
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A serial killer “makes” perfect women by amputating their legs. A troubled girl walks knowingly into the killer’s arms. An ambitious college president spirals toward madness.

Helen Ivers is still reeling from her sister’s recent suicide when she takes a position as the president of Pittock College. The isolated campus seems like a good place to recover, but shortly after she arrives, two severed human legs are found bound to the train tracks. The local police explain away the gruesome occurrence, but Helen is convinced the police chief, and maybe the whole town, is covering for a killer.

She embarks on her own investigation, but she begins to doubt herself as nightmares of her sister’s suicide become waking hallucinations and everyone discounts her fears. The only person who shares her apprehensions is a young professor whose aggressive sexual advances are as frightening and alluring as impending madness – a woman who is either Helen’s only ally or the killer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (December 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H9TW6Z2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read July 30, 2014
By Eh
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A who-done-it with a twist. Don't miss this one! July 30, 2014
By Shelia
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down January 2, 2014
By Violet
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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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.

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