- File Size: 4204 KB
- Print Length: 359 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Death by Choc Lit (September 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074MBBNZX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Deadly Intent: A gripping psychological thriller (DI Matthew Adams Book 3) Kindle Edition
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
In the third story of the DI Matthew Adams series we will meet Daniel and Joanne Conner, their daughter Kayla, the memory of the youngest member of the family Emma… and a young man so terrifying in his madness that it seems nothing is beyond his acts of terror and cruelty. While Deadly Intent focuses on the Conner family there are also memories and flashbacks to the horror that Matthew and his own family went through at the hands of madness. While I will always suggest going back to the beginning of any series, if you are unable to do that then this story could stand on its own – you’d obviously get more understanding of Matthew’s part and reactions and two damned good stories as well if you do decide to start at the first book in this series.
Charlie is an arrogant, drug dealing slime with the need to inflect pain and terror on others. He’s always managed to slip through the authorities hands and isn’t above tossing that in their faces at each opportunity. Kayla is unfortunately his perfect target. She’s already at that rebellious age, add to that a father who grieves in silence, a mother who is drowning herself in a liquor bottle and the memories of her little sister Emma and you’ll find a perfect storm ripe for Charlie to sweep in and reveal his evil self.
I’ve always believed that tragedy will do one of two things to a family, either draw and bind them together or rip them to shreds. Daniel and Jo are being torn apart while dragging their surviving daughter along with them. When Kayla looks to a young crush for the emotions she’s seeking she has no idea of what this young man is capable of or what he will put her family through.
Sheryl Browne has the ability of allowing us to see through the eyes of pure evil and come out the other side changed. Deadly Intent is not only a story of terror but of survival as well. Fast paced, chilling in its intensity for pain and suffering, frightening for the glimpse of madness and evil and in the end satisfying if left a bit on edge. For now we know that monsters exist hidden behind pretty faces and false smiles… so now who do we trust.
(and, yes, I’ve been purposefully vague on details for you need to read the lengths Charlie will go to for his own needs first hand and not in my words)
I would highly recommend Deadly Intent and the rest of this series to any reader who enjoys Suspense or Mystery, isn’t afraid to look evil in the eye and those who will always find the shivers of a really good mystery/suspense novel well worth the sleepless nights that will be the result.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
After the events of books one and two and what happened to Matthew, I really hoped for an easier life for him in this third outing. Luckily for my heart-rate, my wish was granted as Ms Browne instead inflicts all manner of horrors on a different family this time. Sadly, this new family had also already had its fair share of heartache but hey, someone's gotta get it! I'm just glad that Matthew et al had a bit of a break here.
In the firing line this time is the Conner family. Tragedy has already struck them with the death of their youngest child and instead of the family pulling together to support each other, they have drifted apart. Parents Daniel and Jo have lost the ability to communicate and older child Kayla has gone right off the rails and it is her behaviour that lets bad boy Charlie into their lives.
Oh my goodness, if you have read Ms Browne's previous books and thought the baddies in them were evil, you ain't seen nothing yet! In this book, she goes above and beyond to create the most evil character I have read for a fair while (and I read a LOT of this genre book). What a horrid person, and that is putting it mildly. Even just reading about him chilled me to the bone.
This also made the book a completely unputdownable page turner. Thank goodness I read it on a day of rest with nothing pressing that needed my attention. I simply had to get to the end, turning page after page of horrible, disturbing action, willing for a favourable outcome but a little bit scared at what could happen next.
Although shocking and also a little graphic at times, there is also a very clever plot. It's definitely not all about shock-tactics. Everything is cleverly worked out - the build up, the way that Charlie infiltrated the Conner family and also the Police investigation and how that proceeded. Ok so Matthew does take a little bit of a back seat compared to the first couple of books but he is not the target in this book and the part he plays is appropriate to that. Don't worry, we do see plenty of him and his family and colleagues along the way. No one is left out.
All in all another cracking book which has cemented this series and indeed this author firmly on my watch list. Thankfully, I have now all caught up so I will have time to recover before she puts me through it all again!
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
DI Matthew Adams knew Roberts was bad – but they never seemed to be able to get him for anything. The smirk on Roberts’ face when he waltzed from the police station – once again – grated on Matthew. He knew he had to put him away before he killed someone. But would he succeed when Roberts managed to evade the law at every turn?
Deadly Intent by Sheryl Browne was fast-paced and gritty, with tension rippling throughout – especially the last half of the book. But the plotline was incredibly close to the first I read by this author, After She's Gone - the main difference being the “bad guys”. Same plot, different people was my thought as I read the book. Still an enjoyable read, but better being read as a stand-alone instead of in the series in my opinion. (less one star) Recommended.
Most recent customer reviews
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Hard-Boiled
- Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Police Procedurals
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Hard-Boiled
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Police Procedurals